MILFORD - Pat Marcinko III and the Penn Dixie Band, the Indigo Moon Brass, and the DVHS Jazz Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th in the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium.
This will be a free concert produced by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.
Both the Penn Dixie Band, which has been pleasing all comers since 1988, and the Indigo Moon Brass have roots in the early 20th-century New Orleans brass bands that were the foundation of jazz. (No surprise, then, that Louis Armstrong came from that world.) Marcinko, ace percussionist and son of musician Patrick J. Marcinko, Jr., is another obvious link between Penn Dixie and Indigo Moon Brass. Their styles, though, are different.
One tradition, three styles
The Penn Dixie Band plays traditional Dixie, which evolved from marching bands, so a tuba, and not a double bass, supplies the bass. Another difference between early and modern jazz: In Dixie, several musicians may improvise at the same time, and with a spirit that's joyful rather than bluesy.
Indigo Moon Brass is more modern, with musicians take solos one at a time, as with most bands from Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis. However, this is still a traditional N'Awlins lineup, with brash brass that includes a thumping tuba. Put it all together, and you get upbeat, N'Awlins joy with hints of James Brown's funk band, the Famous Flames.
DVHS Jazz Band, the opening act, plays a variety of music under the leadership of Joseph Borell. The visiting musicians will have provided a workshop for students at DVHS.
Delaware Valley High School is located at 256 US-6, east of Milford (Route 6/209).
Admission is free, although contributions to keep these concerts and school workshops coming are more than welcome.
Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, the producer of this concert, is a nonprofit organization of volunteers that has been bringing quality entertainment to area audiences and programs to school students since 2002. Visit http://www.kindredspiritsarts.org/ to learn more about upcoming events, volunteering, and tax-deductible donations. Also stay tuned for an announcement of Kindred Spirits' 2017 season, which begins in May.