The Misericordia University Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival’s annual Jazz in July concert is bringing one of New York City’s up-and-coming jazz musicians to northeastern Pennsylvania on Monday, July 8 when Emily Asher’s Garden Party with guest Bria Skonberg perform at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater on campus. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Emily Asher’s Garden Party with guest Bria Skonberg is a versatile musical ensemble led by Asher’s tenacious trombone and sweet vocals. This band of all-stars from New York City’s vibrant early jazz scene draws on the repertoire of Louis Armstrong’s enchanting Hot Fives and Duke Ellington’s sophisticated melodies to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands. Longtime friends, collaborators and Northwest natives, Asher and Skonberg are joining forces for this special night of hot summer music.
Tickets for the Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival go on sale Wednesday, May 1 exclusively through the Misericordia University Box Office at 570.674.6719. Tickets for the Starlight Concert Saturday, July 13 featuring Boz Scaggs are $380 for festival tables that seat six, $30 for amphitheater tickets, and $20 for lawn seats. Tickets for the Jazz in July concert featuring Emily Asher’s Garden Party with guest Bria Skonberg are $120 for festival tables that seat six, $15 for amphitheater tickets, and $8 for lawn seats.
A trombonist and vocalist, Asher is a rising musical personality in the Big Apple, as she leads the Garden Party and The Masher Quartet, and makes regular appearances with the Brooklyn-based Baby Soda Jazz Band. She toured North America with the groundbreaking Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band and Europe with New Orleans’ Tuba Skinny.
Asher recorded and performed with Wycliffe Gordon on his “Hello Pops!” tribute to Louis Armstrong, and is a member of Nicholas Payton’s Television Studio Orchestra. Her bold, expressive style has led to sharing the stage with Branford Marsalis, Frank Wess, Anat Cohen and many others. Emily’s debut album, “Dreams May Take You,’’ features Wycliffe Gordon, Philip Dizack, Skonberg and seven other outstanding musicians. The album was officially released April 15, 2012.
For more information about cultural events at Misericordia University, visit www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore or call 570.674.6719. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.