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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Free Showcase To Feature Berkshires Musicians, August 25, 1-6pm in Pittsfield, MA

Free Showcase To Feature Berkshires Musicians, August 25, 1-6pm in Pittsfield, MA

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. presents five of the most popular regional bands in the first annual Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common, August 25 from 1-6pm. The wide-ranging lineup for the jazz extravaganza will include: Gruppo Mondo; Andy Kelly Gypsy Jazz; the Benny Kohn Quartet; the Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist Natalia Bernal; and The Lucky 5. Berkshire County ...

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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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The Dechamplain Trio Performs “10 Flavours Of Jazz” on Feb. 25 Return To Pittsfield

The Dechamplain Trio Performs “10 Flavours Of Jazz” on Feb. 25 Return To Pittsfield

Jazz comes in many flavors, and Berkshires Jazz, Inc. will be exploring ten of them in a special program on Feb. 25, in conjunction with Pittsfield’s annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival. In “Ten Flavours of Jazz" (at Flavours of Malaysia, 8pm), the Matt DeChamplain Trio will present ten different instrumental and vocal stylings, the latter featuring ...

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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: FESTIVAL

Randy Brecker, Frank Vignola, Greg Hopkins To Headline Pittsfield Cityjazz Festival, Oct. 9-18

Randy Brecker, Frank Vignola, Greg Hopkins To Headline Pittsfield Cityjazz Festival, Oct. 9-18

Berkshires Jazz, which organizes and presents festivals, concerts, and other jazz events in Berkshire County, has announced the lineup for the 11th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. A signature event of the fall foliage season in western New England, the festival runs Oct. 9-18, 2015. The wide-ranging lineup includes the first pairing of 6-time Grammy winner Randy Brecker with the Greg Hopkins ...

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 ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

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 ...