Celebrating the Life and Music of Ken Cicerale, of Fifth Avenue Jazz, at the Milton Theatre


RALPH. I’M A PROUD CHICKEN GROWER IT WAS LAST APRIL WHEN FIFTH AVENUE JAZZ BRACED ITSELF AUDIO STAGED REFORM CITY LIGHTS. THE TITLE TRACK OF THE BAND’S MOST RECENT ALBUM CAN WE JUST SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO THAT ALL DAY. BUT JUST RECENTLY WE WERE SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF SAXOPHONIST KEN CICERO HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER ENDED IN AUGUST. BUT EDWARD NEXT GUESTS ARE A TRUE TESTAMENT TO GIVING SPIRIT OF DELMARVA IN TIMES OF SORROW. WITH US THIS AFTERNOON VINCENT VARANASI AND KINCH LIFER TWO OF KEN ROUSE FRIENDS AND BANDMATES SCHAMA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FIRST OFF WE’RE WE’RE VERY SORRY FOR YOU FOR YOUR LOSS OF A FRIEND AND A MAN MY FAMILY THANKS ANGELA TELL US ABOUT IT. I MEAN I’M GOING TO TAKE THAT I’VE GOT A THEME FOR THE COUNTRY ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND SAYS THAT KANSAS AROUND WAS PROFOUND PROFANE AND PROLIFIC AND WITH THAT IN MIND I KNOW KEN FOR GOING ON 38 YEARS WE STARTED WORKING TOGETHER IN BANDS IN 1981. SO WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS. KEN WAS SOMEONE WHO COULD SURPRISE YOU. MANY PEOPLE I’VE TALKED TO JUST RECENTLY SAY YOU KNOW HE’S SUCH A LAID BACK YOU KNOW SWAMP KIND OF GUY AND THEN WE’VE GOT VIDEO CLIPS THAT WE’RE GONNA BE SHOWING WITH HIM DOING ALL KINDS OF COMEDY ROUTINES AND VOICES AND ACCENTS AND SO HE WAS HE’S ONE OF THE SMARTEST GUYS I’VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. FORGET ABOUT BEING A TALENTED MUSICIAN. HE WAS A TALENTED MUSICIAN BUT HE’S JUST REALLY BRIGHT AND HE COULD HE COULD BRIGHT NEW DAY AND MAKE YOU LAUGH HE IF HE IF HE KNEW YOU WELL AND IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY HE JOBS JOSEPHINE WOULD CALL UP AND SAYING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. AND THEN HE HAD A LITTLE DITTY THAT HE COMPOSED JUST FOR YOU. WOW WELL WE DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS HERE ACTUALLY MADE A LOT OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A MUSICIAN DETONATE WELL HE CERTAINLY DID. HE DID A DEGREE IN MUSIC EDUCATION. HE WAS A MUSIC EDUCATOR FOR SIX YEARS AND THE UNIVERSITY WAS MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY IN NEW JERSEY IN NEW JERSEY. HE’S FROM NEWARK NEW JERSEY OR AS HE SAYS NARC HE DID A LOT OF RECORDING HE RECORDED IN NEW YORK CITY. WE’RE GONNA HAVE SEVERAL MUSICIANS ON OUR CONCERT THURSDAY THAT ARE COMING TO PLAY WITH KEN BACK THEN AND RECORDED FACT ONE GUITARIST MONROE CLINTON’S RECORDED SEVERAL ALBUMS WITH KEN AND THEY’VE COLLABORATED ON COMPOSING AND WRITING SONGS AS WELL HE’LL BE HERE TO PERFORM WITH ON THE SHOW. SO SO YOU’RE TAKING US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BENEFIT CONCERT COMING UP BUT CAN WE EXPECT OH YOU CAN EXPECT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE CAN BECAUSE I’VE GONE BACK IN THE VAULTS AND FOUND VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIM FROM 30 YEARS AGO. OH MY. SO YOU CAN SEE CAN YOU’LL SEE KEN PLAYING THAT CITY LIGHTS CUT ACTUALLY BECAUSE WE JUST FEEL NOBODY’S GOING TO DUPLICATE THAT. YOU’LL SEE ME BECAUSE I WAS KIND OF LIKE THE OLD FIFTH AVENUE AND THEN I’M BACK FIFTH AVENUE AGAIN WHEN KEN GOT SICK I KIND OF LIKE JUMPED BACK IN SO WE’LL BE WE’LL BE PLAYING SOME GREAT JAZZ MUSIC CODY LABELLE LEVEL LEVEL IS GONNA BE THERE. WHO’S A TALENTED SAXOPHONIST FROM THE AREA PAUL CULLEN IS LENDING HIS TALENTS TO THE EVENING. BOB YES BACK IN SECOND TIME AROUND IS GOING TO BE COMING DOWN GUITARIST JACK FORD IS COMING UP FROM FLORIDA BY WAY OF PORTUGAL TO BE THERE HE AND KEN AND I OVERLAPPED 20 YEARS IN THE SAME BAND EVEN TOOK OUR WHO’S LIVE IN NEW YORK WHEN KEN LIVED IN NEW YORK HE AND HIS WIFE MOVED TO CONNECTICUT AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND MOVED THERE. NEXT THING YOU KNOW WE FOUND OUT SHE WAS LIVING DOWN HERE IN BETHANY AND SHE’S REVIVED HER MUSIC CAREER AND SHE’S GOING TO BE PERFORMING ALSO WHAT THIS GUY IS GOING TO BE PERFORMING BRUCE CHAPPELLE JEFF COOPER FROM THE FROM THE CTA IT’S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL. AND WE’VE GOT SOME REALLY GOOD VIDEO CLIPS OF KEN THAT’S PERFORMANCE TO CELEBRATE AND OF COURSE ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO FUND TWO SCHOLARSHIPS YES. YEAH. ALL RIGHT. OK. THE DELAWARE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HELPED JOSE SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP IN KEN’S HONOR SHE WANTS AWARD TWO SCHOLARSHIPS A YEAR WE’RE HOPING IN PERPETUITY IF WE GET ENOUGH FUNDS FOR THEIR CRITERIA TO FUND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PURSUE JAZZ STUDIES AT COLLEGE ACTUALLY I THINK ALL MUSIC STUDIES. BUT YOU KNOW THE EMPHASIS BECAUSE OF KEN IS ON JAZZ OK. SO GIVE US THE WORDS AND THE WINNERS TELL US ABOUT THE CONCERT COMING UP ON THURSDAY. OH THE CONCERTS ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH. IT’S AT THE MILTON THEATER DOORS OPEN IN SIX CONCERT STARTS AT 7:00 AND WE HAVE C.D. AVAILABLE THE C.D. SET UP RIGHT THERE YOU CAN HOLD THIS UP. YOU GO THIS C.D. OF CITY LIGHTS THAT WE RECORDED JEFF COOPER AND KEN AND I RECORDED WHICH HAS MOST OF THE TUNES OR KEN’S ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS. THERE’S A PROLIFIC AND THERE YOU GO. THAT’S THE PROLIFIC PART. AND THEY’LL BE AVAILABLE PURCHASED THAT EVENING ALL THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS THE SCHOLARSHIP. THANK YOU CANADA. THANK YOU SO MUCH OH

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