Peter Bouffard Quartet at February's First Friday Jazz

By: Star City Buzz Email
By: Star City Buzz Email

The free concert will be held between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in First Lutheran’s Activity Center, 1551 South 70th Street in Lincoln.

Some of the great music made famous by Frank Sinatra will be featured by Peter Bouffard and his quartet at the February 1 performance of First Friday Jazz at First Lutheran.

The free concert will be held between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in First Lutheran’s Activity Center, 1551 South 70th Street in Lincoln.

Peter Bouffard is a talented guitarist and arranger who is well-known on the Lincoln jazz scene. He will be joined by Chris Varga on percussion, Mike Gurciullo on trumpet, and Rusty White on double bass.

Some of the featured songs will include “Summer Wind,” “Fly me to the Moon,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” The performance will be highlighted by several vocal pieces by Mike Gurciullo in Frank’s original style. The group will also play instrumental versions of tunes made famous by Sinatra, but in different styles.

Peter Bouffard is a native of Vermont and has been on the faculty of the UNL School of Music since 1990. He performs over 100 engagements each year. Mike Gurciullo has been associated with big bands since he was a kid in Omaha. He has performed as the featured soloist with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and played with the headliners in the major LasVegas showrooms. Chris Varga is currently working on his doctorate in jazz studies at UNL following performance with jazz groups in the Chicago area and several international jazz festivals. Rusty White, a native of Lexington, KY, recently retired from the UNL music department where he taught double bass and jazz performance.

Audience members are invited to purchase lunch at this free concert or bring their own and stay for as much of the concert as their schedule allows. Donations of non-perishable foods for the Food Pantry are encouraged.

Our March 1 concert will feature The Lightning Bugs.


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