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Jazz greats to bring ‘Swing’ to Bucks County concert

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Larry McKenna and Warren Vaché will perform as part of Crossing Vineyards’ Summer Wine and Music Series.
Tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna and trumpeter Warren Vaché – whose collective jazz chops equal a century of playing experience – will take the stage July 18 as part of Crossing Vineyards’ Summer Wine and Music Series.
McKenna, who has a national reputation as both a jazz improviser in the be-bop and modern jazz styles of the ’50s and ’60s, has played and recorded with greats such as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman and Clark Terry.
In a review of his most recent album, “From All Sides,” Victor L. Schermer of AllAboutJazz.com writes, “Larry McKenna’s tenor saxophone playing is addictive. It’s like driving a Maserati: You’re probably going to want to take it on the road again and again, because it is so elegant and finely engineered.”

Larry McKenna

Larry McKenna

McKenna’s new CD is comprised of original instrumental and vocal compositions of several jazz standards and features four songs with lyrics by Melisssa Gilstrap, interpreted by vocalist Joanna Pascale.
In 2011 the Philadelphia Orchestra showcased him as a soloist in three concerts, performing movements from an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite.”
Vaché, the son of a professional jazz bassist, began honing his craft in elementary school. The Rahway, N.J. native picked up the trumpet in fourth-grade in order to play in the school’s marching band.
From there, he began his first formal teaching, which led to early jobs through high school and college. While attending Montclair State College in the ’70s for music education, Vaché began studying with famed swing era trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin.
In 1989 he composed and played on the film soundtrack for “The Luckiest Man in the World.”
Vaché has released more than 35 albums during his 50-year career and has shared the stage with Benny Goodman, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, as well as contemporaries including Tony Coe, Alan Barnes and Harry Allen.
He has performed at every major jazz venue and festival around the globe, from dates at Condon’s and the Blue Note to the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Perugia in Italy, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Vienna Opera and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Warren Vlache

Warren Vlache

Local can enjoy the sounds of Larry McKenna and Warren Vaché July 18, along with some of Crossing Vineyards’ award-winning wines. The Summer Wine and Music Series, which this year is being sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, will continue through Sept. 12.

The 7 p.m. concert at the winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road in Upper Makefield Township, also features cheese and Crossing’s award-winning wines for purchase by the bottle or glass. Concert-goers can bring their own food, but outside beverages are not permitted. Limited seating is available on a tent-covered patio. Wine Club Members may reserve table seating in advance. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. All concerts will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The remaining Summer Wine & Music Series concerts will be held as follows:
July 25 – The Eric Mintel Quartet: Jazz
Aug. 1 – The Mango Men: Rock, Pop and Country, Island Style

Aug. 8 – Jessica Martindale: Nashville Country songwriter (new)

Sept. 12 – The Fabulous Greaseband: Best Rock & Roll Dance Music from the 50’s to the 90’s
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Crossing at 215-493-6500 Ext. 19, or visit www.crossingvineyards.com.

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