1920s jazz sound ‘rambles’ into the park Friday

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The Walnut Street Ramblers will be the featured group at this week’s Edward Jones Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks & Recreation Department. The series, now in its 16th season of free, family oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Though all are accomplished performers in the concert and jazz areas, The Walnut Street Ramblers have a special love for early jazz music, especially featuring tunes from New Orleans and the 1920s. Their repertoire spans ragtime-era music including Scott Joplin, New Orleans traditional jazz by Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, and hot 1920s music by composers such as Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, and Cole Porter.

Since forming in 2006, the Ramblers have performed at many locations in Kentucky including the Great American Brass Band Festival, Ashland’s Paramount Theatre; Lexington’s Grand Reserve, The Livery, and Moondance Theatre; Winchester’s Leeds Theatre, and Pleasant Hill’s Shakertown.

Members have performed with ensembles such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Lexington Brass Band, the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and the Manhattan Transfer, and have toured with productions of the musicals “Forty-Second Street” and “The Producers.”

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Farmers Market on East Flaget Avenue.

Next week’s program will feature the Wulfe Brothers of Louisville, one of the most entertaining bands around.

This year’s Summer Band Concert Series is again being underwritten by Edward Jones Investment agents Rob Smotherman, Sarah Hite Ballard, Matt Anderson, Darren Royal and Nat Jordan. Corporate Patrons are: In Memory of William H. Franklyn, McCoy & Hiestand PLC, and Town & Country Bank.

Patrons of the Arts this year are: Advanced Visionary Printing, Bardstown Music Tones, Drs. Josh and Lindsay Blackmon, Cheryl and Keith Board, Phil and Lynne Bowling, Bill and Cathy Conway, Don Franklin Chevrolet, Five Star Food Marts, General Nelson Inn, Dick and Alice Heaton, Hibbs & Associates, Jay Allen Insurance Agency, Kentucky Home Realty, Lincoln National Bank, and Wilson & Muir Bank.

Many other local businesses and individuals also made contributions, making this year’s concert series possible.

Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. The playground will be open for children and parking is available.