[JPL] Pittsfield CityJazz Festival announes lineup for
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Tue Aug 19 15:06:22 EDT 2008
Have a great festival! Thanks for the information!!
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PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, August 19, 2008- The Pittsfield CityJazz
today announced the lineup for an expanded 10-day event that kicks off
Columbus Day weekend and presents the best of both local and
performers. The fourth annual festival, Oct. 10-19, will feature "Jazz
town," highlighting regionally-based artists on Oct. 10-12; Jazz in
week-long performances and presentations in Pittsfield's public
a series of headliner concerts.
Events comprise a variety of formats, and will take place at several
throughout downtown Pittsfield, the seat of Berkshire County in western
Massachusetts. Many events are free to the public, starting with a
kickoff on Friday, Oct. 10, with the Eagles Stage Band, the Jazz unit
's own Eagles Band. Columbus weekend then features local performers in
restaurants and lounges around Pittsfield
Concerts get under way on Wednesday, Oct. 15, when the Noah Baerman
performs at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Baerman (www.NoahBaerman.com) is a
composer, and educator, and has several CDs to his name. He recently
profiled on NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Attendance is
On Thursday, Oct. 16, acclaimed composer Evan Lurie premieres his "
Improvisations on 'To Kill a Mockingbird'," in a free concert at the
Museum. Written for the Festival, Lurie's work is part of Pittsfield's
project, underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts. A
member of the Lounge Lizards, Lurie is the musical director of
Emmy Award-winning preschool show, The Backyardigans, and will be
his septet of accomplished NY-based musicians.
The Oct. 17 concert features "Jazz Meets Symphony," with the New Black
Eagle Jazz Band and the Pittsfield CityJazz Youth Orchestra, at the
Colonial Theatre. In addition to a full set by themselves, the Black
(www.BlackEagles.com) will perform several of their traditional Jazz
have been adapted for small symphony, with an orchestra comprising
musicians from Berkshire County high schools in Pittsfield, Dalton,
Barrington, Lee, and Lenox
For the first time, the festival will feature an evening of Jazz
spotlighting the groups of Terry Roiger and Ron Gill. Roiger
(www.TeriRoiger.com) has made a name for herself with the repertoire of
Billie Holiday and Nina
Simone, while Gill (www.Ron-Gill.com) has just released a CD of songs
Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. The Jazz vocalists will perform on
Oct. 18, in a cabaret setting at Pittsfield's Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The headliner performances conclude on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 19, with
Organic Jazz, the Two Faces of Barbara Dennerlein" showcasing her
talents at the pipe organ and Hammond B3. The concert is presented
sponsorship of the Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of
Germany-based Dennerlein (www.BarbaraDennerlein.com), who is famous for
prowess in playing the baseline on the pedals, is concluding her first
tour with this matinee performance at Pittsfield's First Baptist
One festival highlight is the week-long jazz-in-the-schools program,
the Pittsfield Sister City Jazz Ambassadors appearing in assemblies in
Pittsfield's public schools. The group has represented Pittsfield at
exchanges in Italy and Ireland, helping spread the message about Jazz,
cultural gift to the world.
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
* The Pittsfield Cultural Council
* The Crowne Plaza Hotel
* Greylock Federal Credit Union
* The National Endowment for the Arts
* Banulis Fund, Fidelity Charitable Trust/NY Times Foundation.
Tickets for all events are on sale at the Colonial Theatre box office,
www.TheColonialTheatre.org; a discount for all three weekend concerts
by calling the box office, 413-997-4444. Costs for the concerts are
with student discounts available for the Oct. 17 and 19 concerts (Jazz
Symphony, and Organic Jazz).
Links to artists' sites, as well as news updates, are posted regularly
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Contact: Ed Bride, 413-442-7718 [JazzPittsfield at AOL.com]
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