"10 by Tin Pan Alley" Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. 7:30pm Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
The theme of this special program is a mashup between Pittsfield’s annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival and New York’s legendary composers’ haven known as Tin Pan Alley. The trio and their selections explore the NY-Berkshires connection in multiple ways … one of them unexpected.
The wide-ranging repertoire will include jazz interpretations of 10 familiar songs that were written in or about New York. There are countless candidates for inclusion, the band will perform old and new, legendary and rising, favorites and obscure. It’s a one-of-a-kind program, which reflects the unique nature of the subject: New York.
In addition to the repertoire, the performers all have roots in both New York and the Berkshires. Formed specially for this occasion, the “Berkshires, New York Trio” (also known as the Ted Rosenthal Trio) includes leader and pianist Ted Rosenthal (NY-based, with a residence in Otis), bassist Martin Jaffe (Berkshire native, operating out of NY since graduating from Juilliard), and drummer Conor Meehan, who has lived full-time in New York and is now a full-time Berkshires resident (Richmond).
The venue for “10 by Tin Pan Alley” is the Berkshire Museum theater, which features a Steinway grand, excellent sightlines, and outstanding acoustics. Limited seating, pandemic protocols will be followed, including masks and proof of vaccination.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door ($5 discount for Berkshire Museum members).
The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is an annual Pittsfield event, spanning 10 days (as you’d suspect), featuring events with a theme of 10. For example, 10 short plays; an art show where paintings measure 10×10 inches; 10 minutes of fireworks (yes, in February. And in this case, preceding our “10 by Tin Pan Alley” concert). All events take place within the City’s Upstreet Cultural District.