June 8 Emanon Concert Benefits Stephens Endowment
Jazz band, Emanon, along with special guest Terry Myers, are performing a benefit concert on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the South Florida State College University Center Auditorium, Avon Park. All the proceeds from this performance go to the SFSC Foundation, Inc. to benefit the newly established Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr. Endowment.
Emanon is a group of local jazz musicians founded by Dave Naylor, who plays trumpet, piccolo trumpet, and flugelhorn. Naylor is a longtime music teacher and was a featured soloist in the Presidential U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. during the Kennedy years. Manny Patiño (bass) has over 50 recordings and has performed with Ed Calle, Arturo Sandoval, Gloria Estefan, and James Brown. Martin Rimoldi (guitar) has played with many well-known groups in his native Argentina. Doug Andrews (keyboard) has been a music instructor and performer for many years and is SFSC’s dean of Cultural Programs. Bill Anderson (drums) has recorded and played professionally with many orchestras and bands over the years and has been the director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Sebring for over 20 years.
Joining Emanon for this special event is guest artist Terry Myers (reeds). His long list of performance credits includes Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, Buddy Morrow, the Tex Beneke Orchestra, the Les Elgart Band, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray Charles, and Wayne Newton. He has performed at a number of prestigious jazz festivals around the world, as well as on the SFSC Jazz Series several times.
Emanon has played hundreds of gigs locally since 2001, when it was born as a trio. Since then it has seen many variations in the lineup. Emanon will present well-known standards, such as “Don’t Get Around,” “Night And Day,” “One Note Samba,” “Take The A Train,” and “This Masquerade,” as well as some latin, swing, funk, originals, and more.
The Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr. Endowment has been set up through the SFSC Foundation, Inc. as a means to continue to provide funds for scholarships, equipment, the establishment of endowed teaching chairs, and support for faculty, staff, and program mini-grants.
Tickets to this evening of jazz with Emanon and special guest artist Terry Myers are $15 or $20. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.performances.southflorida.edu or by calling the SFSC Box Office at 863-784-7178. SFSC Box Office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tickets are also available by visiting the Box Office during business hours. The Box Office is located in front of the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 W. College Drive, Avon Park.