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September 22, 2004
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Creature from the Black Lagoon to Visit Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Put on some retro 3-D spectacles and sit back for a unique experience with Creature from the Black Lagoon with The Jazz Passengers, which will be presented on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Kean University's Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

The Jazz Passengers take on this 1954 creature-feature classic - radio-play style. That's right: they're killing the sound and providing live music, sound effects and dialogue, as the film rolls on the big screen above. Centering on an expedition in a remote part of the Amazon River, Creature from the Black Lagoon takes viewers on a journey with a team of scientists that run afoul of a prehistoric monster. They capture the beast, but it escapes and then returns to haunt its former tormentors, claiming lives as well as a captive of its own. The Jazz Passengers, with support from a commission from Celebrate Brooklyn, created an entirely new soundtrack from beginning to end, infusing the original plot of the film with new life. Admission price includes the 3-D specs.

The Jazz Passengers was founded in l987 by sax impresario Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, who toured together extensively in John Lurie's seminal band The Lounge Lizards. These founding members now head a group that reflects their strong affinity in their Brooklyn roots, affection for hard bop, comedy and eccentric currents in modern American music. They are known for their independent works as well as for their collaborations with singers such as Mavis Staples, Jimmy Scott and Bob Dorough. In addition, their two CDs, Individually Twisted and Live in Spain, feature the inimitable Debbie Harry as the lead vocalist. The group has also done orchestral arrangements of their work for the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Relying solidly on the arranging skills of vibraphonist Bill Ware, their composing talents are in clear evidence in the Creature from the Black Lagoon project.

Tickets are $15 for the public; $13 for senior citizens; and $10 for children. Black-and-white and color photographs are available upon request. For further information, to order tickets, or request a brochure, call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).