Apr 10

FREE Jazz Concert Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month

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Contact: Al Hamme, Music Unlimited

Naima Kradjian, Chief Executive Officer
Goodwill Theatre, Inc.
Office: 607.772.2404, ext. 2
Mobile: 607.727.5851

WITH FREE CONCERT at Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

Johnson City – Each April, The Goodwill Theatre celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month by offering a free show to the community showcasing the tremendous history of jazz and it’s livelihood in the southern tier.

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, Goodwill Theatre will offer “” on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

This free concert is part of Goodwill Theatre’s Triple Cities Triple Jazz Concert Series, sponsored by the Oakdale Mall, and free tickets will be available at upcoming Schorr Family Firehouse Stage events, or by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Music Unlimited Little Big Band is led by Al Hamme on woodwinds, and includes Jeff Stockham, trumpet; Andrew Williams, trombone; Bill Carter, piano; Tony Marino, bass; and Tom Whaley, percussion. The ensemble was founded in 1990 and has performed throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The group has recorded two albums, “The Swing Street Jazztet Plays Dave Wheeler” and “Potpourri: The Open Studios Sessions”.

“Jazz is one of the few truly American-made art forms, and one with strong Southern Tier roots.” said Goodwill Theatre CEO Naima Kradjian. “Goodwill Theatre is dedicated to keeping the jazz tradition alive in our community. We are very grateful that support from the Oakdale Mall allows us to offer jazz on a regular basis.”

Al Hamme hosts Jazz Jams at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on select Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Jazz Jams will be held on April 9 and 23, May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18, and July 9 and 23. Admission to Jazz Jams costs $10 per person, but jamming musicians can attend for free.

Hamme served as director of the Jazz Music program at Binghamton University for over 30 years before retiring in 1997. A virtuoso performer on saxophones, clarinet, and flute, Hamme is well-known as a band leader, music educator, and concert artist.

Hamme has recorded with Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Slam Stewart, Bucky Pizzarelli, and has toured with the big bands of Les Elgart, Jimmy Dorsey, and Sammy Kaye. Hamme has performed with Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, and Bill Mays. He can be heard on various recordings on National Public Radio with Slam Stewart and Frank Wess. Hamme founded Music Unlimited in 1974 to provide musicians in the Binghamton area with an outlet to play modern big band jazz.

Jazz Appreciation Month is an annual celebration, recognized by Congress, which pays tribute to jazz as both a historic and living form of music. Schools, organizations, and governments recognize and celebrate jazz with events and educational programs. This year’s performance is the third free concert Goodwill Theatre has held in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.

More information on all Schorr Family Firehouse Stage events is available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be available at the door, one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Academy. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre.