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JERRY DRAKE & THE FRONT PAGE AT RIDGEWOOD

By Crystal Wolfe from the Juniper Berry Magazine September Issue

 

In an event generously sponsored by Councilmember Robert Holden, Jerry Drake & the Front Page, a 12-piece jazz band, will be playing in a free concert put on by the Friends of the Ridgewood Library (FORL) at the Ridgewood Library on September 24th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. They will be playing in the Ridgewood Garden, and in case of rain, they will perform in the Ridgewood Library Auditorium.

Jerry Drake's band features original music in the Great American Songbook style. Many of his songs have a nostalgic, old-fashioned, and very personal feel--like "To Be a Fireman," which can be experienced as a beautiful memorial song for the firefighters that were lost in 9/11. "The Greatest Generation" is a testament to the noble World War II Generation. Some of his songs boast an ethnic, exotic twist--with a South American flavor and flair. For upcoming concerts for Jerry Drake & the Front Page, please visit the website www.jerrydrake.com.

JAZZ BAND SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

By Crystal Wolfe from the Juniper Berry Magazine June Issue

 

Jerry Drake & the Front Page Big Band will be performing live at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth at 52-19 Flushing Avenue at 7:30 pm on the first Friday of every month from April through August. His upcoming concert dates are: Friday, May 4th, Friday, June 1st, Friday, July 6th, and Friday, August 3rd.

Cost of Admission is $15 at the door, CDs for the band will sold on-site, meals from Chef Josh & Yummy's Catering can be purchased at additional cost. Drinks will be served from the bar at the Knockdown Center. Free parking is available at the facility. Raffle tickets will also be sold from items donated from local businesses.

Jerry Drake's next TV Appearance will be on Talents Unlimited, hosted by Gary Scudero on Tuesday, June 12th EST at 8 pm on Channel 34.

For more information and to check for upcoming concerts, please go to Jerry Drake's website at www.jerrydrake.com and like Jerry Drake & the Front Page Big Band on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or directions to the Knockdown Center go their website at www.knockdowncenter.com. Below are a few of Jerry's videos and pictures of his latest jazz concert on April 6th.

BIG SOUNDS COMING TO KNOCKDOWN

By Crystal Wolfe from the Queens Ledger

March 28th, 2018

 

Jerry Drake & the Front Page Big Band are hosting a summer concert on the first Friday of every month starting in April and running through August at Maspeth's Knockdown Center.

“We at the Knockdown Center couldn’t be more excited to host a series of concerts with Jerry,” said director Tyler Myers. “The music he makes is so fun, so good to dance to, and Jerry is such a fixture in our community. It’s the perfect combination for a great event.”

Drake and his 12-piece jazz band, which the longtime public school teacher formed in 1998, will be performing original music in the vein of the Great American Songbook, as well popular standards.

“My music is new music, new lyrics, new words, new melodies, and new arrangements,” Drake said. “It is my intention to present original material using the traditional big-band setting.” 

Concerts will feature special guests, including In the Groove, a six-piece band that plays funk, classic rock, Motown, and more.

"The Jerry Drake Band keeps the traditional swing with an upbeat feel," said In the Groove singer Charlie Fiumano.

"Jerry Drake is a true musician, he always has a song in his heart and mind,” said Debbie, a longtime fan. “When you speak with him you get the feeling that he is fine-tuning a melody or lyrics in his head.”

Concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. The Knockdown Center is located at 52-19 Flushing Avenue. Tickets are $10, and more info can be found at jerrydrake.com. 


Read more: Queens Ledger - Big band sounds coming to Knockdown 

Front Page Big Band Keeps Them Dancing in Forest Park

 

by Andrew Shilling from the Queens Ledger

Jerry Drake and the Front Page Big Band performed a number of classic and newly written big band pieces at the Oak Ridge House last week in Forest Park. With nearly 40 years of performing experience, the group brought their act to Oak Ridge for an afternoon of fun and dance.

They played dozens of classics like “Moonlight Serenade,” “In The Mood” and “My Funny Valentine,” as well as some original material. “They’re written like the way the big band would have written them if they had continued,” Drake said of his own pieces.

Drake and his band are currently made up of three trumpet players, four trombones, five saxophones and a rhythm section. They have recorded three albums with plans to continue producing new big band style tunes for their fans. “If it’s merengue, and it’s mine versus one of the standards, if they can dance to it, they will,” Drake said. “The older people aren’t judgmental.”

Drake is currently focused on his new web-based talk show with QBO Media (www.qbomedia.tv) called Swing Street, expected to air in the coming months. He said to expect interviews with Cristina Fontanelli, Julie Budd and radio and television personality Joe Franklin.

“It takes a lot of work to book all these things that I’m doing,” he said. “I might be getting old, but I still have a lot to do.”

Read more: Queens Ledger – Front Page Big Band keeps them dancing in Forest Park http://www.queensledger.com/view/full_story/23861789/article-Front-Page-Big-Band-keeps-them-dancing-in-Forest-Park

Maspeth Summer Jazz Concert Continues Friday

From the Maspeth Blog

The Summer Jazz Concert Series featuring Maspeth’s own Jerry Drake & the Front Page continues this Friday, July 6th  starting at 7:30 pm. It’s $15 at the door. The Summer Jazz Concert Series takes place at the Knockdown Down Center on Flushing Avenue in Maspeth.

