[JPL] Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

EdBride at aol.com EdBride at aol.com
Wed Oct 4 23:57:48 EDT 2006


A reminder for regional programmers and writers (plus those considering  
traveling to the Berkshires for fall foliage) who might be interested in  
attending the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival (Oct. 12-15), please contact me  off-list 
for press credentials. 
 
The committee appreciates the attention and support of many of you who have  
already been mentioning it and playing the music of the performers.
 
The lineup:
 
Thursday, Oct. 12 
Tony DeBlois, solo recital 
Tony DeBlois personifies the term “Jazz savant”: the 31-year-old pianist  is 
blind and autistic, and has been playing the piano since age two. He plays 21 
 instruments, and knows 8,000 songs. He was the subject of the 1997 CBS made 
for  TV Movie "Journey of the Heart." Additionally, he has appeared on The 
Learning  Channel's "Uncommon Genius," Strange Science "Unusual People," and  
"Understanding the Mysteries of Memory," and is the recipient of numerous  
awards. 
Friday, Oct. 13,  <삅♴䖋诼ᡈ燿(ၵsᱰ䶋儈懨?㯿࿃濾>8:00pm
Metta Quintet, the official resident ensemble of _JazzReach_ 
(http://www.jazzreach.org/)  Performing Arts & Education Association, Inc. A  creative unit 
comprising some of today's fastest-emerging jazz artists, Metta  Quintet aims to 
establish itself in the vanguard of contemporary music ensembles  as a 
unique, dynamic voice committed to exploring exciting new artistic  territory and 
the infinite boundaries of the live jazz  experience.  
Billy Taylor and his trio  
Dr. Billy Taylor encompasses that rare combination of creativity,  
intelligence, vision, commitment and leadership, qualities that make him one of  our 
most cherished national treasures. His recording career spans nearly six  
decades. He has also composed over 350 songs, as well as works for theatre,  dance 
and symphony orchestras.   
Saturday, Oct. 14 
2:00pm: Music Inn  Retrospective 
Panel discussion, photo  exhibit, and preview of documentary. 
8:00pm: The T.S. Monk Sextet 
Touring with his  dad until the elder Monk's retirement in 1975, T. S. then 
launched into the  music that had captivated him and his generation, R&B. In 
1992, T.S. formed  his jazz sextet and quickly earned a name for himself in the 
industry.  
Sunday, Oct. 15, matinee,  <삅♴䖋诼ᡈ燿(ၵsᱰ䶋儈懨?㯿࿃濾>2:00pm 
Phil Woods, with the  U.S. Army Jazz  Ambassadors 
Phil Woods announced himself on the Jazz scene 50 years ago, winning the  
Down Beat Magazine poll in the “New Star” category for alto saxophone in 1956.  
In the intervening years, he won that magazine’s Critics Poll award 21 times, 
at  last count, and the Readers’ Poll 27 times.  
Phil will be guest soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors, the U.S. Army's  
premier touring jazz orchestra. This 19-member big band, formed in 1969, has  
received great acclaim both at home and abroad.  
Thanks, 
Ed Bride, Chairman 
Pittsfield CityJazz Festival 


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