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— Presented by Live Space Entertainment, Friday’s double bill costs $25; (800) 838-3006.

Brecker sextet at OCC

Multiple Grammy-winner Randy Brecker brings his sextet to Onondaga Community College’s Storer Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, as part of the Arts Across Campus Legends of Jazz Series.

The 66-year-old Pennsylvania-born trumpeter has worked with most of the biggest names in jazz and pop music from Blood, Sweat & Tears to Bruce Springsteen. For many years Brecker and his brother, saxophonist Michael Brecker, performed and recorded as The Brecker Brothers. Michael died in 2007.

Accompanying Brecker here will be drummer Rodney Holmes, bassist Dean Johnson, saxophonist Ada Rovatti, keyboardist Oli Rockberger and guitarist Mitch “Moose” Stein; 498-2787.

Swing and stomps

Dick Ames and his Bear Cat Jass Band celebrate their 55th anniversary from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Pensabene’s Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Boulevard, on Syracuse’s West End. Admission costs $10 for JASS members, $12 for others; 652-0547.

Led by 92-year-old cornetist Dick Ames, the octet features awarding-winning brassman Jeff Stockham, trombonist/vocalist Bill Palange, versatile reedmen Carl Borek and Tom McKay, pianist/tuba player Jerry Exline, banjo player Drew Frech and a drummer to be announced substituting for the vacationing Joe Smithling.

Initially called the Lion Cubs Dixieland Band, the group debuted in Fayetteville on March 1 and March 2, 1957. Ames later changed the name to the Dixie Dandies before settling on the Bear Cat Jass Band. The band’s repertoire runs from King Oliver to Jelly Roll Morton to Duke Ellington. Tunes include “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby,” “Weary Blues,” “Big Bear Stomp” and “The Mooch.”

Stage: Poor Baby Bree

Bree Benton’s not your usual aspiring New York City actress. The daughter of actress Halee McBride, Benton eased into the family profession after years of collecting antique sheet music and studying vaudeville.

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