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              The Massillon Public Library is pleased to announce "Jazz Tuesdays," a new program offered the 4th Tuesday of each month, January through October 2010.  The first program will be held on January 26.  Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:45 p.m. at the Massillon Senior Center .   The first part of the evening will be a concert of traditional New Orleans jazz featuring trumpet, clarinet, trombone, drums, bass, piano, ukulele, banjo and a vocalist.  The second half of the program will be open to musicians, young and old, who want to sit in and jam with the band.

                Library Board Member James Chatterton plays drums with a similar band in Stow and has gathered a group of outstanding musicians for this series of programs.  Most of them have years of experience playing traditional and swing music with bands like the Stow Library and Hudson Earlyjass monthly jam sessions.  The band's leader and trumpet player is local optometrist Tom Altland who also plays with the tired Tigers and the Clinton Community Band.  Dave Bair, trombonist, plays gigs around the area and is a regular in several community bands.  He hails from New Philadelphia.  Gary Kroah plays clarinet and entertains with small swing groups and at many retirement homes.  Jim Drain, with extensive experience in local big, blues, rock and country bands, is the group's pianist. Ron Benach, a former school band director and accomplished musician, usually plays banjo but also joins in on bass and guitar from time to time.  George Dean, local music teacher and martial arts instructor, is the group's guitarist.  Eileen Freaze, former teacher, sings vocals and plays the ukulele.   She has her own band and participates in many jam sessions and entertains at retirement homes.  The bass guitarist is Paul Matson, an alumnus of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band.  Jim Chatterton, who is retired from Perry Rubber, fills the drum seat.

The second half of the program, from 8:15 to 8:45, will be open to musicians, young and old, who want to jam with the band.  Two-hour free parking is available to the public in the parking deck behind the Senior Center building as well as on the street parking.  Handicap parking is also available in the area surrounding the building.  Patrons may enter the rear of the building from the parking deck. The Friends of the Massillon Public Library will provide free refreshments.     

          The public is invited to enjoy these evenings of free music.  Donations will be accepted and will go toward the purchase of music materials for the library.

           Free refreshments will be served at each session, and January's treats will be provided through the generosity of The Friends of Massillon Public Library

            If you have questions, please contact Camille Leslie at 330-832-9831, ext 314.