Jay Daly and Barbeque Brass in Labor Day Performance at North Hampton Bandstand

Jay Daly and Barbeque Brass in Labor Day Performance at North Hampton Bandstand

(NORTH HAMPTON) Boston-based professional trumpeter Jay Daly brings his lively Barbeque Brass ensemble to the North Hampton (NH) bandstand on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, for a 2 o’clock concert [2-4pm]. Free to the public, open seating is on the town green at the junction of NH-111 and NH-151. Attendees may bring their own refreshments. The annual holiday celebration is sponsored by the Friends of the North Hampton Bandstand.

Peter Mansfield, orchestrator and arranger for The Boston Pops Orchestra said, “It's widely known that Jay Daly is one of the premier trumpeters in the Northeast. His virtuosity is matched by his stylistic versatility, and he's a consummate professional.” Fred Radke, leader of the Harry James Orchestra, said, “Jay is a must-see artist.”

Daly grew up in Hampton and began playing trumpet at age 8. By his teen years he was playing professionally with North Hampton’s own Stan Bednarz Orchestra, performing nightly at Hampton Beach. Daly went on to hold the lead trumpet chair with top-echelon touring groups like the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Herb Pomeroy Orchestra, Ken Hadley Orchestra, Greg Hopkins Big Band, and Capitol City Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman or freelancer he has performed with a litany of stars including Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Linda Ronstadt. Daly is also the lead trumpet and music contractor for North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.

This season the Barbeque Brass performs a special, themed concert featuring some of America’s best-loved tunes highlighting iconic trumpet solos from the 20th century. The concert show debuted before a sold-out Winnacunnet auditorium last November with a 19-piece jazz orchestra accompanying Daly. The full orchestra show then readied for a North Shore Music Theatre appearance in March and an April date at New York’s Lincoln Center. A national tour was to follow. But the COVID outbreak intervened and plans were put on hold. So, celebration of popular trumpet program was rearranged for the smaller Barbeque Brass ensemble. And by early summer Daly and the group were performing regularly once again for small audiences gathered safely outdoors.

Each concert features well-known trumpet solos and top-of-the-charts hit songs that appeal to all ages. “We never could have predicted that things would change so quickly, but we’re extremely happy every time we perform and see the smiles and hear the heartwarming applause. One thing that hasn’t changed is that people love great live music and we’re just thankful we can still provide it,” Daly said. More on Jay Daly is found at jaydalytrumpet.com.

The North Hampton Bandstand is located at the intersection of Rt. 111 & Rt. 151.

All band concerts are free and open to the public. Funding for these concerts comes entirely from businesses and individual contributors throughout the year. All donations are tax deductible. For more information on the North Hampton Bandstand visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/friendsofnorthhamptonbandstand or contact the Friends of the North Hampton Bandstand Committee Chair Delores Chase at (603) 964-5992.