Jazz by Combo at Bistro

Posted: July 25, 2013

Star staff report

Winchester — Jazz by Combo returns to the Bistro at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster-Canterbury.

The group is not well known because the only place they have ever played is at Westminster-Canterbury, said Robert Sherwood, series coordinator.

Verne Collins played with Tommy Dorsey a while back and then led the Shenandoah University music conservatory. He plays trombone in the group.

Doug Harrison, who directs the Handley High School band, has been invited to play with several nationally known dance bands. He plays tenor saxophone.

Steve Baird, a freelance filmmaker, has played percussion with several of the country’s well-known big bands.

Fred Williams anchors the performance. He does the vocals and plays the Bistro’s 1919 Steinway piano. He has the rich, full voice of a former network radio announcer, Sherwood said. Now turned musician, he has charmed supper club audiences in downtown Atlanta and elsewhere for years with his mellow singing, according to Sherwood.

This group plays primarily supper club swing jazz. This embraces many popular tunes, especially songs from the 1940s and before. The audience is likely to be invited to sing along and perhaps get up to dance. This will be a relaxing evening of fine music well performed.

Admission is $10 at the door. Westminster-Canterbury, a retirement community in the northwest section of Winchester, is off North Frederick Pike. Once on Westminster-Canterbury Drive, follow signs to the main entrance. For further directions, call 540-665-0156.

The concert is open to the public and parking is free. Morgan’s Tavern stays open through intermission.