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Monty Alexander Jazz Festival by Becca Newell

The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival is back and it’s better than ever! This Labor Day weekend come see the sensational Monty Alexander, along with past festival favorites and some newcomers. Presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, this three-day festival offers high-caliber performances that will delight concert lovers and jazz aficionados alike. The festival, now in its seventh year, boasts an extraordinary lineup, sure to appeal to a wide range of music enthusiasts ~ meaning you should get your tickets now before they sell out! The festival kicks off Friday evening with “The Magic of Gershwin,” featuring Ted Rosenthal, renowned as one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, and accomplished vibraphonist Chuck Redd. Rosenthal’s 2014 release, “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” presented his arrangement of the American composer’s 1924 Rhapsody in Blue. The album reached the number one position in jazz sales at iTunes and Amazon. Redd’s vibraphone work ~ referred to by the Jazz Times as “exquisite” ~ in addition to his skillful drumming, has been featured on more than 70

recordings. He is currently a faculty member at The University of Maryland School of Music in College Park, Maryland. The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band take festival goers into the weekend with a free concert on Saturday, September 3rd at the Avalon Theatre. The morning performance will showcase the 23-piece ensemble’s diverse repertoire, including big band swing, Latin, contemporary jazz, popular tunes, and Dixieland. The dynamic and energetic show is fit for all audiences, from young to old. Dominick Farinacci returns to Easton for a Saturday afternoon concert. Dubbed a “trumpeter of abundant poise” by the New York Times, Farinacci is set to release his Mack Avenue Records debut “Short Stories” on June 10th. This soul80

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