Pittsfield CityJazz Festival schedule

NB: See videos from the 2010 festival; and stay tuned for a festival wrap-up.

Claire Daly scheduled for 2010 Pittsfield CityJazz FestivalJoe Baione scheduled for 2010 Pittsfield CityJazz FestivalThe 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 Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 8-10 will feature “Jazz About Town,” when regionally-based performers appear in restaurants and clubs around the city. See Jazz About Town videos.

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.

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.

Jazz About Town – venues and times

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
  • 499-1994
  • John Culpo, jazz accordian 7:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Ahava Amore
  • 48A North Street
  • 445-7200
  • Blue Light Trio 6:00 to 10:00 PM
  • Shiro
  • 48B North Street
  • 236-8111
  • Rob Fisch Trio 7:00 to 10:30 PM
  • Brulees Restaurant
  • 41 North Street
  • 443-0500
  • Jon Suters, jazz guitar, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Trattoria Rustica
  • 27 McKay Street
  • 499-1192

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
  • 448-2717
  • Ted Murray Trio, 7:00 to 10:30 PM
  • Brulees Restaurant
  • 41 North Street
  • 443-0500
  • Rick Campion, jazz piano, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Trattoria Rusistica
  • 27 McKay Street
  • 499-1192
  • Miller and Amuso Jazz Duo, 7:00 to 10:00 PM
  • Baba Louie’s Wood Fired Pizza
  • 34 Depot Street
  • www.babalouiespizza.com
  • 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
  • 443-1792

Pittsfield Sister City Jazz Ambassadors

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)

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