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Jazz in the Parks series kicks off June 17 in Riverside Park

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The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra will present its Jazz in the Park Concert Series season opener starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at La Crosse’s Riverside Park band shell. In case of rain, the concert moves to the Cavalier Theater.

In this concert, vocalists Cathy Reitz and Tim Henke will be featured as well as soloists from the band.

Reitz’s selections include the Bette Midler version of “In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening” and Sarah Vaughn’s “I Want to be Happy.”

Henke will give a taste of things to come, doing a couple songs to to whet the appetite for the “Tribute to Sinatra” that will be part of the band’s concert on June 26, a special Tuesday edition of Moon Tunes at the band shell. Henke will perform Sinatra’s versions of “Where or When” and “Don’t Worry About Me.”

The band also will recreate the Jimmie Lunceford’s big band of the 1930s with his hit tune, “Jazznocracy,” featuring trombonist George Von Arx.

Drummer Rich MacDonald will cover Buddy Rich’s heyday, soloing on Rich’s version of “Mexicali Nose” and his “Porgy and Bess Suite.”

The Jazz in the Parks series also will be back in the park on Sundays, July 15 and 22. All the concerts are presented free of charge.


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