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  • John
    Jun 23, 2006
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      Hello friends,

      My church, Hatboro Baptist ( http://www.hatborobaptistchurch.com ) is
      hosting a Jazz Vespers Concert on Saturday July 15th, at 4:30pm. My
      guitar teacher, Pete Smyser ( http://www.smyser.com ), and his jazz
      quartet, will be performing jazz and American songbook standards
      with a spiritual theme as part of our first jazz vespers service,
      including works by Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane and
      others.

      The quartet is comprised of an amazingly talented group of
      professional jazz musicians from the Philadelphia area, including:

      Pete Smyser- guitar ( http://www.smyser.com )
      Jim Ridl- piano ( http://www.jimridl.com )
      Paul Gehman- upright bass
      Jim Schade- drums

      There is no charge for admission. Free-will donations accepted at
      the door. Refreshments and meet-and-greet with artists afterwards.

      This will be a lot of fun if you enjoy great jazz!

      I hope you will make plans to join us!


      Here is more info from the press release I sent out:

      Jazz Guitarist Pete Smyser ( http://www.smyser.com ) performs at the
      Hatboro Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Concert on Saturday, July 15 at
      4:30 pm. Smyser, joined by musicians Jim Ridl, piano, Paul Gehman,
      bass and Jim Schade, drums, will perform the first of a series of
      jazz vespers concerts at the church.

      The concert will feature well known jazz and American songbook
      standards with a spiritual theme. Psalms of celebration will be
      shared and prayers will also offered.

      Hatboro Baptist Church is located in Hatboro PA at 32 N. York Road (
      http://www.hatborobaptistchurch.com ). For more information call
      (215) 675-8400.

      Admission is free but donations are accepted at the door. Doors open
      at 4pm following the Hatboro Days festivities. Refreshments provided
      afterwards along with a meet-and-greet with the artists.


      Pete Smyser:

      Jazz critics have likened Smyser to such legendary guitarists as Wes
      Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, and Barney Kessel. Smyser is an
      endorser for American Archtop Guitars, is listed among greats in the
      book- The Jazz Guitar, Its Evolution, Its Players and Personalities
      Since 1900 (Ashley Mark Publishing Co.), and was on the Artist Roster
      of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) from 1997-2004,
      Pete has appeared on television and radio shows in addition to
      countless performances at festivals, clubs, universities, and
      churches.

      Smyser has released four CDs, the latest of which (entitled "Pete
      Smyser and Larry McKenna"), has been featured on airline in-flight
      entertainment systems.

      He continues to perform and teach in the Philadelphia area. He was
      invited to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra for the televised
      2006 Marian Anderson Awards Show. Pete has also performed alongside
      such notable jazz artists as: Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Larry
      McKenna, John Swana, Claude "The Fiddler" Williams, Frank Vignola,
      Richie Cole, Vic Juris, Grant Stewart, Jon Gordon, Joe Locke, Tom
      Lawton, Steve Gilmore, Jim Ridl, and Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, just to
      name a few.

      Although his main performance style is the jazz idiom, Pete is an
      expert in many musical genres including classical, jazz, blues,
      contemporary, folk and more. He studied both jazz and classical music
      as a teenager, and received a full scholarship to attend Temple
      University in 1985.

      Smyser also has twenty years of experience teaching guitar, and
      currently provides guitar instruction from his home studio in
      Harleysville, PA, as well as the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.

      Come out and join us for a great time!

      Peace,

      John O.
      Hatboro, PA (just north of Philadelphia, near Willow Grove)