Jazz journey: Free concert to feature Mes Amis

ELLSWORTH — Maine’s gypsy jazz group, Mes Amis, will cap Ellsworth Community Music Institute’s 2021-22 midday concerts series at 1 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the Moore Community Center’s atrium.

The free, in-person performance will feature a mix of traditional gypsy, Latin and American jazz standards as well as many of the group’s co-founder’s original compositions.

Mes Amis (“My friends”) is led by guitarist, vocalist and composer Steve Lynnworth. Other members include Shane Ellis on clarinet, saxophone and flute, Harry Richter on rhythm guitar and Duane Edwards on upright bass.

Originally formed in 2010, Mes Amis was founded by Lynnworth and the late guitarist Mark “Toby” Tyler. Tyler, who ran with his wife the Riverside Farm Market in Oakland, took guitar lessons from Lynnworth before they formed the gypsy jazz group in 2010.  The band released its first CD, “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” in 2013. They also performed Maine Public’s “Jazz Tonight” program hosted by Rich Tozier. Gypsy jazz is among the many forms of jazz heard on “Jazz Tonight.”

Appealing to listeners young and old, Mes Amis’s insistent rhythms, bouncing bass lines and sweetly intricate melodies are easy on the ears, and yet can stand the scrutiny of an aficionado. As Rich Tozier aptly put it, “Who couldn’t like that?”

At the June 10 concert, the audience will be limited to 50 and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are optional. The Moore Community Center is located at 125 State St.

This concert series is sponsored by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) with funding from the Onion Foundation and the city of Ellsworth. Admission is free to the public.

For more information, call 664-9258 or email [email protected].

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