Art teachers engaged in the project were coordinator Colleen Quinn, Pittsfield High School; Lisa Ostellino and Barbara Patton, PHS; Marybeth Eldridge, Taconic H.S.; Dale Zola, St. Joseph’s H.S.; Ellie Kreischer and Sophie Lee from Miss Hall’s. Judges were Bill Cormier, of Cormier Art Gallery, and Ken Green of Museum Facsimiles. Project coordinator is Art Niedeck, a Jazz musician and music educator, and chairman of the Education Committee of Berkshires Jazz, Inc. In addition to a cash prize, each of the first three works was framed by Museum Facsimiles, courtesy of Ken Green.
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The Bill Lowe Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band will perform at at Williams College’s Chapin Hall on Saturday, April 9 at 8pm. Admission is free. Music composed and arranged by Andy Jaffe, Frank Foster, Bill Barron, Bill Lowe, and Bill Finegan. This concert is part of a year-long celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Bill Lowe Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band, and also celebrates Bill Lowe himself, who is the Sterling Brown Professor of Africana Studies this semester at Williams College, teaching Jazz history, of which he himself has been an important part.
BerkshiresJazz presents the U.S. Air Force jazz ensemble, the Liberty Big Band, in a special concert with trumpet legend Marvin Stamm as guest soloist, 7:30 PM April 8, 2011, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. The concert is part of Pittsfield’s 250th birthday celebration, as well as being part of the nationwide Jazz Appreciation Month initiative of the Smithsonian Institution.
“Pittsfield loves a big band, and we’ll have a chance to show that appreciation with one of the finest jazz ensembles of the day” said Edward Bride, president of Berkshires Jazz. “What better way to open a series of celebratory events, as part of Pittsfield’s 250th birthday, than a concert that features jazz, America’s classical music, our cultural gift to the world?”
The USAF Liberty Jazz Band plays familiar and new jazz selections with style and sophistication. The 16-piece ensemble, which has been entertaining audiences for more than a quarter of a century, is based at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Stamm, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton orchestra, divides his career among jazz education, small-group performances, and tours as a guest artist. No stranger to the Berkshires, he is also a mainstay in the Westchester (NY) Jazz Orchestra and has appeared at Tanglewood.
During his visit to Pittsfield, Stamm will also conduct a workshop with the Pittsfield High School jazz ensemble.
April is celebrated nationally as Jazz Appreciation Month, in accordance with a well-established program of the Smithsonian Institution (codified by Congress in 2003). Despite this practice, Berkshire County has been without a significant jazz event during April since the demise of the Williams College Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and its companion Williamstown Jazz Festival. BerkshiresJazz.org is filling this void with the evening concert and daytime workshop. Both events are free, thanks to funding from the Pittsfield Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.
“Recognizing both the historical and cultural importance of jazz rightfully focuses attention on our cultural assets, and helps fill the Jazz Appreciation Month void,” said Bride. “The Liberty Big Band was well-received in their previous visit to Pittsfield, in January, 2008, and this marks their first visit since that concert. We’re very fortunate to pair them with Marvin Stamm for a memorable evening.”
Although the concert is free, advance tickets are suggested, and are available at the Colonial Theatre box office, 413-997-4444.
Kent, Connecticut, is becoming a hotbed of jazz activity, now that the Litchfield Jazz Festival has moved there. On Dec. 11, our friends at the festival are presenting a holiday concert with the legendary drummer Matt Wilson. Read on for more details….
Kent, CT – The Litchfield Jazz Festival announces “Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert” featuring Artist-in-Residence, drummer, Matt Wilson. The concert will be held at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent on Saturday, December 11 at 3:00pm, and will feature festive jazzy tunes from Matt’s latest release, “Christmas Tree-O,” out now on Palmetto Records. Matt Wilson kicked-off his stint as the Litchfield festival’s first Artist-in-Residence last August, when he taught at Litchfield Jazz Camp, led Artist Talks with Dave Brubeck and Mario Pavone, and performed twice at the 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival held at Kent School.
