A press release about the newest book about Asbury Park, from…

Mecca of musicians and city with a rock and roll heart, Asbury Park is the launch venue of a new book which spotlights the core music traditions that have shaped this residential resort for three centuries.

Asbury Park: Where Music Lives is a series of illustrated essays from noted Shore performers about the musical genres they know best: gospel, blues, opera, ragtime, jazz, musical theater, classical, folk, old-school/new-school rock, and the unique “sound of Asbury Park” known as S.O.A.P.  Also included are two essays about the newest music traditions that reflect a growing Latin and Caribbean culture in the city.

“Their lyrics and rhythms are part of our collective soul,” writes award-winning author Helen-Chantal Pike who edited the anthology and contributed the essay ‘Classical’s Culture Clash’.  “In Asbury Park are the sounds of America.”

To celebrate this newest volume about Asbury Park, the public is invited to attend “Book Jam” on Sunday, March 6.

Doors open at 2 p.m. Performance begin at 3 p.m.

The event takes place at The Watermark located on the second floor of the Asbury Avenue Pavilion.

Some of the musicians who appear in Asbury Park: Where Music Lives will perform and sign copies of the anthology, including folk singer George Wirth; S.O.A. P. musician Patsy Siciliano; St. Augustine organist Gladstone Trott; Haitian vocalist Cassandra Momplaisir; rocker Sonny Kenn; jazz musician Dorian Parreott; gospel singer Tyron McAllister, bluesman Willie Mitchell, and Gee Guillen and his Xol Azul Band. Helen Pike, known for her seven years of research that produced Asbury Park’s Glory Days, will provide introductory commentary.

A second “Book Jam” that will showcase other contributors is scheduled for July 9 at Chico’s House of Jazz, Lake Avenue.

Asbury Park: Where Music Lives is priced at $10. With an additional charge of $5 for S&H, it may also be ordered from

The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Festival is a year-long celebration of the city’s richly diverse music traditions, from the sacred to the secular. “Book Jam” is the curtain raiser to the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.” Located in the city library, the exhibit is free to the public, seven days a week from March 12 to April 17. For more info, please visit: