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Jazz Festival Offerings Include Mambo Combo, CD Release Party

The 41st annual SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Festival begins Thursday, May 4 with a performance of Mambo Combo at 7:30 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium.

The combo, directed by adjunct lecturer Herm Matlock, will perform jazz classics including “Night in Tunisia,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Nutville.” Thursday evening’s concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 5 will see Vermont trombonist Dan Silverman take the Giltz stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. along with an all-star band from across northern New York, including Matlock on trumpet. The band will perform eight of Silverman’s arrangements of early Maynard Ferguson recordings.

Tickets to Friday evening’s concert are $9 general admission, $6 SUNY Plattsburgh faculty, staff, seniors and students, and $3 SUNY Plattsburgh students with ID.

A CD release party will round out the weekend of the festival. The party  marks the release of the CD by late music Professor Rick Davies’ Latin/jazz combo, “Thugtet,” which features eight of Davies’ compositions. The party will begin at 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Plattsburgh. Salsa dance lessons will begin prior to the party at 7 p.m. Tickets to the release party are $10. CDs will be available for $15.

For more information, call 518-564-2471. 

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