Hamilton College will present an evening of jazz, featuring six legendary performers, Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. Performing will be Kenny Davern, clarinet; Bob Rosengarden, drums; Bob Haggart, bass; Ralph Sutton, piano; Dan Barrett, trombone and trumpet; and Joe Wilder, trumpet. The concert is free and open to the public.

Kenny Davern has established himself as one of the finest clarinetists in the world. He began playing professionally at age 16, and at 19 joined Jack Teagarden's band. Since then, he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including the World's Greatest Jazz Band, Pee Wee Erwin and Eddie Condon. Today he performs at jazz festivals and classic jazz recordings.

Bob Rosengarden has been a percussionist, bandleader, television celebrity and recording artist for almost 40 years. He has played with the NBC-TV staff band and the Tonight Show band. Today he performs with Soprano Summit, New York Jazz Repertory and The Trio Milt Hinton.

Haggart was one of the Swing era's most notable instrumentalists and arrangers. He first came to prominence with the Bob Crosby Orchestra where his "Big Noise from Winnetka" became his signature tune. He continues to be a major player in today's classic jazz scene.

Sutton, a world-class pianist, played with Jack Teagarden's band as a teenager. Later he played with the World's Greatest Jazz Band and was a fixture in the New York Dixieland jazz scene and San Francisco jazz clubs. He now works as a freelance artist.

Barrett, a one-time lead trombonist in the Benny Goodman Orchestra, has performed for television and film. His career has taken him from Southern California, where he played with Dixie bands as a youth, to New York. He is a co-leader of the Alden-Barrett Quintet and appears at jazz festivals and jazz parties.

Wilder, an acclaimed trumpeter has had a long and productive musical career. A staff musician at WABC for 17 years, he has also performed with the ABC Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and played with jazz greats such as Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. Today Wilder plays with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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