[members-announce] Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
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JazzPittsfield at aol.com
Mon Aug 14 17:25:30 EDT 2006
JJA members who are interested in press credentials for the Pittsfield
CityJazz Festival, please contact me. It may seem a long way off (Oct. 12-15), but
this is a peak tourist weekend in the Berkshire Hills of western
Massachusetts, where the fall foliage brings "leaf peepers" for long weekend stays.
Thus, though you won't be denied press credentials, you could have a tough time
The lineup was announced today, see below.
Lineup Announced for Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Oct. 12-15;
Sponsored by Legacy Banks, Performers Include Dr. Billy Taylor,
Phil Woods, T.S. Monk and the Jazz Ambassadors Big Band
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, August 14, 2006 – The second annual Pittsfield
CityJazz Festival today announced the lineup for the Oct. 12-15 event, and it
includes something for everybody: Jazz Masters, up-and-coming artists, big
bands, and a major educational component. Supported by lead sponsor the Legacy
Banks Foundation and other regional businesses, the Festival will initiate the
jazz program at the newly-restored Colonial Theatre, and will include Dr.
Billy Taylor, the T.S. Monk Sextet, Phil Woods, the Jazz Ambassadors big band,
and the educational program JazzReach.
Besides the nationally-known performers, the festival includes a week-long
jazz-in-the-schools program; a free recital by Jazz savant Tony DeBlois; and
the appearance of regional artists in restaurants and other Pittsfield venues
all weekend. JazzReach will also conduct two workshops for area high schools
on Friday afternoon, Oct. 13.
“Arts and culture play a critical role in fueling the economic engine of
Berkshire County, to which the Pittsfield Jazz Festival has already become a
major contributor,” said Legacy Banks chairman and CEO J. Williar Dunlaevy. “
The Legacy Banks Foundation is proud to serve as the lead sponsor of this
multiple-day event that attracts thousands of visitors to Pittsfield,
significantly impacting the economic development of our community.”
"The incredible lineup that the CityJazz Festival has put together will
truly put this event on the map as a premier cultural attraction for the fall in
the Berkshires," said Mayor James M. Ruberto. "It's truly remarkable how much
this event has grown in such a short time. And it will be especially exciting
to hear some of the world's finest jazz music fill the newly restored
Colonial Theatre - a true acoustical marvel."
The festival gets under way on Thursday evening, Oct. 12, with a piano
recital/concert by Jazz savant Tony DeBlois, a blind, autistic phenomenon who
plays 21 instruments and who knows some 8,000 songs. The latest CD of this
31-year-old performer was released last year along with his autobiography of the
same name, “Some Kind of Genius.” DeBlois’ concert will be free of charge, and
will take place at the Berkshire Music School.
All other concerts will take place at The Colonial Theatre. The Billy Taylor
Trio will be featured on Friday, Oct. 13; the NEA Jazz Master is making a
rare appearance, as a way of acknowledging the historic venue’s return to public
use. The Metta Quintet, the performance arm of JazzReach, will open the
proceedings that night.
On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, there will be a panel discussion about the
jazz era of Music Inn, the Berkshires music resort of the 1950s-60s. Moderated
by Seth Rogovoy, editor of Berkshire Living Magazine, the panel will include
Benjamin Barber, son of the owners of Music Inn; Billy Taylor; historian and
writer Jeremy Yudkin; film producer and Jazz drummer George Schuller, and
others to be announced.
In conjunction with that panel, the Berkshire Museum will be hosting a
week-long photo exhibit and an excerpt will be shown from the documentary film on
Music Inn, which is nearing release.
The Saturday evening performance will feature the legendary T.S. Monk
Sextet. The drummer will also conduct a lecture/demonstration and open sound check
on Saturday afternoon, following the Music Inn panel.
On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors big band will
appear, with guest soloist the alto saxophonist Phil Woods. One of the
mainstays of the bebop era, Woods has recently released two big-band recordings, one
of which was with the Jazz Ambassadors.
The festival also announced an association with the Steven Spring
Foundation, which is organizing a fundraising effort to benefit the Hurricane Katrina
relief effort in New Orleans. The foundation is a non-for-profit organization
that collects donated instruments and offers them for free to the people who
desperately need to be able to play them. There will be two dropoff points
in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Music School, 30 Wendell Ave., and the city’s
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave. [Information about the
Foundation is available at _http://www.stevenspringfoundation.org_
Other major underwriters include the TD BankNorth Charitable Foundation;
others will be announced as they come on board. Other information and directions
are available at _www.CulturalPittsfield.com_
(http://www.culturalpittsfield.com/) , or by contacting _JazzPittsfield at AOL.com_
(mailto:JazzPittsfield at AOL.com) . Tickets, ranging from $20 to $45 for the Friday and Saturday concerts
and $5 to $10 for the Sunday matinee, may be purchased at
_www.TheColonialTheatre.org_ (http://www.thecolonialtheatre.org/) .
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Contact: Ed Bride, 413-442-7718 [JazzPittsfield at AOL.com]
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