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LHS jazz musicians ready to swing into summer

— Hot on the heels of a Gold-Rated performance at the recent Oneida Jazz Festival, the Liverpool High School Jazz Ensemble has a busy week coming up.

At 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, the student musicians present their 16th annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam featuring the Manhattan-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra, at the high-school auditorium at 4338 Wetzel Road. Then, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, they make their annual appearance to kick off the Liverpool Is The Place summer concert series at Johnson Park.

Prior to DIVA’s set on Friday, the LHS Stage Band performs under the direction of Steve Salem and the LHS Jazz Ensemble performs a set conducted by Jim Dumas.

Led by swinging Sherri Miracle-Bern on the drumset, DIVA is a15-piece all-female big band with a penchant for jazzing up pop tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!” and “What the World Needs Now.” The orchestra will likely showcase tunes from its most recent disc, “Johnny Mandel: The Man and his Music,” including songs such as “The Shadow of Your Smile.”

Admission to Friday’s concert costs $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors; 453-1500, ext. 4026.

The Johnson Park concert on Monday is free.

The LHS Jazz Ensemble also looks forward to showcasing at the 31st annual Syracuse Jazz Fest at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Jamesville Beach Park; syracusejazzfest.com.

Jazz singer Anna Vogel, who lives in Liverpool, hosts a regular Thursday-evening jazz session at The Carnegie Cafe in the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., near the corner of Buckley Road. Anna’s band, which always features some of the most talented musicians in the area, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free; 451-1511. Anna sings a scintillating version of “The Boy from Ipanema.”

Penned by the late British character actor Derek Benfield, “First Things First” is a comedy now being staged by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

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