On Saturday the Jamestown Unitarian Church on Prendergast Avenue will host the inaugural Jazzfest Jamestown from 6 to 11 p.m.
The jazz festival will feature four professional jazz groups from Chautauqua County. Bands include Jazz Revival, comprised of Toby Hanks, bass; Steve Swanson; keyboards; Ray Domanski, drums; John Cross, horns; at 7 p.m.; Bluzeinn, Jon Wilder, trumpet; Marla Harris, vocals; Carl Lydell, guitar; at 8 p.m.; Dave Golando and Friends, made up of Harry Jacobson, bass; Alec Dube, drums; Phil Tappen, piano; and Dave Golando, saxophones; at 9 p.m.; and The Babalu Band, featuring Mark Alpaugh, keyboards; Jim Karapontso, guitar; Jim Foti, drums; and John Cross, horns; at 10 p.m.
The Infinity Big Band will kick off the festival at 6 p.m. with featured trumpet soloists, Matthew Lefford, Emily Marsh and Sarah Ozga. Mateo Mendez and Tyler Roesler will be featured soloists on saxophones.
The Babalu Band is pictured above.
Jazzfest Jamestown is a free family event presented to showcase the jazz musicians in the area. Popular jazz standard songs from all eras and styles will be performed including blues, swing, be-bop and funk. Area saxophonist, John Cross, will host and narrate the event. Other area jazz musicians will be invited to "sit in" at 10 p.m. with The Babalu Band, which has performed for the Chautauqua Lake Idol Competitions for the past nine years.