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Joe Levesque Big Band to perform a public concert

BrianChipman WEBOn Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. the Joe Levesque Big Band will perform a public concert at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. There is no admission fee charged for the concert, but a free will offering will be accepted at the door to benefit the church’s music program.

Joe’s Big Band is a 17-piece ensemble that has performed for many years throughout northwestern Vermont, at weddings, dances, schools and community events. The band members are a combination of accomplished local musicians who share a passion for performing the diverse styles of big band music LauraBarbierisax WEBfrom the Swing Era to the present. Their repertoire spans from swing and jazz standards made famous by artists like Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Duke Ellington, to the music of Earth, Wind and Fire, James Brown, Santana and other contemporary artists.

Joe Levesque, the band’s founder, was a gifted musician from Essex Center, who played in small groups and big bands all his life. He gave many musicians the opportunity to play and enjoy the music he grew up performing. Joe passed away in 2004, but the band continues on in his memory.

NielsHuismansolo WEBLaura Barbieri, of Burlington, is a Vermont Certified music teacher and the owner and music director of Joe’s Big Band and Coffee Jazz. She also plays the saxophone.

Coffee Jazz is a combo group that will perform in Burlington at “Jazz on the Lake” by Mercy Connections on Sept. 14.

“We rehearse at the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction every other week, and we like to give back,” she said on Tuesday. This is the second concert Joe’s Big Band has done for the church; the first was in April of last year.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact the church office at 878-5745, x 100 or welcome@fccej.org.

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Learn more about Coffee Jazz at coffeejazzvt.wordpress.com and Joe’s Big Band at www.joelevesquebigband.com.

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Who: Joe Levesque Big Band
What: Public benefit concert. No admission fee charged. Free will offering accepted.
When: Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m.
Where: In the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 39 Main Street, Essex Junction
Why: To benefit the music program at the church
Contact: 878-5745 or welcome@fccej.org