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Williamstown Jazz Festival

Wed, April 11th, 2007
12:00 pm

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Thursday, April 12
° Art Assembly (for North Adams Public Schools)
“She Said/She Says: The History and Status of Women in Jazz”.
MASS MoCA Hunter Center, 9:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.
JazzReach presents through the integration of live music, live narration, lighting, scenic and projection designs, She Said/She Says,
which is an immersive, informative, and inspiring educational program that, in contrast to the often negative, misogynistic images of women depicted throughout so much of mainstream popular media, celebrates the virtuosity, integrity, commitment and tenacity of some of the many women who have dedicated their lives to jazz.
Sponsored by TD Banknorth.

Wednesday, April 18
° Swing Dance Instruction with Mickie Davidson and Kevin Gaudin
’62 Center Dance Studio, 6:00 P.M. free. Reservations suggested. Call 413.597.2425.
Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Mickey Davidson is primary choreographer for her own company MICKEY D. & FRIENDS, a group of dancers and musicians, which explores and performs the interlocking relationship between music and dance. The company is currently touring “DANCE! RHYTHM! DANCE!”, “JUBA, JUKIN AND JAZZIN”, “MELLOW MOVES PLUS ONE” and “SWINGIN’IN TIME”. In Sept. 1993 Davidson became director of Okra Dance Company taking over the leadership from its’ founding director Phillip Bond. Ms Davidson was commissioned to choreograph and direct a performance piece for the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “Beyond Categories: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington”. This piece was performed at the Museum of the City of New York as well as thirteen public schools and community centers in the New York area.

Kevin Gaudin is from New Orleans. He studied voice at University of New Orleans, North Western University and at The Nat Horne School in NYC. His dancing career started with the New Orleans Contemporary Dance Company. He has also danced with Eleo Pomare, Rod Rogers Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, and the celebrated choreographers Dianne McIntyre, Bobby Longbottom, and Michael Peters. Kevin assisted Ms McIntyre with the choreography in the motion picture “Beloved”. 1977 was the year he was a featured dancer on the Espy Awards on ESPN and the TBS documentary “Ark of the Spirit” with Avery Brooks. Kevin has appeared in several seasons of Radio City Music Halls’ “Christmas” and “Easter” shows. In the commercial Theatre Kevin has performed in “Harlem After Dark” by Oscar Brown Jr. and has appeared with artists Miriam Makeba, Roscoe Lee Brown, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Odetta.

° TRIO DEL SOL with Freddie Bryant, guitar; Misha Piatigorsky, piano; and Gilad, percussion
Clark Art Institute, 8:00 P.M. $10, $3 with valid ID.
To purchase tickets, call the MASS MoCA box office at 413.662.2111.
No credit cards accepted for tickets purchased at the door.

The great guitarist Kenny Burrell wrote, “Freddie Bryant is a brilliant young guitarist and composer.” He is a versatile musician skilled both in jazz and classical music receiving his Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music at Yale University. While at School he was recording with jazz artists like Kevin Hays and Steve Wilson while leading his own bands. These bands have featured saxophonists Ralph Moore, David Sanchez, Chris Potter, Don Braden, Mark Turner, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Scott Wendholt and pianists Renee Rosnes, Jonny King, Larry Goldings, Edward Simon and Edsel Gomez, along with many others.

Freddie is currently in demand in the New York jazz scene where he works with Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet and the Mingus Orchestra. He is also on the first call list of many singers and Brazilian musicians because of his sensitive accompanying and his knowledge of Brazilian guitar. His most recent CD is with the group Trio del Sol (Twinz Records) led collectively with pianist, Misha Piatigorsky and percussionist, Gilad. The trio has performed around the United States and Germany with great success. Freddie has also had the honor of touring with three legends of the music world: African singer, Salif Keita, the virtuoso klezmer clarinetist, Maestro Giora Feidman and the jazz trumpet great, Tom Harrell (as a member of his quintet, 1999-2001). He has recently appeared on the CDs “Paradise” with Tom Harrell and “Sigame” with D.D. Jackson. He has performed and recorded with four wonderful singers: Ray Charles’ songs with Rosanna Vitro (Telarc Records), the Dutch Pop singer Mathilde Santing (SONY/Europe), Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Sheila Jordan in Greece. __In addition, he has three CDs on the Fresh Sound label which have received rave reviews from musicians as well as critics: “Brazilian Rosewood is a brilliant and refreshing blend of jazz and Brazilian music…this CD is a gem” (The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger), “Boogaloo Brasileiro deserves five stars” (52ndstreet.com). About his latest release “Live at Smoke,” noted writer, Nina D’ Alessandro wrote, “Bryant guides his band through some of the most technically and emotionally dazzling music I’ve ever heard.” __His most recent highlights include a tour organized by the U.S. Department of State as “Jazz Ambassador” to nine countries in North Africa, the Mid-East and Asia and his performance at the Kennedy Center with the Billy Taylor Trio, broadcast on the National Public Radio Show, “Live at the Kennedy Center.”

