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The May 29 Randy Weston African Rhythms Duo with Alex Blake concert at the Berkshire Museum was an unqualified success. We’ll be aggregating reviews, comments, photos, video, and other news here, beginning with the following seven minute video clip and a link to Ron Baker’s review and photos on BerkshireLinks.com.
One aspect of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival that has drawn significant local attention over the past two years is the Student Art Contest. This year, there were 56 entries from all four public and private high schools in Pittsfield. Here are the winners:
- First place: Joleigh Ferro (St. Joseph’s)
- Second place: Jae Hyun Seo (St. Joseph’s)
- Third place: Tae Kyung Jeon (Miss Hall’s).
There were five honorable mentions. From Pittsfield High School: Paola Pinero, Kyle Muzzy, and Connor Murphy; and, from St. Joseph’s High School: Martha Horton and Breanne Reilly. The teachers of these talented students are Colleen Quinn, Pittsfield High School; Marybeth Eldridge, Taconic High School; Dale Zola, St Joseph’s High School; and Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Miss Hall’s.
Judges for the contest were Grier Horner, Ann Pasko, Craig Langlois, and Mark Tomasi. The student art contest was coordinated by Art Niedeck, chair of the Education Committee of Berkshires Jazz, and Colleen Quinn. Joleigh Ferro’s winning entry, which will be posted soon, will become the visual symbol of this year’s Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, and will be seen on the festival’s poster, web site, advertising, and program cover.
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World Premiere of Noah Baerman’s “Know Thyself,” an extended suite for jazz septet, 8pm Friday, November 13 at Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Wyllys Ave. Middletown, CT.
Wayne Escoffery – tenor and soprano saxophones
Erica von Kleist – alto saxophone and flute
Chris Dingman – vibraphone
Amanda Monaco – guitar
Henry Lugo – bass
Vinnie Sperrazza – drums, marimba
Noah Baerman – piano, melodica, composer
8:00 start time (1 set of tunes featuring the band members, followed by “Know Thyself”)
Admission $15 (various discounts available for students, seniors and Wesleyan community)
Made possible through generous support from Chamber Music America’s “New Works: Creation and Presentation” program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Grace Kelly, who appeared at the 2006 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival as a guest soloist, and in 2007 as a featured artist, has been named “Alto Saxophone, Rising Star” in the 2009 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll. Congratulations to this legend-in-the-making!
Jazz in Schools visits Hancock Elementary School
Here is a video clip, made by Jenn Smith of the Berkshire Eagle, from our Jazz in Schools program, part of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, showing the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors playing at Hancock Elementary School in Hancock, MA (featuring Charlie Tokarz, sax and clarinet; Andy Kelly, guitar):
Dave Brubeck and Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble
First report of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s 2009 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival performance with the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble at the sold-out Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has been posted at BerkshireLinks.com. It includes a three and a half minute video clip that segues from the afternoon rehearsal to the evening performance with Mr. Brubeck sharing the piano with Pittsfield HS student Samuel Landes.
Following, is more video from rehearsal, including final preparations for Mr. Brubeck’s transition with PHS student Sam Landes, and interactions with Art Neideck, Ron Lively, and Ed Bride. And there’s another video clip from the concert that can be seen here on YouTube.
video: royal hartigan blood drum spirit
2009 festival is underway…
See a video montage at BerkshireLinks.com from the opening performance of the festival, royal hartigan and blood drum spirit. More video will be posted here soon.
Your comments about the concert are welcome here, too, along with any comment pertaining to jazz in the Berkshires.