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Mount Vernon Concert Series To Feature Jazz, Reggae

Glenda Davenport opened the Mount Vernon concert on Tuesday. Photo Credit:
Fil Straughan will return to his roots in Mount Vernon on Tuesday. Photo Credit:
Valerie Adams will lead her group in the closing of Tuesday's concert. Photo Credit:

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon Summer Breeze Concert series will continue this week, with concerts from renowned jazz, reggae and Caribbean musicians.

On Tuesday, Mount Vernon native Glenda Davenport, Fil Straughan, Valerie Adams and the Dimensions Band played the third jazz concert of the summer series. On Saturday, Leon and The Peoples will bring reggae vibrations to the city.

Davenport – an Apollo Theater Amateur Night winner in 1993 – will open the Tuesday show. She has shared her vocals with audiences at the Binghamton and Saratoga Jazz Festivals while performing around the state.

Straughan, who currently resides in England, has toured extensively in Europe. He still returns home to his roots often, including a concert in Mount Vernon last year.

Valerie Adams is the former lead vocalist for the Brooklyn-based BT Express. She currently performs with the Dimensions Band, which includes former BT Express keyboardist Sam Manigault. The new band has performed internationally and for several celebrities.

On Saturday, Leon and The Peoples will present a collection of Reggae and Caribbean music. The group is an International Reggae and World Music Award nominee for their CD, “The Road Less Travelled” and recently completed their first North American tour.

The concert series presents residents with difference genres of music, twice a week, in Mount Vernon. All concerts kick off at 7 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. Genres range from Caribbean and R&B to hip-hop and gospel.

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