Binghamton, N.Y. — Seniors in Broome and Tompkins counties will be able to enjoy free, live jazz performances throughout the month of April, which is Jazz Appreciation month, thanks to a collaboration between the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) and Binghamton Local 380.
These performances have been coordinated through the efforts of Binghamton Local 380, a member of the American Federation of Musicians, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra. Local 380 represents over 160 professional musicians in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.
The following are the bands performing along with the times, dates, and locations of the concerts:
Island Hoppers Steel Band, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, United Methodist Homes: Hilltop, 286 Deyo Hill Rd., Johnson City
Alpha Brass, 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, Willow Point Nursing Home, 3700 Vestal Rd., Vestal
Chris White Trio, 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 17, Bridges Tudor Houses, 407 Wyckoff Ave., Ithaca
Southern Tier Brass, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27, Good Shepherd Fairview, 80 Fairview Ave, Binghamton.
For more information, contact Brenda Lidestri, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 380 at (607) 233-4523, ext. 101 or Bing380sectreas@gmail.com.
Grants to communities from the MPTF totaling $235,000 will support 224 live, admission-free events throughout the United States and Canada. In 30 days, more than 60 North American markets will enjoy 224 live, admission-free performances. Funding will support professional musicians to perform at community venues, schools and senior centers, and via livestreams on related Facebook event pages. Included in the total number of MPTF-supported performances are 163 in-person events and 61 livestreamed concerts, 46 of which will be streamed via the MPTF’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the.mptf/events.
Jazz Appreciation Month was created at the Museum of American History in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz, and to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz and more.
The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization whose mission is to support admission-free, live events performed by professional musicians throughout the United States and Canada. Established more than 70 years ago, the MPTF is funded by music companies including Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.