Matt Wilson has performed on the Litchfield Jazz Festival 16 times in the past 15 years with a number of different groups, including his own Quartet and his Arts & Crafts Ensemble. He has worked with other well-known artists including Charlie Haden, Elvis Costello, Lee Konitz, Wynton Marsalis and many more. On his “Christmas Tree-O” album, he collaborates with longtime band-mates, reedman Jeff Lederer and bassist Paul Sikivie. The album highlights exciting variations on holiday classics and embodies the spirit of the holiday season.
“Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert” will be followed by a reception across the street at the Ober Gallery, 14 Old Barn Road, Kent. Great gifts will be raffled including a gift basket valued at over $1,500 with holiday treats, gifts from Kent businesses, teas by Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and CD’s from Palmetto Recording Artists including Matt Wilson. General Admission tickets are $15. Reserved Concert Seating and Reception tickets are $40. Tickets can be purchased by mail order to: The Litchfield Jazz Festival, PO Box 69, Litchfield, CT 06759, online at www.litchfieldjazzfest.com/calendar, by phone at 860-361-6285, in person at two Kent locations; Kent Wine & Spirit and J.P. Gifford, or at the door at St. Andrew’s Church, 1 North Main Street, Kent. For more information please call 860-361-6285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Jazz Repertory Orchestra shares the stage with the Berkshires Jazz Youth Orchestra, in the grand finale to the 2010 Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival. Events took place at Pittsfield’s (Mass.) historic Colonial Theatre on Oct. 16, 2010. Maestro Clem DeRosa at the helm. Meghan Kelly photo.
Joe Baione Quintet performs at the 6th annual Pittsfield CityJAZZ Fstival.
Pittsfield Sister City Jazz Ambassadors – Kittredge Elementary School in Dalton, Mass.
The Pittsfield Sister City Jazz Ambassadors introduce music to students of all ages, as an ancillary event to the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. In this case, they visit Kittredge Elementary School in Dalton, Massachusetts.
Bringing professional jazz musicians into the schools helps introduce youngsters to wholesome entertainment while they are still impressionable enough to internalize it. Not only do they hear the music, they learn about its history, and about the evolution of jazz.
Brazilian Jazz Trio at the Berkshire Athenaeum – Pittsfield, Mass.
Buster Rides Again, with the Brazilian Jazz Trio, featuring Warren Byrd (piano), Jay Schwartz (bass), and Tom Parker, leader (drums). Ushering-in the headline weekend of the 6th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
We B 3 organ trio at The Lantern – downtown Pittsfield
Barbershop Jazz Quartet at Shawn’s Barber Shop – downtown Pittsfield
Actually a quintet, the Barbershop Jazz Quartet includes Rob Fisch (brass), Ben Kohn (keyboard), Andy Kelly (guitar), Dan Broad (bass), John Haddad (drums).
Rob Fisch trio at Brulees – downtown Pittsfield
jazz accordionist John Culpo outside Ahava Amore – downtown Pittsfield
Jazz Tuber Trio schedules free concert in Lenox
Tuba master Eli Newberger, a co-founder of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, brings his Jazz Tuber Trio to Lenox for a free concert on Wednesday evening, July 28. The setting is outdoors in Lilac Park, right in picturesque Lenox Village (rain venue: Lenox Town Hall). The New Black Eagle Jazz Band was the first group to make a return engagement to the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival in 2008, after headlining the first festival in 2005.
The Jazz Tuber Trio comprises the saxophone virtuoso Ted Casher, banjoist and vocalist Jimmy Mazzy, and Newberger. Starting time is 7pm, attendees are invited to bring picnics, and lawn chair, blanket, or other seating arrangement.
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.
NB: See videos from the 2010 festival; and stay tuned for a festival wrap-up.
The sixth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is scheduled for October 8 – 21, 2010, in venues around the city. Headline performers include baritone saxophone virtuoso Claire Daly; up-and-coming vibraphone player Joe Baione; a return of the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Brazilian Jazz Trio, and the Berkshires Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Once again, the festival will be collaborating with the schools of Berkshire County with free performances and discussions by the Pittsfield Sister City Jazz Ambassadors. See the schedule.
