Jay Messer Quintet schedules Dec. 6, 2013 concert in Pittsfield, MA
Berkshires Jazz, Inc. resumes its First Friday programming on December 6 with a rare appearance by the Jay Messer Quintet at Baba Louie’s Backroom. Messer’s ensembles have performed throughout New England, at West Coast Jazz Festivals, and in Paris.
The concert starts at 8pm, and caps-off the 2013 “First Fridays Artswalks” in downtown Pittsfield, when two dozen venues will be featuring paintings and other hanging art from local and regional artists. Tickets at the door will be $20; get them now for $15:
A band leader since the 1970s, Messer brings his well-traveled quintet to Pittsfield for the first time in six years. In addition to the leader on guitar, the quintet includes Rob Faulkner trumpet and flugelhorn, Felipe Salles saxophone and flutes, Dave Santoro bass, and Claire Arenius drums.
Jay Messer Quintet perform at the Pittsfield Athenaeum
Studying with guitar masters Barry Galbraith, Herb Ellis, Attila Zoller and Tal Farlow, Messer developed a strong jazz style of his own at a young age. A musician with great jazz chops, as well as a producer, composer, and arranger, Messer has performed with many jazz artists including Herb Ellis, Eddy Jones, Benny Waters, Eddy Locke, Tom McClung, Steve McCraven, and Ed Byrne.
Dinner will be available earlier in the restaurant (34 Depot St., Pittsfield), as well as in the backroom starting at 7pm and continuing during the music.