Jazz Music Salon set for Friday

JAMESTOWN – On Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown located at 1255 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown will present a Jazz Music Salon featuring John Cross on clarinet and saxophone, Mark Alpaugh on keys, Phil Nestor on drums and Jim Karapontso on guitar.

Selections to be performed include Spyro Gyra’s Little Linda and Shaker Song, Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, Kenny G’s Sax-o-Loco, Grover Washington’s Winelight and Just The Two Of Us, Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me and The Way You Look Tonight. Featured Stan Getz styled bossa novas include One Note Samba and A Day In The Life Of A Fool with additional pretty ballads Over The Rainbow and As Time Goes By.

John Cross has served as the music director for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival since it began in 1992. He has provided music scoring and performed with Paula Poundstone, Ellen DeGeneres, the Smothers’ Brothers, Bob Newhart and Lucie Arnaz as well as numerous other national celebrities. His 18 piece jazz orchestra, The Babalu Band, has performed many engagements throughout the regional area.

Cross is the founder and conductor of the Chautauqua Concert Band from 1994 to the present. Cross has served as the musician contractor/performer for the Summer Stock pit orchestras at the Library Theatre in Warren, Pa. (1986-2004).

Cross is the band leader/arranger for the Chautauqua Lake Idol/Voices Shows in Bemus Point and Jamestown (2004-Present).

Cross has performed over 5,000 concerts including 200 different musicals. Cross has jammed in jazz clubs from Chicago to New Orleans in addition to engagements with The Temptations, Don Menza, Grover Washington, Jr., Marian McPartland, the Bellamy Brothers, Manhattan Transfer, Vassar Clements and the 10,000 Maniacs. Cross has an active music ministry with Jazz Praise, the IHS Dixieland and the IHS Big Bands.

Cross has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and has been a featured soloist and arranger with the Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cross was co-founder of the Jazz Vespers series and was an artist in residence for five years at Chautauqua Institution. He has been featured with guitarist/vocalist, Bill Ward in “Jazz Contribution to Christian Praise” and as a jazz soloist for several 8 p.m. Sacred Song Services.

Chautauqua Amphitheater highlights include opening for National Recording acts Waylon Jennings, Diamond Rio, Loretta Lynn, the Gatlin Brothers and Bob Newhart. Cross’ latest CD release with the Bill Ward Band is a top seller titled Highway In The Desert.

John Cross and Friends will play from 7-9 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

This jazz salon is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. Admission is always free. To assure continuation of these programs, free will donations are encouraged.