Charlie Bertini and AppleJazz Band to perform at Homer Center for the Arts

The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at [email protected].


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HOMER, NY – The Center for the Arts of Homer welcomes Charlie Bertini and the AppleJazz Band back to the community where they began in 1984. The AppleJazz Band will take the stage on Saturday, October 3rd at 8 p.m.

The AppleJazz Band was created 31 years ago when Cortland native Charlie Bertini teamed with local Syracuse musicians Dave Hanlon, Larry Arlotta, John Kane and others to produce an annual summer jazz concert at the Little York Pavilion in Cortland County. Over the years it grew to become one the longest running continuous musical jazz events in the history of Central NY, featuring many musical guests and playing to packed houses.

The band reads as a who’s-who of incredible musicians including trumpeter Charlie Bertini, saxman Dave MacKenzie, trombonist John Allred, guitarist Mark Doyle, bassist Ronnie France, pianist Dave Solazzo, drummer Dave Hanlon, and singer Ronnie Leigh. Spontaneous and aggressive, these pros love to jam together and tear up the stage.  Along the way, the AppleJazz Records label has churned out 4 releases by this band, most recently vocalist Ronnie Leigh’s CD, Live at AppleJazz.

Tickets: Adults: $30; Seniors: $25; Students (18+): $15; 18 and under: Free. Tickets are available at Center4Art.org or via phone 607-749-4772. Before the concert, the Dasher’s Preshow at the Center will feature Sunset Jazz recording artist, Rick Starmer.

The AppleJazz Band is sponsored by our season sponsors: CoffeeMania, Cortland Voice, The Cortland Beer Company, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jim Hopkins, WXHC 101.5 FM, The Cayuga Radio Group, and Linani’s Catering/The Sherman House Restaurant.

The Center for the Arts in Homer, located at 72 South Main Street in the village, at the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off exit 12 of I-81, provides the region and community with a broad spectrum of cultural and artistic activities that provide education, enlightenment, and entertainment. While performance is premium at the Center for the Arts, the Center is an accessible facility for year-round classes, workshops, exhibits, summer camps, and conferences devoted to the visual and performing arts.


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