The Brazilian Jazz Trio, comprising the remarkable Warren Byrd on piano, Jason Schwarts on bass, and Tom Parker on drums, will perform at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The free concert starts at 7pm.
Most of the events are free. The two ticketed events (order online, or call Colonial Theatre: 413-997-4444), both on the headline weekend, include:
Oct. 15: the Berkshires debut of Joe Baione, a Delaware-based vibraphone player and his quintet. The concert (7:30pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel) will be preceded by an optional New Orleans-style sit-down dinner with such delicacies such as shrimp etouffe’, jambalaya, and cajun catfish (Tickets: $20 concert only – $47 w/ dinner).
Oct. 16: a guest appearance of baritone saxophone virtuoso Claire Daly, who will be featured as a soloist with two big bands on the program: The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble and the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra (AJRO); Colonial Theatre, 8pm (Tickets: $15/25).
AJRO returns to Pittsfield by popular demand, after a 2009 appearance on Independence Day weekend. Besides a set of familiar big-band selections spotlighting Daly and other soloists, AJRO will perform jointly with the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble, directed by Ron Lively, in a finale that will bring all the musicians on stage at once.
Here is a podcast on KadmusArts where Clem DeRosa talks about why he focused on jazz music education, why it is important to keep music in the public school system, and how there are only two kinds of music: good and bad.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM1IjDk-XOA[/youtube]AJRO is directed by Clem DeRosa, a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame, a big-band drummer and pioneer in jazz education. During his military career, DeRosa served with one of Glenn Miller’s Air Corps Bands, and later fronted one of Miller’s “ghost bands,” and the Benny Goodman band, on tours.
The festival concludes with various jazz-oriented performers on Oct. 21, part of Pittsfield’s “Third Thursday” block party.
Friday, October 8th
- Caitlin Canty, jazz singer 8:00 to 10:00 PM
- Mission Bar and Tapas
- 438 North Street
- Sister City Jazz Ambassadors 6:00 to 9:30 PM
- Patrick’s Pub
- Bank Row
- John Culpo, jazz accordian 7:00 to 9:00 PM
- Ahava Amore
- 48A North Street
- Blue Light Trio 6:00 to 10:00 PM
- 48B North Street
- Rob Fisch Trio 7:00 to 10:30 PM
- Brulees Restaurant
- 41 North Street
- Jon Suters, jazz guitar, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
- Trattoria Rustica
- 27 McKay Street
Saturday, October 9th
- Barbershop Jazz Quartet, noon to 2 PM
- Shaun’s Barbershop
- 442 North Street
- WE B 3, 8-11 pm
- The Lantern Restaurant
- 445 North Street
- Ted Murray Trio, 7:00 to 10:30 PM
- Brulees Restaurant
- 41 North Street
- Rick Campion, jazz piano, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
- Trattoria Rusistica
- 27 McKay Street
- Miller and Amuso Jazz Duo, 7:00 to 10:00 PM
- Baba Louie’s Wood Fired Pizza
- 34 Depot Street
- Noah Weiss and Friends, 8:00 to 10:00 PM
- Mission Bar and Tapas
- 438 North Street
Sunday, October 10th
- Kohn and Link Jazz Duo, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- Dottie’s Coffee Lounge
- 444 North Street
Following is the schedule for the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors’, “Jazz, America’s Own Music” series for Fall 2010. Lessons on jazz history and the fundamentals of jazz music will be presented, along with lots of jazz music!
- October 15, 12:50 PM, Lee Middle and High Schools (Lee)
- October 18, 10:00 and 11:00 AM, Kittredge Elementary School (Hinsdale)
- October 18, 1:30 PM, Becket/Washington Elementary School (Becket)
- October 25, 9:30 AM, Greylock Elementary School (North Adams)
- October 25, afternoon, Sullivan Elementary School (North Adams) Time remains to be set.
- November 1, 8:30 AM, Mt. Greylock Regional High School (Williamstown)
- November 1, 1:30 PM, Brayton Elementary School (North Adams)