Hol­i­day jazz to liven up sea­son

The Advance of Bucks County - - BUSINESS -

YARDLEY - The Dave Leon­hardt Jazz Group will liven up the hol­i­day sea­son on Satur­day, Dec. 8 be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. at the Yardley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 64 Main Street, Yardley.

7KH fiYH-SLHFH JU­RuS KDV EHHn play­ing a blend of main­stream and mod­ern jazz to­gether for years. Leon­hardt, a jazz pi­anist of the high­est cal­iber, has toured the U.S., Europe, Canada and China. He has played with leg­ends in­clud­ing Jon Hen­dricks, David ‘Fat­head’ New­man, Art Blakey, Benny Carter, Dave Lieb­man and Diane Reeves.

His long list of per­for­mance lo­cales in­clude New York City’s ‘The Blue Note’, ‘Bird­land’, and the ‘Vil­lage Gate’. His record­ing URVWHU LV HTuDOOy SUROL­fiF DnG KH LV the pres­i­dent of ‘Big Bang Records’. CD’s will be avail­able for sale at the con­cert, a per­fect hol­i­day gift or con­cert sou­venir.

The per­for­mance is spon­sored by PECO, Waste Man­age­ment and McCaf­frey’s.

While the con­cert will fea­ture some un­for­get­table, im­pro­vi­sa­tional in­stru­men­tal parts, Nancy Reed will bring her ‘voice’ to many of the hol­i­day tunes. She is the daugh­ter of a jazz pi­anist and opera singer, who was raised in Brook­lyn, N.Y.

Reed brings an ef­fort­less joy and warmth to her vo­cal­iza­tion that makes ev­ery au­di­ence mem­ber feel as though she is singing just to them. She has toured the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Mex­ico with jazz greats in­clud­ing Phil Woods, Slide Hamp­ton, David ‘Fat­head’ New­man, and Bob Dor­ough. She has also leant her voice to movie sound­tracks, com­mer­cial jin­gles and numer­ous jazz record­ings.

The rhythm pulse of the group is set by drum­mer, Paul Wells, and acous­tic, up­right bassist, Matthew Par­rish. Wells has worked with Deb­bie Harry of Blondie fame, Ru­fus Reid, Randy Brecker, and Joe Wil­liams. He is a true show­man on the drum kit with his col­or­ful, fun, and ex­pres­sive so­los.

Bucks County’s own Matthew Par­rish brings his world­wide tour­ing and per­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with Regina Carter, Ste­fon Har­ris, Hous­ton Per­son, Clark Terry and Win­ton Marsalis to the stage. He also is ‘at home’ with his mem­o­rable so­los as well as pro­vid­ing a steady bass ‘an­chor’ to the group.

Tenor sax­o­phon­ist Larry McKenna com­pletes the group with more than 45 years of a life im­mersed in jazz. He is a well-known Philadel­phia-based ed­u­ca­tor and ar­ranger, with an un­par­al­leled per­for­mance his­tory with Frank Si­na­tra, and Woody Her­man, to name a few fa­mil­iar names. He has a beau­ti­ful, heart­felt tone in his play­ing and is a beloved Philadel­phia le­gend in his own right.

Per­for­mance tick­ets are $18 (gen­eral ad­mis­sion), $15 (se­niors) and $10 (stu­dents). They are are avail­able by con­tact­ing the BC3$C Rf­fiFH, RnOLnH WKURuJK 3Dy3DO DW www.bcpac.org or at the Yardley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre prior to the con­cert.

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