Unwrapped at the Box Concert Series Welcomes Lake Effect Jazz Big Band for Second Concert of the Summer Season on August 24th

Unwrapped at the Box Concert Series Welcomes Lake Effect Jazz Big Band for Second Concert of the Summer Season on August 24th


Now in its 18thyear of bringing its unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s beautiful southwest region, the LAKE EFFECT JAZZ BIG BAND continues to be one of the premier big bands in the Midwest.  Specializing in new arrangements of classic standards, new compositions for contemporary big bands, and golden oldies, the band will be performing music from the libraries of Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin, Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald and others.   The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz in concert and jazz festival settings across Southwest Michigan. .

The Box Factory performance on Friday, August 24th will be the second of two full length jazz concerts for the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band at the Box.  The band will play two sets with a 15 minute intermission in between where patrons can view the art exhibits and enjoy beer and wine and soft drinks. Selections will include “A Warm Breeze” by Sammy Nestico from the Count Basie library, the great jazz standard “How High The Moon” featuring the trombone section, a contemporary arrangement of “Michelangelo” by Astor Piazzolla, a beautiful ballad entitled “Lifelong Friends”, and the classic dixieland tune “That’s A Plenty” arranged by Les Hooper.  Our featured vocalist, Becky Selvidge, will swing with Anita O’day’s arrangement of “Avalon”, Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” and Gershwin’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” as sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald. The band will also feature tunes by Gordon Goodwin, Billy Strayhorn, Oliver Nelson, Buddy Rich.

The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools, where he taught jazz ensemble, orchestra, and band for 35 years.  Several members of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for the LEJBB.

The musicians in the band’s ranks include on saxophones: Andrea Gentry (Alto), Anne Jensen (Alto), Tim King (Alto/Tenor), Christopher Keech (Tenor), Jeff Bopp (Tenor), and Rob Funk (Bari). Trombonists are Carl Steffens, Cheryl Thomas, Joe Hickner, Mary Lynn Edwards, Ruth Livengood, and Brad Jensen (Bass Trombone). Trumpets are Steve Bizoe, James Nufer, Kevin Renfro, Eric Lofgren, Tom Crowner, and Steven Reed.   The rhythm section is comprised of Kim McCavit (Keyboard), Tom Gillespie (Guitar), Doug Wegscheid (Bass) Joe Trojan, Chuck Hartzell, and Jim Allen  (Percussion). Our vocalist is Rebecca Selvidge, a former member of Western Michigan University's jazz vocal group Gold Company, and the vocal music teacher for Coloma Public Schools.

The band performs between twelve and fifteen concerts each summer including Jazz Festivals, full length concerts at the Box Factory in St. Joseph, and outdoor venues in Southwest Michigan cities and townships.  Featured artists that have performed with the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band include vocalists Michelle Bythrow, Paul Mow, Katie Rohrer, Lisa Dabrowski, and Chicago jazz vocalist Tammy McCann. Instrumental soloists have included local trombonist Ed Bagatini, Chicago vibraphonist Jim Cooper, and Ann Arbor alto saxophonist Doug Horn.    

For more information about the LAKE EFFECT JAZZ BIG BAND, please go to www.lakeeffectjazz.org.

Steven L. Reed
Brad Jensen


The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.


For more information, contact the Box Factory for the Arts at 269.983.3688 or visithttps://boxfactoryforthearts.org/





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