Charlie Bertini, a native of Cortland and leader of the AppleJazz Band, has an impressive list of credits, having performed with Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis and Burt Bacharach. When not touring with Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, Charlie produces CDs for various artists and jazz record labels. His musical gifts reach far beyond the bell of his trumpet. He also serenades, jokes, and above all, treats his audience to an outstanding array of first-class talent. The excitement of each AppleJazz Festival exceeds the previous year’s.
Saxophonist Terry Myers will join us from Orlando, Florida, where he leads his own big band in performances that pay tribute to Benny Goodman. Terry has traveled the world, performing at international and U.S. jazz festivals. He has played with such notable musicians as Bob Haggart, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Warren Vaché, Kenny Davern, Flip Phillips, Walt Lavinsky, Billy Butterfield, Wild Bill Davison, Louie Bellson, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Higgins, Jane Jarvis, Larry Elgart, Vince Giordano, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Shew.
World-class trombonist John Allred returns again this year. Having toured and recorded with Harry Connick, Jr, John takes time out from his busy global schedule to appear at AppleJazz. John toured for several years as first trombone and soloist with Woody Herman and his Young Thundering Herd, playing concerts internationally and in the States including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. John is highly sought after as a recording artist, has three solo albums, and has appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has played with Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton, The Moody Blues, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Big Band, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Conte Candoli, Dick Hyman, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Tommy Newsom, Jack Sheldon, Clark Terry, Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy Morrow, Dave McKenna, Jay Leonhardt, Jake Hanna, Scott Hamilton, Marvin Stamm, Bob Wilber, Bill Allred, Warren Vaché, Allan Vaché, Harry Allen, Don Menza, Flip Phillips, Plas Johnson, Red Holloway, Milt Hinton, Chris Potter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bill Watrous Frank Capp, and Joe Wilder.
Also from Florida comes astounding keyboardist Jeff Phillips. Jeff’s energy and ability fit right in with the veterans of the AppleJazz Band, and he charges the rhythm section up like a bolt of lightning. Jeff has performed in the U.S. and Europe at major jazz festivals, and can be heard on recordings with Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band. Jeff has become a favorite performer for many AppleJazz fans.
Syracuse's finest bassist, Ronnie France, has an impressive background as well. He toured with the Tonight Show’s Doc Severinsen, Cabo Frio, Nancy Kelly, and Allen Vizzutti (formerly of Chick Corea’s band). France also performed with The Atlas Linen Company, which featured Ronnie Leigh and the late Larry Arlotta.
Local talent abounds at AppleJazz. Dave Hanlon on drums and Ronnie Leigh on vocals have both been honored with prestigious SAMMY awards. Hanlon has become an AppleJazz favorite, performing drum solos of incredible content and stamina during a percussion-laden “Caravan” at past festivals. He also leads his own band, CookBook, which is one of Central New York’s favorite groups.
Guitarist Mark Doyle was raised by musical parents in Auburn, NY. He studied extensively in classical and jazz piano, appearing on local TV and radio shows by age ten. After the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, he switched to guitar. His first band, Jukin' Bone, was signed to RCA when Mark was still in his late teens.
In the '80's, Mark worked as session guitarist for Daryl Hall & John Oates, Judy Collins, and Leo Sayer. He embarked on many world tours and TV appearances as the lead guitarist for Meat Loaf. A high point of this period for Mark was arranging and singing the background vocals on "Straight From The Heart" by Bryan Adams.
As an arranger, Mark has written string orchestrations for New Kids On The Block, Rick Wes, Perfect Gentlemen, Tiffany, The Superiors, Seiko, and The Stylistics.
Mark currently resides in Syracuse, N.Y., where he continues to actively produce and perform on a regular basis. He has recently completed two critically acclaimed solo albums of guitar instrumentals - the moody "Guitar Noir" and the neo-psychedelic "Out of the Past." Other new recordings include the double live CD and DVD of his "Solstice At The Cathedral", and two brand new albums that Mark produced for old friend Andy Pratt: "Cover Me" and "I'm All Right."
He has produced and co-written an album called “The Truth” with life-long friend and singer Joe Whiting.
Ronnie Leigh is one of the busiest vocalists in Central New York, appearing at area jazz festivals and on recordings, as well as being called upon to host many local events. His vocal range and charismatic charm make him a premier vocalist, and he never fails to bring an audience to its feet.
Lauren-Jessica Bertini is a young artist with a fantastic voice, great piano
technique and a unique talent for songwriting. She can tell a story and make
you believe and feel every word. Since her first appearance at AppleJazz in
2006, she has played piano and sung each year. She is active in the musical
theatre program at her high school and continues to enjoy singing, playing
piano and performing at every opportunity.
Charlie has lined up an outstanding group of musicians for this summer’s show. As always, he promises to give you the best entertainment he can provide. He’s been called the “hottest” trumpet player east of San Francisco,” and he can deliver.
The AppleJazz concert is Saturday, June 2nd. Doors open at 5 PM; music begins at 6 PM
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