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New band gets fresh start at festival

Five longtime friends recently joined forces to form The Jazz Spectrum, a mainstream, be-bop, straight-ahead jazz band.

The band's leader, Gil Trommer of Clearwater, said the newly formed group will specialize in high-energy, blues-based music in the tradition of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

The band consists of Trommer on drums; Wes Young, bass; Joe Staggi, piano; Merv Stone, tenor; and Roy Garcia, guitar.

"We've all known each other for 10 years," Trommer said. "We do high energy stuff. A lot of blues tunes. It's going to be fun for everyone."

_ LAURA T. COFFEY

SATURDAY

Jazz Spectrum

at 3:15 p.m.

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