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My Cousin Toné (Image courtesy of the Northwest Jazz Festival)
My Cousin Toné (Image courtesy of the Northwest Jazz Festival)

'A Taste of Jazz' fundraiser to be held at Brickyard Brewing Co.


Thu, Feb 28th 2019 05:10 pm

Proceeds benefit Northwest Jazz Festival, Lewiston, NY

Preparations are underway for the 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival, which will take place Aug. 23-24 in the Village of Lewiston. It was announced Thursday The board of directors and Jazz Festival staff will hold a fundraiser, “A Taste of Jazz,” from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Brickyard Brewing Co., 436 Center St. The event will help offset some of the costs of producing the free, two-day outdoor music festival.

Local musicians who have donated their talent will provide the music during the evening fundraiser:

  • Carolyn Lansom and Dozo My Lady, booked for the Jazz Festival, will offer a preview of their music.
  • The eight-piece ensemble My Cousin Toné will serve as host band at the fundraiser, performing an intricately arranged jazz ensemble repertoire of jazz standards and classic straight-ahead jazz.
  • Special guests to perform with the ensemble include: Mary McMahon, previous winner for JazzBuffalo Poll Female Vocalist of the Year; DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins, winner in this year’s JazzBuffalo Poll for Best CD/EP Release for “Stay Here” and nominee for JazzBuffalo Poll Female Vocalist of the Year; and Zach Carr, winner of the JazzBuffalo Poll Male Vocalist of the Year for two straight years.

The fundraiser will also feature food donated by local restaurants, jazz festival vendors, a 50/50, plus basket and silent auctions.

Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door and can be purchased at the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce office (895 Center St.), by calling 716-754-9500, and online at www.eventbrite.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival.

Headliners and festival musicians will be announced later in March. For more information, visit www.LewistonJazz.com.

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