Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip coming to LL

LONG LAKE - Celebrate Columbus Day Weekend in a cabaret style setting and revel in the dulcet jazz of The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

This free concert will be presented by the Town of Long Lake at Long Lake Town Hall Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The group performs original compositions and favorite jazz standards.

The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip has played Adirondack jazz circuit extensively; fans have seen them play in Glens Falls, Lake George and North Creek. They last played Long Lake in 2009.

The band consists of Anthony Jenkins, Frank Conti, Greg Brown and Ted MacKenzie.

Jenkins held his first guitar at age 13. It was an instant and magical connection that resulted in a lifelong love of playing and writing music. A self-taught musician who grew up in Newark, N.J., in 1997 he moved to Glens Falls to pursue his true passion, jazz, and worked diligently to form this band.

Conti, on saxophone and flute, is originally from western New York. He received music degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia and Fredonia State University. He was a member of the U.S. Army Band during the Vietnam era. In 2002 he retired as band director at Johnsburg Central School.

Brown, bass, was born and raised in the Bronx. In 1975 he went toured with the Flamingos and in 1978 with Dollar Brand in Europe, Africa and Japan. In 1984 he moved to the North Country where he is currently performing with Ray Alexander at the Sagamore Hotel and Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

MacKenzie, drums, was born in South Philadelphia. He is a third generation drummer named after his grandfather from the highlands of Scotland. After attending Berklee College of Music he became a full-time drum instructor and studied with Sonny Igoe, Henry Adler and Jim Chapin.

Check out this talented group Oct. 12 and enjoy a selection of desserts at this cabaret style concert. Make a day of it and stop by the Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at Town Hall; or take a hike with Certified Guide Spencer Morrissey.

For more information on all Columbus Day Weekend events here call (518) 624-3077.