10, by George: Ted Rosenthal explores the Gershwin songbook

Ted Rosenthal and his trio perform jazz interpretations of ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ and 9 other familiar compositions of George Gershwin.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm.
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield

Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, actively touring worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and in various configurations. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, he has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody.

His interpretation of George Gershwin compositions was captured on the CD “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” which provides the foundation for our “10, by George” concert. In reviewing this album, Kevin Whitehead of NPR said, “Rosenthal gets Gershwin’s sensibility (with) a classical pianist’s reverence for the material and a jazz musician’s way of running off of it.” As for the band, Whitehead adds, “these players really make the Rhapsody their own and make it modern again.”  It’s no wonder that this CD reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes and Amazon.

A virtuoso interpreter and presenter of jazz and crossover music, Ted has 15 CDs to his name. His trio includes Martin Wind, bass, and Tim Horner, drums.

A wine bar, featuring the products of Berkshires’ own Balderdash Winery, will be available starting at 6:30pm.

This concert is part of downtown Pittsfield’s annual “10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival,” when arts organizations present a variety of concerts, plays, and other performances with a “10” theme.

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The student art of jazz

2014: Yutang “Emily” Liu, St. Joseph’s H.S.Supporting the annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival 

Berkshires Jazz celebrates national Jazz Appreciation Month (April) with the posting the results of our Student Art Contest. As many as 100 students have participated in the annual contest, and their works hang in Pittsfield City Hall corridors for the entire month.

The contest was conceived as a way to engage more of the student community in cross-genre creative activity. Many of the students conduct independent research the subject, and jazz music is sometimes played during the classes, as a way of inspiring the student artists.

The first-place entry becomes a core element in the marketing materials for the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival that year.

Many of those winning paintings are presented here, for your enjoyment and appreciation. Congratulations to the winners, and to all participants. Tip of the hat to the art teachers in all of Pittsfield’s public and private high schools which participate.

[Click on the image to see the entire painting]

More to come!