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Sunnyside Gardens hosting summer concert series

By Arlene McKanic

Upcoming acts are as follows: Chuck Braman, a young and intense looking young man, usually plays jazz in the style of Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Bill Evans. Interestingly, he has three bands, a trio, a quartet and a quintet – the trio usually performs indoors so the concert on June 23 will probably feature either the quartet or quintet. Braman has also written a book of drumming patterns.Alpha Dog has been performing in the New York area for about six years and specializes in classic rock and rhythm and blues songs from a huge playlist, though they also take requests from the audience. The group members are Jimmy Anderson on guitar and vocals, Kenny Green on drums, Joe Kross on drums, Lowell Marin on bass guitar, Ken Miele on guitar and vocals, Val Moranto on vocals and Jim Wacker on keyboards.The series began on June 2. Something Special Big Band was supposed to have performed on June 16, but was rained out.”We didn't advertise too much for financial reasons,” explained Gene Curry, employment coordinator for Sunnyside Gardens. He said the group did not put on the series last year but staged a few shows throughout the year in the neighborhood. “We don't know how we're going to to it next year. It takes cash to do it, plus we have to worry about the rain and heat.”He said that attendance at the concerts has been “pretty good,” despite the cancellation of the June 16 show.The concerts are free but, alas, subject to the weather. For more information call 718 476-8449.

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