Dixieland Jazz Salon To Be Held Oct. 27

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown, 1255 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown, will present a Dixieland jazz music salon featuring Razzer’s Jazzers at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

Razzer’s Jazzers will be the featured presenters for the 7 p.m. concert. The group for this performance is made up of four traditional jazz experts. Clarinetist Razz Rasmusson and trombonist Pete Pepke will be joined by Kim Childs on piano and Jim Sturdevant on drums.

Childs plays piano and accompanies himself on bass foot pedals at the same time, making him sound like two musicians at once. He has played extensively in Olean and Bradford areas. Pete Pepke, trombonist from Tidioute and the Warren area, a long time jazzer has played in Jamestown at the Town Hall with the Jim Beatty Dixie Band and with Joe Prince at the Moose Lodge and now with Razz and Friends. When he was playing the Atlantic City clubs, he toured Europe and even played to at the Olympics also, and with many nationally known musicians around the country.

The percussionist for the group, Jim Sturdevant, plays everything from country to rock, latin and swing. He is a regular at Joe’s Coffee shop and Jazz hangout in Frewsburg and many area clubs.

Rasmusson, jazz and concert band director at JCC, is also known for having played almost every bar and grill and venue in Jamestown the several decades and has been honored with a Chautauqua Hall of Fame Music Award. In addition he has performed with Muzzy Combo, Barbara Jean, Frank Farina, Bill Winchester, Lloyd Howard, Dick Ingraham and Dixie on the Deck, Joe Glarner at the Coffee Shop and Liberty Cafe in Warren, and recently with the touring band Southern Fried Jazz. He will be featured at the Harmony Express Barbershoppers Concert on Oct. 26. Here he will be playing jazz clarinet with the singers on jazz oriented numbers such as “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” The salon is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council for the arts. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.