Hello from Rochester NY:
MUSICAL NOTES AND SPORTS ITEMS...
▲ This is a busy month between playing gigs and getting ready to play organ at the upcoming Rochester Red Wings season. The Wings open up April 6th at Frontier Field and that will be my second home until the season concludes in September. I'll be starting my 42nd season as organist for the team and opening day will be my 3,034th game! I can still recall the thrill of that first game in 1977 when the PA announcer said to the crowd of 10,000 fans; “Ladies & Gentlemen, please rise as organist Fred Costello plays our National Anthem.” I remember saying to myself, “Please…don’t mess this up!” And while we’re talking milestones, it will be my wife Cathie’s 40th season as game night secretary. With my two sons Chris & Terry running the clubhouses a few years ago along with my daughter Jackie also working there during high school, it’s kind of been the
“Costello Red Wings!”
▲ The 17th edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival will be held June 22-30th. This year’s headliners include Seal, Boz Scaggs, Bela Fleck, Alison Krause, Brian Setzer, Lake Street Drive & Jill Scott.
▲ After 35 summers of music, Syracuse Jazz Fest may be taking a break this year. Frank Malfitano, the festival's founder and executive director, said Tuesday that Jazz Fest will likely take a hiatus this summer. In an interview, he was both optimistic and realistic about the future of the festival.
▲ Roger Eckers & I will continue our weekend gig at Charley Brown's through May. We'll be there on Fridays & Saturdays except when the Red Wings are in town and on those dates I'll be at Frontier Field.
▲ Artists appearing in our area this month include; Joe Bonamassa, George Thorogood, Boney James, Tommy Emmanuel, Colin Quinn, Steve Martin/Martin Short, Buddy Guy & Kevin Hart.
Quote of the Month: “I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all of those handshakes." – Phil Rizzuto, Yankees
Bye for now…
Every Friday & Saturday – Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo
Charley Brown’s Restaurant – 1675 Penfield Rd. 7:30-10pm
(Listen to Fred at all the Rochester Red Wing home games)
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