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Group Sax members

Group Sax members are (from left) Paul Haar, Mark Benson, Ed Love and Scott Vicroy.

Four of Nebraska’s most accomplished saxophone players have joined their individual talents into Group Sax and will be featured in the Jan. 4 First Friday Jazz Concert at First Lutheran Church. The concert will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church Activity Center, 1551 S, 70th St.

The members have performed individually and collectively throughout the world with many great musicians and groups. Paul Haar is featured on tenor and C melody sax, Mark Benson plays alto and tenor sax as well as clarinet, Ed Love plays tenor and C melody sax, and Scott Vicroy plays baritone and bass sax.

Group Sax will play an eclectic set of original jazz compositions and arrangements of jazz standards.

There is no admission charge, but donations are encouraged to help defray the concert costs. Lunch is available for purchase and guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods for the church food pantry.

Ed Love has served as music director of the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra since 1979 and has been a key player in the Lincoln and Omaha music scene for many years. Mark Benson teaches music in Bellevue Public Schools and is an active freelance musician. Paul Haar is a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is recognized as one of the most versatile saxophonists in today’s musical scene, contributing his talent in both jazz and classical genres. Scott Vicroy is a band director with the Lincoln Public Schools and has been a freelance woodwind performer for over 30 years.

Joey Guilizia and his combo will join the First Friday Jazz lineup for the Feb. 1 concert. Direct questions to 402-486-0900 or lrockwell@windstream.net.

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