1. Time is on your side.
Forget the stress of trying to clear your calendar for one specific night. South Jersey Jazz Society’s summer jazz series runs once a month at two venues in Somers Point (either Gateway Playhouse or Clancy’s by the Bay), meaning you have four chances (June 20, July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 12) to catch an amazing night of live jazz. Acts vary each month, go to SouthJerseyJazz.org for the full schedule.
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2. It’s got a ‘cool’ theme.
The summer concert series brought to you by the South Jersey Jazz Society is called “A Tribute to West Coast Cool at the Jersey Shore.” A lengthy title perhaps, but the theme ties in perfectly with the laid-back vibe of a summer at the shore. Cool jazz on a hot summer night — now that’s a combo that is tough to beat.
3. The Brubeck Brothers are leading off.
Chris and Dan Brubeck — better known as The Brubeck Brothers —will kick off the summer jazz series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point. Sons of jazz giant Dave Brubeck, The Brubeck Brothers have been recording together for nearly half a century and regularly perform at jazz festivals around the globe.
4. The price is right.
While many summer concerts at the big venues will cost you an arm and a leg, each of the shows in the summer jazz series is reasonably priced, with tickets available for $15, $20 or $25 each. Which is a great deal when you consider the caliber of talent. Wednesday, July 25, brings Denis Di Blasio and Brian Betz, while Wednesday, Aug. 22, The Howard Isaacson Group comes to Clancy’s By The Bay.
5. You can catch a tribute to a legend.
The final show in the series will be a tribute to the late great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Titled “Kind of Blue — A tribute to Miles Davis” the show features the Mike Natale Quintet who will perform a variety of classics from Davis’ vast collection of work. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Clancy’s By The Bay in Somers Point.