Big Band Tribute to Wildwood’s Cozy Morley at Middle PAC

Big Band Tribute to Wildwood's Cozy Morley at Middle PAC

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township will be rocking when the Black Magic Swing Band takes the stage on Sunday, October 6 at 2 pm in a tribute to Cozy Morley, a favorite for many years at the Club Avalon in North Wildwood.

The band's leader, Denise Black, said the show, "To Cozy With Love," expresses what so many people from the area felt about the comedian-musician, whose Club Avalon nightclub was the focal point of the Jersey shore for so many years. The phrase, "We're going down to see Cozy," said it all for folks throughout the region.

"Cozy brings back so many great memories of his time in South Jersey that I wanted to do something special musically in his honor," Black said. "So I came up with the idea to honor him at the PAC, where his friends and fans could come and enjoy the music of his time."

Now an Egg Harbor Township resident, Black spent four years at the Club Avalon from 1975 to 1979 as the music librarian for the house band led by Howard Reynolds, whom she later married. Cozy was the best man at the ceremony, performed by then North Wildwood Mayor Aldo Palombo, at Westy's Irish Pub. It was a North Wildwood affair from beginning to end.

Black, who became leader of her Black Magic Swing Band in 2002, said the program will include the big band hits of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and others from that era. She notes that music has always been a part of her life. Her father was a copyist for the Benny Goodman band from 1936 to 1948.  

Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling 609-463-1924. The Performing Arts Center is located at 212 Bayberry Drive next to the high school in Cape May Court House, one mile east of Exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway.  There is free parking on the premises.