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2013 Somers Point Winter Jazz Series Starts Jan. 19

By Ray Schweibert
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SOMERS POINT, N.J. — The Somers Point Jazz Society (spjazz.org) is bringing back its popular monthly Winter Jazz Series starting Saturday, Jan. 19, when the VCF Trio visits Gregory’s Restaurant (900 Shore Road in Somers Point) at 8:30pm. The trio features Vic Stevens on drums, Chico Huff on bass and Frank Strauss on keyboards.

Stevens has been a professional musician since age 16, having performed live and/or in the studio with jazz guitar legends Pat Martino, Larry Carlton, Allan Holdsworth, Andreas Oberg and others. Also a pro player since age 16, Huff is primarily a self-taught musician who’s toured with the likes of James Taylor, Carly Simon, Pat Martino, John Hall, Edgardo Cintron and others. Strauss recently moved back to his hometown of Philadelphia after living in Los Angeles for 15 years. He has played, toured, arranged and recorded with a number of artists, most notably Tom Jones and Melissa Manchester.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the series will see the Atlantic City Jazz Band (pictured below right) perform at Gregory’s starting 8:30pm, and on Sunday, March 10, the 2013 Jazz Master Award Reception will start at 5pm at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro (908 Shore Road), with the Barry Miles Trio (Miles on piano, Tim Lekan on bass and Bob Shomo on drums) taking the stage at 6pm.

Admission is free to all performances, but donations are appreciated. For more information visit spjazz.org or call (609) 927-6677. The Somers Point Winter Jazz Series is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts with additional funding provided by Shore Medical Center.

The Ocean City Library and Somers Point Jazz Society will team up to present a three-part Jazz Education Series starting Feb. 24. Admission is free and all three dates will run from 2-3:30pm at the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City). The programs are as follows:

Sunday, Feb. 24 — “The Jazz Bassist ... from Timekeeper to Soloist”
This presentation will be a combination lecture and performance, discussing and demonstrating how bassists have been transformed from basic timekeepers (1920-1940) in the earlier years of jazz, to finally earning their proper and important place in musical ensembles. Some of the great bass players to be discussed will be Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, Charlie Haden, Scott LaFaro, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, John Patitucci and Marcus Miller.

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