Garden State Harmonica Club

Garden State Harmonica Club
P.O. Box 353
Paramus, NJ 07653
Contact Valerie Redler
President, GSHC
Phone: 845-947-7252
Harmonica Love is in the Air at the 39th GSHC Festival
WHO: Great Performers: Rob Paparozzi, Robert Bonfiglio, The Sgro Bros., The HarpBeats, Stan Harper, Enrico Granafei, Bucky Pizzarelli
and more!
WHAT: The 39th Garden State Harmonica Club Festival
WHERE: The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center at 130 State Route 10 in East Hanover, NJ
WHEN: Nov. 3-5
The fabulous Fall celebration of the GSHC 39th Festival will be held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center from Nov.3-5. There will also be a kickoff ?Jazz and Blues Blast? at Trumpets Jazz Club on the evening of Nov.2 with Rob Paparozzi as front man and host of this gala event. This festival attracts people from all over the world, including attendees from Italy, the Netherlands and Canada. In addition to harmonica, singing and back up instruments such as the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard, drums, and bass are included; lots of seminars/workshops, blues, bluegrass and jazz jams, nightly entertainment, open mic for all; harmonica vendor New Harmonica; Suzuki has a representative available; a Saturday Matinee, cocktail party, fabulous buffet dinner, world class entertainment and more. This will take place from November 3-5 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center located at 130 Route 10 West in East Hanover, NJ, with special hotel rates of $82 plus tax, a 3 day festival package for $125 or a la carte daily and evening rates.
Some of the star-studded celebrities include Rob Paparozzi, Robert Bonfiglio, The Sgro Bros, the HarpBeats, Stan Harper, Phil Caltabellotta, The GSHC Ensemble, Chris Bauer, 17 North Band, Ken Korb, Hal Walker, The Hotshots and more. A ?special? Saturday evening performance on November 5th at 8:00 by the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with Jerry Bruno on bass and Enrico Granafei on harmonica will be available with an admission fee of $25, payable by credit card or at the door. This is included for Sat. night attendees Check out our website at:; email: or call 914-263-5374 for more information.
Seminars and workshops are available for all levels. Here are some of them including: Band in a Box, Bluegrass/County workshop, Playing by Ear, Harmonica Repair, Beginning Diatonic for All, Beginners 101 Chromatic, Bass and Chord Working Together, Playing Jazz Solo with Backing Tracks, Tone Plus More, Jazz Forum, 70 Years of Playing Together, Playing with a Band, and Diatonic Workshop for Young People that includes a group of teenagers chosen by Music Director Michael Lemma from Bergen County Academies, who will have their second lesson by Hal Walker and give a performance at the festival on Nov.4th.
As part of the program, music virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio and the talented Rob Paparozzi of Blood Sweat and Tears fame will offer a 90 minute workshop on Transitioning from Diatonic to Chromatic Harmonica.
On Saturday, November 5th a great family oriented Harmonica Matinee is also offered to the public from 12:00 to 2:00 featuring Ken Korb, Rhonda Schuster, Hal Walker, 17 year old Jay Gaunt, 11 year old Josh King, and the Harmaniacs. The price is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. This is both an educational and fun time for the entire family!
It?s easy to see that there is something for everyone to enjoy, even if you don?t play the harmonica! Listeners are needed and appreciated. That ?wow? factor will certainly be evident at the Ramada Hotel with harmonica music in the air on Nov. 3-5th!

Bucky Pizzarelli show with Jerry Bruno and Enrico Granafei
The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center 130 Route 10 West East Hanover, NJ 07936
November 5, 2011 – 8:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 payable at door or in advance by credit card at
Bucky Pizzarelli….Paterson born, NJ guitarist, known as a legend in his genre, Bucky has played with
Les Paul, Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra and was guitarist for the Doc Severinsen Band on the Johnny Carson ?Tonight Show.?He has released ten albums, played for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and in 2005 was inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. He has also played and recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Kate Smith, Sarah Vaughn, and Duke Ellington and has played with Ella Fitzgerald, Antonia Jobin, Stan Getz, Roberta Flack, Miles Davis, Lena Horn, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Hank Jones, Lou Rawls and many more!
Jerry Bruno, also widely considered a jazz legend, joins Mr. Pizzarelli for the performance. In his career he has backed Tommy Dorsey, Paul Anka, Louis Prima, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra.
He has recorded with Tony Bennett, Don Costa and Stevie and Eddie. Jerry met Bucky in 1948 when they were both playing in Vince Monroe?s big band; they have been playing together ever since!
Enrico Granafei harmonica virtuoso, classical guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, composer who followed in the tradition of the legendary Toots Thielemans, he began to explore new possibilities for the harmonica, an instrument too often associated solely with Rock and Blues. Besides playing in the best jazz clubs during that period, Enrico performed regularly on national television. His love for Jazz led him to New York City, the world capital of Jazz, where he performed at local jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, Birdland, Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. In 1992 Enrico earned a masters’ degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, the only student of Toots Thielemans . He also has a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar and has recorded with Eddie Gomez, Eliot Zigmund. Marc Johnson, Adam Nussbaum, Ted Curson, Enrico’s latest accomplishment is his work on the Hands-Free-Chromatic Harmonica invented by Vern Smith allowing him to play Chromatic Harmonica and Guitar at the same time.
An additional bonus is being able to stay on and see the next two fantastic performers; virtuoso classical harmonicist,
Robert Bonfiglio and Rob Paparozzi, former frontman and vocalist for ?Blood Sweat and Tears? and the original Blues Brothers who plays a mean harmonica! and at: