Centennial Celebrations of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk highlight 2017 programs

After a whirlwind 2016, Berkshires Jazz is even more active this year, starting with our “10 Flavours” performance by the Dechamplains on Feb. 25, and highlighted by centennial salutes to three jazz giants: Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald. Two of these are part of two separate jazz festivals, and the third is a standalone event.

This is our most active year ever, so please mark your calendar, and return here for box office information and updates. The schedule, as it now stands:

May 13: Mary Ann McSweeney Quartet, plus guest vocalist Natalia Bernal. The Urban Fado Project. A great turnout at the Whitney Center for the Arts.

June 15-18: Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend (in collaboration with Berkshire Gateway Preservation, Inc.)

Aug. 12: Images of Monk: a centennial salute, the Ted Rosenthal Quintet

Oct. 6-15: Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

  • Oct. 13: Veronica Swift (rising vocalist, daughter of Stephanie Nakasian and the late Hod O’Brien)
  • Oct. 14: The Dizzy Gillespie Afto-Cuban Experience

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