FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Parks and Recreation Division is once again hoping to bring the community together through music with the 2nd Annual Fairborn Jazz Festival this Saturday.
The city has partnered with the Fairborn Performing Arts & Cultural Association to present five professional jazz bands and food vendors that are expected to draw hundreds of attendees from 12-9 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Central Park Bandstand, 300 S. Central Ave.
The Fairborn Jazz Festival was developed as a result of several community needs assessment sessions held by the parks department in 2013. The event will also serve as a fundraiser to help save the historical Fairborn Theatre on Broad Street.
“We’re aimed at saving one of the historical pieces in the community. We’re saving the arts by having the arts,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Alicia Eckhart.
Razzamatazz & Jazz is a group of musicians dedicated to preserving a unique style of American music — Dixieland Jazz. They will kick-off the festival from 12-1:15 p.m. This troupe of energetic performers has been entertaining audiences since 1978. They have recorded five albums and filmed a 30-minute program about the band and their music for a Columbus television station. Members are Tom Benner on clarinet, Aaron Jackson on tuba, Lynn Fullerton on trumpet, Steve Kreis on drums, and Paul Fertig on piano.
The Brian Cashwell Trio will share their smooth sounds from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Brian Cashwell has been performing Jazz across the country for decades, including numerous performances in NYC.
Currently, he is serving as a piano instructor, jazz piano instructor, and accompanist at Wright State University. John Taylor is a freelance drummer, composer, arranger, and educator based in Dayton. In addition to drums and percussion, he also plays piano, guitar, and electric bass. They will be joined by Chris Berg on bass.
Eddie Brookshire Quintet will take the stage from 3-4 p.m. The quintet members are bandleader Eddie Brookshire on acoustic bass, Keigo Hirakawa on piano, Fenton Sparks on drums and vibraphone, Jack Novotny on tenor voice, soprano saxophone, flute and bass clarinet, and Gary Onady on trumpet and flugelhorn. According to Brookshire himself, the mission of the group is to compose and perform original compositions that explore a more complete rhythmic approach to Jazz, as well as music already linked by other important composers.
Classic Jazz Stompers will play classic Jazz, blues and small band swing music from 4:30-6 p.m. The group first hit the stage in the late 1980s reintroducing the great Jazz of the 1920s and 1930s to an eager Dayton audience. Members are David Greer on banjo, tenor guitar and vocals, Chris Moore on cornet and vocals, Erik Greiffenhagen on clarinet, soprano sax and tenor sax, Greg Dearth on clarinet, tenor sax and alto sax, John MacQueen on string bass and tuba, and Jim Leslie on drums and vocals.
Tom Daugherty Orchestra will round-out the show from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This nationally touring show and dance orchestra, under the direction of Tom Daugherty, features a “Las Vegas Big Band” style performing a wide variety of music arrangements exactly as recorded by Glenn Miller, Tommy Doresey, Benny Goodman, The Swing Era, Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook.
There is limited seating at Central Park so patrons are encouraged to bring lawns chairs or blankets.
For more information call the Parks and Recreation Division at 937-754-3090. To learn more about the efforts to save the Fairborn Theater, go online to www.fairborntheater.com.