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Benny Goodman Tribute
Stan Rubin Orchestra

January Jazz Fest
Jan. 12, 2013 / 8pm

Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center

"The beauty of big-band swing is that it combines musical structure with improvisation,
the hallmark of jazz, but swing doesn't abandon the melody like some modern jazz"

     – Stan Rubin

Stan Rubin Orchestra
   Stan Rubin Orchestra

The "King of Swing" will make his way to the Centenary Stage to lead the Benny Goodman Tribute on Saturday, January 12 at 8 PM, when the Stan Rubin Orchestra arrives with its 15 piece big band to launch the January Jazz Fest in Hackettstown.

Bandleader, conductor, and clarinetist, the legendary Benny Goodman is synonymous with swing and big band jazz orchestra. With a career spanning over 50 years, Goodman worked with such legendary jazz performers such as Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Mildred Bailey, Bessie Smith and countless others. His following of fans and music enthusiasts has kept Benny Goodman’s name and legend an ever-present staple in jazz and swing music.

Celebrating the life and music of Benny Goodman is the acclaimed Stan Rubin Orchestra featuring bandleader, Herb Gardner. Stan Rubin, widely known as the foremost preserver of the swing style, enjoys his strong roots in the state of New Jersey, from his early days at Blair Academy in Blairstown, to his graduation from Princeton University, where the jazz band he started when he didn’t make the basketball team was eventually invited to perform for Grace Kelly’s wedding to the Prince of Moraco, which changed everything for Rubin. Rubin has invested $300,000 of his own money into a library of swing, a collection of the arrangements played by the likes of Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Harry James and a half-dozen others who swung America from the 1930s into the early 50s.

   Bandleader Herb Gardner

Bandleader Herb Gardner has performed with a renown roster of jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and more. He toured with popular jazz performers Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood. While serving as co-leader of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Gardner played at George Bush’s inauguration and Bill Clinton’s victory party.

The January Jazz Fest at CSC is made possible in part through the support of Premiere Sponsor, Heath Village Retirement Community, in Hackettstown. The 2012-13 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Centenary Stage Company members and sponsors, also including Silver sponsor Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and series sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Mamas and Café Bacci, as well as CSC members and sponsors.

Also see 'Herb Gardner and Stan Rubin Orchestra to Bring Benny Goodman Tribute to Centenary Stage, 1/12' article with many links to additional information.

Tickets for the Benny Goodman Tribute with Stan Rubin Orchestra range between $27.50 in advance, with discounts for seniors and students. A January Jazz Fest "Flex Pass", offered at $66, is available for all three concerts, which includes The Kathy Kosins Trio tribute "To the Ladies of Cool" on January 19, and The Hot Club of Detroit on Jan 26. Tickets are available through the Centenary Stage Company box office at 715 Grand Avenue, open 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 908-979-0900.

Single Tickets in Advance:
Adults $27.50    
Srs/Stu. $25.00    
Child Under 12 $20.00 in advance

OR Flex Pass Discount Options - details below

Sponsored By
Heath Village  and    Hackettstown Regional Medical Center
Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are available through the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908-979-0900, and our Web site's Secure Online Ticketing System, and at the box office at the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, on the campus of Centenary College.

Flex Pass Discount Options

January Jazz Fest (Three Jazz concerts only) Series    $66.00

OR include some or all of these events in one of our

Subscription Flex Passes:

  Golden Flex Pass (all 25 events incl. Curtain Up & Family Series) $275.00
  Pick Ten Flex Pass (any ten events) $200.00
  Pick Seven Flex Pass (any seven events) $147.00
  Pick Five (Any five events) $110.00

Single Tickets   in advance

Benny Goodman Tribute with The Stan Rubin Orchestra - Jan. 12 / 8pm
Adults $27.50    Sr/Stu $25.00    Child Under 12 $20.00
Kathy Kosins- Jan. 19 / 8pm
Adults $22.50     Sr/Stu $20.00    Child Under 12 $15.00
Hot Club of Detroit - Jan. 26 / 8pm
Adults $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50    Child Under 12 $17.50

*** NOTE:  Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young Audience and Family Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.

  Box Office:
908-979-0900      MasterCard, Visa, Cash or Checks Accepted
Secure Online Ticketing System    Visa & Mastercard
Jazz In January is Produced Centenary Performing Arts Guild
in Cooperation with WRNJ & WNTI Radio
Part of the Centenary Stage Company Jazz Programming
January Jazz Fest  •  Jammin in July 

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