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January 2018

Ocean County MidWeek Jazz: The Midiri Brothers

January 24 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Ocean County College – Grunin Center, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754 United States
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The Midiri Brothers Salute Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert. In January 1938, Benny Goodman performed a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall that became known as one of the most exciting–and important–evenings of music in the history of jazz. For the 80th anniversary, Grunin Center favorites the Midiri Brothers and their Orchestra will perform an unforgettable tribute to the night Carnegie Hall learned to swing! Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (732) 255-0500. Reserved seating:…

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February 2018

Ocean County Jazz: The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe

February 14 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Ocean County College – Grunin Center, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754 United States
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Featuring the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars have been thrilling audiences at “The Jazz Corner of the World” for the last 10 years.  Returning to the road for the first time in 5 years, the Birdland All-Stars have created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Tommy Igoe is one of the world’s most prominent drummers, bandleaders and…

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March 2018

Ocean County Jazz: Bucky Pizzarelli

March 7 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Ocean County College – Grunin Center, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754 United States
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There aren’t many legends left quite like guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli! Having played with everyone from Ray Charles to Frank Sinatra and everyone in between, he will return to The Grunin Center shortly after his 91st birthday, along with guitarist and vocalist Ed Laub. Do not miss the opportunity to be in the presence of a true jazz legend, still playing wonderfully after all these years! This concert will take place in the Gateway Lecture Hall. Tickets are available online or by…

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Ocean County Jazz: Dennis Lichtman’s Queensboro Five

March 28 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Ocean County College – Grunin Center, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754 United States
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Though cities like Harlem and Chicago are often most associate with “The Golden Age of Jazz,” it was Queens, New York that was home to more jazz musicians per square mile than anywhere else in the United States. Clarinetist Dennis Lichtman, leader of the fabled Mona’s jam session in New York City, will be bringing an all-star quintet to pay tribute to past denizens of Queens such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke and many more! Tickets are available…

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April 2018

Ocean County Jazz: Glenn Crytzer’s Salute to Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang

April 11 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Ocean County College – Grunin Center, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754 United States
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One of the great partnerships of early jazz was that of violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang, who teamed up to make dozens of classic records before Lang’s untimely death at the age of 31. For this special concert, guitarist Glenn Crytzer has organized a star-studded quartet with violinist Andy Stein, pianist Conal Fowkes and bass saxophonist Jay Rattman to make the music of Venuti and Lang come alive again. Tickets are available online or by calling the box…

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