Friday, July 13, 2001

Silverton jazz series in third year

Amy Stephens Group to be first of three entertainers this summer

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SILVERTON — Free jazz concerts are being offered at the city's park at Stewart and Montgomery roads.

        The city will kick off its third year of the jazz series, from 7-8:30 p.m. July 20, featuring the Amy Stephens Group.

        This is a local group that was formed in 1997 to perform Amy Stephens' original compositions, which include samba, Afro-pop, New Orleans second-line fusion, bossa nova and mainstream jazz.

        The group has performed at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival and has had two PBS television appearances.

        On Aug. 3, the series will feature the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble. This local group was formed in 1973 by drummer Bobby Scott and bassist Jim Anderson.

        The two bring a wide range of experience with them, having performed with such musicians as Nat Adderley, Ernestine Watson, Art Blakey, Hank Crawford, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Della Reese, Clifford Jordan, Rasaan Roland Kirk and Jimmy McGary.

        The series continues Aug. 17 with the Rock & Roll Regencys performing their Motown sounds.

        This group has performed at New York's Radio City Music Hall and opened shows for Patti LaBelle. It has also done a special fund-raiser for the Special Olympics.

        “The series has been well-attended,” said Councilman Mike Morthorst, chairman of the Concert in the Park committee. “We offer this as family entertainment.”

        Council members Jim Anderson and Mark Quarry also serve on the committee.

        “This gives us a chance to show what Silverton has to offer,” said David Waltz, municipal administrator. “People have been calling about the concerts. This is a good time to offer activities where families and friends can get together, especially when we are having a lot of turmoil in this area.”


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