[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  
big band. 
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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