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Jazz and Blues Take Center Stage at Echo Lake Park
with the Ed Palermo Big Band and Rob Paparozzi, August 12

Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival 2009 concert series continues on Wednesday evening, August 12, with music by the Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Alexander Mirabella, invites the public to attend this free concert of jazz and blues music at Echo Lake Park on the border of Mountainside and Westfield, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Ed Palermo Big Band, featuring the harmonica and vocals of the renowned Rob Paparozzi, started their partnership ten years ago with a mutual love for the Chicago blues music of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield. Lately, they have added to their repertoire the works of other artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream.

Freeholder Chairman Mirabella urges you to “bring the entire family for an evening at Echo Lake Park. Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy a night of live jazz and brassy blues in Union County.”

Ed Palermo is an alto saxophone player, arranger and big band leader for 25 years, attracting enthusiastic audiences to New York’s premier nightclubs such as The Bottom Line and the Iridium Jazz Club. Rob Paparozzi’s compositions, singing and harmonica playing are familiar to Broadway, TV, radio and movie audiences. Together they’ll guide a 15-piece ensemble from swinging jazz to the blues and beyond.

The Union County information van will be at the concert site, along with representatives from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs and services that are available to Union County residents.

The Summer Arts Festival concerts will continue throughout August on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. The location of the concerts will alternate each week between Echo Lake Park in Mountainside and Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Refreshments and snacks will be available from vendors.

The other free concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series include:
August 19 – The Nerds (Jersey Shore party band); at Oak Ridge Park, sponsored by the Union County Democratic Committee.
August 26 – The Sensational Soul Cruisers; at Echo Lake Park, sponsored by the Union County Education Association.

In case of rain, concerts will be held at the air-conditioned auditorium at Cranford High School, on West End Place off Springfield Avenue in Cranford at 7:30 p.m. For rain information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 558-4079 or visit the Union County web site: