The Tuxedo Park Library presents an Afternoon of Jazz on April 10


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  • Michael Bank will lead his septet in a program of celestially inspired music on Sunday, April 10, at the Tuxedo Park Library.



TUXEDO PARK — On Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m., the Tuxedo Park Library will present the celestially inspired music of this truly talented group of musicians. The Tuxedo Park Library is the perfect setting to sit back, relax, and enjoy some jazz.

The music in this program will explore the relationship between the stars, the planets, and music by relating the mythological and affective qualities of their respective elements. A creative reimagining that links elements of music to greater scientific and philosophical themes.

This project is made possible with the funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. It also is sponsored in part by the Friends of Tuxedo Park Library.

The music
The Michael Bank Septet is a four-horn group which both perpetuates and updates the small ensemble swing tradition. Their first CD is entitled “The Dao of Swing.”

Michael Bank first became interested in early jazz piano styles as a teenager after playing Fats Waller's old piano and learning from player piano rolls at the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in New York City.

After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in physics and chemistry, Bank took classes at Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College as well as studying privately with Dick Katz, Jaki Byard and classical pianist Patricia Lutnes.

He has performed with Kevin Dorn, The United States Coast Guard Band, Steve Little, and Fat's old guitarist Al Casey and has played gigs at Birdland, The Cotton Club, Smalls, The Garage, Swing 46, Aaron Davis Hall, Cleopatra's Needle and numerous other venues mostly around New York City.

Essential information
• For more information on attending this event, contact the Tuxedo Park Library at 845-351-2207 or visit online at tuxedoparklibrary.org.

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