July 19 ‘Jazz at Emerson’ features piano/wind jazz duo

Online Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s next “Jazz at Emerson” concert — with Dan Pincus, Jim McElhaney and special guest Jack Brand — will begin at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at the historic Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

Piano/wind jazz duo Pincus and McElhaney met in the ’70s while attending Northern Illinois University and formed “Ocean Roads,” a jazz fusion group. After college, the two went their separate ways, but reconnected more than 25 years later, and haven’t looked back.

Pincus and McElhaney will perform this concert with special guest Brand, one of the area’s most sought-after drummers. Selections will include “Stella By Starlight,” “My Romance” and “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.”

Freewill donations will be accepted; the suggested amount is $10. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

Jazz at Emerson” takes place one Thursday per month, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Emerson House in the heart of downtown Rockford. Concertgoers enjoy the swinging sounds of jazz, relax with a glass of wine and light refreshments, and meet the performers after the program.

Performers at future “Jazz at Emerson” concerts are to be announced. Doors open at 5 p.m., and seating is limited.

Posted July 18, 2012

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