South Level All Star Jazz Band

PENN YAN — The Yates Concert Series continues July 6 at 6:30 p.m., offering its third free concert Wednesday night on the lawn of the Old Yates County Courthouse at the intersection of Court and Main streets.

The featured musicians belong to the South Level All Star Jazz Band – a 17-piece jazz orchestra specializing in big band hits from the 1930s to the present day. Travel back in time and expect to reminisce about the sounds of Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Continue your journey with modern jazz favorites. You’ll probably agree with this group’s Facebook page boasting that it lives up to its name – “All Stars”.

The oft-received band is led by one of Penn Yan’s favorite musicians, Jeff Stempien, a lead trumpeter. He is credited with creating a regional ensemble of local artists, the Penn Yan Community Band, which will appear in this series a few weeks later.

Please bring your own lawn chairs. The concert is free, with the traditional yellow buckets passed for a voluntary donation that supports this ongoing summer series. This concert is sponsored by the Loyal Order of Moose 2030 and the Douglas B. Miles Agency, Inc. Refreshments for sale on the lawn will be provided by the Living Well. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place next door, thanks to the hospitality of the First Baptist Church – who are also offering a light picnic-style supper for sale before the concert begins.

The next concert will take place on July 13 and will feature contemporary and classical chamber music from the Finger Lakes Chamber Orchestra.


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Henry R. Wright