For more information: Dr. Gerald Custer
First Presbyterian Church of Farmington
248-474-6170, extension 208
“The Best Is Yet To Come!’
Sinatra Tribute Coming to First Presbyterian Church
(For immediate release) First Presbyterian Church of Farmington welcomes three jazz giants this month, with a concert on Sunday October 14 at 4:00 PM by Jerry McKenzie’s acclaimed trio Just Jazz, joined for the evening by legendary trumpeter Johnny Trudell and vocalist Mike Randisi.
Just Jazz includes McKenzie on drums, Terry Lower on piano and Ray Tini on bass. McKenzie is a well-known area jazz drummer who worked with the Stan Kenton Orchestra for many years. As part of the Kenton organization, McKenzie was part of numerous albums including the Grammy Award-winning “Kenton’s West Side Story” and “Adventures in Jazz,” and has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michele LeGrand, Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torme.
When Andrea Bocelli first heard Mark Randisi sing, he believed he was listening to a Frank Sinatra recording. That's a common response, but Mark is modest: "I'm flattered when people say I sound like Sinatra. I developed a love for the music and I respect those who created it. However, I am being myself ..."
Raised in an Italian family in Detroit, Mark was surrounded by a passion for music. His father was a trumpet player and his grandfather an opera singer. After working in a family-owned painting business, Mark "put down his paint brush and picked up a microphone." Mark has appeared on stage with Ray Charles, James Darrin, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Debbie Reynolds, Fabian, Connie Stevens, Rich Little and many more.
Detroit’s own Johnny Trudell is regarded as one of today's finest trumpet players. Over the years, he has performed with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, Tex Beneke, and Quincy Jones. As lead trumpet player for Motown Records, he recorded with such greats as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, and The Four Tops. His classic style and exceptional versatility have led to performances with modern jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis and Donald Byrd, among others.
No tickets are required for this outstanding event, which is open to the public. A donation of $10 per person or $25 per family is suggested. First Presbyterian Church is located at 26165 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, just east of the intersection of Eleven Mile and Farmington Roads. Ample free parking is available on site, and the entire facility is barrier free and handicap accessible.
Further details about the Performing Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington are available at the church’s website, www.farmington-pres.org. For more information about this concert, call 248-474-6170, ext. 208.