Jazz Brunch with Rich Syracuse

Jazz Brunch with Rich Syracuse


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Th Stagecoach Tavern
864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA, 01257

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Every Sunday at The Stagecoach Tavern, Chef Laurel Barkan cooks up a hearty, wholesome and delicious brunch. Enjoy a great meal and improvisational music from the Berkshires and beyond. Sunday May 27th features Bass player, Rich Syracuse.

Brunch Served 11am-2pm
Live Music 12-3pm on the porch
$5 cover for music
No cover for brunch in the tavern
Brunch Menu Below
Rich Syracuse has been a mainstay in the New York area scene for more than three decades. At an early age, Rich started performing at many New York City venues. During these early years he was the winner of the prestigious “Congress of Strings” award. He later went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

In the 1970’s Rich performed with “The Group for Contemporary Music” under the Conductors Charles Wournin and Harvey Solberger. During these early years, Rich performed extensively with “The Hartford Ballet” and the “New Jersey Lyric Opera Co”. Rich also performed with numerous jazz groups which included Pianist’s John Mehegan, Joey Calderazzo, and Ted Rosenthal.

In the mid 1980’s Rich moved to New York State’s Hudson Valley. There Rich began a long-standing position as Bassist in the “Nick Brignola Quartet” playing at numerous clubs, festivals, and precipitating in many recording sessions. Besides his years with Brignola, Rich has performed with Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Dave Liebman, Brubeck Brothers, Warren Bernhardt, Sumi Tonoka, David Torn, Mike DeMicco, Peter Levin, Sam Morrison, Bernard Purdy, Jeff “Siege” Siegel, Dena DeRose, John Medeski, Michael Musilliami and Ali Demogli. For the past 22 years, Rich has been the Bassist for Pianist Lee Shaw. Rich has for many years been touring throughout Europe, South America, and Southern Africa.

Rich is the Professor for String and Electric Bass Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York; Hotchkiss School in Lakeville Connecticut, and the Millbrook School in Millbrook New York. He is an Individual member of the International Association Schools of Jazz.


The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge offers a seasonal menu with a focus on local ingredients from Chef Laurel Barkan. The candlelit Tavern boasts hand-hewn beams and wide-plank floors spanning multiple levels. It has been a warm and convivial gathering spot for friends, families, and lovers for over 200 years. Cozy up by our roaring fire in winter months or in the summer relax with a drink under the stars in our courtyard.

Race Brook Lodge is a rustic and unique getaway destination, perfect for weekend getaways, workshops, weddings, hiking, biking and more, in the natural beauty of the southern Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Race Brook hosts musical performances and other cultural events in the Down County Social Club speakeasy, Barnspace and the Pine Grove Porch. Click here to see a schedule of upcoming events.