Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz concert series continues


Wilmington >> The Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Concerts continues its season on Saturday to benefit the Deerfield Valley Community Cares fund. Using the moniker "neighbors helping neighbors," the fund was founded to help people with their heating expenses. Recipients are primarily working families and senior on fixed incomes who, despite their best efforts, sometimes cannot make ends meet during the winter months. Job loss, illness, accidents, or circumstance can strain anyone's finances. Founded by Susan Spengler in 2004, Deerfield Valley Community Cares provide short term help to help people get back on their feet. Learn more about services and eligibility consult their website at

Concert organizer Mary Jane Finnegan of Twice Blessed puts on these concerts at Historic Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday's concert will feature trumpeter, Dave Ellis, bassist Mark Dunlap, drummer Denny Pelletier, and pianist Chris Bakriges. Admission is by free-will donation at the door. Food and drinks will be for sale.

Featured guest Dave Ellis runs Ellis Music in Bethel, the premiere music store in Vermont. For over 65 years the Ellis Music Company has been the preferred source in Vermont and New Hampshire for quality musical instruments, service, and support. David Ellis was greatly influenced by his father, Richard Ellis, the band director and music store founder. Growing up in the business, David developed a strong passion for music both as a retailer and as a player. In fact, the only two years David did not work for Ellis Music was when he was on the road as a professional trumpeter making music. David works alongside his two sisters in the store. A long-time member of the Upper Valley's Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Dave has many world class acts including Count Basie vocalist Joe Williams, comedian Bob Hope, as well as members of the Lawrence Welk Show. The VJE is part of the Vermont Touring Arts Registry.

For more information, call Twice Blessed, a non-profit community organization dedicated to helping residents of the nine surrounding towns of the Deerfield Valley, at 802-464-7500.


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