“Trio Del Sol is an acoustic blend of three excellent musicians from entirely different cultures and backgrounds. Together they mold their influences to provide touches of classical, flamenco, funk, and jazz.” — Vince Lewis

To learn more about Freddie Bryant, you can visit his website at

Thursday, April 19
Swing Dance Instruction with Mickie Davidson and Kevin Gaudin,
° MASS MoCA Rehearsal Hall, 6:00 P.M., free, but reservations needed. Call 413.662.2111.
Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

° Cinema Lounge, Film: Keeping Time by bassist Milt Hinton
Club B-10, MASS MoCA, 8:00 P.M. $7.00. To purchase tickets, call the MASS MoCA box office at 413.662.2111.

Milt Hinton was one of America’s most beloved jazz bassists and an inveterate shutterbug who from the 1930s to the 1990s took thousands of photographs of jazz icons – onstage, in the studio, and on the road. This insider’s portrait of jazz history follows Hinton’s journey, combining rare pictures, footage, and interviews with legendary musicians and others including Ron Carter, Gregory Hines, Doc Cheatham, Jon Faddis, Amiri Baraka, and Branford Marsalis.

Friday, April 20
° Dance Class for Kids, 11:00 A.M.
During April vacation, get the kids out of the house to this fun dance class for the younger set!
MASS MoCA Rehearsal Hall. $3. Call 413-662-2111.
Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

° New England Jazz Hall of Fame Photography Exhibit, Chapin Hall foyer through Saturday, April 21.

° 16th Annual Intercollegiate Jazz Festival (Day I)
College bands playing for adjudication by Avery Sharpe and Ted Pease
Chapin Hall, Williams College, free
12 noon Westfield State College (Alex Pershounin)
1 Smith College (Genevieve Rose)
2 Skidmore College (John Nazarenko)
3 Coast Guard Academy (Kirk Edwards)

In 1972, Avery Sharpe enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, where he majored in Economics and minored in music, and continued to play electric bass in gospel, funk, and rock groups. within a few years he was performing with such notables as Archie Shepp and Art Blakey. In 1980, he auditioned with McCoy Tyner and won a spot in the pianist’s group. He has worked with Tyner almost continuously since then, playing hundreds of live gigs and appearing on more than 20 records with him.

Ted Pease, winner of two grants in jazz composition from the National Endowment of the Arts, designed the original Bachelor of Music major in jazz composition at Berklee in 1980. He is the author of several jazz composition and arranging texts that have been required study for Berklee students for many years. Pease has extensive experience in classroom teaching, curriculum development, and jazz ensemble judging.

° Lecture/Demonstration: Introducing the Hipmotism Dance Party, Erik Lawrence, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 4:30 P.M., free.

° Gospel Concert with composer Walter Robinson, Dubois Institute, Harvard University, and the Williams College Gospel Choir
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park St., Williamstown
6:30 PM, free. Info: 413.458-8144.

Composer-lyricist Walter Robinson is noted for his lyrical song “Harriet Tubman” which is sung by children internationally and has been described as “an American folk classic.” Defying categories of presentation, “Harriet Tubman” has also been performed by the San Francisco and Baltimore Symphonies accompanied by gospel choirs. This orchestral version is published by G. Schirmer, Inc. in New York.
As an artist-in-residence at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, at Harvard University, Robinson wrote the music and lyrics for the gospel opera Look What a Wonder, based on the Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy of 1822. Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Chair of Harvard’s Afro-American Studies and Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute described Look What a Wonder, as “a powerful and humanizing experience for all who see it.” Robinson has earned over forty grants and prizes for Look What a Wonder including a National Endowment for the Arts’ Composer Librettist Award. Music from this work has been performed for former President Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Kofi Annan. In 2000, Look What a Wonder completed a national concert tour to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Memphis sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves. The opera is currently being developed as a fully staged production and efforts are underway to bring it to Broadway in 2005.
Robinson’s second gospel opera, MOSES, was commissioned by Meet the Composer, Inc. and supported by grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Bob and Myra Kraft Foundation, The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation, and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation. “The Ten Commandments” from MOSES, co-composed with Charles Floyd, was performed by the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in June 1997 with the 150-voice Tanglewood Festival Chorus. New York City performances of MOSES will be in April 2005; for more information, visit MOSES Showtimes.
Walter Robinson has been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. He was the subject of a national PBS half-hour special titled Walter Robinson and His Music produced by WGBH Boston. Robinson has also been featured in The Christian Science Monitor, TIME Magazine, The Boston Sunday Globe (front page), The New York Times, and American Theater Magazine.

