The Birch Creek Ambassadors jazz band returns to the UU in Ephraim on Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm.
This cabaret-style concert will feature complimentary refreshments along with exceptional jazz throughout the evening. Admission at the door is just $10, with students admitted for free.
The Ambassadors group was formed in 1999 to serve as Birch Creek’s goodwill ambassadors, acquainting residents and visitors with Birch Creek’s mission and programs, as well as bringing jazz to numerous venues throughout the county. At the same time, these promising young musicians are offered the opportunity to experience the real life of a professional musician, thus fulfilling Birch Creek’s mission. While listening to their music, it is hard to believe that the performers are only between 15 and 18 years of age. Their repertoire consists of jazz standards, and the group is generally comprised of a saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums, and guitar player.
Joining the young musicians will be their director José Encarnacion. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, José currently is a faculty member at the Lawrence Conservatory of music where he coordinates the jazz performance program, leads jazz improvisation classes, jazz combos and teaches jazz saxophone. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Eastman School of Music where he served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone. Among many others, José has performed with Tito Puente, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Danilo Perez.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42, North Ephraim. For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.