|With: Buddy Savino: Bass Guitar; Chris Emenizer:
Saxophone; Dave Mann: Saxophone; Pancho Morales: Congas; Clarence Brown, Ed Stanojev, Maretha Stewart,
Yolanda McCullen; Helda Harris: Background Vocals; George Naha: Guitar; Kenny Landrum:
Keyboards; Arthur "Babe" Clarke: Baritone Sax; Steve Nichols:
Keyboards; Wayne Gronberg: Bass Guitar; Mario Cicerello:
Keyboards; Rob Sozanski: Percussion; Norman Perkins: Bass.
Gene McCormick and Jack Hoban were local Jersey Shore musicians from the same zip codes as Bon Jovi and Springsteen, except that they represented the jazz and R&B offering from that magical and musically fertile part of the country. Playing at the Jazz & Blues festival in Red Bank with their band "Jersey Blue," they were heard by Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, the world's most recorded drummer with credits that include Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Alan Jackson, B. B. King, etc. After the show Purdie told them "you have a new drummer," and off they went to Home Base studios in NYC, where Purdie had recorded the seminal "Abandoned
Luncheonette," with Hall & Oates. Joined by some of the best studio musicians in NYC, they recorded "Jersey Blue." Jersey Blue is a diverse and magical set of songs, with some of the finest drumming of Purdie's long and illustrious career. Jersey Blue covers R&B to Jazz to Rock to Country. And, of course, the Purdie Shuffle!