Sunday 'Jazzz' comes to Belfast

Jun 19, 2012

Belfast — A Sunday Evening Jazzz series will be presented in July and August in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, 95 High St. The series will begin Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m. and continue each Sunday through Aug. 26.

Well-known local jazz pianist and saxophonist Lincoln Blake will team up with the Rev. Alan Shumway, pastor of First Baptist Church, to host the Sunday evening events. Shumway is classically trained in voice and piano and is now branching out into more improvisational music.

Blake and Shumway have performed together recently at local fundraising events and offer lively duets of old standards, with an undercurrent of jazz both from Blake’s saxophone and piano keys in addition to Shumway’s tenor voice and piano backup. It was from these performances that the idea of a summer series of freelance jazz for the public evolved.

"We expect an array of musicians and vocalists from around the Midcoast area and are quite excited to be using this great acoustic setting. It should be a lot of fun for everyone! We’ll have an open microphone for vocalists and plenty of space for other musicians to participate," said Blake.

Those interested in being on the performance roster or who need further information are encouraged to call 548-6073. Those who simply want to listen to the mellow tones of sax and piano are invited to the Open Blue Doors. Parking and wheelchair access is available from the Union Street entrance to First Baptist Church.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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