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Atla DeChamplain

In 2003, Atla had the opportunity to sing at the Monterey Jazz Festival with her award winning high school jazz choir (The Real Ambassadors, led by Dianne Mower). Jazz legend Jon Hendricks sang with the choir and personally invited Atla to study with him at the University of Toledo. She accepted the offer and studied with Hendricks for 1 year. She then transferred to the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music and formed a trio with Matt DeChamplain (piano) and Adam Cote (bass). She worked under bassist Nat Reeves and trombonist Steve Davis and studied with vocalists Shawnn Monteiro and Dena DeRose

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Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Open Borders brings to the fore Canadian-born pianist Earl MacDonald's burnished tentet in a program that consists of eleven sunlit and swinging themes, five of which were composed by the leader. Besides writing, MacDonald did most of the arranging, and he excels in both arenas, as he does on piano (most notably on the standards “Blame ...

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Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Politicians might do well to take a few pointers from pianist-arranger Earl MacDonald. As this fine album attests to, it's far better to build bridges than walls, and far more productive to open borders and dialogue than close hearts, minds, and doors. While MacDonald didn't initially set out to make a political statement ...

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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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