MPTF and Binghamton Local 380 Announce Free Jazz Events

The recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) and Binghamton Local 380 announced that free live jazz events will be held in Binghamton and Ithaca to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month throughout the month of April.

Grants totaling $235,000 from the MPTF will support 224 live, admission-free events in the United States and Canada. The funding will help professional musicians perform in different venues and live stream on Facebook.

Event sponsored by MPTF.

Jazz Appreciation Month was established at the Musuem of American History in 2001 and celebrates the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. It was also designed to encourage people of all ages to study music, listen to jazz, read jazz books and attend concerts.

MPTF Administrator Dan Beck talked about the new events planned for Jazz Appreciation Month.

Seeing regional jazz greats working again, coming out of the last 24 months of the pandemic, is hugely exciting and so culturally important. Jazz Appreciation Month has been central to the MPTF’s efforts throughout its history.

Binghamton Local 380 represents over 160 professional musicians in New York’s Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region.

Program

April 3 2pm – Empire Saxophone Quartet (with percussion) @ The Heart at Castle Gardens

April 6 6:30 PM – Island Hoppers Steel Band @ United Methodist Homes: Hilltop

April 15 4pm – Alpha Brass @ Willow Point Nursing Home

April 17 3pm – Chris White Trio @ Bridges’ Tudor Houses

April 27 7pm – Southern Tier Brass @ Good Shepard Fairview

Willie J. Johnson