Summer can now officially begin - The 18th Annual Hot Steamed Jazz Festival takes place this weekend (6/25-27) on the grounds of the Essex Steam Train, right off Exit 3 of Route 9 South.
Other artists scheduled to appear include Kevin Dorn's Big 72, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, Annette St. John, The Festival All-Stars with Ray Skalski, and the Sugarfoot Youth Jazz Band (an ensemble made up of talented young musicians from Connecticut under the direction of Art Hovey.)
The above-mentioned Levinson will appear, at least, twice - first, he'll be heard with the James Langston's New York All-Star Band and then he'll present an interesting program called "The Three Benny Opera", a salute to Benny Goodman featuring 3 clarinetists.
Sunday's session will start with a Gospel Service at 10:30 a.m., led by Reverend Josh Crowell and featuring Ms. St. John, Seeley and the Festival All-Stars. That event is free and open to the public. For ticket information, go to www.hotsteamedjazz.com or call 1-800-348-0003.
Go have fun and do it for a good cause.