Southern Tier All Star Jazz Band Joins Yates Series July 6 | Entertainment

PENN YAN — The Yates concert series continues July 6 with the Southern Tier All Star Jazz Band, a 17-piece jazz orchestra specializing in big band hits from the 1930s to the present.

The free show begins at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Yates County Courthouse at the intersection of Court and Main streets.

The Southern Tier All Star Jazz Band features the sounds of Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

The group 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 – they will be featured in the Yates concert series in a few weeks.

Guests are requested to bring lawn chairs. The traditional yellow buckets will be passed around for a collection of free will that accompanies the 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 Bien Vivre.

In case of bad weather, the concert will take place next door in the First Baptist Church. The church offers a light picnic-style supper for sale before the concert begins.

The Finger Lakes Chamber Orchestra will join the series on July 13.


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Henry R. Wright