Jazzin’ up the library

The Daniel Bennett Group will play at the Waynesboro Public Library on Tuesday.

WAYNESBORO — A New York City-based jazz band will play at the Waynesboro Public Library on Tuesday. Daniel Bennett, of the Daniel Bennett group, teased the show by telling audience members to expect the unexpected.

The trio consists of Bennett, along with guitarist Nat Janoff and drummer Matthew Feick. Bennett plays alto saxophone, flute, piccolo and oboe. He formed the band while in grad school at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

“The Daniel Bennett Group is celebrating the release of our newest album, ‘Sinking Houseboat Confusion,’” Bennett said. “It’s been a busy year.”

They tour in Virginia frequently. Recently, they played at the Shenandoah Wine and Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton.

Bennett hoped the audience would enjoy the melodies of the show.

“I grew up listening to folk artists like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, the Weavers and Peter, Paul and Mary; even as a jazz musician, I consider myself a folk artist at heart. I hope people are drawn to the eclectic nature of our music,” he said. “I work hard to compose music that breaks stylistic barriers and reaches directly to the listener.”

Most of the songs played at the library will be from the new album.

“You will hear original melodies, as well as American folk music references and elements of Celtic music,” he said. “People dance at our concerts. It is common to have people sing along to our melodies. We have great fans who have followed our music for years. Our live concerts take many creative detours and spontaneous turns. We love to engage the audience. Every show is different.”

The show is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the WPL — 600 South Wayne Ave. It’s free to the public.

“For years, Daniel Bennet has demonstrated his commitment to sharing jazz by performing in public libraries across the country,” Rebecca Lamb, librarian at WPL, said. “It is rare for a musician of his caliber to seek out libraries as a venue, much less to work with limited library budgets.”

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