CLARKS SUMMIT — The next Arts at First Presbyterian concert will feature Al Hamme’s Swing Street Jazztet at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the church at 300 School St.
Al Hamme, Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University, is a founding member of the Presbybop Quartet, with whom he has appeared at the church many times. He formed the Swing Street Jazztet after retiring from the university in 1997. It includes a number of familiar faces, including Rev. Carter on piano, Mike Carbone on tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet and flute, Jeff Stockham on trumpet, flugelhorn and French horn, Tony Marino on bass, Tom Whaley on drums, and Andrew Williams on trombone.
This performance will also feature the vocal artistry of Cookie Coogan.
Hamme is a woodwind artist, producer, arranger and composer. He has performed with the orchestras of Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, and Danny D’Imperio’s Big Band Bloviation. Al currently is the jazz consultant for the Goodwill Theatre and produces and hosts the jam sessions at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the first performance space of the Goodwill Theatre.
This event is open to the public, free of charge, but a free-will offering will be taken to help defray costs. The Arts at First Presbyterian concert series receives support from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program (administered by the Pocono Arts Council), a Lackawanna County Arts & Cultural Grant, and numerous individual donors.
For more information, call the church office at 570-586-6306 or visit fpccs.org.