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6 free outdoor jazz concerts this summer at Bear Creek Regional Park

A photo at Bear Creeek Regional Park shows the Summit Jazz Ensemble at the opening concert this year (June 21) of the summer series of outdoor shows. According to the Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society, which organizes the series, the Summit group "is composed of Colorado Springs All-City and Colorado All-State musicians, both in high school and college bands from all over the state."
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Six free outdoor concerts, each with a different band, will be offered this summer in El Paso County's Bear Creek Regional Park.
       The first will be Wednesday June 21 at 6 p.m., featuring the Summit Jazz Ensemble.
       The Bear Creek location is west of 21st Street, off Argus Boulevard. Bands typically play in a covered pavilion, with attendees spread out informally on the large, nearby grassy area.
       The Bear Creek shows will be among a total of 14 in the area scheduled through August by the Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society (PPJASS). All those at Bear Creek are coordinated with County Parks' Summer Concerts in the Parks program.
       Here are the scheduled Bear Creek dates (all are Wednesdays; note earlier time Aug. 30):
       - June 21, at 6 p.m. - Summit Jazz Ensemble.
       - June 28, at 6 p.m. - New Horizons Small Jazz Ensemble.
       - July 12, at 6 p.m. - New Horizons Kick Band.
       - July 26, at 6 p.m. - The Swing Connection with Laura Davis on vocals.
       - Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. - Buddy Gordon Sextet.
       - Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. - USAF Academy Band Falconaires & Alumni Band.
       Formed in 1985, PPJASS promotes jazz in the community.
       The full Jazz in the Parks schedule can be found at ppjass.org/events.html. The full Summer Concerts in the Parks schedule is at adm.elpasoco.com/communityservices/parkoperations/pages/newsandevents.aspx.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 6/13/17, updated with photo 7/4/17; Outdoors: City/County Parks)

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