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Jazz, Love & Sweet Whiskey
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Featuring Jazz Singer Maggie Worsdale
Saturday, February 13 • 8pm
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
Groups of 12 or more: $25 (Adults/Seniors), $20 (Students)
Sponsored By:
Judi and Stephan Leone

Take five of the top musicians from the greater New York area and create a sound that blends a healthy serving of traditional jazz, a touch of blues and rock, a dash of international flair, combined with a steady mix of standards and new material; and you begin to have a sense of the tasty cocktail that Sweet Whiskey will be serving up for Valentine's Weekend at Algonquin Arts Theatre.

One of NY's greatest jazz pianists, cofounder of Sweet Whiskey, John Colianni (Johnny Chops) has been a force on the music scene since first working with famed bandleader and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton for three years, at the tender age of 19, as Hampton's band pianist. Add five years and six albums as Mel Torme's personal accompanist and then being chosen by guitar legend Les Paul to become a part of the Les Paul Quartet and you have an idea of what John brings to the table with musical chops - and that just happens to be his nickname "Johnny Chops." In the words of Mel Torme, "he's the best you'll ever hear."

Sweet Whiskey's other cofounder, vocalist Maggie Worsdale has performed nationally and internationally, as well as on the Algonquin stage where she appeared as Bloody Mary in South Pacific.

While in California in the early 1990s, she had the pleasure of working with Bob Hope and George Burns, as well as guest singing with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Maggie has recorded four albums of her own and was chosen as one of the top ten vocalists in the NY/NJ area and honored to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theater. According to Bob Hope, "there's one word for this gal - wonderful."

Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
Intermission: Yes

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Steppin' Out with the Lost Generation
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Dan Levinson's
Featuring David Langlois & Molly Ryan
Sunday, February 21 • 3pm
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
Discounts for groups of 12 or more
Sponsored By:
Raymond & Pamela Brunt
Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

Music from the Wild Parisian Jazz Parties of the 1920s

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There's nowhere that the 1920s roared quite like Paris. As prohibition settled in at home, many of America's top writers, composers and artists flocked to France to mingle with Europe's creative minds as its capital entered its Jazz Age. This concert recreates the sounds when that inspired a who's who from the Lost Generation including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso and many more.

Dazzling washboard player David Langlois from France appears alongside some stellar New York musicians including Dan Levinson on clarinet & saxophone, Mike Davis on trumpet and Molly Ryan on guitar and vocals.

Please note: This concert replaces 'Palomar Quartet' in the 2015-16 Jazz Series. The change was necessitated by a change in availability of a key musician in the quartet. Please contact the Box Office at 732-528-9211 if you have further questions.

Runtime: 2 hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes

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Dervish
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Traditional Music Direct from Ireland
Saturday, March 19 • 8pm
Premium: $41 (Adults), $38 (Seniors), $32 (Students)
Regular: $34 (Adults), $31 (Seniors), $25 (Students)
Discounts for Groups of 12 or more.

Built upon two sturdy pillars - the hauntingly charismatic vocals of Cathy Jordan and the dazzling virtuosity of award-winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, and Shane Mitchell on accordion, Dervish is a solid structure of a band, its foundation in legendary pub sessions, its shape the result of years of international touring.

The solid rhythm playing of Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes drives the band, whose concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Jordan's masterful stage presence. Her stories to the songs and her interaction with the audience draws people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve.

The Sligo Borough Council's decision to award Dervish the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo cemented the group's position as preeminent band in Ireland's Wild West. It raised them into the exalted company of poet W.B. Yeats, who was the first person to be awarded the freedom of Sligo.

Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes (Appropriate for ages 8 & up)

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Swing! Swing! Swing!
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James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band in
Featuring Dan Levinson (clarinet), Molly Ryan (vocals) & Gimme Four (vocal quartet)
Sunday, May 1 • 3pm
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $27 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $20 (Students)
Discounts for groups of 12 or more
Sponsored By:
Raymond & Pamela Brunt
Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

SWING, SWING, SWING! The Greatest Hits of the Big Band Era

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James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band features the cream of New York City's jazz musicians, faithfully re-creating the captivating sounds of the Swing Era, including the music played by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Chick Webb, and other bands. Before moving from London to New York in 2002, British-born bandleader James Langton led the internationally acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the Solid Senders Orchestra, and spent many years painstakingly assembling his now massive library of arrangements, many of which come from the archives of the original bands. Soloist Dan Levinson is New York's preeminent swing clarinetist and the one of foremost interpreters of Goodman and Shaw in the world. Vocalist/guitarist Molly Ryan brings her attractive, elegant vocal style to songs originally recorded by singers such as Peggy Lee, Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, and Helen Forrest. Gimme Four, one of the top vocal quartets in the country, join the band to replicate the four part harmonies as did the Modernaires with Glenn Miller and the Pied Pipers with Tommy Dorsey.

Runtime: 2 hours
Intermission: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes

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By The Sea
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Father Alphonse Conducts
A Cecelia Foundation Benefit
Sunday, May 29 • 3pm
Premium: $51 (Adults), $48 (Seniors), $41 (Students)
Regular: $43 (Adults), $40 (Seniors), $33 (Students)
Groups of 12 or more: $35 (Adults/Seniors), $25 (Students)

Father Alphonse Stephenson conducts the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in a sea-themed concert in a benefit for his Cecelia Foundation. 'By the Sea' will feature Washington, D.C., artist Stephan Silipigni's paintings of water scenes as part of the multi-media show. The Orchestra will play great arrangements of 'water music' such as 'Under the Sea,' 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay,' and 'By the Sleepy Lagoon' in addition to Handel's 'Water Music,' Strauss' 'Blue Danube' and Smetana's 'Moldau.' Select students will be chosen to play with the orchestra. This concert is a benefit for Father Alphonse's Cecelia Foundation, which gives scholarships and professional instruments to deserving music students throughout New Jersey.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours
Intermission: Yes

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