Big band, Brass Firemen, Latin dance ensemble, vocal group coming to Norwood Green
Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 2:50 pm

NORWOOD – The Norwood Village Green Concert Series welcomes local favorites the Wally Siebel All Star Big Band with clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski, the Norwood Brass Firemen, the returning Latin-dance-music-inspired Piquant, and vocal/instrumental trio Finest Kind to the band shell for performances over the next several days.

The Wally Siebel All Star Big Band with clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski will play Thursday, July 1 at 7 p.m.

The band is comprised of professional musicians in Northern New York including faculty from Crane, SUNY Potsdam, area music educators and other talented musicians.

Siebel is co-founder of Northern Music and Video in Potsdam, a member of the Potsdam Clarinet Quartet, a past member of the Boards of Directors of Music Theater North and the Community Performance Series.

The musicians in band have accompanied artists as well-known as Tony Bennett and John Pizzarelli but still find time to play in the pit orchestras of many of the local high school musicals.

By the time Peplowski was in his early teens, he was experimenting with jazz by playing in the school “stage” bands, and also by jamming with many of the local jazz musicians.

He went on to play and study with some of the greats in jazz and big band, including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Sonny Stitt, and Benny Goodman. He has recorded close to 20 albums.

He has headlined in Las Vegas, the Newport Jazz Festival, pops concerts, European festivals´ clubs, and in New York City.

Peplowski has collaborated with Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell, James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, and Erich Kunzel

as part of the Norwood Firemen’s Field Day celebration, the Norwood Brass Firemen will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 3.

The band, made up of local musicians and firemen, is well-known for its toe-tapping Dixieland-style brass and percussion music.

They played in Washington, D.C., for First Lady Nancy Reagan, in 1981, and at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics of 1984.

The Brass Firemen's Annual Hometown Concert is set for Thursday, July 29.

Piquant will take the stage Sunday, July 11 at 7 p.m.

For more than 10 years, Piquant has been creating a unique sound in the North Country. Piquant's music evokes a "Bistro" atmosphere with spicy flavors from Latin dance styles such as the Tango, Rumba, Waltz, Cha-cha and Samba.

The band also explores the sweet tones of French Musette and adds a touch of swing.

Piquant has performed for the summer concert series' in Sackets Harbor, Massena, Waddington, and Saranac Lake, as well as First Night in Saranac Lake and has previously performed for the Norwood Village Green Summer Concert Series. The band was also a part of North Country Public Radio's monthly arts magazine, Open Studio, and its UpNorth music series.

The band members are Beth Robinson, cello; Matt Bulwinkel, accordion; Josh Lazo, sax; Oscar Sarmiento, guitar and vocals; Frank McLaughlin, percussion; and Steve Farina, percussion.

The British and Canadian vocal/instrumental trio Finest Kind will be featured on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Shelley Posen discovered their collective sound almost by accident in 1991, when they happened to be sitting together at a song swap, and unsuspectingly launched into the chorus of a song together.

The resulting blend of voices and harmony lines convinced them that they should start singing together, and they have since delighted concert and festival audiences across North America and the UK with that glorious sound.

British, American, Irish, and Canadian traditional ballads keep company with gospel rousers, drinking songs, sea shanties, and pop oldies.

The timeless works of the Carter Family, the Copper Family, Rudyard Kipling, and Hank Williams mingle with originals by Ian or Shelley.

Admission to Norwood Green concerts is free but audience members have a chance to contribute to “the bucket.”

For more information visit norwoodvillagegreenconcertseries.org.