EnerJazz keeps summer cooking with upcoming shows

From left to right: Rusty Wescott, Cameron Wescott, Glenn Giles, Bill Brislin, Rob Zollman, Dave McKenzie, Todd Jonz, Jen Murdock, Martha Welch, Harry Drum, Ellen Sutherland, Zachary Trepanier, Steve Sawyer, Paul Sutherland, and Jeff Rusik. Not pictured: Mike Durkee, Bruce Choen, Mike Lenox, and Michael Corn.

For the last 14 years, fans of music and dancing in Rutland County have been lucky enough to shake a leg to the smooth but jumping sounds of the big band EnerJazz.

According to band leader Harry Drum, the 18-member, high-energy big band formed in 2008 and had their first-ever concert in Fair Haven Park, where they will play again this July 28. “EnerJazz started as a need to fill a void for big bands in Rutland County even though we’re representative and play the state of Vermont,” said Drum.

Drum says the band is dedicated to playing Swing Era hits in their original style, using the original arrangements whenever possible. All told, the band has about 170 tunes in its musical arsenal.

In addition to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and others, the band’s repertoire includes arrangements by contemporary big bands from Maynard Ferguson to Gordon Goodwin and jazz interpretations of popular tunes from other genres.

“The strength of our band is duplicating the songs of yesteryear and today,” said Drum, “with 18 talented musicians playing in harmony, using dynamics and all the musical tools to create beautiful music for our audience.”

In addition to the Fair Haven show, EnerJazz will perform in Brandon for Music at the Riverbend on July 20 from 7—9 p.m. and in Pittsford at the Pittsford Congregational Church on August 6th this year from 6-7:30 p.m. 

More information about EnerJazz we can be found on Facebook or www.EnerJazz.net

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