Recently, the Goodwill Theatre hosted a sold-out one-night only reunion of eight internationally acclaimed jazz musicians who once called the Southern Tier home. On Saturday, December 27, Dena DeRose, Tony Kadleck, Kris Jensen, Tom Dempsey, Sherrie Maricle, John Hollenbeck, and Steve Davis were joined by Tony Marino at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage for the first time in over 20 years to present a night of old favorites and brand new songs written especially for the occasion.
The musicians were first referred to as the “Young Lions” by local teacher and musician Al Hamme in 1989. “The first time I named the select group of students from this geographic area was for the first jazz festival that was included in the Binghamton Summer Music Festival held at the then new Anderson Center on the campus of Binghamton University,” Hamme said. This group of musicians all attended Jazz at Harpur, a summer jazz workshop held at Binghamton University from 1970 to 1986. In 1987, this workshop became the first summer jazz program of the New York Summer School of the Arts, funded by the New York State Department of Education.
“They all have become successful and respected individuals in the field of jazz performance; some have also become educators, composer-arrangers, leaders of their own ensembles from small combos to full-sized big bands,” Hamme said.
While the performance quickly sold out, the Goodwill Theatre had the unique opportunity to record the concert and sell the recordings to raise funds for the Goodwill Theatre project. The CD is anticipated to be released in the Spring 2015 and will cost $25. Please call the Goodwill Theatre box office for more details.