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David "Chet" Williamson Sneade

Williamson’s 40-plus-year career as a harmonica player has taken him from the streets of the Great Brook Valley Housing Projects of Worcester, MA to memorable performances around the world. Reflecting his ability to play a wide variety of musical styles, Williamson has shared stages with many of the world’s most popular and finest musicians, including Sleepy LaBeef, Joan Osborne and Duke Levine. As a teen, Williamson played blues after hearing Paul Butterfield’s first album. He also had the good fortune to sit right next to Babe Pino — a local phenom – all through junior and senior high school

Ben Erban

Hello, not much to say. I'm a teenage student and listener of jazz (and all genres) who plays saxophone and flute. Bye!

Joe Reidy

Joe Reidy, the Founder of Wachusett Jazz, is a trombonist and vocalist. He has worked with international, national and regional performers in the fields of Jazz, Rock and Classical music. In addition to Wachusett Jazz, he performs with Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing, The Skeletones Big Band, The New England Swing & Soul Orchestra, and his eponymous solo act. Joe's performance credits include Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing, Charles Neville, Grace Kelly, James Montgomery, The Stompers, Jill Connelly, The Valves, Tornado Alley, and Aerosmith. He has performed at notable venues throughout the U.S

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis at Mechanics Hall

Read "Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis at Mechanics Hall" reviewed by James McCabe

Taken in October during the first three songs of their set at Worcester MA's Mechanics Hall, these black and white selections are my attempt to capture jazz mastery. Tim O'Keefe, the writer I worked with on this project, described it best: “In a memorable performance... 15 soloists and ensemble players comprising the Jazz at Lincoln Center ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Hanover Theatre

Read "Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Hanover Theatre" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Pat Metheny Unity GroupHanover Theatre Worcester, MA November 16, 2014 “As far as explaining [my music] to other people, I don't really worry too much about that," Pat Metheny reflected, perhaps befittingly for an artist who constantly seems to churn out new sounds while nestling himself at the forefront of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joel A. Martin: Jazzical Menken

Read "Jazzical Menken" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

On any given Sunday especially if the weather is good, if one travels to Long Island's North Shore “Gold Coast" you will occasionally see beautiful, hand-detailed Rolls-Royces, Ferraris, Bentleys or other luxury-end autos tooling about. In more than one conceptual way, Jazzical Menken is tantamount to experiencing this metallic magnificence. The primary difference, thankfully, is that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ryan Blotnick: Solo, Volume I

Read "Solo, Volume I" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Solo, Volume I finds guitarist Ryan Blotnick returning to his roots. Not only has he scaled back to his bare, musical minimum--a man and his guitar--but he's also relocated from New York City to the Amherst/Northampton area of Massachusetts, all in an attempt to get closer to the life and music he knew growing up in ...

NEWS: RADIO

The "Chromatic" Chet Williamson Now Radio Host On WICN.org

On Monday, December 3, 2013 Chet Williamson made his debut as the new host of the drive time hours of Jazz Matinee. This popular radio show features everything under the umbrella of the great American art form known as jazz, paying particular attention to local, regional, and emerging artists. As both a writer and musician, Williamson ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Holmes Quartet: Of One's Own

Read "Of One's Own" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's not the job of liner notes to critically appraise the recording for which they were written. Liner notes are supposed to be laudatory, occasionally hagiographic, but they're never meant to critique. That's the job of the review. Reviews don't make good liner notes and vice versa. Exceptions prove rules, however. So congratulations must go to ...


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