RED BANK, NJ ­ For four weeks in a row, it’s been the place to go – a
sophisticated big city jazz club vibe, in a best-kept-secret setting for
those in the know. But if you¹re looking to impress your date by taking them
to the Jazz Café after this weekend, you¹ll find the place gone. Vanished
without a trace. How cool is that?

This Friday and Saturday night, August 6 and 7, the 2010 Summer Jazz Café
series calls closing time with a swingin’ soiree, presented by New Jersey¹s
own Jazz Arts Project, hosted by jazz connoisseur Joe Muccioli and
starring drummer, bandleader, producer and nightclub owner Cecil Brooks III.

The proprietor of Cecil’s Jazz Club in West Orange, NJ brings his combo down
to Red Bank for two shows at the spacious yet cozy “black box” room of the
Two River Theater. Inside the modern performing arts facility, located just
steps from NJ Transit¹s public transportation station and an array of
popular restaurants, with plenty of free off-street parking, Jazz Café
patrons can enjoy coffee, tea and delectable treats at candlelit cocktail
tables, while enjoying sounds from some of the most sought-after players on
the regional scene. And all for just 20 bucks per person; probably less than
you¹d pay to park your car in the big city.

While in town, Brooks will conduct a free workshop for aspiring jazz
drummers at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 7 – and reservations for the 8:00
p.m. Jazz Café performances can be made by calling the Two River box office
at (732)345-1400, or via the venue’s website at

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...