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68 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 28- April 3, 1997 Sweetney hosting Sunday afternoon jazz show on WSSR AM900 Bernard Sweetney, a profes- sional percussionist and vibra- phonist for nearly thirty years, re- cently took his extensive knowl- edge of jazz to the air waves. The popular Cape Region per- former now hosts a jazz show on 900 AM, WSSR, each Sunday af- ternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Be- ginning on Sunday, April 6, the show will change slots and ex- pand an hour, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. According to a station spokesman, the expansion comes as a result of the popularity of Sweetney's show. "I play a wide variety of jazz," said Sweetney, "and discuss all aspects of the music and the musi- cians. I want people to be aware of how the music developed - when jazz came from New Or- leans. The role of the marching bands and the reasons for the m- sic. How and why the music went north to Chicago and then east to New York." Sweetney said his goal is to get his listeners comfortable with the Fifteenth Springtime Jamboree slated for Selbyville April 11-12 The Fifteenth Annual Spring- time Jamboree, a charitable event featuring over 30 local area coun- try and western singers, dancers and musicians is coming up next month. Starting time for the perfor- mance of the gala-program held on Friday evening, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, is 7 p.m. at the new Selbyville Middle School on Route 17 in Selbyville. Tickets are available for an $8 donation at Hocker's Supermar- ket, G & E, Inc., and Hocker's Dairy Market. All proceeds from the event will benefit Delaware Hospice, which provides care and comfort for terminally ill mem- bers of the community and their families. The popular Jamboree, which features many well known and popular country and western fa- vorites, is sponsored annually by local businessman Gerald Hocker. For the past 14 years, it has bene- fited a worthy charity. Last year, the benefit raised funds for the Lower Sussex Little League. The Jamboree will bring togeth- er some of the most popular area musical performers as well as per- formers from other mid-Atlantic states. In addition, there will be a number of comedians who will entertain the crowd, plus a special performance by one very well known band. Exhibit Continued from page 68 view the exhibit Monday through Friday by coming to the Art League office fast, and Saturdays by going directly to the Home- stead between the hours of 10 a.m. and4 p.m. While there will be no opening reception for this exhibit due to scheduling conflicts, Evans will give her popular slide lecture "Work Influences - Communica- tion" which explores the influence of art history at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 29. The event is free and open to the public. Evans will also conduct a work- shop entitled "How We See Reali- ty - Exploring the Sources of Self Expression" in which participants will learn how artists communi- cate using color, shape, bru:sh strokes and values. The workshop will be held Tuesday and Thurs- day, July 29 and 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. The fee is $30 for RAL members and $40 for non-mem- bers. Early registration is required. Call 227-8408 for information. music. "If I lay a little Eric Duffy artists including Roberta Flack, on them or some Miles - you know, for four minutes or so - they'll see what's happening." He said his shows include fa- mous musicians and not-so-fa- mous musicians. Sweetney, who frequently greets diners at Kupchick's Restaurant on Lewes Beach with his vibes, began his music career in the Washington, D.C. area more than 30 years ago. He has devoted full time to the study and performance of music since 1970. With a B.S. degree from the UniverSity of Maryland Eastern Shore and an M.A. from Howard University, Sweetney-has traveled throughout the United States, Eu- rope and Africa performing with his own and other groups. He has toured with many performing Jimmy Smith, Shirley Horne, Richie Cole, Eddie Jefferson, Mil- ton Jackson and others. His interest in music and the performing arts began to develop at an early age when he accompa- nied his mother to Washington, D.C. theaters such as the Howard and Lincoln to see performances by Duke Ellington, Billie Holli- day, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and many other talents. Another early influence came from listening to jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Milt Jackson when they per- formed at local Washington, D.C. clubs including Tony Taylor's Bohemian Caverns. Sweetney resides in Angola- By-The-Bay where he has had a home for several years. Bernard Sweetney is host- ing a jazz show on WSSR FM900. 00B*E MARCH MADNESS ON THE TUBE OTTAGE CAFE