Music & Events
Kate Buczek Memorial Concert
Sun., May 25 4-6 p.m.
The Concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
The concert is free. Donations welcome!
For more information, call 923-1155.
Bruce Johnstone will bring his trio, with Johnstone on baritone saxophone, guitarist Frank Singer and bassist John Huegel. Johnstone is well known in the area and throughout the world for his mastery of his instrument and profound knowledge of jazz. He achieved national recognition as a soloist with the Maynard Ferguson band, and appeared on a number of Downbeat polls among leading baritone saxophonists. The bandmates he has selected for this gig also bring stellar credentials. Singer is one of the few musicians in town able to survive on his earnings from playing and teaching jazz, is a Berkeley grad and frequent accompanist for visiting jazz stars. Huegel is a find big band as well as small group bassist, having served that role in the Dave Stevens Big band for a number of years.
Pianist Derf Hopsecger will present a quartet, with Charles Ventrello on saxophones and flute, David Blaetz on bass, and Rick Cass on drums. Hopsecger, originally a bassist (and still a good one), reorganized his musical life and learned piano in mid-career. He has appeared as a soloist and band member/leader in many venues since this shift in both classical and jazz contexts. And he sings. Ventrello has been a creative activist on Erie's jazz scene for many years now, contributing ideas and arrangements, leading a monthly JazzErie Discussion Group, and meanwhile pursuing a career as a graphic artist and teacher. Blaetz is the bassist everybody wants to help make their music sound good, and Cass has served in the same role for many area groups.
The afternoon will be filled with very good music!
Kate Buczek was an avid jazz fan and aficianado. On her death in 2010, memorial gifts from family and friends were designated to fund an annual concert at the Unitarian Universalist church in Erie.
Last Year's Concert..
April 8, 2014