MOUNT VERNON - The distinctive sound of the Lima, Peru, Interescolar Big Band returns to Ariel-Foundation Park for a free community concert in the First-Knox Pavilion, Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Sharing the stage will be the new Knox Community Jazz Orchestra. Audience members are invited to bring their favorite picnic foods to enjoy in the FKB Pavilion during the concerts.
The Lima Interescolar Big Band (LIBB) combines repertoire that includes jazz classics and Afro-Peruvian jazz music. In this way members of the band (ranging in age from 13-19) get to explore the roots of jazz music as well as the blend of Afro-Peruvian musical sensibilities and jazz, which is the signature contribution of Peru to the world's jazz pallet.
The Lima Interescolar Big Band performed last spring at Ariel-Foundation Park, and returns for a May 2 free concert in the First-Knox Pavilion, accompanied by the new Knox Community Jazz Orchestra.
Instruments such as the cajon (wooden box drum), cajita (trapezoidal small box drum) and quijada (literally the jaw bone of an ass!) are staples of the "sound" of the band. Dr. Gabriel Alegria will be accompanying the band on this tour stop. He is a 1988 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and a 1993 graduate of Kenyon College. He currently tours the world with his own professional ensemble called The Afro-Peruvian Sextet (www.afroperuviansextet.com) and is considered the pioneer of Afro-Peruvian jazz music.
For this performance The LIBB will have as their very special guests the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra (www.knoxcommunityjazz.org). This brand new ensemble comprised of talented Knox County community members will be giving audiences a generous preview of what will be their exciting opening season concert on May 28 in Ariel-Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center.
Under the direction of Ted Buehrer of Kenyon College, the 20-member big band will play danceable music from a wide-ranging repertoire including tunes made famous by Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, and Thad Jones. The KCJO builds on a decades-old tradition of big band jazz in Knox County that includes the Colonial City Big Band of the 1980s and early ’90s and, earlier, the Bob Bechtel Big Band and the Riley Norris Band. Like those bands, the new group is very much of and for the community. Musicians include active and retired public school band directors, professionals, and recent college graduates from the area. Buehrer, who plays trumpet in addition to leading the band, teaches music at Kenyon and directs the college’s jazz ensemble.