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CorningNY  14830
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Jazz at 171 | Peter Mack & The Macktet with special guest star Ralph Lalama Ticket Link Included
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Oct 21

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Peter Mack & The Macktet

with special guest star Ralph Lalama

Ralph Lalama

A solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide, Ralph Lalama embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal – great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas. Everything he says and plays comes out of his deep connection and appreciation for “the Beat.” Jazz critic Zan Stewart put it succinctly: “Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller…a first-class jazz soloist.” He excels in a chord-less trio format with his amazing command of the harmonic progressions articulated through his horn. But on top of being a great jazz soloist, Lalama is equally a solid veteran of jazz ensembles and orchestras. Over his impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending.

Lalama is a three-time Grammy winner through his work in the Joe Lovano Nonet and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has nine CDs out as a leader and is on more than sixty recordings as a sideman. He has received praise from the likes of critics Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, Ben Ratliff, Ira Gitler and Stuart Troup, among others. His latest release as a leader is the 2012 “Bop Juice: Ralph Lalama Trio, Live at Smalls.”

Ralph Lalama’s playing reveals an enormous depth of musical heart and knowledge. With his muscular, free-wheeling sound and masterful ability to tell a story through his horn, one understands why he so thoroughly connects with musicians, students and listeners alike.

Equipment: Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone; Buffet Crampon Clarinet; Altus Flute.

The Macktet

PETER MACK | Acoustic Upright Bass

Acoustic jazz bassist Peter Mack has been a mainstay on the Central New York jazz scene for the past four decades, where he holds forth as one of region's most beloved bassists and veteran jazz men.

In the 1970s, Peter served as house bassist for the famed Casa Di Lisa jazz club in Syracuse, where he had the opportunity to play with a host of legendary jazz greats from all over the world on a weekly basis. In the 1980's, he was also a founding member of Nancy Kelly's Little Big Band. Ever since Peter has been an in-demand, much sought after, first-call acoustic bassist who has toured and traveled the world extensively for the past 40 years.

No stranger to the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest stage, - where he has appeared with various units on multiple occasions, - Peter continues to be active as a player, producer, leader and sideman, and over the past few years he's produced, performed and recorded 2 critically-acclaimed CD's with his own big band, featuring a roster that reads like a "Who's Who" of jazz, including Lew Tabackin, Barry Harris, John Mosca, Greg Gisbert, Eric Alexander, Danny D'Imperio, Ralph Lalama and many others. His recent concerts at the Auburn Public Theater have also become legendary for the great jazz he continually brings to the Central New York region on a regular basis.



Pianist/Composer/Educator, Dino Losito, was born in Elmira, NY. He comes from a musical family, and was exposed to music at a very early age. His mother, a vocalist, was one of his first influences, along with many other family members, Dino began formal lessons on piano at the age of 4. Along with piano, he also studied flute and percussion. Though classical music was the study at the time for him, jazz was always present in the home, and it was obvious this music would be his pursuit. By the time Dino was eighteen years old, he was already working professionally.

Dino went on to further his studies at William Paterson University.  He had the privilege of refining his talent under the tutelage of such notables as Norman Simmons, Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid and Pete Malinverni. Dino has performed at many notable venues throughout the country and abroad. Some credits include, Blue Note, Birdland, NBC Rainbow Room, and Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center (NYC). He has also performed/recorded with such notables as Eric Alexander, Dave Liebman, Houston Person, Joe Romano, Don Menza, Wallace Roney, Harry Allen, Mickey Roker, Joe Magnarelli, Grant Stewart, Danny D’Imperio, Nancy Kelly, and many others. His cd release ‘Like That', as a leader, has received critical acclaim, and Dino has been featured on over a dozen recordings as a sideman.

Losito's ability to captivate audiences with his lyrical playing, sensitive melodies, and his infectious groove, has led him to be one of the most sought after pianists on the scene. Along with performing and recording, Dino keeps an active teaching schedule, and is currently on the faculty at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY.


