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Trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater Performs At Last Concert Of New York Aquarium's Aquajazz Series Friday, July 26th at 7:00pm

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Brooklyn, NY -- The New York Aquarium is the place to be every Friday night in July as the Aquarium introduces its first evening music series, AquaJazz, with presenting sponsor Coors Light and co-sponsor Denos Wonder Wheel Park. This Friday, concert-goers can relax in the Aquariums plaza area and enjoy the hard bop trumpeting of Cecil Bridgewater, stroll through the Aquariums grounds and take in views of sharks, beluga whales, walruses and more, and end the evening with a fantastic view of the Coney Island fireworks display.

Tickets are $20 ($18 for members of Wildlife Conservation Society), and can be purchased at the door on the night of the concert or in advance with a credit card (VC, MC, AX and DC) by calling 718-265-3454 between 9am and 4pm. Credit card orders can be picked up at the will-call booth on the night of the event. WCS members must have their membership numbers for advance ticket orders. The concerts will take place rain or shine with the Aquariums Seaside Pavilion to house the series in case of rain. Concert-goers must be 18-years or older, and tickets are non-refundable and for general admission (limited seating and standing room). Parking is not included.

The Aquarium closes at 6:00pm on Friday nights, and will reopen for the music series at 7:00pm, with the music to start at 7:45pm. Beer and food will be available for purchase from the Aquariums Snack Bar. As an added bonus, guests will have a front seat viewing from inside the Aquarium of the Coney Island Fireworks slated to blast off from 9:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The evening ends at 10:30pm.

Cecil Bridgewater Quartet An excellent hard bop trumpeter, Cecil Bridgewater has more than 30 years of experience including roles as a performer, composer, arranger, record producer and educator. He has worked as a sideman in the legendary groups of Max Roach, Horace Silver, as well as in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. In addition, he has shared the stage with Dizzy Gillepsie, Wynton Marsalis and the Count Basie Orchestra. Bridgewaters compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by Lena Horne, Vanessa Rubin, and Dee Dee Bridgewater (three of which are included on her Grammy Award-winning CD, Dear Ella).

A Wildlife Conservation Society park, the Aquarium opens every day of the year at 10am, and closing times vary seasonally. General admission is charged and there are discounted rates for children 2-12 years of age and senior citizens (65 and older); children under 2 years of age are admitted free. The Aquarium is located at West 8th Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other Aquarium information, please call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at http://www.nyaquarium.com. For information on special group rates, please call 718-265-3454.

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