JAMESTOWN – On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Jamestown Unitarian Church, 1225 Prendergast Avenue, will host the First Annual Jazzfest Jamestown from 6 to 11 p.m.
Jazzfest Jamestown is a free family event presented to our community to showcase the outstanding jazz musicians in our area. Popular jazz standard songs from all eras and styles will be performed including blues, swing, be-bop and funk.
Area saxophonist, John Cross, will host and narrate the event. Other area jazz musicians will be invited to “sit in” at 10 p.m. with The Babalu Band which has performed for the Chautauqua Lake Idol Competitions for the past nine years.
The Infinity Big Band will kick off the festival at 6 p.m. with featured trumpet soloists, Matthew Lefford, Emily Marsh and Sarah Ozga. Mateo Mendez and Tyler Roesler will be featured soloists on saxophones.
Four professional jazz groups from Chautauqua County will follow
- 7 p.m. – Jazz Revival: Toby Hanks, bass; Steve Swanson; keyboards; Ray Domanski, drums; John Cross, horns
- 8 p.m. – Bluzeinn: Jon Wilder, trumpet; Marla Harris, vocals; Carl Lydell, guitar
- 9 p.m. – Dave Golando & Friends: Harry Jacobson, bass; Alec Dube, drums; Phil Tappen, piano; Dave Golando, saxophones
- 10 p.m. – The Babalu Band: Mark Alpaugh, keyboards; Jim Karapontso, guitar; Jim Foti, drums
Jazzfest Jamestown has been partially funded by a grant from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and a donation by Jamestown Awning. Additional donations will be gratefully accepted.