The Basin Street Jazz Band, led by Dennis Martin, will perform Sunday, May 1 at 2:00pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

Basin Street Jazz Band Concert 5/1

Trombonist Dennis Martin has been performing at Jazz Jams at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage for over a year – but this May, he’s bringing his full band front and center.

Goodwill Theatre will present the Basin Street Jazz Band, Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

This concert, which will blend a variety of jazz forms into an exciting and interactive event, is the second in Goodwill Theatre’s 2010-2011 Jazz Concert Series, sponsored by Robert J. Hanafin, Insurance & Contract Surety Bond Brokers.

The Basin Street Jazz Band combines New Orleans and traditional jazz, Dixieland, blues, and ragtime. Their Sunday afternoon concert will highlight Preservation Hall, modern brass bands, Second Line parades, and Cajun/Zydeco.

The Basin Street Jazz Band is led by Dennis Martin, trombone and vocals; and features Lou Alfonsetti, clarinet and saxophone; Steve Boettger, bass guitar; Tom Egan, vocals, harmonica, washboard, and guitar; Michael Kinney, trumpet and vocals; Rick Pedro, piano; and Jim Rosati, percussion and vocals.

“We are honored to be able to share our love of New Orleans and jazz music at this concert,” said Martin. “Hopefully we’ll be able to transport the audience to the French Quarter as we take them on a musical journey.”

Martin formed the Basin Street Jazz Band more than twenty years ago. The ensemble initially began as a showcase for Arts-in-Education programs, and featured Glenn Gardner. Gardner, who owned and operated the Music Box night club in Johnson City, died in 1994. The current group has been performing together for five years at local concerts and celebrations.

“We are thrilled to be able to feature this group,” said Goodwill Theatre’s CEO, Naima Kradjian. “Jazz is one of the few truly American-made art forms, and one with strong Southern Tier roots. Goodwill Theatre is dedicated to keeping the jazz tradition alive in our community.”

Tickets for the Basin Street Jazz Band are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students. Reservations, and information on all shows, are available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net

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