° Soul-Jazz-Blues Dance Party with Hipmotism
Featuring the deep and unique talents of some of the downtown NY scene’s most versatile players (trumpeter Steven Bernstein, saxophonist Erik Lawrence, bassist Rene Hart, and percussionist Allison Miller) Hipmotism – last spotted in the region at Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles sessions — provides up-tempo organic grooves.
MASS MoCA Hunter Center, 8:00 P.M, $14 advance/$18
day of show. Call the MASS MoCA box office at 413.662.2111 to purchase tickets.

° Post-Concert Open Jam (app. 10 P.M.), Café Latino, MASS MoCA (Cover charge)

Saturday, April 21
° 16th Annual Intercollegiate Jazz Festival (Day II)
Chapin Hall, Williams College, free
9 A.M. Bancroft School (Matthew Glenn)
10 Amherst College (Bruce Diehl)
11 Comm. College of Rhode Island (Steve Lajoie)
12 Rhode Island College (Joe Foley)
1:30 Schenectady County Comm. College (William Meckley)
2:30 Le Moyne College (J.C. Sanford)
3:30 Worcester Polytech Institute (Rich Falco) Worcester Po
4:30 University of Vermont (Joe Davidian)
5:30 Williams College (Andy Jaffe)

In 1972, Avery Sharpe enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, where he majored in Economics and minored in music, and continued to play electric bass in gospel, funk, and rock groups. within a few years he was performing with such notables as Archie Shepp and Art Blakey. In 1980, he auditioned with McCoy Tyner and won a spot in the pianist’s group. He has worked with Tyner almost continuously since then, playing hundreds of live gigs and appearing on more than 20 records with him.

Ted Pease, winner of two grants in jazz composition from the National Endowment of the Arts, designed the original Bachelor of Music major in jazz composition at Berklee in 1980. He is the author of several jazz composition and arranging texts that have been required study for Berklee students for many years. Pease has extensive experience in classroom teaching, curriculum development, and jazz ensemble judging.

° Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Mainstage, ’62 Center, 8:00 P.M.
$10, $3 for students w/ valid ID.
Tickets available (app. 3 weeks before) at the ’62 Center Box Office. Cash or check only. For more information, please call (413) 597-2425.

Ravi Coltrane — tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader, and composer — has fronted a variety of jazz lineups; recorded critically-hailed albums as leader; produced recordings by other artists -including for his mother; worked as sideman for jazz luminaries; overseen important jazz reissues; and founded an independent record label. Seventeen years since finding his life’s path, it seems music was Ravi’s destiny from the outset.
Born the second son of John and Alice Coltrane in 1965 in Long Island, New York and raised in the Los Angeles area, he was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Starting in middle school, Ravi began playing clarinet, though he grew up hearing a variety of music:
“My mother was playing piano and organ in the house, everyday. She took us to her performances and to recording sessions. She played my father’s LP’s and recordings of classical music. Early on, I listened to a lot of R&B, Soul music, popular music of the day- James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Motown music, Earth Wind and Fire. Later I got into Prince, The Beatles; I listened to more Symphonic music- Stravinsky, Dvorak. I was a big fan of film scores. Jazz music was something I always appreciated but I had to reach my late teens and go through profound family changes before the music became a dominant force in my life.”

