[JPL] Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
EdBride at aol.com
EdBride at aol.com
Tue Sep 18 16:21:16 EDT 2007
Any programmer wishing tix for the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, please
email me off-list, and we'll be happy to oblige. Please see announcement below,
and pass along for possible PSAs, calendars, etc., and just for your enjoyment.
Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Tickets on Sale at Online Box Office and
Oct. 4-7 Event Features Headliner Concerts, Local Artists, Documentary
Films, Including the Northeast Debut of "Electric Heart," the Story of Don Ellis,
and a Screening of "Music Inn"
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, Sept. 17, 2007 – Tickets are now on sale for the
third annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which takes place throughout the
city on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 4-7. Tickets may be purchased online at
_www.PittsfieldCityJazz.org_ (http://www.pittsfieldcityjazz.org/) , as well as
several local outlets. These include the Pittsfield Visitors Center, 109
South Street (Colonial Theatre Annex, 413-443-9186, ext. 321); and the Adams
Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, both of which accept cash, check,
Master Card, Visa, Discover. The following Pittsfield venues will also be selling
tickets during their normal operating hours (cash and check only):
* Berkshire Music School, 30 Wendell Ave.;
* Lichtenstein Center for the Performing Arts, 28 Renne Ave.;
* Wood Brothers, Allendale Shopping Center,
* Miller Supply, 205 West St.,
* Berkshire Fine Handcrafts, 431 North Street, and
* Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Rd.
The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival includes something for everybody: a night
of music featuring groups headed by women; a Latin Jazz Dance Party; a special
Jazz orchestra comprising Pittsfield high school students; documentary Jazz
films; and the return of two remarkable performers from last year’s event.
Once again dozens of local restaurants will be featuring regionally-based
artists in free performances before (and in some cases after) the concerts.
Percussion master Winard Harper, who appeared last year with Billy Taylor,
will open the festival on Oct. 4 with his own sextet, at Masonic Hall. Harper
will also be featured with the Williams College Jazz Ensemble, one of the
premier collegiate bands in New England, performing material adapted for big
band by Andy Jaffe, director of the Ensemble. Harper’s appearance is presented
in conjunction with the Women of Color Giving Circle. Adults $25 (students
with I.D., $10 at the door).
Friday, Oct. 5 will feature a Latin Jazz Dance Party, with the big band of
Alex Torres and his Latin Jazz Kings, at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Torres will
also conduct a percussion clinic and master class at 5:30pm (no admission
charge for the clinic). $10 general admission, a special price thanks to an
On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, two documentary Jazz films will be screened
at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. The double feature will include the
northeast debut of “Electric Heart,” chronicling the short life but
remarkable career of trumpeter Don Ellis, and “Music Inn,” documenting the legendary
Jazz resort in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Tickets for
this event at the Berkshire Museum only, 39 South Street, Pittsfield.
Tickets are $7 ($5 for Berkshire Museum members).
The Women In Jazz evening on Oct. 6 will include perennial poll-winner
Claire Daly and her quartet; Seattle émigré and current mid-Hudson stalwart
pianist Peggy Stern and her quartet; and guest soloist alto saxophonist Grace
Kelly, who made a surprise appearance at least year’s Festival, jamming with NEA
Jazz Master Phil Woods. “Women In Jazz” is being presented in collaboration
with the Breast Cancer Awareness initiative, with the underwriting support of
the Legacy Banks Foundation. It will take place at St. Stephen’s Church.
Tickets are $25 (Students: $10 at the door).
On Sunday, Oct. 7, the festival wraps up with a specially commissioned work
featuring pianist John Medeski and an all-star Jazz orchestra comprising
students from Pittsfield high schools, under the direction of Bill Chapman. It
will take place at Taconic High School. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students).
In addition, several restaurants and bars will be feature live Jazz before
(and in some cases after) the headline performances. And, the Festival will
again be bringing Jazz into the schools.
The event is an activity of Cultural Pittsfield, the mayor’s office of
cultural development, and is co-sponsored by the Berkshire Music School. Among
the underwriters for this year’s events are:
* The Legacy Banks Foundation;
* Nickelodeon, which is sponsoring the youth Jazz orchestra with
special guest composer and piano soloist John Medeski;
* Time Warner Cable;
* The Red Lion Inn;
* Greylock Federal Credit Union and KB Toys (education sponsors), and
* Lenox Softworks.
Further ticket information is available at 413-443-9186, ext. 321.
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Press Contact: Ed Bride, 413-442-7718 [JazzPittsfield at AOL.com]
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