Tomorrow night (Friday, July 3, 2015) the Asheville Jazz Orchestra will present a patriotic concert. We’ll be performing big band arrangements of American patriotic music, as well as some music from the WWII era of big bands. The performance is at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Asheville, NC and starts at 7 PM. We’ll be collecting donations for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries (ABCCM) and the Asheville Jazz Council’s jazz education fund.
On Independence Day I have two shows. The first will be riding around on the Lazoom Bus tour with the Low-Down Sires, playing early jazz for the riders. I’ve taken one of their comedy tours with visiting family recently, so it will be interesting to be playing on the bus this time.
Afterwards I will be conducting the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band in our Independence Day concert at the White Horse Black Mountain. As you can imagine, we’ll be playing a very American focused program, although we will be performing one piece by a Russian, excerpts from 1812 Overture.
If you make it out to one of my shows, please come up and say hello during one of my breaks or after the performance. Every once in a while someone introduces themselves to me at a gig and mentions this blog. It’s neat to meet my readers in person, when it’s possible.