Music & Events

TORCH Rescheduled!
Fri.&Sat., May 30 & 31, 8 p.m.

TORCH posterFri. & Sat., May 30 & 31, will see the fruition of the two TORCH! concerts postponed last month.  An evening of songs from the American (and world) songbook, from the 20's until today.  Both concerts will begin at 8 p.m., and will be held at Erie's Neighborhood Partnership Center, 254 E. 10th St. (formerly Bethany Church).  Parking is available next to the church. 

SPONSORED BY SAFENET, a non-profit organization committed to ending domestic violence and serving the needs of victims of domestic violence..

Cost: $10.  For tickets, call 814/455-1774.

Great Show.

A great musical review featuring two area vocalists, each with a national reputation, and two newcomers.. The better known singers are Barbara Jean, who performs in the Jamestown, N.Y. and Buffalo area, as well as Erie and Lewistown, and Lydia Marks, of Las Vegas fame, but now settled in northwest PA.  The newcomers are Tammy Johnson, who has performed with a variety of area groups, and a real newcomer, 12 year old Corinna Carlotti.  Lydia, no easy critic, assures us "She can really sing!"

The singers will be backed by an elite band composed of Allen Zurcher -  saxophones, Howard Hamme - piano, Harry Jacobson - bass and Sonny Froman - drums.

Barbara JeanBarbara Jean.

Barbara Jean began her career as a bassist and backup singer for a country rock group, Gotham Rose, and recorded a CD with them in 1997.  But she's been singing jazz and pop since 2000, and has released two CD's as a jazz singer: "Sweet," and, just recently "Cool," backed by a group of Buffalo musicians.  She performs with a variety of western NY groups, including the Harold Olson Orchestra, Fazzy & Friends, and Jazz Train.

"I grew up surrounded by music," she says.  "My mom was a cellist, my sister sings, the radio was always on." 

Barbara Jean impressed in a JazzErie Singers Night performance two years ago, as you can hear in the clip below.

Lydia MarksLydia Marks.

Lydia has worked stages in Las Vegas, New York (including the Apollo), and throughout northwestern NY and  PA.  Recent venuees include Chautauqua, the Lewiston Jazz Festival, JazzErie's Jazz Walk and many others.  In Las Vegas, she performed as featured vocalist with Carl Fontana's Dixieland Jazz Band, and as an opening act for a number of well known entertainers, including Jerry Seinfeld.

Recently returning to school at Mercyhurst University, Lydia earned a degree in music education and is teaching music in the Erie area.

Two great evenings of music.

The evening is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Partnership for the Arts, and by ArtsErie.

April 9, 2014