 

Link: http://maspethblog.com/2018/07/maspeth-summer-jazz-concert-series-continues-friday/

Jerry Drake & the Front Page to play at Ridgewood Library

From the Ridgewood Blog

Queens musician Jerry Drake and the Front Page band is coming to Ridgewood on September 24th.

The local 12-piece jazz band will be playing original jazz music in the Great American Songbook style at the Ridgewood Library Garden, starting at 6 p.m.

If it rains, the concert will be moved to the library auditorium.

Be sure to catch Jerry Drake’s smooth tunes!

Jerry Drake & the Front Page Concerts

From the Wolfeside Times

 

In an event generously sponsored by Councilmember Robert Holden and the Friends of the Ridgewood Library (FORL), Jerry Drake & the Front Page, a 12-piece jazz band, will be playing at the Ridgewood Library on Monday, September 24th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. They will be playing in the Ridgewood Library's Garden. In case of rain, they will perform in the Ridgewood Library Auditorium. Jerry's band will also be playing at the Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Blvd, in Jamaica Queens on Saturday, November 17th from 1 pm to 2 pm. Both concerts are free.

Jerry Drake's band features original music in the Great American Songbook style. Many of his songs have a nostalgic, old-fashioned, and very personal feel--like "To Be a Fireman," which can be experienced as a beautiful memorial song for the firefighters that were lost in 9/11. "The Greatest Generation" is a testament to the noble World War II Generation. Some of his songs boast an ethnic, exotic twist--with a South American flavor and flair. For upcoming concerts for Jerry Drake & the Front Page, please visit the website www.jerrydrake.com.

Link for article: https://www.wolfesidetimes.com/single-post/2018/09/12/Jerry-tiide

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Music Reviews

Review of Latin Latitudes, A Tribute to the Big Bands,

and Songs from the Heart  by Lord Litter in Germany

As much as I'm thrilled by these new/so far “unheard” creations from the worldwide true indie scene...REAL chills run down my back when I receive some so far unheard “new” music based on “traditional/old timey” sounds--(THAT is what we are all based upon)!

Jerry Drake & the Front Page play the ballrooms...so the main influences are from the 1920's/1930's/1940's. A Tribute to the Big Bands and Latin Latitudes—both super excellent! Plus, and that makes them special: all original material! So you don't get any “cover band boredom” here! All fresh and new!

BUT my absolute fave CD here is Jerry's solo release, Songs from my Heart--wonderful, unique songs with a VERY private, emotional approach to all his influences. Yes, it's mainly “old timey” influences...but I hear so much more! Jerry can deliver themes in his lyrics where others would probably drown in cliché production or unbearable pathos and Schmatlz. Jerry ALWAYS keeps it personal...natural...with a wonderful touch of “naive human-ism”...and if I praise songs like “The Greatest Generation,” where he talks about his—the second world war—generation...these songs simply MUST be nothing but REAL!

I really could praise EVERY song on his CD—but my absolute favorite song is “Googie and Scoogie” about two little spiders in the room of a 3-year-old, who turns out to be...but check it out on your own—if you like music directly from the heart, this is for you!

Not to forget: On this CD Jerry sure wrote all the songs...sang 'em all...played Trumpet, Trombone, Flugelhorn, and Organ...and sure also produced the CDs! The sound is a wonderful, natural, upfront, in-your-face experience! Jerry SURE knows what he does!

TOTALLY RECOMMENDED for ALL “open-minded” music lovers—Jerry Drake & the Front Page Big Band!

The Wolfeside Times Review of

More Tributes to the Big Bands and

More Songs from the Heart 

Jerry Drake has a fantastic 12-piece band playing original jazz music in the Great American Song Book Style. Jerry Drake is one the most talented musicians I've ever heard—playing the piana, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, as well as singing in perfect pitch with a great range. He writes all the lyrics and music to his pieces—including the compositions for each band member.

His newest CD, More Tributes to the Big Bands, was a delight! His range on the song “South,” was truly impressive. The music is new, but it felt familiar--in that it fit so well in the jazz genre. Yet there is diversity of types of jazz in his music, including the songs from his CD Latin Latitudes, which has a jazzy, but South American Flair.

I would imagine that most any jazz lover would enjoy his music. Jerry Drake's songs are not limited by age, as young people enjoy the new lyrics with the jazz style, as well as older persons who grew up with the greats like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His songs are what I call “new classics.”

Drake's music is well-written, both lyrically and musically. He has a way of arranging the music so that each instrument gets its own feature at some point in each song, blending all 12 instruments harmoniously with the pizazz of his voice quality and style.

But it was his CD, More Songs from the Heart, where I found my favorite song from Jerry Drake & the Front Page, “My House.” The song was inspired by a beautiful story from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series The poignant lyrics about a little girl's struggle growing up in a house with domestic violence, but using the hope of growing up and having her own house without fighting or alcohol, along with the adult friend who showed her kindness, pulls at the heart strings and puts Jerry Drake & the Front Page in a league of their own.

 

Highly Recommended with 5 Stars *****

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