Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

July 18, 2013

Fresh take on standards with Essex Jazz

Essex Jazz Ensemble led by Andover flutist Michael Finegold will be bopping to the jazz standards from the Great American Songbook when it performs Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in The Park at Bartlet and Chestnut streets.

The ensemble features the collaboration of Finegold and pianist Tom McKinley, both of whom immerse themselves in classical and jazz music.

Finegold is artistic director of the Essex Chamber Music Players, which has performed at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and throughout the Merrimack Valley since 2000. McKinley is known in the classical world for his compositions penned by the name William Thomas McKinley.

They will be joined by bassist Bruce Gertz and drummer Bob Savine for the free concert in the town park presented by the Department of Community Services.

In addition to highlighting jazz standards in the program, the group will also offer up some original selections.

“The jazz will have overtones of classical style, but be bopping along with freshness,” says Finegold, who recently appeared on the Andover cable TV show “Something About Andover” to promote the concert and the work of the Essex Chamber Music Players.

The public is encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets and perhaps a picnic supper. The rain date is Thursday, July 25. To view the “Something About Andover” program featuring Finegold, visit http://andovertv.org/something.about.andover_06.01.2013.mp4.

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