Lake Shore Music Department District Jazz Concert April 25

ANGOLA – On April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium, the Lake Shore Music Department will hold the 3rd Annual District Jazz Concert featuring jazz ensembles from each level and a special guest artist, jazz trombonist, Ken Crane.

Crane is a professional jazz trombone player from New York City. At 19, Ken left the Berklee College of Music to go on the road fulltime as lead trombone and jazz soloist with big bands such as: Maynard Fergusson, Clark Terry and Buddy Rich. He also got to accompany a number of great jazz singers such as Frank Sinatra (Sr. and Jr.), Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr. Since moving upstate, he can be heard throughout Western New York in a variety of settings including: Chautauqua Symphony, Southern Tier Swing, Family Life Network Musicals, Bemus Bay Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic and Gap Mangione’s Big Band. Playing small group jazz and fusion original music with his family members and a few key Rochester/Buffalo area rhythm section players is one of those settings. Crane has taught instrumental music at several different schools in Western NY over the past 20 years. He is currently teaching at Portville Central School. He is also an adjunct professor of jazz, contemporary music theory and low brass at several colleges: Houghton College, Eastman School of Music and Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus Campus. He holds a B.M. from Nyack College, M.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is close to finishing a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies at Eastman School of Music. Other short-term performing engagements that he has played with are: Natalie Cole, Wayne Newton, Chuck Mangione, Bobby Vinton, Jonny Mathes, The Don Menza Big Band, Manhattan Transfer, Byron Stripling, Al Martino, Howard Jones, “One to One,” (recording), Howard McGee (Kool Jazz Festival, NYC), Mel Louis Big Band,(Village Vanguard, NYC), Howard Johnson & Gravity (Jazz Tuba Ensemble in NYC) Slide Hampton and the World of Trombones, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Larry Elgart Orchestra, The Marvelettes, The New Christie Minstrels, Dennis Day, and many other lesser known performing situations.

The concert will include the elementary jazz ensemble under the direction of Lynn Streeter, the 6th grade jazz ensemble under the direction of Carrie Poissant, the 7th and 8th grade jazz ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Meyer-Davis, and the high school jazz ensembles under the direction of Eric Blodgett. The concert is open to the public and is free of charge.