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A trip back in time with ‘Jimmy Durante and Friends’

Fans of New Jersey jazz know that Grover Kemble, a mainstay of the state’s jazz scene for decades, can sing well. But now we also know that he can sing well out of the corner of his mouth, in a sandpaper rasp. Kemble has put together a Jimmy Durante tribute show, “Jimmy Durante and Friends,” that is being presented at the Parsippany Playhouse this weekend, and he is planning to continue presenting it at other locations in the future. Durante may seem like an odd candidate for such a show. Even 50 years ago, he seemed like a relic from a long-gone era in show business. Continue Reading →

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