From our promo for this concert:
Local jazz legend Jimmy Aycock headlines the upcoming Labor Day weekend of live music at Fountain General Store in a concert presentation with the Steve Creech Sextet.
Aycock, the award-winning pianist and career educator from Fremont, was a big hit in his first Fountain appearance, also with the Creech sextet, and this will be a special show in honor of the holiday weekend. “They’re working up a set of songs of labor and heat,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor, “to commemorate the weekend and this hot summer’s end.”
Featured songs will include “16 Tons,” “Ol’ Man River,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” “Summertime,” and “John Henry,” as well as original takes on such jazz standards as “Satin Doll,” “How High the Moon,” “Take the A Train,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Paper Moon,” “Misty,” and “All of Me.”
“We’re delighted to have Mr. Aycock back,” said Albright. “He’s another example of what outstanding talent we have living around here.”
Creech, the jazz guitarist who grew up in Kenly and was raised on a Johnston County farm, is one of the leading jazz performers and promoters in the region. A long-time Greenville resident, Creech retired last year from a career as a director with Pitt County Mental Health. “Steve really keeps jazz alive in eastern North Carolina in a lot of different ways,” said Albright. “We’re grateful for all his work, and also for his talent.”
Also performing with Aycock and Creech will be Dee Braxaton Pelligrino on violin and vocals; Keith Dobbins on bass; Randy Davis on drums, and featured vocalist Emery Davis.
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