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Kate Buczec Memorial Concert
Sunday, June 5 4 - 6 p.m.

Kate Boczek concert audience, 2014 On Sunday afternoon, June 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie is hosting the fifth annual Kate Buczek Memorial Jazz Concert, featuring the "Colony Trio" and "The U-Tones"

 Kate Buczek was a jazz music aficionado.  She enjoyed taking family and friends with her to New Orleans for its Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  Among her favorite musicians were Louie Armstrong, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

 After Kate died in 2010, at age 91, memorial gifts from her many friends were designated to fund annual concerts at the Unitarian Universalist church where, for many decades, she was an active member and supporter. The June 5th concert is open to the public.  Free admission, but donations to the UU Congregation in memory of Kate are encouraged to help replenish her Memorial Concert Fund.  The church is located at 7180 Perry Highway (PA Route 97), about one-half mile north of I-90's exit 27.  (Information at 923-1155)
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Hot Rhythm, 2014“The U-Tones” -- Jazz standards, blues, a ragtime piece, and some jazz/pop vocals

Jackson Froman (piano) Shown at right in 2014 photo at UU concert.

A graduate of Edinboro University of PA (BA in piano performance), Jackson has served for six years as the church musician for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie (UUCE).  In addition to performing professionally in the local area, he teaches chorus at Union City MS/HS, and harmonica at Allegheny College.

* Doug Hunsberger (guitar)
 A veteran of the local garage band scene, Doug has performed at many establishments around the Erie area, lately with the acoustic duo M.A.D. He also has contributed his talents playing guitar in the UUCE sanctuary for various events.

Sonny Froman (drums/percussion)

Founder of Creative Projects Music Shop, Sonny has studied drumming with Al Bardi (Vic Damone drummer, Las Vegas), Bobby Rosengarten (The Dick Cavett Show drummer and Musical Director), and Bill Lavorgna (Music Director for Liza Minnelli).  He also studied percussion at the University of Hawaii and for 10 years was Principal drummer for the Grammy nominated Honolulu Symphony Pops.  Sonny was with the Don Ho Show for 20 years, and he also was conductor and drummer for the Rich Little Show in Hawaii.  He has worked with Elvis Costello, the Smothers Brothers, Jim Nabors, Faith Hill, Joanne Worley, Yvonne Elliman, Rock Legends In Concert, The Marvelettes, and The Fifth Dimension.

Doug Russell (bass)

 Co-president of the Board of Trustees of UUCE, Doug is often seen here on Sunday mornings volunteering as Media Tech and/or adding his talent on the double bass to lively musical interludes. Known as the 3-Fingered, Blue-Collar Hacker Attacker, Doug has been playing bass for 40 years with various local rock, polka, country, and Latin bands such as The Volume Four, XL, Shadows Force, Sangita, Earth Island Ensemble, MoRebo, EastAve, Bob Ulick and The Vesitiles, Red Hot Rug Cutters, Torn Curtain, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Mambo.

Pat Lorei (sax)

Pat studied music education at Edinboro State College (at that time). Early on, he played with various local concert bands and big bands. In recent decades Pat has played a wide variety of music with the Mar-Vels band (polkas included) and acoustic band Bus 17 (no polkas). For the past 18 years he has been leader of the folk orchestra at the UU District Summer Institute.

Tammie Johnson (vocals)

Tammie began performing in Erie in the 90's with various groups: percussion and vocals with Mary Alice Brown, bass and vocals with By Popular Demand, and most recently, percussion and vocals with The Mission Band.

Christine Cedzo (vocals)

Christine has been heard singing many times in our UUCE Sanctuary at Sunday services and other events. A Gannon mathematics professor, she spends her “free” time dancing at Soma Movement Arts, power lifting at Joe's Gym, and as soon as the weather warms up, paddle boarding on Lake Erie.
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“Colony Trio” -- Playing standard and original jazz compositions, following in the tradition of trios led by pianists Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans,

The Colony Trio can be heard Thursday evenings at the Colony Pub & Grille, 2670 W. 8th St. in Erie.

Howard HammeHoward Hamme (piano)

Howard has been performing in the Erie area as a single, duo, combo and big band player since the later 50's. Studying with Sam Diehl gave him a deep appreciation for arranging and playing jazz. During the 1960's, he was attached to the 3rd Army Band and played with many accomplished and notable players. For 50 years he was president and owner of Froess Piano and

Carl AlanakianCarl Alanakian (drums)

Carl was born in a musical family. Inspired by his father  a professional saxophonist, he rhythmically banged on his first drum when he was eight. At the age of 15 he started to play at jazz clubs and festivals. In the 1980s he studied drums and vibraphone at “Gnesin College” and obtained a degree in percussion. Carl joined various jazz and classical orchestras that toured Europe. He has played with national stars like Buddy DeFranco, Sonny Fortune, Dave McKenna, Don Menza, Pat Metheney, Buster Williams, Lou Tabakin.

Harry JacobsonHarry Jacobson (bass)

Harry served 36 years as the bass professor at SUNY Fredonia. He has a doctorate from one of the pioneering schools in jazz education, the University of North Texas.  Born in Riga, Latvia he came to the U.S. at an early age and was raised in Columbus, Ohio. As a jazz bassist he maintains a busy schedule freelancing throughout the region.  Highlights include performing with vocalists Lydia Marks and Solitaire Miles; jazz saxophonists Don Menza, Bruce Johnstone, and Jerry Coker; and pianists Mary Alice Brown, Don Rebic, Rick DellaRatta; and in Europe with Jan Laurens Hartong. An accomplished classical music performer, Harry is principal bass of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and Erie Opera Theater and also plays in the bass section of the Erie Philharmonic

April 16, 2016