Traditional jazz band to perform Aug. 7

music note stockPrepare for a “wild” night of music on Aug. 7 when the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Wednesday Night Concert Series presents the Bearcats Jazz Band at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

Dick Van Gorder and Joe Hanlon, for the purpose of preserving and promulgating one of America’s national treasures — traditional jazz— formed the Bearcats in 1977.

They perform for jazz societies and festivals in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, as well as on the West Coast at Big Bear Lake in California.

The members of the Bearcats are devoted and skilled musicians with a style firmly rooted in the New Orleans tradition, as well as a flair for the jazz variations known as Chicago and West Coast.

The band appeals to a wide variety of audiences by easily migrating from a strict 1920s Louis Armstrong style with clarinet, tuba and banjo to a driving Eddie Condonesque, four-beater rouser with guitar and string bass. For dancing, the repertoire also reaches to Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey,  Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

The concert will take place from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The rain date is on Thursday, Aug. 8.

For more information on the event call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 203-618-7649, or visit For rain cancellation information call 203-861-6100 after 4 p.m.

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