Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM is pleased to announce three free summer jazz concerts to be held on the grounds of Greece Olympia School – 1139 Maiden Lane. The series will include performances by The Greece Jazz Band on Monday June 18, Jon Seiger and The All-Stars on Wednesday July 11, and Swing Dynasty on Tuesday August 21. All three concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The Greece Jazz Band has been performing in the greater Rochester area since 1997, this volunteer big band has developed a varied repertoire of familiar standards, dance tunes, and modern high-energy jazz charts. The band’s growing performance schedule includes holiday concerts at area malls, several dance nights, numerous summer festivals and events.
An evening with Jon Seiger and the All-Stars is something you won’t soon forget. Their authentic renditions of songs by Louis Armstrong (and some by Ella Fitzgerald) will leave you feeling as if you were hearing Louis and his band performing live. The band is made up of seasoned jazz musicians, all of whom swing hard. Jon Seiger is a unique performer in many ways. He is one of very few young jazz musicians who specializes in the older styles of jazz, and has played with many jazz greats.
Founded by saxophonists Karl and Erik Stabnau, Swing Dynasty is a fresh take on the big band sound of the 1920’s – 1940’s paying homage to greats such as Ellington, Basie, Miller, Goodman, and Armstrong. The ten member ensemble is smaller than a traditional 18 piece big band making it more nimble and spontaneous without losing the sonic punch of the extra musicians. Swing Dynasty’s musicians have performed with artists including: The Woody Herman Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, The O’Jays, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, Lou Christie, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Clark Terry, James Moody, Terrell Stafford, Peter Erskine, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
All three concerts are free and open to the public and will be held on the lawn just outside of the Jazz90.1 studios at Greece Olympia School. There is ample free parking and attendees should bring chairs or blankets. Light beverages and food will be available for purchase during the concerts. If weather is an issue, the concerts will be moved indoors to the air conditioned Greece Olympia auditorium the same evening. In accordance with New York State law, school grounds are drug, alcohol and tobacco free.
Jazz90.1 is one of the last 24/7/365 jazz stations in the country. The radio station is owned by The Greece Central School District; however it must raise all operating funds annually through member and business donations.