[members-announce] Music Inn Retrospective at Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
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Mon Oct 9 14:17:55 EDT 2006
Contact Ed Bride (coordinates at end) for press passes to this weekend's
second annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival.
Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Recalls Music Inn with
Retrospective Panel, Film Preview, Photo Exhibit
Berkshire Museum opens exhibit of historic photographs by
Clemens Kalischer and others from Barber family collection
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, Oct. 9, 2006 – The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
remembers Music Inn, the fabled 1950s Jazz haven, in a retrospective on
Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14. Featuring a panel discussion, photo exhibit, and
preview of a forthcoming documentary, the Music Inn retrospective begins at 2pm at
the Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street; admission is free.
A resort where music aficionados could assemble to perform, experiment, and
contemplate the future of Jazz, Music Inn’s heyday was the decade of the
1950s, when it was owned and operated by Stephanie and Philip Barber. They placed
an emphasis on world-class performing musicians, Stephanie Barber told The
Berkshire Eagle in 1998, on the occasion of a tribute that was produced by the
National Music Foundation.
Music Inn and the associated School of Jazz at Lenox were known around the
world as a place where the greats and would-be-greats could be found, and
everyone was on the same social plane. There was no concept of race or social
stature at Music Inn [remarkable, during an era that preceded Brown vs. Board
of Education and the Civil Rights movement, Benjamin Barber has pointed out].
It exemplified Jazz’s stature as the great equalizer. All that mattered was
having a serious interest in the music.
The legacy of the Barber contribution to this music is now being preserved
in a documentary film by Projectile Arts/Barenholtz Productions. The stories
behind these and myriad other photos are chronicled in this film, which is set
for completion this year. Co-producer Casey Fitzpatrick will introduce the
film to the CityJazz Festival audience.
To be moderated by Seth Rogovoy, editor of Berkshire Living Magazine, and
sponsored by a grant from the Red Lion Inn, the panel will also include NEA Jazz
Master Dr. Billy Taylor; drummer and Jazz historian George Schuller, who is
also co-producer of the film; Dr. Benjamin Barber, social scientist and
writer, who spent many of his formative years at Music Inn; and Jeremy Yudkin,
Boston University professor and author of several books, including one on Music
The photo exhibit will available with any Museum admission starting on Oct.
13; it will be free of charge on the afternoon of the panel; thereafter, it
will continue to be open with any Museum admission, through Oct. 29. Most of
the images are from the Stockbridge photographer Clemens Kalischer; others are
from the collections of the Barber family or Projectile Arts/Barenholtz
Besides the Music Inn Retrospective, the festival features a series of
headline concerts and dozens of performances in local inns and restaurants, and a
full week of Jazz in Schools, with lectures and performances in each of
Pittsfield’s 10 lower and middle schools. Pittsfield’s Sister City Jazz
Ambassadors will appear in two schools per day for the five days beginning Oct. 10,
to set the stage for the weekend events.
The Berkshire Music School hosts a recital by blind, autistic music savant
Tony DeBlois on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7pm. Free admission, courtesy of the
Summer White House, a popular inn in Lenox.
On Friday, Oct. 13, there will be a double bill, with Metta Quintet opening
for the Billy Taylor Trio, at the Colonial Theatre. During the daytime on
Oct. 13, JazzReach, an educational outreach organization, will bring its
multimedia Jazz history presentation to high school classes, also at the Colonial.
Saturday is a full day of activities, starting at 2pm with the Music Inn
Retrospective. At 5pm, drummer T.S. Monk holds a master class and open sound
check at the Colonial (free admission). In the evening, Monk’s sextet performs at
an 8pm concert.
The festival concludes with a Sunday matinee, featuring alto saxophone great
Phil Woods, guest soloist with the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, a 19-piece
Ticket information is available at _www.TheColonialTheatre.org_
(http://www.thecolonialtheatre.org/) , and 413-997-4444.
The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is sponsored by the Legacy Banks
Foundation, the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Frame
Works, the Summer White House, and other underwriters. It is an activity of
the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Development, in partnership with The Colonial
Theatre, the Berkshire Music School, and the Berkshire Museum.
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Contact: Ed Bride, 413-442-7718 [JazzPittsfield at aol.com]
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