The Goodwill Theatre will usher in the season with an afternoon of Holiday Jazz featuring vocalist Glenda Davenport and friends on Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM. The Jazz Concert Series at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is sponsored by Sentry Alarms.
While the concert will feature many Christmas standards, each has been refreshed with new arrangements including God Rest Ye, Merry Jazzmen, The Christmas Song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and I’ll Be Home For Christmas, as well as selections from Glenda Davenport’s album “More Than You Know.” Glenda will perform with local musicians Al Hamme, Dino Losito, Tony Marino, Tom Whaley, Brian Murphy and Corky Klinko.
“We all hear the tradional carols and holiday music while we’re shopping or in our offices,” says Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “The great thing about this holiday jazz concert is enjoying a new interpretation of these heartwarming songs in a relaxed atmosphere so you can savor the joy of the season.”
Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, Glenda Davenport began her professional singing career in 1992 and was a winner at The World Famous Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in April 1993. Her Quartet opened for comedian Bill Cosby at Purchase College in April 1994. Glenda has played at the Saratoga Jazz Festival and as an exclusive vocalist with tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio’s Quartet, as well as at the Binghamton Jazz Festival with the Miles Ahead Jazz Quartet. She has played regularly in Westchester and in Connecticut. In New York City, Glenda has played at The Village Gate, Birdland, Central Park Boathouse, Ashford & Simpson’s “Sugar Bar”, Saint Peter’s Church, the Red Eye Grill, Cornelia Street Café, Shelly’s, Kitano Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club and the Metropolitan Room. Glenda has released two CDs, “Sophisticated Lady” and “More Than You Know.” She can be heard on: Harvey Kaiser’s “The Kansas City Sound,” Jimmy Hill’s “Remembering,” Connecticut’s “The Jazz Trio Alive with Glenda Davenport” recorded at the Silas Bronson Library and on bassist Stephen Roane’s “Dancin’ in My Bones.”
Albert Hamme, saxophone, is Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University. He is a woodwind artist, producer, arranger and composer. He has performed with the orchestras of Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and Danny D’Imperio’s Big Band Bloviation; he is also a founding member of the Presbybop Quartet, a jazz quartet that specializes in jazz music for worship. Al has recorded with Slam Stewart, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Peter Appleyard, Richard Wyands, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Tony Marino, Mike Holober, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Chamberlain, Steve Gilmore, Steve Brown, Tom Whaley, Bill Carter, Fred Hersh, Jeff Stockham, Ron Vincent, Gene Bertoncini and can be heard on National Public Radio with Slam Stewart and Frank Wess. Al is on the Goodwill Theatre, Inc. board of directors.
Brian Murphy, vibes, studied at the Eastman School of music in Rochester, and then completed his studies at the Berklee School of Music where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Music degree. After teaching for two years in Berklee, Brian returned to Athens, PA. Brian then went on to teach in Elmira, and then eventually went to Ithaca to teach and complete his Master’s in Music Education. Now, living in Athens, Pa., Brian’s sole focus is individual music lessons. Brian can play the drums, vibraphone, piano and bass. Brian also plays and teaches guitar. Brian exhibits a great love for music, and frequently boasts about his vibraphones that were acquired from Lionel Hampton, an American Jazz Musician and famed vibraphonist.
Corky Klinko, trumpet, holds both BS and MS degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College. He retired from the Waverly school system after 33 years of service and continues to be an active, working musician. He regularly performs with the Swing Street Ensembles, the Mason Warrington Orchestra and has been the lead trumpet player with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra since 1997.
Dino Losito, piano, is from Elmira, NY and began studying the piano at age four. He attended William Paterson University and had the privilege of being under the tutelage of Norman Simmons, Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid and Pete Malinverni. Dino has performed at many well-known jazz venues throughout the world. New York venues include Blue Note, Birdland, Rainbow Room and Dizzy’s (at Lincoln Center). He has performed/recorded with Eric Alexander, Dave Liebman, Houston Person, Joe Romano, Don Menza, Wallace Rooney, Harry Allen, Mickey Roker, Joe Magnirelli, Danny D’Imperio and Nancy Kelly. His CD release as a leader, “Like That”, has received critical acclaim. He has been featured in over a dozen recordings as a sideman. Along with performing and recording, Dino keeps an active teaching schedule; he is currently on the faculty at 171 Cedar Art’s Center in Corning, NY.
Tom Whaley, percussion, is an active freelance drummer in the northeast. He plays regularly with the Mose Allison Trio, the Presbybop Quartet and toured Europe and Japan with vocalist Carmen McRae. He is also active with groups led by Joe Beck, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and was with the National Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Chuck Israel.
Tony Marino, bass, plays his bass around the world. He began his professional career as a house bassist in many of the clubs and resorts in the Poconos and Catskill Mountains, providing back-up to a myriad of well-known entertainers. Tony performs and tours internationally with the Dave Liebman Group. He plays and records with Broadway’s Betty Buckley and with jazz pianist Kenny Werner, and is widely hailed as one of the rising stars of the jazz world.
Tickets for Holiday Jazz featuring Glenda Davenport are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately 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 is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net.