WEST NEWBURY — Pentucket’s award winning Jazz Combo will be featured at the Spring Café Jazz this Friday at the high school. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The free event also includes performances by middle school Jazz Band, the high school Junior Jazz Combo, and the Big Band, performing tunes by Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and others. Complimentary refreshments will be available and donations to the jazz program will be gratefully accepted in the broken drum on the table at the back of the room.
As he does each spring, Pentucket’s Director of Jazz David Schumacher has invited a special guest performer to play with his students at Cafe Jazz. Berklee College of Music professor Danny Harrington from Newburyport will conduct jazz clinics for Pentucket’s middle and high school musicians in the afternoon, and then participate in a performance for the community that evening.
A baritone saxophonist, Harrington toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow and has performed with Nick Brignola, Gary Burton, Herb Pomeroy, Gary Smulyan, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone. He has led his own group since 1980.
“I met Danny my very first year at Pentucket when he was guest artist at the Newburyport Jazz Festival. He had great advice for my fledgling program and me as a first-year teacher. He graciously offered to come in and work with my students anytime I asked,” said Schumacher.
Since then the two have “rubbed elbows” at many local festivals and gigs.
“I thought it was high time to bring him to Pentucket as our Cafe Jazz guest artist. He is a tremendous player, seasoned educator, and a local gem,” Schumacher said.