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Music at the Mansion: Full Disclosure Music

  • The Historic Strauss Mansion Museum 27 Prospect Circle Atlantic Highlands, NJ (map)

This month’s installment of Music At The Mansion hosts Full Disclosure Music, a quartet featuring Frank Grasso (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bob McHugh (piano), Mike Carino (bass), and Mitch Germansky (drums). They will be joined occasionally throughout the evening by vocalist Audra Mariel. All ages are welcome. $15 at the door— please bring a dish and/or a drink to share as part of this potluck style event at the Historic Strauss Mansion Museum curated and hosted by Audra Mariel.

FRANK GRASSO: Mr. Grasso studied at the Boston Berklee College of Music, led his European big band in the 80-90s on TV and played for Queen Elizabeth of England, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; has performed with Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, and Toots Thielemans; and is active as a teacher of the trumpet and jazz improvisation.

BOB MCHUGH: Working as a musician for over 50 years, he has recorded for Perception Records, Peter’s International Records, Alliance Records, Outstanding Records and Lunge Music. He has performed with Joe Morello, Ray Mantilla, Ron Naspo and many others. Bob was the favorite artist on Anima Jazz in Pisa , Italy [2005] and Sky Jazz [2008], and he was chosen ‘Jazz Musician of the Day’ on All About Jazz [2014].

Bob has been a featured guest on radio shows in the U.S.A. and England. He was the commissioned composer for the NJMTA state piano competition, and had compositions on the required list for the National Federation of Music Clubs. Bob’s Latin jazz piece, El Gato Rojo is featured in ASCAP’s podcast #4.

McHugh has performed at The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, The Newark Museum, The New York Public Library, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and The Morristown Library to name a few. He was a featured performer in the documentary The Art of Worship filmed at Riverside Church in New York City.

Bob recently retired from teaching music in the New Jersey public schools. Upon retirement he established the West Essex Youth Jazz Band, and was honored as the Role Model of the Year in 2012 by the Roseland Boosters Association. Bob continues to perform at venues in the New York- New Jersey metro area.

MIKE CARINO: Mike Carino is a bassist who has covered all the bases. He studied music at the prestigious Jazz department at William Paterson University. He has performed with some of the most legendary musicians of our time, including Harold Mabern, Dave Samuels, Derek Smith, Richie Cole, Bobby Rydell, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Connie Francis, and Sally Kellerman. Mike has performed all over the country playing jazz and rock as well as classical symphonies, opera, and musical theater.

MITCH GERMANSKY: At age six starts studying drums with his dad, Al, the well-respected professional drummer and renowned teacher. Focused on classical percussion, jazz,and rock, he plays with various bands during his K-12 years. As a young teen he starts teaching drums and playing professionally while also performing with the NJ All-State High School Band and Orchestra, and the first All-State College Jazz Band. Mitch pursues a BA in Math and MS in Computer Science embarking on a journey as a computer scientist in the 70s. During the past 40 years he's devoted to computers, teaching, and drumming in diverse musical settings including jazz, rock, classical, shows, dance bands, club dates. Mitch resides in Berkeley Heights, NJ.