GCC at Dansville Presents: An Evening of Blues

Dansville, New York— The Dansville Campus Center of Genesee Community College will bring a dynamic blues and jazz cultural event to the Dansville area on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The event will take place at the former Dansville Middle School and will feature a presentation on jazz and blues music and a community ‘jam fest’ with professional musician, Jonathan Feldman.

Dansville, New York— The Dansville Campus Center of Genesee Community College will bring a dynamic blues and jazz cultural event to the Dansville area on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The event will take place at the former Dansville Middle School and will feature a presentation on jazz and blues music and a community ‘jam fest’ with professional musician, Jonathan Feldman. Community residents are encouraged, no matter what their skill level, to bring their own instruments and play along. The evening’s event will run from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm are free and open to all ages.

The evening will begin with a presentation on the blues and jazz by Thomas Folan, GCC adjunct instructor and acclaimed conductor, as well as Feldman in the choral room of the former middle school. Following the presentation will be a community ‘jam fest’ with performances by community residents and by Jonathan Feldman and fellow professional musician, Steve Gates.

“We are so pleased to start what we hope to be the first of many music and art symposiums that contribute to the Dansville area cultural scene,” Pete Soscia, associate dean of the Dansville Campus Center said. “Whether you have an interest in jazz and blues, or are a novice when it comes to music, we welcome everyone to experience great music from these accomplished professionals.”

Jonathan Feldman studied jazz piano at Oberlin College and Conservatory with Allen Farnham, which led to a gig playing solo jazz piano at a Manhattan restaurant. His big break, however, came with the Philadelphia-based Floyd Hunter Blues Band. That group often performed at national festivals, sharing the bill with such blues legends as B. B. King and Albert Collins. Based in Rochester since 1997, he formed the Jonathan Feldman Trio, a jazz and blues combo. The group issued two well-received CDs, Straight Ahead and Blue and Live in Rochester, which continue to get radio airplay.

Joining Jonathan will be Steve Gates, a drummer and member of the Jonathan Feldman Trio. Steve Gates started drumming professionally in 1963 at age 15 playing on the Midwest ballroom circuit with The Charlie Trussell Orchestra. He is a North Texas State music alum, has performed in Texas and on the West Coast as well as a stint entertaining the troops in Vietnam and has twice played the Rochester International Jazz Fest. Previous recordings include many at Summit Records in Dallas with bassist Richard Bowden and on the original Jonathan Feldman Trio CD, Straight Ahead and Blue. He has now retired from his real job, has taken some time to study the drum set with Rich Thompson at the Eastman School of Music and can be heard in and around Rochester, NY.

The former Dansville Middle School is located at 31 Clara Barton Street in Dansville. For further information please contact the Dansville Campus Center at 585-335-7820.


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