Ed Vezzinho/Jim Ward Big Band at Jazz Vespers

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CAPE MAY - The Ed Vezinho/ Jim Ward Big Band will perform on Sunday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Cape May. 

Always a Vespers favorite, seeing and hearing a full 14 piece big band of this superior talent is very rare these days. Riding the crest of the new-found popularity of big band jazz composer/arranger Vezinho and trumpeter extraordinaire Ward lead a top-notch band of A.C. show performers through great originals and arrangements of classics by Ellington, Dorsey and more contemporary bands.

Vezinho has been performing professionally since 1975 and working in theatres in and around the Atlantic City/Philadelphia area since 1981. Ed has solo credits with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Shirley Bassey, The Temptations and Tony Bennett. These include numerous television and radio broadcasts.

Ward was born in Syracuse, N.Y. He started to get serious on the trumpet at Cicero High School, Cicero, N.Y., where he studied with Lee Thornburg. Later Jim attended the University of Miami where he studied with William "Colburn" Clark.

He and Vezhino met in college where they put their first band together in 1976 calling it T.A.H., (Tight as Hell).

The Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band will perform on the stage at Cape May Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur Streets, Cape May, Sunday, June 15, at 3 p.m. Limited free parking is available. A $10 minimum donation is suggested. Wheelchair accessible. Call 576-1841 or visit www.capemayjazzvespers.com  for more information. bricklayer like my father as there are many l, Jim Ward.

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