Trumpeter, composer, and educator Paul Merrill has been performing since the age of 10. As a teenager he performed the Goombay Jazz Festival (Bahamas)  with his quintet Interplay. In 1995 Merrill won a Downbeat award for his performance with the New Jazz Ensemble directed by Rufus Reid. He has toured with Hank Roberts, Half Pint, John Brown's Body, and the Grammy nominated Phil Woods Big Band. As a trumpeter and/or big band director he has performed and collaborated with Vincent Herring, Terell Stafford, Maria Schneider, Brian Lynch, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Alexander, Carl Allen, Kevin Mahogany, Darmon Meader, Claudio Roditi, and Steve Gilmore, among others, while recording and arranging for Schanachie and I-town Records.

Merrill's trumpet can also be heard on such films as Suckerfish, (Jury Award winner at the Santa Barbara Film Festival) and The Substitute II (HBO). He has recently been awarded a third commission with the Commission Project (TCP) for Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and his compositions continue to be performed by many college and high school ensembles.

Currently pursuing a DMA in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, Merrill remains active as a clinician, Area All-State director, improvisation teacher, freelance trumpeter, and member of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra. He holds a B.M. in Jazz performance from William Paterson University, M.M. in performance from Ithaca College, is currently the Gussman Director of Jazz Ensembles at Cornell University, and former faculty at Ithaca College School of Music.


Steve Brown (born Stephen Charles Brown, Rockville Centre, New York, 1942, but grew up in Freeport, New York) is a jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and educator. He was the Director of Jazz Studies at Ithaca College, a position he held for 40 years until his retirement in 2008. He is an active performer, composer, and arranger, often appearing with his group, "The Steve Brown Quartet." 

Brown has played with such musicians as Jimmy Smith, Paquito D'Rivera, Chuck Mangione, Phil Woods, and Ray Charles. Brown was a member of Chuck Israels' National Jazz Ensemble, and toured the United States and Europe numerous times.


Mike Melito hails from Rochester, NY where he keeps an active performance, recording, and teaching schedule. Mike comes from a very musical family and started playing at a very early age. He studied with RPO percussionist John McNeill from 5th grade to 11th grade. He credits McNeill with providing him a strong foundation with the drums and invaluable lessons on music in general. Mike's older brother Tom is also a jazz drummer based in NYC for over 25 years. He helped Mike in every aspect of jazz drumming. His father and other brother Chris both play trumpet and played an important
role in Mike becoming a musician. They have encouraged him to study hard, listen to the greats and above all be swingin!!

Mike names Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Art Taylor, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb and Papa Jo Jones as main influences. Mike started his professional career
at age 16 playing with Vibraphonist Joe Locke and saxophonist Joe Romano in his hometown of Rochester. Work then started to snowball for Mike, he started getting calls to play all over upstate NY. He started leading a jam session in the mid 80's at the now defunct Rochester jazz room Indigos.

He continued to lead many groups in the 90's as well as freelancing. In 1997 he released his first of four critically acclaimed CDs called MY CONCEPTION. From there he started to appear on a lot of CDs as a sideman and in 2001 released his second CD BOUT TIME. His third release, THE NEXT STEP was released in 2005 and garnered much interest overseas. His latest effort IN THE TRADITION 2007, caught the ear of Downbeat magazine and Downbeat wrote an article on Mike in the December 09 issue.

Over the years he has gone on to perform and record with names such as James Moody, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, JR Monterose, Johnny Frigo, Phil Flanigan, Harold Danko, Chuck Mangione, Chris Potter, Eric Alexander, John Swana, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, Danilo Perez, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Faddis, Vincent Herring, David Hazeltine, Harry Allen, Pat LaBarbera and many more. He continues to maintain a large private teaching practice.

171 Cedar Arts Center is THE place to be on October 21, 8:00 pm, in the Drake House Studio Theater.

If you have yet to visit 171's black box theater, we hope you will because it's a great little spot where you'll feel up-close and personal with the musicians.

We hope you feel as though you are in your favorite jazz club.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Mack Studios. Thank you!

All seats are priced at Member | Non-member rates.


Oh so classy table seating on the floor where you will enjoy a bottle of red, bottle of white, water, and fresh delicious snacks. 50|60


Enjoy your, somewhat private, perch at the top as the jazz floats ever upward. A gift bag will be waiting at your seat with a beverage and some snacks. 40|48


Cuddle up with your love, rub elbows with some new friends and sway shoulder to shoulder - not too far away from the tooonz. We're not kiddin' when it comes to the music there isn't a bad seat in the house (general admission seating). 20|24

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If you're looking for more information, give us a call 607.936-4647, or send us an email info@171cedararts.org