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Jerry Rife’s Blue Skies (POSTPONED)

March 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

After thoughtful consideration, the 1867 Sanctuary Committee is sad to announce that this concert has been postponed in response to serious public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date will be announced as soon as possible.

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome Jerry Rife’s Blue Skies back to the 1867 Sanctuary.

The Blue Skies players are:
Danny Tobias–trumpet
Jerry Rife–Clarinet & Soprano Saxophone
Pat Mercuri–Guitar & Banjo
Pete Reichlin–Tuba, Bass, Trombone

“We are gathering at the 1867 Sanctuary Arts & Cultural Center to wish Paul Whiteman a Happy Birthday on the occasion of his 130th birthday.”

The Blue Skies Quartet will play a tribute to the “King of Jazz” that will include tunes of the 1920s that Paul Whiteman and his fabulous Whiteman Band made famous as well as some original Whiteman songs that he wrote, performed and recorded with his band.

In the late 1920s the Whiteman Band was the hottest band in America. It had been popular since 1920 in large part because of his aggressive recording releases and his excellent musicians and arrangements. Three records released in the fall of 1920 became Number 1 hits. He had 16 ton-ten hits in 1921 and 19 top-ten hits in 1922. His band was the highest paid band in the country. In October 1921, Whiteman signed an unprecedented two-year contract with the Palais Royal in New York City, the highest paying club in the United States at that time. “Whispering,” Whiteman’s earliest hit recorded on Victor Recordings, was the most popular record up to that time. In 1921 it was Number 1 on the best selling charts for 11 weeks selling over two million copies at a time when selling one million was a rarity. He did more to promote early jazz through his
recordings than any other band.

Join us in a celebration of Whitemans wonderful musical pieces played a century after he recorded them, and have a piece of
birthday cake with us as we step outside and play happy birthday at his mausoleum. It will be a concert you will not want to miss!


March 29, 2020
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map