Wednesday, September 15, 2010


On Sunday, September 19 at 1 PM, the historic Gelston Castle Estate (former home of Mstislav Rostropovich) will host the lively traditional jazz and swing of the Bear Cat Jass Band. The Bear Cat Jass Band was formed in Syracuse 53 years ago by cornetist Dick Ames. Mr. Ames, now 90, still leads and plays with the group. The band's repertoire includes jazz classics by Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, and Louis Armstrong, numbers from the "trad revival" era featured by Lu Watters and Clancy Hayes, and the early swing of Duke Ellington and others. The Bear Cat "sound" is unique and unforgettable owing to the foundation of a bass sax (or two) underlying the excellent and disciplined musicianship of the band.

The Bear Cat Jass Band consists of Dick Ames (Leader & Cornet), Jeff Stockham (Cornet, Trombone, Vocals), Bill Palange (Trombone, Vocals), Carl Borek (Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Bass Sax), Tom McKay (Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Bass Sax), Drew Frech (Tenor Banjo, Plectrum Banjo, Vocals), Jerry Exline (Piano, Tuba, Vocals), Joe Smithling (Drums).

Admission is ten dollars, and food and beverages will be available. Dancers welcome.

Directions to Gelston Castle Estate: From I-90 - Take Exit 30 Herkimer/Mohawk - After Toll take Route 28 South 3 miles to Robinson Road. (Dennisons Corners) Make a left onto Robinson Road - Go 3.5 miles (passing main parking lot) Gelston Castle Estate sign on right, turn right, go through gate, and follow road to house.

For more information call (877) 3 SAFFLYN.

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