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REMSEN, NY — The Remsen Arts Center presents Big Tasty and the Sass in concert on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at 9627 Main Street, Remsen, NY. At-the-door prices: $10 General Admission, $8 Members, $5 Students.

Big Tasty and the Sass is a jazz trio from Hamilton, NY, performing sophisticated jazz standards and more. Featuring Maren Meyer-Wendt on vocals, Bob Ford on piano, and Brian McDowell on bass. This performance will feature special guest Pete Ruben on saxophone and clarinet. Bob will perform using the art center’s Steinway grand piano.

Maren Meyer-Wendt has performed with a number of local area musicians in a variety of musical categories. She started out in musical performance with Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” during high school, progressed to folk/classic rock, and was also a member of a blues/R&B band. Having been introduced to jazz by her parents, who were avid fans of the greats of the 40’s and 50’s, she gained admiration and appreciation of this genre at a very young age. She very much enjoys actively participating and interpreting jazz songs with this trio. Maren grew up in Hamilton, NY. She has degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica.

Bob Ford grew up in Rhode Island and began his musical journey in Nantucket, where he was active in choirs, local theater productions, and music ensembles. He played with a bluegrass group and later in a number of American Songbook duos. He has continued to play jazz in Central NY with several area jazz groups and vocalists. He plays regularly for high school and college musicals and at local churches. He shares his enthusiasm for music by teaching piano at his studio in New Hartford. Bob thinks that playing with this current trio is the cat’s pajamas. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and studied music at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Brian McDowell has been playing bass since his early teens, beginning with the urging of his Cazenovia school music teacher. His first love was jazz. He has played with several jazz combos and orchestras, plus a southern rock band. He has played in numerous pit orchestras for a variety of musical theater productions, often with Bob Ford. He has been dedicated to the trio since he and Bob first performed with Maren at a Utica church service. Brian has degrees from SUNY Potsdam and Empire State College.

Pete Ruben plays saxophone and clarinet. He has performed with bands at various venues around the Mohawk Valley for over twenty years. He’s a graduate of the Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. He spent two years in Orleans, France, performing with the Navy Band. Pete has played with numerous groups in the Utica-Rome area, among them: the Rome Civic Band; the Utica Civic Band; and the Sal Alberico Big Band.

More event info at remsenartscenter.orgremsenartscenter.org or facebook.com/RemsenArtsCenter. Proceeds from the events will benefit the Remsen Arts Center. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Plus, membership and community support.

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