6/16/14

Jazz at New Utrecht

Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet
At 2:30 PM on Sunday, June 29, The Friends of Historic New Utrecht will host a free public concert by Brooklyn-based jazz ensemble The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at the Parish House at New Utrecht Reformed Church, at 18th Ave. and 84th Street in Bensonhurst.

(Transit: B8 bus to 18th Avenue / B1 bus to 86th Street / D to 18th Avenue.)

Broken Reed, led by composer, arranger, author, and performer Charley Gerard, whose thoughtful, exuberant, playful arrangements have been described as "coaxing the beautiful from the unexpected," will perform a program of jazzed-up Doo Wop classics, including "Life Could Be a Dream," "Blueberry Hill" and "Oh, Donna", and movie themes, including "Laura," "Stella by Starlight" and "The Nearness of You."

The 1892 Parish House sits next to the landmarked 1828 New Utrecht Reformed Church and the New Utrecht Liberty Pole, a tradition dating back to 1783. Founded in 1677 by Dutch settlers, New Utrecht belongs to the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

The concert is part of a series of musical and historic events hosted each year by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs/City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Council Member Vinnie Gentile, former Council Member Domenic Recchia, and the Verizon Foundation.

For more information about the concert or the Friends organization, call FHNU at (718) 256-7173, email mail@historicnewutrecht.org, or visit the Facebook page.

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