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Liverpool: Jazzing it up

Spadafore said that the quartet will compete against five other groups, many of them from art schools who devote all of their studies to jazz music. Each group will perform for the judges and will later play at an area club. They will find out the same day if they were selected or not. The winner will play at the jazzfest in September.

The trip to California later this month won't be cheap.

"I've got $4,000 on my credit card that needs to be paid off," Spadafore said.

To help defray the costs, there will be a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 21 at Sertino's Caf (c), the former Foster's, at 105 First St. in the village of Liverpool. The event will feature a buffet and auction, and the foursome will play. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. For tickets or information, contact Spadafore at 453-1500 ext. 4026.

The boys are grateful for the community support.

"It's great to have a community that supports youth jazz," DeJoseph said. He pointed out that jazz is a fun and expressive form of music. "You can express yourself more so than with classical music."

Salem agreed. "Jazz is more exciting to play," he said.

In other words, win or lose, the jazz quartet will be doing what they love.

"We're just happy to be going," Spadafore said. "If we win, it'll just be the cherry on our sundae."

Fundraiser to be held

Sertino's Caf (c) will host a fundraiser to help the Liverpool High School jazz quartet pay for their trip to Monterey, California. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 21 at Sertino's Caf (c), the former Foster's, at 105 First St. in the village of Liverpool. The event will feature a buffet and auction, and the foursome will play. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. For tickets or information, contact Spadafore at 453-1500 ext. 4026.

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