The Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revue is a project of the historic Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey to pay tribute to the great artists of the rock and roll era, and the body of work they produced.
The Music Director is Bob Bandiera, one of the most well-known and best loved musicians on the Jersey Shore. The guitar player for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes since 1986, he plays frequently with Bruce Springsteen, and has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. He has Music Directed events at The White House, appeared on the benefit recording â€œA Very Special Christmas Vol. 4â€ in 1999 and served as Musical Director for â€œA Very Special Christmas Vol. 5â€ in 2000, and just completed Bon Joviâ€™s â€œHave A Nice Dayâ€ national tour as the second guitar player.
Since the early 1900â€™s the Jersey Shore has been a rich well of musical talent. William â€œCountâ€ Basie, Sonny Greer (drummer for the Duke Ellington Orchestra for more than 40 years), Bruce Springsteen, Max Weinberg, Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi are but the most famous names, and the members of the Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revue represent the cream of the crop of the Shoreâ€™s lesser known but no less talented working musicians.
The band debuted in the winter of 2005 at the Count Basie Theatre with their first show, A Tribute to Roy Orbison, and continued in the summer of 2005 with A Tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers at the Count Basie Theatre. The Roy Orbison show subsequently played the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, before the project went on hiatus as Bob Bandiera joined Bon Jovi for their national tour.
The Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revueâ€™s newest show, The Wall of Sound: The Music of Phil Spectordebuts at the Count Basie Theatre in November, 2006, and all three shows are ready for touring in the spring of 2007.