HOLTON, Kan. (WIBW) - Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Jim Seeley says the bright lights of New York can't compare to the intimacy of playing for the hometown crowd.
"Oddly enough, I get more nervous about this than I do in New York. We play jazz festivals and concerts all over the world," the trumpet and fluglehorn player sayed. " I look out on this audience,and it's gonna be my friends and family, my niece is here, my cousin is coming up. My trumpet teacher from Clay Center is gonna be here...I better not sound bad tonight," he laughed.
The concert benefits Holton Main Street - a program that seeks to revitalize the downtown area.
Holton Main Street's executive director Bob Carlson says he wanted to showcase a time when downtown was a place for conversation between friends and lovers.
"We always have hometown pride here and its an important part of the community," he said. "It's a place where we gather and the program we put together this is kind of reminiscent of the people used to ride around town in the old days, meet their date downtown and drive around.
"We are trying to have a nice time with the community," he said.
Locals and visitors enjoyed a stroll around the town square to the tunes of Kansas City - New Orleans, Dixieland and New York Jazz.
Seeley selected jazz standards, ballads and blues to fit the mood. He says being able to play his trumpet right here at home is a dream come true.
"It's like a dream, I could have never imagined that this would come to pass one day and it's really fantastic," he said.