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Asbury Park Jazz Festival

Asbury Park Jazz Festival

ASBURY PARK LOVES JAZZ WEEKEND , a three-day weekend of jazz scheduled for August 7th-9th, 2015 in historic Asbury Park. This weekend promises to bring back the glory days of a music scene that once featured the hippest jazz music played anywhere. Add to that a beach weekend on the Asbury Waterfront and you’ve got sizzle!

Asbury Park has a rich history of Jazz – drawing icons such as Duke Ellington who first visited in 1912 as a young teenager. Count Basie, a Red Bank native, who played Mrs. Jay’s Beer Garden in the 1930’s – long before it became the Stone Pony. Asbury Park’s west side clubs on Springwood Avenue were home to one of the most vibrant jazz scenes between 1910-1970.

The roster of live entertainment for the Asbury Park LOVES Jazz Weekend is a great mix of today’s top jazz musicians as well as artists creating the next generation of jazz history in venues on Main Street, downtown and the Boardwalk.

On Saturday Live music starting off with local favorites from Lakehouse Music Academy Kid’s Jazz Band, moving into standard jazz with the Karen Schwartz Quartet. Next up is Island Motion calypso with Desi Norman and Boardwalk Jazz with PJ Rassmusen as well as Valerie Adams and the Dimensions Band. Music will fill the heart of downtown Asbury Park from our tent garden at Press Plaza and into art galleries and restaurants. Music in Pres Plaza is free and open to the public from 11am – 7pm.

Sunday is the Main Event at the Paramount Theater featuring a star-studded line up that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Of course, we scheduled the weekend so you can mix music with great beaches, over 50 restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world and a nightlife that extends beyond the jazz programming.



CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX with special guest Marion Meadows


Asbury Park Transportation Center
Kick Off Celebration
7pm to 10pm
Ticket Price: $10
Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz from Karen Rodriquez
Cuban fare and rum tasting, silent auction

Press Plaza
Live music free & open to the public – in our tent garden
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Sympathetic Resonance with Karen Lee
1:30pm – 3:00pm – Island Motion with Desi Norman
3:30pm – 5:00pm – Boardwalk Jazz with PJ Rassmusen
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Valerie Adams & The Dimensions Band

The Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Main Event
Tickets as low as $19
Doors open at 1:00pm
2:00pm – Brooke Alford, Artist of the Violin
3:00pm – Alex Bugnon
4:20pm – Jonathan Fritzen & Vincent Ingala – The Next Generation
5:30pm – Chieli Minucci & Special EFX with special guest Marion Meadows

11:30am – 1:00pm – Free Jazz from Deftet on the Asbury Park Boardwalk 4th Avenue Greenspace

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