Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band--April 12 & 13

This weekend, The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band billed as "The World's Most Authentic Swing Band" will be appearing locally for two performances. On Saturday, April 12 at 3 PM the group will play at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., Utica NY (sponsored by the Jazz, Blues & Libraries Too Concert Series). On Sunday, April 13, they will perform at the Filius Events Barn at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (sponsored by The Jazz Archive, BSU and Dean of Faculty Office). The Hamilton concert begins at 3 PM, with a pre-concert meet-and-greet at 2 PM. The events are free and open to the public.

The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band is the world's most authentic swing band. It stars veteran jazz and blues musicians whose roots reach to the classic period of the '20s and '30s. Together since 1973, these “originals” actually “jumped” at the Woodside and “stomped” at the Savoy, with Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Louis, Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and other jazz greats. These are the artists who created a new genre, of music for America. The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, touring since 1976, has been called “a national treasure,” and has been enthusiastically embraced by audiences around the world.

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