• Quiet Place Lodge hosts jazz concert Saturday, leaving Homer Harbor 5:30 p.m.
By Randi SomersHomer Tribune
With many people volunteering their services, this year’s Jazz in the Cove is expected to funnel most of the money raised into the Horn Section, a music education fund established in memory of beloved music teacher Renda Horn.
Three charter operators, Bay Excursions, Red Mountain Marine and Homer Ocean Charters are providing transportation to and from Halibut Cove, departing Homer promptly at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 from Ramp One below the Salty Dawg Saloon and returning around 10 p.m.
Quiet Place Lodge is hosting the event for the third year in a row. Owner Pauli Hall said that 60 guests will dine and enjoy the music from two of the lodge’s decks, sheltered by table umbrellas while the band performs from a floating amphitheater tied up in front of the lodge.
The jazz will be performed by Anchorage pianist Dan McElrath and the Dan Mac sextet.
A graduate of Furman University School of Music, McElrath has performed piano jazz for 30 years in venues across the United States, covering a wide range of musical styles from gospel to contemporary jazz. Recently the DanMac Sextet recorded with vocalists Cat Coward, Katie Strock and Voni K. He performed with saxophonist Rick Zelinski and the quintet is currently touring to promote their newly released CD Ajazzka which is music he composed. He has garnered praise throughout his tours. “Dan’s fingers danced across the keyboard like a master,” one reviewer wrote. “His presence, stories and joyful heart created a delightful show.”
“Technically outstanding, musically fascinating, beautifully mesmerizing,” enthused another. “In a nutshell, one of the finest concerts in the series.”
Chef Sean Marriot will preside at the seafood cookout which, in addition to fresh seafood, will feature pork, salads and desserts. He too is volunteering his services in order to maximize money flowing into the fund.
Renda Horn lived in Homer for just 10 years, but in that short time she made an enormous impact, teaching elementary music and band in Homer area schools, giving private music lessons and reviving Inlet Winds, a community band. Renda inspired many with her musical expertise, boundless energy, devotion to family, friends, and community and her passion for living life to the fullest. Her community service extended to participation on several boards including the Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Homer Foundation.
Community members who knew and loved Renda have established “The Horn Section: A Music Education Fund in Memory of Renda Horn” at the Homer Foundation as a lasting legacy to preserve her memory and extend her impact on the community, particularly with regard to music and music education, to future generations. Grant awards from the fund will be used to provide musical opportunities for school-age students, support musical events and programs, enhance school music programs, and/or support the creation of a community performing arts center, should a credible campaign for that purpose be launched. Jazz in the Cove at Quiet Place Lodge is an annual fundraiser to support this fund.
Tickets are $125 per person or $250 per couple available at The Book Store or the Homer Foundation office. Phone 235 0541 for more information. The ticket includes transportation to Halibut Cove.
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