Jazz series to feature Jeff Gibbens

JAMESTOWN – On Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown located at 1255 Prendergast Ave. will present a Jazz Music Salon titled “Jazz Standards With Jeff Gibbens and Friends” featuring Mark Alpaugh on keys, John Cross on reeds, and Ray Domanski on drums.

Selections to be performed include All Of Me, Almost Like Being In Love, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Four, Night and Day, Satin Doll, Take The “A” Train, Blue Bossa, Corcovado, Green Dolphin Street, Song For My Father and My Romance. Area jazzman, John Cross will host the program.

A professional musician since 1980, Gibbens has become one of the tri-state area’s most requested trumpet artists. Known for his powerful, bold sound and almost unlimited register, he is in constant demand as a lead trumpeter as well as jazz, combo, classical and sideman, traveling throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

He has appeared with nationally known artists such as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Debbie Boone, Huey Lewis and the News, The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Vinton, Al Martino, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, Ringling Bros. & Barnham and Bailey Circus, the Ice Capades, Bob Newhart, the Buffalo Philharmonic “Pops” Orchestra,and the Oak Ridge Boys. He played lead trumpet for Erie’s Dave Stevens Big Band, Ron Chick’s “Friends” Big Band from Youngstown, Ohio, the Madison Jazz Project from Madison, Ohio, and the Babalu Big Band in Jamestown. He is currently the leader of the Misery Bay Big Band in Erie, Pa.

In 2010, Gibbens was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame, and is enshrined alongside such greats as Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry and others. He also honors the veterans of his community as he sounds “Taps” at over 80 Military funerals a year.

Jamestown Community College jazz musicians will open the show from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The JCC Jazz Quintet includes Jordan Seager, keys; Jeff Picarazzi, guitar; Alex Deveraux, drums; and Daniel Davis on bass. Led by alto saxophonist Tyler Roesler, they will perform Autumn Leaves, A Night In Tunisia, Maiden Voyage and Black Nile. The concert is free and open to the public.