After witnessing the talents first-hand of Medfield's jazz students at the recent Jazz Night, has put its support behind Music Director Doug Olsen’s fundraising show for the on Friday, June 8, in addition to the MEMO concert series kicking off with the jazz band’s performance at the Gazebo on June 14.
“The Medfield jazz band has had an amazing year, and the students are fortunate to have Doug Olsen leading it. He is both a dedicated director and a talented musician in his own right,” said Steven Walls, branch manager of Medfield Needham Bank. “The Zullo show on June 8 with Doug in his jazz quintet will not only help the gallery, but give the community the rare opportunity to see his own talents on the trumpet. We’re proud to be involved in the three performances under Doug’s leadership.”
In addition to serving as Medfield music director and leader of its multi-award winning jazz and concert bands for 20 years, Olsen has taught jazz classes at MIT, University of Massachusetts, and Community College of Rhode Island. His career includes playing lead and/or solo trumpet with Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Big & Phat Jazz Band, the Worcester Jazz Orchestra, plus others, as well as performances with the Tommy Dorsey Big Band, the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles.
In addition to Olsen on trumpet, joining him in the jazz quintet performing at the Zullo Gallery on June 8 will be Dino Govoni on sax, Mark Shilansky on piano, Fernando Huergo on bass, and Bertram Lehman on drums.
And as an added bonus, the Zullo event will also feature members of the jazz band who will return to the gallery after its improvisational performance there in March to a full house and rave reviews.
The gallery door opens at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested $10 donation to the Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization located at 456A Main St. in Medfield.
For more information, go to www.zullogallery.org.