Jazz swings into Marietta this week

From the Big Apple to the Sunshine State

East Coast Jazz All-Stars swing Sunday May 20, in Marietta

By Russ Tarby

The East Coast Jazz All-Stars, featuring Florida-based clarinetist Allan Vach (c), will perform from 3 to 7 p.m., on Sunday, May 20, at the Marietta House, Route 174 (off Route 20), in Marietta. Admission costs $15, and a pub menu will be available; 636-8299. The concert is sponsored by the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse. Trad-jazz tunes

The all-stars feature Vach (c) on clarinet, bassist Phil Flanigan, pianist Rod Blumenau, drummer Bob Livingston, vocalist Hanna Richardson, and Randy Reinhart doubling on trombone and cornet. While husband-and-wife Flanigan and Richardson live in Syracuse, Blumenau and Livingston hail from Western New York, Reinhart resides in Manhattan and Vach (c) comes all the way from Orlando, Fla.

The product of a musical family, Vach (c)'s father, Warren Vach (c) Sr. was a noted jazz bassist, while his brother, Warren Vach (c) Jr. plays cornet. Vach (c)'s newest disc on Arbors Records is a tribute to Benny Goodman entitled With Benny in Mind. Reinhart is one of the Big Apple's most sought-after musicians for jazz sessions and combo work.

Like Vach (c), Reinhart also records for the Arbors label and his newest disc is called "As Long As I Live." Some of the tunes the all-stars are likely to perform Sunday include "Clarinet Marmalade," "Yellow Dog Blues," "Mood Indigo" and "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave to Me." Occasionally Vach (c) departs from the trad-jazz repertoire to play a popular standard such as "Danny Boy."

Hanna and Phil

The Westcott neighborhood couple Hanna Richardson and Phil Flanigan will be among the musicians featured Sunday at the JASS concert at the Marietta House. Vocalist Hanna and bassist Phil will surely showcase a few cuts from their previous two discs, Things Are Looking Up and Something to Remember You By, a tribute to Maxine Sullivan.

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