Visit the East Haven Town Beach on 148 Cosey Beach Avenue on Wednesday, August 28 at 6:45 p.m. to hear the Survivors Swing Band perform! Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets, dance and enjoy the music! In the case of rain, this concert will be held at the Hagaman Memorial Library on 227 Main Street in East Haven. This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the East Haven Hagaman Library. The purpose of the FEHHL is to help to create programs and events to educate community members about the library. The Friends’ also raise funds to help sustain and improve the library. Join the Friends’ today by going to: www.hagamanlibrary.org/friends-of-the-east-haven-hagaman-library!
Since 2011, the "Survivors Swing Band" has performed countless times (more accurately, on over 500 occasions in eight years) at senior centers, assisted living facilities and libraries, as well as other venues all over Connecticut and beyond. They have brought back some great musical memories for innumerable seniors and other fans (both young and old!) of Swing-era music. Check out the band's website for more information: www.survivorssbcom.
The band will "play it straight" as a group, but they also improvise as the spirit moves each of them individually, giving variety to their musical renderings while ensuring that the melodies remain recognizable and wonderfully reminiscent for their audiences.
Survivors Swing Band Members:
Jeremy Alston (Drums) - has played drums and solo piano in Connecticut for many years. A long-time member of the local jazz group Music From The Heart, he also teaches music and has performed all over the country in bands of various genres.
Jules Bashkin (Alto Sax) - our "most seasoned" member and our chief marketeer, played saxophone as kid during the Swing era. He put the horn away upon settling into family life in his early 20's, and then unpacked it for first time again upon retiring from a sales career at the age of 84. For over 10 years now he has re-honed his musical skills and has played with the Survivors since its "house band" days.
Greg Butko (Reeds) - is a founding member of the Survivors Swing Band. Long active on the Connecticut music scene, he plays every week in the Charlie Kaman Band at the Duncaster in Bloomfield. Often he can be found performing with various other groups around the state. Greg has also performed internationally. Greg's newest jazz outlet is the 20th Century Jazz Limited band that plays Dixie/Swing jazz from the early to mid-1900's.
Lauren Humpage (Bass, Vocals) - an original member of the Survivors, has been musically active in Connecticut since the early 1960's and has made a half-dozen professional recordings. For fifteen years he was a member of the house band at the Griswold Inn. Lauren also is a member of the aforementioned 20th Century Jazz Limited group.
Dave Mechler (Cornet, Trumpet) - was a founding and long-time member of Earl Capron's Bourbon Street Seven jazz band, performing all over Connecticut and New York. He also is a member of the aforementioned 20th Century Jazz Limited group. Over the years he played regularly with John Banker's Riverboat Ramblers and several other fine jazz groups from Connecticut to Vermont, as well as internationally and in Hawaii.
This concert is free and open to everyone and is sponsored by the Friends of the East Haven Hagaman Library. The purpose of the FEHHL is to help to create programs and events to educate community members about the library. The Friends’ also raise funds to help sustain and improve the library. Join the Friends’ today by going to: www.hagamanlibrary.org/friends-of-the-east-haven-hagaman-library! Parking for the library's Music on the Beach events is available to East Haven residents as well as non-residents after 5:00 p.m. in the East Haven Town Beach parking lot across the street from the "beach house." For more information, please contact Cynthia at 203-468-3891.