FARMINGTON – Today, jazz vocalist Leila Percy will perform many classics of the big band era, with Muriel Havenstein on piano. Featured will be songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Hogey Carmichael.

Percy and Havenstein will be joined by Al Doane on bass, Chris Rogers on drums and Don Doane on trombone.

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine.

Percy and Havenstein are two great ladies of Maine Jazz. Percy sings with all her heart and Havenstein plays the piano like no one else.

Percy, who graduated from UMF and who now serves in the Maine Legislature, first performed in Farmington with Randy Bean, back in the 1980s. Since that time she has returned to Nordica Auditorium to perform at least three times, each time bringing with her different first-class jazz musicians.

This time, Percy brings Havenstein, who will be celebrating her 82nd birthday this May. As a special treat, Percy has invited Doane, who plays trombone. Doane has been a member of bands led by Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett and Maynard Ferguson, and has himself influenced a whole generation of players.

One standard feature of a Percy concert is that it will be ASL-interpreted by Sherry Walrath, who signs with such evident pleasure and grace that she is always much appreciated by the audience.

Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $3 for children under 16. There will not be advance ticket sales. FMI: call 778-7136 or 645-2157.


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