Rockford’s Five to Go featured in ‘Jazz at Emerson’ March 20

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Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s next “Jazz at Emerson” concert features local jazz group Five to Go at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at the historic Emerson House on the Mendelssohn PAC campus, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

Five to Go includes Phil Pilcher on sax and flute, Jeff Layng on trumpet, Bob Rub on piano, Dave Timmcke on bass, and Dan Kasten on drums. Five cool cats playing cool jazz!

Five to Go (formerly Bad Chapeau) is a newly-formed jazz group consisting of some of the top jazz players in northern Illinois. You have seen its members performing in many local jazz groups for many years. The group is excited to have formed this new collective and is exploring contemporary, groove-oriented jazz, including both standards and original compositions. Featuring a traditional five-piece setup with two horns (sax and trumpet) and rhythm section of piano, bass and drums, Five to Go can achieve a lush variety of sounds and textures.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are available by phone (815-964-9713), online, at the Mendelssohn PAC office (406 N. Main St., Rockford) and at the door of the concert. All proceeds benefit the musicians and the Jazz at Emerson Series.

Jazz at Emerson is held the third Thursday each month at the historic Emerson House in the heart of downtown Rockford. Relax with wine and light refreshments, have fun with friends, and meet the artists after the concert. Doors open at 5 p.m., and seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended.

Posted March 19, 2014

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