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The JazzHappensBand

Band PictureThe JazzHappensBand is a musical ensemble operating out of Cortland, New York that specializes in traditional jazz. We are available to perform at any venue in the Central New York area.

On our group's origin, band leader Jeff Dovi has this to say:

In early spring of 2005 I was asked by Walt Anderson if I would be willing to play some music on the trails of the Lime Hollow Nature Center of Environment and Culture. Sounding like this could be fun, I called Mike Poole, a trombone player and asked him to join Walt on banjo, and me on trumpet. Mike, Walt and I met a few times to practice some tunes that lent themselves to a Dixie beat. The Music in the Woods program was held in June and the three of us played in the "duck blind" to passing hikers, and we got some great reviews.

This event actually spawned The JazzHappensBand, a group now consisting of the following musicians: Jeff Dovi on trumpet, Mike Poole on trombone, Jim Overhiser on tuba, Steve Wilson on keyboard, Robbert van Renesse on banjo, and David Alexander on the drums. We started rehearsing in March of 2006 and have played several benefit concerts: one for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and again on the trails of the Lime Hollow Nature Center for Environment and Culture. A third benefit, for the East End Community Center, took place July 30, 2006.


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