WILMINGTON >> The Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Series, hosted by pianist Chris Bakriges, begins its seventh season of monthly music and dancing fundraisers for area charitable foundations. Admission is by tax-deductible donation at the door. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Saturday's concert in the Historic Memorial Hall, 14 West Main Street, will raise funds for the Vermont Veterans and Family Outreach Program. The program was created in 2007 by Veterans Affairs to help veterans and their families obtain the benefits they've earned through their service. Everyone on the outreach team has served in the military, and almost all of them have served in combat. They have a 24 hour resource line for crisis situations, and they operate in 12 different locations across the state.
The musicians featured for this event include saxophonist Rich Davidian, bassist Glendon Ingalls, and drummer Denny Ray Pelletier.
Rich Davidian has shared the stage with many talented artists ranging from The Temptations to The Who. Rich is music director of the Vermont Jazz Ensemble and has retired from teaching instrumental music for 40 years, 38 of those in Montpelier.
Glendon Ingalls in on the faculty at Middlebury College. He has extensive recording, teaching, and performing experience with a wide variety of artists in pop and jazz music fields and performs regularly in the northeast.
Denny Ray Pelletier has performed in a wide variety of musical situations and with JJ Johnson, Ronnie Law, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. His recording credits include many albums and several children's television shows including "Zoom" and "Sesame Street."
Admission by donation. For more information, contact Twice Blessed, a non-profit community organization dedicated to helping residents of the 9 surrounding towns of the Deerfield Valley, at 802-464-7500.