News Column

Portsmouth celebrates 19 years of jazz

July 7, 2014

By Joel Kost, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.



July 07--PORTSMOUTH -- Hundreds of music lovers gathered at Prescott Park in Portsmouth Sunday afternoon for a relaxing, sunny day filled with jazz music.

The Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival celebrated its 19th performance this year. The festival started its lineup at 12 p.m. and ended at 6 p.m., shortly before the performance of "Shrek The Musical."

This year's theme was to blend the familiar with the new, and the bands' styles reflected just that.

The first performance was the Wolverine Jazz Band. According to Dave Seiler, director of jazz studies at the University of New Hampshire and the chairmen of the festival, the Wolverine Jazz Band excels in traditional jazz music.

The Rick DiMuzio Quintet performed at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Antell/Palmer Quintet. Seiler described the Rick DiMuzio Quintet as being a more modern jazz band, while the Antell/Palmer Quintet could fall somewhere in between the other two performers in terms of time period.

"They're not quite as modern, but they're not quite as old," Seiler said.

This year was DiMuzio's and Antell/Palmer's debut at the Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival. The festival stayed true to its roots with the Seacoast Big Band finishing the event at 4:30 p.m.

"It's the same traditional festival that everyone has come to enjoy," Ben Anderson of the Prescott Park Arts Festival said.

This year was, however, the first to host the park's new food facility.

A five-year effort, the new food facility now offers hot meals instead of simply offering pre-packaged items like chips.

Fundraising for the facility began two years ago, raising about $1.1 million, Anderson said. Construction began one year ago, and it was opened to the public on Saturday.

"People are loving it," Anderson said.

___

(c)2014 the Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)

Visit the Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.) at www.fosters.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services


For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel



Source: Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH)


Story Tools






HispanicBusiness.com Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters