Rotary Benefit Concert

Mar 05, 2011 06:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club Media Release

CONTACT: Dr. Glenn Godart, (201) 314-2182, [email protected]


The Ridgewood A.M. and Bergen Community College Rotary Clubs will host a benefit jazz concert featuring world-renowned jazz musicians at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011. The concert will be held in the Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, in Paramus, NJ.

Tickets for the event are $75 each. Admission includes the concert and an after-party with the musicians. Proceeds from the concert benefit Community Blood Services, the Social Service Association of Ridgewood & Vicinity, and provide scholarship funds for needy students at Bergen Community College.

The concert will feature several world famous musicians, including Bill O’Connell (keyboards), Conrad Herwig (trombone), Steve Slagle (saxophone), Luques Curtis (bass), Dave Samuels (vibraphone and marimba) and Steve Berrios (drums and percussion). Dr. Glenn Godart, a Ridgewood dentist and co-chairman of the event says, “It’s very unusual to have musicians of this caliber perform in Bergen County. These are all top talents on the New York jazz scene, so hearing them will be a real New York City experience, with the convenience of being close to home.”

The musicians will perform a program consisting largely of Latin jazz, drawn from Bill O’Connell’s latest CD, ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ with other works made famous by Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, and others. “I can tell you this,” says Dr. Godart, “even if you’re not a big jazz aficionado, you will like this program. It will be full of the rhythm, passion and fire of Latin jazz. You’ll have a hard time keeping your feet on the floor.”

Mary Ann Copp, President of the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club, says, “We’re happy to host this in cooperation with the Bergen Community College Rotary Club, and we have a great venue for the event. The Ciccone Theatre at BCC has wonderful acoustics and comfortable seating. Hearing world-class musicians in this great setting will be an experience you won't want to miss, and you can benefit three outstanding causes at the same time.”

Tickets, at $75 each, are available through Dr. Godart, [email protected] or (201) 314-2182. Special-rate tickets are available to students and employees of Bergen Community College, but do not include the reception following the concert. Parking at BCC is plentiful and free of charge.


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