Jazz concert with Jacob Craig on piano May 26

Jazz Musicians Toot Their Horn in Vero Beach

First Presbyterian hosts jazz concert with Jacob Craig on piano May 26

(VERO BEACH, FL) May 13, 2024 – Get ready, jazz lovers! First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach will host a jazz concert on Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 PM. Long known for its musical outreach, the church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard will be contributing the talents of its Director of Music, Dr. Jacob Craig to an all-star Jazz Quartet. Craig will perform on jazz piano, with Miami Dade College professor Claudio Osorio on trumpet. The quartet also includes retired Los Angeles percussionist, Tony Miranda, who played with Madonna and Neil Diamond, along with Indian River Charter High School teacher, Dave Mundy on bass. The concert centerpiece is Claude Bolling’s Toot Suite for trumpet and jazz piano. The six-movement piece, premiered by French virtuoso trumpeter Maurice Andre in 1980, is considered an influential work in the trumpet repertoire. Osorio will perform on multiple trumpets, cornet and flugelhorn during the piece. The audience will also be treated to “C Jam Blues” by Duke Ellington, “One Note Samba” by Jobim, and “Misty” by Errol Garner. Admission to the Jazz Quartet concert is free. For more information, call (772) 562-9088.

Dr. Jacob Craig is eager to display his versatility at the keyboard. The Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach is known to delight churchgoers and crowds alike with his virtuosic skill on piano and organ. He is particularly talented at jazz piano, which he frequently performs during services.

“Our rehearsals have been phenomenal,” said Dr. Craig. “This is the first time we are performing together, but every member is a successful musician in their own right. The audience is going to be wowed by this concert.”

The Jazz Quartet concert is just one of many events sponsored or hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, known for its musical and artistic outreach to the Central Florida community. For a list of upcoming events or for more information about First Presbyterian of Vero Beach, visit www.FirstPresVero.org.

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