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At our next concert (October 15, 2023):
Vocalist Eileen Egan Mack enjoys singing a growing repertoire of jazz standards. She is grateful to the musicians who have helped her along the way in this collaborative experience of music making. Eileen is known for her interpretation of music and lyrics, happy to be telling the stories that move us to dance, make us happy or move us to tears. Having sung in choral groups, a jazz a cappella quartet, rock bands, a big band, and as a student of classical music, she savors the opportunity to sing and is excited to work with this small jazz ensemble. She knows the audience will have a special appreciation for these fine players. She welcomes the opportunity to take part in the Swingtime Jazz Society's concert series with the Eileen Mack Jazz It Up Ensemble.
Wayne Hawkins is a versatile pianist and fabulous accompanist. He is a master of many styles of music as a player, arranger, and composer. Hailing from the Midwest, Wayne brought his Kansas City roots east and continues to explore music through composition, performance, writing for Hal Leonard Publishing, teaching at Skidmore College and as a liturgical music minister. Wayne cherishes every music performance for the opportunity to "play well with others!"
Bassist Pete Toigo is a highly sought after player working with jazz duos and ensembles in the Capital District, Hudson Valley, and western Massachusetts. His career as an upright bass player has led to the most wonderful musical associations and partnerships on stage.
Ben Rau has been playing drums since he was in the third grade and his sticks have taken him far. He earned degrees in Music Education and, happily, this love of music led to a 34-year career as a music educator. Along the way, he also developed a career in performance working with a variety of jazz and blues ensembles, rock groups and big bands. Ben's presence helps create a great music environment for performers and audience.