ATLANTIC CITY — The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. (CBBHF) and Richard Stockton College’s Dante Hall Theater have teamed up to bring the Sonny Fortune Quartet and the Marc Cary Quartet to Atlantic City.
On Saturday, May 19, the CBBHF will help Fortune celebrate his 73rd birthday following a 7:30pm show by the Philadelphia-born Fortune and his quartet, as a birthday cake with light refreshments will be served after the show. Tickets are $30 with doors opening at 7pm.
A multi-reed instrumentalist who plays soprano, tenor and baritone sax, clarinet and flute, Fortune has earned high praise for his recordings with his own quartet as well as music legends McCoy Tyner, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and others.
On Saturday, June 16, the Marc Cary Quartet will perform two shows at Dante Hall, at 7:30pm and 10pm. Tickets are $30 each. The New York City-born Cary has been called one of the most multi-dimensional keyboard players on the scene today by Down Beat magazine, and was among the pioneers of the “Go-Go” rhythms that originated out of Washington, D.C. He has earned four Grammy nominations, and has played and/or recorded with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ani DiFranco, Jackie McLean, Carmen McRae and others.
The CBBHF has for 12 years sponsored the free Jazz at the Beach summer concert series at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City. The group has also partnered with Tropicana Casino and Resort to present the new Spring Jazz Concerts at the Top of the Trop this year.
“It’s exciting to see how much the jazz scene has grown in Atlantic City,” says Henrietta Shelton, chairman of CBBHF. “We’re looking forward to bringing more jazz concerts to the city and having a beautiful, intimate venue like Dante Hall hosting some of the top artists in the field.”
“We are excited to bring jazz back to Dante Hall Theater, and look forward to a great relationship with Chicken Bone Beach,” says Alex Marino, director of operations for Stockton’s Carnegie Center and Dante Hall Theater. “This is the start of what we hope is a monthly seasonal jazz offering continuing throughout the year.”