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Concert draws reminiscent jazz music fans

The jazz society attracts its largest crowd yet at the first concert of the fifth season.

The dance floor was full for the opening of the Hernando Jazz Society's fifth season.

Recently elected jazz society President Ed Lawrence said the crowd of more than 300 people at Spring Hill's SNPJ Hall is the largest the society has drawn for a first concert of the season.

"We don't usually see this many people until later in the year," said Lawrence, who will serve a two-year term as president. "This is very exciting."

Bea Domick and her husband started coming to the jazz society's monthly concerts four years ago. They were drawn by their love for good music.

In 1950, the couple had their first date at a debut of a Kirk Douglas movie, The Young Man with a Horn, which featured the music of jazz great Harry James.

"He told me he was sorry, but he only had enough money for tickets," said Domick. "I said that was okay. I'd buy my own popcorn and candy."

When the couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary last week, it was with popcorn and a rented copy of the same movie that brought them together half a century ago.

"We sat and smooched on the couch that afternoon," said Domick with a little smile. "So, yes. I really do love jazz music."

Formed in 1995, the society has more than 350 members, Lawrence said, and concerts usually draw more than half the club's members. Society members perform regularly at fundraisers for Hospice, the Kiwanis Club, Stage West Community Playhouse, the Hernando County Fine Arts Council and other organizations.

Upcoming meetings will feature performances by the Bill Allred Band, the award-winning Blake High School Jazz Band and Sonny LaRosa with America's Youngest Jazz Band.

Though she has lived in Spring Hill for 22 years, Sunday was the first time Dee McAdoo had been to a jazz society meeting.

"I listen to jazz all the time when I'm at home," said McAdoo, a longtime jazz lover. "This is very nice."

"This is the music that was around when we grew up during the second World War," said Domick, 70. "I doubt there is anyone here who doesn't remember something from this music."

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