Kate Buczek Memorial Concert

On Sunday afternoon, June 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie is hosting the sixth annual Kate Buczek Memorial Concert, featuring the “Country Blue” Quartet and “Barbara Jean Jazz” Quintet.

Kate Buczek was a jazz music aficionado.  She enjoyed taking family and friends with her to New Orleans for its Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  Among her favorite musicians were Louie Armstrong, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.  After Kate died in 2010, at age 91, memorial gifts from her many friends were designated to fund annual concerts at the Unitarian Universalist church where, for many decades, she was an active member and supporter.

The June 4th concert is open to the public.  Free admission, but donations to the UU Congregation in memory of Kate are encouraged to help replenish her Memorial Concert Fund.  The church is located at 7180 Perry Highway (PA Route 97), about 0.5 mile north of I-90’s exit 27.  (Information at 923-1155)

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Barbara Jean Jazz Quintet (easy listening Jazz)

* Barbara Jean (vocals, composer)

A rock and roll bass player turned vocalist and songwriter, Barbara Jean credits her love of the standards to her mother and sister, who were both pianists and cellists.  She has performed at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, Erie JazzWalk, and Ellicottville Jazz and Blues Festival, as well as the historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, named one of the top 100 festivals in the U.S.  Barbara Jean just released her third original CD, “IT’S LOVE.”

* Dalt Berringer (piano)

A former music educator and counselor, Dalt brings his own brand of musical therapy to the stage.  He studied at Eastman School of Music and received his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.  After leading his own North Carolina jazz group, Dalt returned to NY where he performed with “The White Hots” in Rochester and now is featured artist at Chautauqua Institution’s Athenaeum Hotel.

* Doug Dinberg (saxophone)

Also a former music educator, Doug is an attorney and retired Magisterial District Judge living in Oil City, PA.  In addition to his music and law degrees, Doug studied at Chautauqua and Berklee School of Music in Boston.  He has performed with The Platters, The Temptations, Bobby Vinton, Benny Wallace, the U.S. Army Band, and the Dave Stevens Band, as well as the Pittsburgh Saxophone Quartet.

* Lloyd Howard (bass)

A working professional bassist for 50 years, playing both upright and electric bass, Lloyd’s music career has spanned three continents with performances in Japan, the Philippines and Australia as well as performing throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Washington, DC.  Lloyd is an active member of the United Federation of Musicians Local 134, and he’s a talented craftsman, having built one of his favorite basses and much of his musical equipment.

* Dan Hull (drums)

Also a former music educator, Danny originated Buffalo’s longest running guest artist jazz series.  He has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Judy Collins, John Pizzarelli, Jane Monheit, Bill Charlap, Karrin Allyson and Don Rickles.  He also served as a cultural representative with U.S. Information Service tours of Peru and Brazil.  He has recorded with clarinetist Sal Andolina and vocalists Carla Valenti, Laurie Bordonaro and Barbara Jean.

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Country Blue Quartet (a mix of Bluegrass and old-style Country Music)

* Louis Nicolia (fiddle)

Having joined the Erie Junior Philharmonic while in high school, Louis earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from West Virginia University.  In 1981 he joined the first-violin section of the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Chamber Orchestras.  More recently he formed the “Strada Duo” with Keita Fukushima; they toured Japan as well as performed in Carnegie Hall in 2007.  Louis has researched Moondog’s life and music and produced “Project Moondog” at Mercyhurst University.

* Bill Abbey (mandolin, vocal)

A 74-year old retired toolmaker, Bill has played with Country Blue for six years, and before that with “Out’ve the Blue” band.  He also plays banjo with “Lake Erie Banjo Jammers,” guitar with “Conneaut T Creek String Band,” and both banjo and guitar with some old-timer fiddlers.

* Darrell Obert (bass)

A retired Union City Area High School chemistry teacher and Athletic Director, Darrell plays both electric bass guitar and his upright bass “Charlene.”  He’s been enjoying playing with Country Blue and its predecessor “Out’ve the Blue.”

* Bill McCall (guitar, vocal)

Playing the trombone since he was a child and singing in barbershop quartets, music has always been a big part of Bill’s life.  He played bugle in the U.S. Navy drum and bugle corps, and after the military he joined several country and bluegrass bands playing guitar, mandolin and banjo.  Currently Bill is composing and recording.