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September 8, 2017

Dan Levinson Takes Jazz Back To Its “Jass” Roots at Grunin Center

At the “Jass” Band Ball: A Centennial Celebration of Recorded Jazz with Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden “Jass” Band is the featured jazz act this October during MidWeek Jazz at Ocean County College.  Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden “Jass” Band will perform on Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please use Parking Lot #2.

On the morning of February 26, 1917, while America simmered on the brink of war, the Victor Talking Machine Company brought a band of five musical revolutionaries from New Orleans into its new recording studio at 46 West 38th Street in Manhattan (New York City). The musicians called themselves The Original Dixieland “Jass” Band, and they played an exciting, fiery kind of music that was unlike anything else on record at that time, and which the New York public had not heard before. On that historic day, The Original Dixieland “Jass” Band made what would become the first jazz phonograph record!

On October 11, one hundred years later, Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden “Jass” Band will showcase At the “Jass” Band Ball: A Centennial Celebration of Recorded Jazz taking audience members back to that historic moment in time and delighting senses with those very same sounds that exalted a war-weary nation and propelled it into a wild, hypnotic frenzy.

Tickets: $24-$20. Purchase tickets online, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. Prices, dates, times, performers, and shows are subject to change.  Subscription Rates and Military Discounts (active US military/eligible veterans) may be available.

Upcoming Jazz Performances at the Grunin Center:

Come hear acclaimed artists play classic jazz and swing! The “Grunin Presents” and “MidWeek Jazz” lineup features big-name stars along with up-and-coming talent of local, national, and international acclaim.

Grunin Presents Jazz: (Buy More/Save More Discount may also be available.)

Nov 7, 7:30pm, $49-$45: Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama, Preservation Legacy Quintet

Jan 12, 8pm, $35: New York Voices

Feb 14, 7:30pm, $45-$43: Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe: The Art of Jazz

MidWeek Jazz: Wednesdays at 8pm. Tickets: $24-$20

Dec 13: Peter & Will Anderson present George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Jan 24: Midiri Brothers Salute Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert

Mar 7: Bucky Pizzarelli

Mar 28: Dennis Lichtman’s Queensboro Five

Apr 11: Glenn Crytzer’s Salute to Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang

May 16: Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi: Four Hands, One Piano

Jun 20: The Jazz Lobsters Big Band