Legacy Rockport is sponsoring a concert by the State Street Traditional Jazz Band Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Proceeds from the concert will be dedicated to Rockport Public Library.

The State Street Traditional Jazz Band pays homage to the authentic origins of music birthed more than 100 years ago at the turn of the 20th century. These enchanting sounds were heard then in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana Delta region.

Following World War I, jazz moved north out of New Orleans and, in the course of the move, it inevitably began to change. Yet many musical greats kept it alive such as the Original Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, "Kid" Thomas Valentine, Sweet Emma Barrette, the Humphrey Brothers, etc. Those music legends are no longer with us, but the State Street Traditional Jazz Band is dedicated to playing, preserving and keeping this music alive.

John T. Page, founder and manager of the State Street Traditional Jazz Band, studied and played trumpet since age 7. As a Maine Maritime Academy graduate in the early 1970s, while shipping out of the Port of New Orleans, he was thrilled and captivated by the sounds of the Original Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He is dedicated to keeping this original music alive, and the enthusiastic response to the band’s appearances all around Maine show his success in doing so.

Tickets for the concert are $12, available at the Rockport Town Office, at Rockport Public Library and online at brownpapertickets.com. Legacy Rockport is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2009 for the purposes of enhancing the general quality of the Town of Rockport; supporting the fine and performing arts; establishing an educational endowment for the benefit of Rockport taxpayers; providing and maintaining outdoor recreation opportunities; and advancing the general quality of public education.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.