Lake Effect Jazz Band
Featuring Becky Selvidge Friday, June 29th @ 7:00pm
Now in its 18th year of bringing its unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s beautiful southwest region, the LAKE EFFECT JAZZ BIG BAND continues to be one of the premier big bands in the Midwest. Specializing in new arrangements of classic standards, new compositions for contemporary big bands, and golden oldies, the band will be performing music from the libraries of Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin, Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald and others. The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz in concert and jazz festival settings across Southwest Michigan.
The Box Factory performance on Friday, June 29th, will be the first of two full length jazz concerts for the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band at the Box. The band will play two sets with a 15 minute intermission in between where patrons can view the art exhibits and enjoy coffee, soft drinks and snacks. The first set will open with “A Warm Breeze” by Sammy Nestico from the Count Basie library, followed by another great jazz standard “How High The Moon” featuring the trombone section. Then our featured vocalist, Becky Selvidge, will swing with Anita O’day’s arrangement of “Avalon”, Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” and Gershwin’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” as sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald. Completing the first set will be a contemporary arrangement of “Michelangelo” by Astor Piazzolla, a beautiful ballad entitled “Lifelong Friends”, and ending with the classic dixieland tune “That’s A Plenty” arranged by Les Hooper. The second set will feature tunes by Gordon Goodwin, Billy Strayhorn, Oliver Nelson, Buddy Rich and two more great vocals by Becky Selvidge.
The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools, where he taught jazz ensemble, orchestra, and band for 35 years. Several members of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for the LEJBB.
The musicians in the band’s ranks include…
Andrea Gentry (Alto)
Anne Jensen (Alto)
Tim King (Alto/Tenor)
Christopher Keech (Tenor)
Jeff Bopp (Tenor)
Rob Funk (Bari)
Mary Lynn Edwards
Brad Jensen (Bass Trombone)
Trumpets: Steve Bizoe
The rhythm section:
Kim McCavit (Keyboard)
Tom Gillespie (Guitar)
Doug Wegscheid (Bass)
Joe Trojan (Percussion)
Chuck Hartzell (Percussion)
Jim Allen (Percussion)
Our vocalist is Rebecca Selvidge, a former member of Western Michigan University’s jazz vocal group Gold Company, and the vocal music teacher for Coloma Public Schools.
From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, who took over the NY festival this year with two other selections – the new rom-com Night is Short, Walk on Girl and outré classic Mind Game – comes a hallucinogenic-but-family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale of the little mermaid who falls in love with mankind, and then comes
ashore to join a dysfunctional middle school rock band and propel them to fame.
New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking and isolated in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When he demonstrates a proficiency at making music on his synthesizer, his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, but their practice sessions soon bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not. Winner of the grand prize at Annecy, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa’s genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.
INSTRUCTOR(S): Susan Salas Graham
INSTRUCTOR(S): Susan Salas Graham
DESCRIPTION: Would you like to learn how to cook delicious, nutritious meals for your family up to 10 times faster and using 70% less energy than traditional cooking methods? Then this class is for you! Instant Pot is the 3rd generation Programmable Pressure Cooker, however this is definitely NOT your mother’s pressure cooker! Students will learn the “in’s and out’s” of Instant Pot cooking as Susan and friends demonstrate various dishes to sample and guide students on how this method can make cooking easier and more predictable than other cooker methods. In addition to oodles of useful knowledge and a full stomach, students will also go home with a recipe book stocked with everything they need to know to make several wonderful Instant Pot meals. Ask questions, learn expert tips and get valuable recipes, all while sampling the many delicious dishes that are prepared.
*Recipes will include pork.
REQUIRED: All items supplied for this class.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 8 students/Maximum 30 students; Ages 12+
Class size & age: Minimum 7 students/Maximum 10 students; ages 17 and up.
Class fee: $35/student.
Description:Using powergreens, powergrains and superfoods instructor, Susan Graham will teach students how to make nutritious and delicious food perfect for Summer. This hand’s-on-class provides participants with various salad & flatbread recipes and encourages students to participate in all demonstrations and food preparation. Learn how to make salads your friends and family will love, as well as how to make amazing flatbreads, all from scratch! Students will savor enjoying the salad and bread together at the end of the class and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to step up your own healthy eating game.
Past Time was founded in 2012 initially as a tribute to the Southwest Michigan band The Princetons who were very popular in the Michiana area in the early to mid 1960s. The Princetons scored a hit with their song “Georgiana” in 1965. Along with this song, there are another 20 Princetons recordings. Past Time preforms many of these along with many other great songs from the 1950s and 1960s, some of which were also performed by the Princetons.
Past Time members include the son of the founding guitar player from The Princetons.
Past Time is dedicated to preserving the early rock ‘n’ roll from the nation and the Southwest Michigan region.
A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. An ode to the power of storytelling and the strength of the human spirit, Liyana is an uplifting, genre-defying film not to be missed. Note: while sensitively handled, film deals with challenging family histories and lingering impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Director’s Statement – LIYANA is a film that gives our young storytellers the stage. We hope the audience will be enchanted by the children’s imaginations in the same way that we are. We believe this film will play a role in deconstructing stereotypes and challenging the prevalent, simplistic narrative of African orphans. LIYANA pays tribute to my childhood in the Kingdom of Swaziland. And at its heart, the film is a meditation on the transformative power of storytelling – an ode to the creative spirit.
Straight out of St. Joe Michigan, Jack Adams & Da Breakers draw influence from the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and various, rock R&R and jazz artists; Jack blends it all together as if Bob Ross painted a house party.
As a single act Jack paves his passion as a “one man-jam band”, looping musical phrases and beat-boxing to create a lively “dance like there’s nobody one in the room” vibe.
Anybody who drinks their coffee black and enjoys wearing denim is in for a treat when Jack & Da Breakers are jamming.
The Blue Water Ramblers write and sing traditional music with modern themes – the songs of Michigan, America and YOUR life. They perform wherever people want to celebrate: Festivals and concerts, paddle wheelers and lake ships, in cities and out in the woods, on stages and around campfires, at church gatherings and traditional dances. The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences. “I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve,” opined Banjo-Jim. “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.”