Ken Crane Sextet, Razz and Friends will perform at JCC’s JazzFest

JAMESTOWN – The Ken Crane Sextet will be joined by the Razz and Friends Big Band during JazzFest at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus on April 12.

Admission to the 7:30 p.m. performance in Scharmann Theatre is $5 for general public, $3 for area students and senior citizens, and $2 for JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased through JCC’s box office, 338-1187, or online at

The performance is sponsored by the college program committee of JCC’s FSA and the arts, humanities and health sciences division.

The Ken Crane Sextet will play a variety of jazz styles from the hardcore jazz improvisation traditions of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Clifford Brown to contemporary fusion jazz-rock in the style of the Brecker Brothers.

Crane, a professional jazz trombone player, has accompanied several renowned bands and performers, including Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Sammy Davis Jr. He has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and at jazz festivals in the Northeast.

Besides being an instrumental music teacher at Portville Central School, Crane has taught at Houghton College, Eastman School of Music and JCC.

Other members of the sextet include guitarist Matt Michaud, who has performed for several western New York jazz bands; flutist Susan Crane, an adjunct music instructor at JCC; vocalist, pianist and flutist Elizabeth Humphrey, the music director at Family Life Network; drummer Kendall Crane, who also performs with the Level 3 and Mudbone bands; and bass player Daniel Wartinger, who teaches at Cuba-Rushford Elementary School and also at the college level.

Razz And Friends features Ralph Rasmusson on alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute and harmonica, vocalist Barbara Jean, pianist Frank Farina, drummer Bill Winchester and bass player Lloyd Howard. The band’s repertoire consists primarily of songs by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and other composers.