Written by Trevor May
Willimantic, Conn.: The Delta Generators, a popular blues band throughout New England, will perform a fundraiser with Eastern Connecticut State University's Thread City Jazz Ensemble in Shafer Hall on April 22 at 3 p.m. Proceeds will go towards buying a new stand-up string bass for Eastern's Department of Music. The public is invited. Admission to the concert is free, however, the ensemble is suggesting a $5 donation.
"Eastern does own a stand-up string bass, but simply put, it is unplayable," said Performing Arts Professor Joe Tomanelli. "The bridge of it is warped and worn completely down. The school needs one that anyone can play."
The Delta Generators and Eastern Thread City Jazz will perform separate sets and then present other tunes together. Songs that will be performed include "Mr. P.C." by John Coltrane; "All Blues" by Miles Davis; and "Stompin' At the Savoy."
"Eastern's Thread City Jazz Ensemble and The Delta Generators will not only deliver a great afternoon of jazz and blues," said Rick O'Neal, a member of both Thread City Jazz and The Delta Generators, "but also hope to raise enough donations at the concert to deliver a new, badly needed, string bass to the Eastern Music Department."