Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band bring their fusion of jazz, rock, funk and soul to Delmonico Cottage Green this Sunday for a free outdoor concert.
Their “Rhythm & Blues Reinvented” concert will mark the band’s second appearance in northeastern Pennsylvania, a double win for fans of tight, brass-focused music. Listeners of all ages are welcome to attend. Bring lawn chairs.
The venue is provided by the Milford Hospitality Group and the Milford Theater.
Dave Letterman’s headliner and headliner Al Chez started young with Paul Shaffer and ended up playing the trumpet in Late Night and The Late Show with David Letterman for over 25 years. This quarter-century milestone of 2,800 shows is surpassed only by that of the legendary Doc Severenson.
Chez has also toured with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Maynard Ferguson, Ben E. King and Sam & Dave. He has performed at two presidential inaugurations, John Lennon’s 50th birthday celebration, over 25 rock and roll induction ceremonies and other high profile events.
In 2008, Chez formed The Brothers of Funk Big Band, offering listeners a rare opportunity to hear a true big band with 10-16 musicians in this post-Ellington, post-James Brown world. The Brothers of Funk Big Band plays catchy rhythms, melodies and harmonies which, true to the name of the band, blend into a powerful and joyful sound.
The producer of this concert, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, is a nonprofit organization of volunteers led by cellist Yosif Feigelson. In addition to bringing world-class artists to northeastern Pennsylvania, the organization hosts educational enrichment workshops for local high school students. Visit kindredspiritsarts.org to learn more.
What: “The rhythm and the blues reinvented”
Who: Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band
When: 4 p.m. Sunday, September 12, rain or shine
Where: Delmonico Cottage Green, 110 East Catharine St., Milford (bring lawn chairs)
How much: Free, but donations are appreciated