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Lori Williams with the Jimmy Masters Trio at the Sandler Center


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Bassist Jimmy Masters has hosted and curated the TowneBank jazz series (formerly the Miller Jazz Series) at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts since its inception in 2017. Running from June to September, the series has offered a different theme each month played in a cabaret style setting. The 2023 season began a couple of months earlier than previous years (April) with special guest Janis Siegel. The August edition featured the fabulous vocalist Lori Williams who, due to her previous visits, has developed a loyal following and friendships which was evident from the many shout-outs from the audience. The 150 audience members were treated to two 50 minute sets of standards from the Great American Songbook to present day Carole King. Playing with her were Masters on bass, John Toomey on piano and Chuck Redd on drums. These four musicians have played together often and it was clear they were having a good time. Ask anyone in the audience and you'll get the same answer—Lori Williams can come back as often as she'd like.
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