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The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra In Great Barrington Massachusetts on April 15

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra In Great Barrington Massachusetts on April 15

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra (“SKLO”) will make its first and only Berkshires appearance this year on Sunday, April 15, at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The 7pm concert will be a big band double-header, with the Monument Mountain Jazz Band opening for the Kenton Legacy band. Kenton was one of the ...

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Thelonious Monk 100th Birthday Tribute With The Ted Rosenthal Quintet

Thelonious Monk 100th Birthday Tribute With The Ted Rosenthal Quintet

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. continues its summer of centennial tributes on August 12 with the Ted Rosenthal Quintet, in a 100th birthday salute to Thelonious Monk. TD Bank is sponsoring the concert, which takes place at the Lee Meeting House (Lee Congregational Church), starting at 7:30pm. Equally renowned as a pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk was known for ...

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Tickets Moving Fast For May 14 Memorial Concert For Phil Woods In Pittsfield, Mass.

Tickets Moving Fast For May 14 Memorial Concert For Phil Woods In Pittsfield, Mass.

Tribute in Pittsfield, Mass., to Feature the Jazz Master’s Protégé Grace Kelly With Brian Lynch, Bill Mays, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin Berkshires Jazz, Inc. has announced that tickets are on sale, and moving briskly, for the May 14 memorial concert in honor of the late alto saxophonist Phil Woods. To take place at Barrington Stage, in ...

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International Jazz Day Concert On April 30 Features Fusion Of Jazz And Jewish Music With CD Release Of Paul Green’s “music Coming Together”

International Jazz Day Concert On April 30 Features Fusion Of Jazz And Jewish Music With CD Release Of Paul Green’s “music Coming Together”

Virtuoso clarinetist Paul Green melds jazz and Jewish music in his own inventive arrangements on a new CD, “Music Coming Together,” which will be formally introduced at a concert in Lee, Mass., on April 30. In celebration of International Jazz Day, Green and Two Worlds—his band of extraordinary jazz musicians—will perform selections from the CD at ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Berkshire County Musicians Embark On Tour Of Cuba

Berkshire County Musicians Embark On Tour Of Cuba

Sister City Music Ambassadors Practice Grass-roots Diplomacy, Focusing on Musical Riffs instead of Political Rifts PITTSFIELD, MA: The Sister City Music Ambassadors have announced that the band will embark on a musical mission to Havana, Cuba, in February, on a specially designed people-to-people tour. Under the direction of Pittsfield, Massachusetts guitarist and leader Andy Kelly, the tour, which is still one of the ...

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Bill Mays Presents "Ten Decades Of Jazz Piano" In Feb. 21 Program

Bill Mays Presents "Ten Decades Of Jazz Piano" In Feb. 21 Program

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. Participating in Pittsfield’s Annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival with One-time Performance PITTSFIELD, MA: Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced that the legendary NY-based pianist Bill Mays will perform in a special headline concert on Feb. 21 at Baba Louie’s Backroom. Part of the Pittsfield 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the master pianist surveys jazz' progression from raggedy honky-tonk sounds to its speakeasy ...

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New England Public Radio Fetes Tom Reneys 30 Years Of Jazz Broadcasting

New England Public Radio Fetes Tom Reneys 30 Years Of Jazz Broadcasting

Institutes Endowment to Ensure Continuation of Jazz Programming Mayor Domenic Sarno entered a reception at the Community Music School of Springfield (Mass.) on a Sunday afternoon, seeking out the guest of honor, Tom Reney. Upon finding him, the mayor extended his hand and, greeting Reney like an old friend, simply said, “Mr. Jazz.” That appellation sums-up the attitude of the friends, family, and listeners ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Stan Kenton Legacy Band Emanates From Kenton Alumni Band

Stan Kenton Legacy Band Emanates From Kenton Alumni Band

PRESCOTT, AZ — After a storied 23-year history of performances, tours, and educational clinics, The Stan Kenton Alumni Band will now be known as The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Acknowledging the passage of time, the new name better reflects the band’s desire to continue the musical and educational legacy that Stan Kenton worked so hard to present, while striving to reach ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Final Lineup Announced For 10th Annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

Oct. 10-19 Festival Presents Wide-Ranging Program, with Jazz Prodigy, Documentary Film, National and Local Performers PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced the final lineup for the tenth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Oct. 10-19, 2014 throughout the City’s Upstreet Cultural District. A signature cultural event of the fall foliage season in western Massachusetts, the music spans the ...

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Piano Prodigy Miro Sprague Returns To The Berkshires July 19

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. announced that pianist Miro Sprague will make his Pittsfield debut in a special performance at Baba Louie’s Backroom on Saturday, July 19. Sprague, a jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, is known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. Growing up in western Massachusetts in a musical family, Sprague began playing piano at age 13. He won several ...