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Homer native Stephen Santoro, known locally as Stephen Calkins, will bring an evening of swinging jazz standards to the Cortland Community Center this July 9th at 7:00 pm. Joining Stephen on stage will be local talents Rick Starmer on piano and Jeff Dovi on trumpet. The performance will be free of charge. Seating is limited, so patrons are encouraged to RSVP by calling (607) 749-9598.
Stephen Santoro’s intoxicating brand of classic jazz and swing recalls the heyday of nightlife in America’s hottest cities. Drawing influences from the swinging rhythms of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, to the soaring melodies of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Stephen and his band ignite a life-long love affair with the Great American Songbook, swinging and crooning to the music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen, and more.
A graduate of Homer Central High School, Stephen first discovered his love of jazz in the school’s vocal jazz group, the Blue Notes, and in the Cortland Old Timers Band. His performing skills were honed in SUNY Cortland’s Performing Arts program, and Cortland Repertory Theatre gave him is first professional work.
Currently based in Brooklyn, Stephen brings his swinging style to New York City’s cabaret, swing, and traditional jazz scenes. And now Stephen is thrilled to be performing again in the town that first nurtured his love of music.
This event is presented by Ad Hoc Productions and the Cortland Community Center, located at 90 Central Avenue. Call (607) 749-9598 to RSVP.