JAZZ IT UP! @ Sorrentos Restaurant with The David Aaron Quartet in Concert
Sorrento Restaurant and SunRex Entertainment bring to you the popular and hot jazz and blues monthly event that celebrates life with a wonderful concert experience at the monthly Jazz It Up! @ Sorrento Restaurant, located at 631 Central Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Acclaimed jazz and blues music artists bring you a listening experience that promises to captivate the audience on the last Wednesday of each month at this intimate venue. The experience includes a choice of Music Menu entree, dessert and a beverage plus BYOB is welcome. This hot monthly jazz and blues music event continues on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 7pm with the acclaimed classic swing sounds of the David Aaron Quartet.
When David Aaron started to play clarinet in the late 1940s, he found quickly a new best friend. He was about 11 years old and growing up in Irvington,NJ.
"Right away, I could make a sound with it and could play 'Buttons and Bows' by ear," says the Union resident. "It was an incredible feeling and quickly turned into a passion. Now, clarinet reflects my emotions, how I feel at the moment. If I'm happy, I play more fast tunes. If I'm sad, more ballads and blues." Aaron fell in love with swing music in the 1950s while attending Irvington High School. His favorite clarinetists became Benny Goodman whom he heard "numerous times at the Mosque Theatre on Market Street in Newark" and Artie Shaw. "I loved the excitement and creativity," he says. "Goodman had an incredible sound and technique, and was very creative. I loved Shaw for his sound and style, the way he phrased, his command of the instrument."
Before long, Aaron was performing his own shows, and 50 years later, he still is. Along with his quartet, he will be playing his robust, swing-style clarinet on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the monthly Jazz It Up music concert event at Sorrento Restaurant in Westfield, NJ. The experience includes a choice of dinner entrée, dessert and a beverage. BYOB is welcome. Dinner service starts at 6pm and show time is from 7pm to 9pm.
For many years, Aaron, who held down a day job in advertising until 2007, played a variety of commercial music. But since 1980, he has focused on swing. The clarinetist, who occasionally leads a big band, is excited about some of the material he'll likely play at the Jazz It Up event. The speedy numbers might include "Avalon" or "After You've Gone."
"Playing at incredible speeds is exciting it's hot, and never boring to me," he says. For medium tempos, Aaron might choose "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" or "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
"Those are nice tunes played at a nice tempo," he said. The ballads might include "If I Had You" and "It Had to Be You." A sideline to Aaron's performing has been educational programs on music that he has conducted over the years. "I love to speak in front of people, get them involved, hear their stories," he says.
Given his life in music, Aaron considers himself a "very lucky man."
"If I had to do it over again, I'd do it the same way," he says. "My life's been heaven-sent."
Jazz It Up! concert tickets are priced at $29.95 per person. Showtime is from 7pm to 9pm. Seating and dinner service for the concert experience starts at 6pm and continues during the program. The staff at Sorrento Restaurant, a long established Westfield eatery and home of the original tomato pie since 1870, welcomes you to this special monthly music concert event where you and your entire family can enjoy entrees from a pizza pie to classic Italian dinner cuisine. The venue offers the perfect ambience for a relaxing monthly evening of listening pleasure coupled with good food and drink. Conveniently located 1 mile off of GSP Parkway Exit # 135. Plenty of free off street parking is available.
For venue information call Sorrento Restaurant at 908-232-2642.
Good music, Good food, Good times, Good friends at Jazz It Up!
631 Central Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|