Ranger and the Re-Arrangers will play in concert with guest Bill Rappaport (clarinet) at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 on the lawn at BPA. (Photo courtesy of Ranger and the Re-Arrangers)

Ranger and the Re-Arrangers will play in concert with guest Bill Rappaport (clarinet) at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 on the lawn at BPA. (Photo courtesy of Ranger and the Re-Arrangers)

Free outdoor jazz concert comes to BPA

The lawn outside Bainbridge Performing Arts will be the venue for a special free Gypsy jazz concert by Bainbridge Island’s own Ranger and the Re-Arrangers.

Guest Bill Rappaport (clarinet) will join the group of music-makers for the performance, planned for 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.

Rappaport started playing the clarinet when he was 9, and has followed a dual path — classical training plus a deep love for jazz — ever since.

He was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 40 years and performed around the country, including at Carnegie Hall.

“His wonderful tone and vintage solos will make you feel like you’ve traveled to the 1930s,” said Re-Arrangers frontman Ranger Sciacca.

The concert will feature music from Ranger and the Re-Arrangers’ repertoire of swing standards and traditional Gypsy melodies.

Admission is free; the band will collect donations.

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