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Dobbs Ferry Summer Concert Series Keeps it Jazzy

DOBBS FERR, N.Y. - With the sun shining and the workday winding down, many people decided to hit the waterfront for some jazz by the river Wednesday evening.

The Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series was back on stage Wednesday for a show at Waterfront Park. The weather was perfect for the free outdoor concert and people spread out across the grass on blankets and folding chairs.

"This setting, what a great place to have a free concert where people can gather and sit by the water and watch the sunset and listen to music," said Robin Sweeney, a Pleasantville resident taking in her first concert at the waterfront.

Concert series founder Mark Morganelli was appreciative of the weather after a couple of shows had to be moved inside due to rain.

"It is undoubtedly summertime," Morganelli said.

As the concerts continue each week throughout the summer their popularity continues to grow.

"This is our first time,” Sweeney said. “I've been wanting to come.”

This week Mark Rapp and The Song Project were the featured performers. Rapp brought his own brand of jazz to the crowd, mixing different genres and exploring all kinds of songs as a trumpeter.

"We're going to play a lot of different music," Rapp said.

Rapp formed The Song Project with band mate Derek Lee Bronston several years ago across ocean waters. Rapp was living in Sweden at the time while Bronston was living in Brooklyn. The two would collaborate and write songs while still thousands of miles apart. Rapp has four records as a leader and has played shows all over the country.

Next week the Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series will bring the Jason Miles Group to Waterfront Park. All concerts are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and are free to the public.

What did you think of the concert at Waterfront Park this week? Let us know below in the comments section or on Facebook or Twitter .

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