Musical Experience

Jazz Concert Is Tonight At First Covenant Church

Dr. Allen Zurcher is pictured.

The Jazz Concert Series at First Covenant Church, 520 Spring St., Jamestown, will feature “An Evening with the Presque Isle Jazz Orchestra” under the direction of Dr. Allen Zurcher at 6:30 p.m.

Area saxophonist John Cross will host the program which is presented with the support of the American Federation of Musicians Music Performance Trust Fund.

The Presque Isle Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2018 by Allen Zurcher to explore large ensemble jazz. The orchestra’s repertoire consists of original treatments of jazz standards as well as original music composed and arranged for this ensemble by professor of saxophone, Dr. Allen Zurcher.

Zurcher brings a wide and varied musical experience in his more than 30 years as a professional musician, composer, arranger and educator to Jamestown. He holds teaching positions in saxophone and jazz studies at Edinboro University, Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La., where he was the program director for the Bill Evans Jazz Festival.

Zurcher has been a saxophonist with the Erie Philharmonic and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra as well as music director and bandleader for Premier and Princess Cruise Lines. He has performed with notable musicians and entertainers such as The Manhattan Transfer, Bryan Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Clark Terry, Don Menza, Vic DeMon, and Diane Carroll.

Zurcher can be heard on recordings Waiting in the Alley with Andy Nevala, For the Last Time with the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab I, Armed and Dangerous with One World Tribe, and Soundtrack of a Daydreamer by Steve Trohoske.

Zurcher currently teaches jazz studies at Mercyhurst University will be accompanied by musicians Beth Dressler, alto saxophone; John Cross, tenor saxophone; Jeff Gibbens and Brian Hannah,trumpet/flugelhorn; Kent Tucker and Mark Dressler, trombone; Dan Hallett, piano; Chris VonVolkenburg, upright electric bass and Bradley Amidon, drums.

The concert is free to the public with a freewill offering at intermission.


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