Son Jarod to pay homage to his birthday at Wonder Bar
Among the many talents of the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons was his musical career outside of the E Street Band.
The Big Man has racked up its share of big hits. Jarod Clemons, his youngest son, will perform them, along with songs associated with Clemons and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, on Friday February 11 at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.
The show was originally scheduled for Friday, January 7 at the Wonder Bar to celebrate Clarence Clemons Day in New Jersey, but has been moved due to the recent wave of COVID-19.
“The songs are so inspiring to me and the band,” Jarod Clemons said. “All guys love to repeat them. They say, ‘I love this song, I love this song.’ “
“You’re a Friend of Mine” with Jackson Browne, “Freeway of Love” with Aretha Franklin, “The Edge of Glory” with Lady Gaga, and “Savin ‘Up” and “Woman’s Got The Power” with her Red Bank Rockers show that Clemons was musically formidable away from E Street.
“I felt like he was coming up with stuff that people could dance to but that people could also relate to without making him sad or gloomy,” said young Clemons. “It was more like he wanted to be an inspiration to people, and I think he really hit the nail on the head with his music.”
His work with the E Street Band is legendary, and this side will also be featured at Wonder Bar.
“I don’t mean to sound biased, but Adrian Condis has one of the most spectacular saxophone tones you can hear,” Clemons said. “If you close your eyes you can almost imagine Pops playing.”
Condis, a native of Dumont, plays baritone saxophone in the Lucky Chops Brass Band, and he will be performing at the Wonder Bar.
A resolution proclaiming January 11 (Big Man’s birthday) as Clarence Clemons Day was sponsored by former Senator Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, and signed by former Governor Chris Christie in 2014. The live concerts The band’s legendary saxophone solos, Clarence Clemons were eagerly awaited and he was always featured last in the band’s presentations, much to the delight of the spectators who greeted his every move with roars of approval.
Clemons died of complications from a stroke on June 18, 2011. He was 69 years old. The Wonder Bar is an important place in the history of Clemons because it was there that he met Springsteen, according to local tradition.
Having the show there “is definitely a tough thing to do,” Jarod said. “Part of my personal grieving process is putting on the best show possible. My dad and Bruce really took charge of it all with their music, their positivity, and their love.
Jarod Clemons & The Late Nights’ Clarence Clemons Day Celebration, 7:00 p.m. Friday February 11, Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. $ 17 in advance, $ 20 at the door. Wonderbarasburypark.com.
Southside Johnny on the Pony
Love will not be denied in 2022.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ annual February show inside the Stone Pony in Asbury Park returns on Friday, February 12, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The theme is, again, “Stupid Cupid”. Tickets, $ 45 in advance and $ 50 at the door, are on sale through Ticketmaster.com.
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Sad day for the horn section
Musicians and fans of The Sound of Asbury Park and beyond mourn the passing of trumpeter Mike Spengler, who passed away on Friday, December 31, according to the American Federation of Musicians Local 802, of which he was a member.
Spengler was 69 years old.
Spengler, a native of Englewood, has reached the heights of his profession performing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Diana Ross and more.
He was most recently a member of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. Check it out below without his trumpet with the E Street Band. He’s second from the right when the guys come out.
“So sad and painful to hear the terrible news that my Miami Horn trumpeter brother, Disciple of Soul, Asbury Juke Mike Spengler has passed away,” saxophonist Eddie Manion said on social media. “Through it all, Mike had a deep love for music that was honest and genuine. He was an inspiration to all who knew him through his love and respect for the horn. A real musician.
Spengler had been teaching at Montclair Music Studio for the past few years. He was also sharing Facebook updates on health issues related to his dialysis treatments due to kidney failure in recent weeks. Its last update was on Christmas Eve.
“So if you are traveling to a family destination, these trips can be quick and easy,” Spengler said. “If you are already there, may the anticipation of tomorrow’s celebration make every face smile.
“And everyone, a merry Christmas Eve.”
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Chris Jordan, originally from the Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]