In 1986, Ravi entered the California Institute of the Arts to pursue musical studies, focusing on the saxophone. In 1991, Ravi hooked up with Elvin Jones, his father’s renowned drummer from the 60’s and received his first taste of the jazz life. Within a year, he relocated to New York City and began playing with a variety of players: Jack DeJohnnette, Rashied Ali, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen, Gerry Gibbs, Graham Haynes, and Steve Coleman. Ravi’s relationship with Coleman through most of the 90’s was particularly influential on the budding saxophonist, including tours and appearances on several Coleman albums.
In 1997, after performing on over thirty recordings as a sideman, Ravi entered the studio to record his first album as leader. Moving Pictures was his well-rounded debut on RCA Victor, leading Ravi to assemble his first touring group (pianist Andy Milne, bassist Daryl Hall and drummer Steve Hass, with bassist James Genus and pianist George Colligan frequently filling in) and to travel widely in North America and Europe. In 1999, he married Kathleen Hennessy and his son William was born. From the Round Box, Ravi’s second album as leader, was released in 2000 and was warmly received by critics and revealed a growing sense of self-challenge, balancing esoteric covers with compelling originals.
In 2002, to acknowledge a void slowly developing at major label jazz departments Ravi launched his own recording company, RKM Music, with albums by trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Michael McGinnis. Partnered with Kathleen Hennessy and McGinnis, he is currently preparing projects with pianist Luis Perdomo, guitarist David Gilmore and poet Julie Patton. That same year, Ravi produced Legacy, a four-disc, thematic study of his father’s career, for Verve, and co-produced and penned liner notes for the Deluxe Edition repackaging of A Love Supreme. Ravi continues his role as family archivist of his father’s unreleased material and is working closely on preparing new projects with Verve.
2003 brought the release of Ravi’s third album, Mad 6, on Columbia Records. Well received by critics and musicians alike, Mad 6 emulates the pace and energy of an intimate club performance and features two rhythm sections showcasing the talents of Ravi’s working bands at the time. Most recently, Ravi was the driving and guiding force behind his mother Alice Coltrane’s return to recording after a 26-year hiatus, Translinear Light. Translinear Light features performances by Alice and Ravi along with Charlie Haden, Jack Dejohnette, James Genus, Jeff Watts, Oran Coltrane and others, and was released in late September, 2004 on Impulse!.
Shaping his own quartet through a series of recent tours and appearances, February of 2005 saw the release of Ravi’s fourth album as a leader, In Flux, for the Savoy Jazz label. The recording features pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland- his primary working unit since 2003.
Of In Flux, Ben Ratliff, of the New York Times wrote: “Mr. Coltrane avoids tired song structures and doesn’t want to bore you. He’s fascinated on one hand by miniatures and on the other by the idea of longer songs that sound like collective improvisation from start to finish. It’s a record that you can point to and say: This is what jazz sounds like now in New York.”
In addition to working and traveling with his own group, Ravi recently has made several guest performances with McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker, George Duke, Stanley Clarke Jeff “Tain” Watts, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Jacky Terrasson and others.
Ravi Coltrane remains busy, dedicated and remarkably clear as to the spirit behind his decision to pursue music as his profession: “I want to be involved with music that is truly honest, that’s not trying to follow trends or fit into someone’s idea about what jazz “is”. For Bird, Miles, Monk, Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter, I hold the highest level of appreciation because their love and knowledge of tradition was never greater than their need to follow their own path-the need to be themselves-this is my goal. My aspiration: To acknowledge with love my influences while attempting a move forward; to be open and receptive to shifts in the musical terrain; to make music that is relevant to my present day experience”.
To learn more about Ravi Coltrane, you can visit his website at www.ravicoltrane.com.

° Post-Concert Open Jam (app. 10:30 P.M.), Spice Root, Spring Street, Williamstown (Cover charge). Info: 413-458-5200.

Sunday, April 22
° Merge: Music, Poetry, Photography featuring Cassandra Cleghorn
Williams College Museum of Art, 2:00 P.M., free

Explore the rhythmic connections among images, words, and music in this special concert at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). Merge, a poetry and music ensemble, will respond to the images and poems in The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography, an exhibition currently on view at WCMA. Cassandra Cleghorn (Williams College English and American Studies Senior Lecturer), whose poetry appears in the exhibition, will perform her poetry with music by Merge co-founder Erik Lawrence (Williams Jazz Saxophone Instructor), bassist Rene Hart, and drummer Brian Adler.

The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography is an innovative exhibition in which ten regional poets were invited to curate a selection of photographs from the museum’s collection and to write original poetry in response. On view at the Williams College Museum of Art through July 8, 2007.

(One of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) houses 12,000 works that span the history of art).
Sponsored by the Williams College President’s Office, Departments of Music and Dance, MASS MoCA, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mass. Cultural Council, Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Greylock Federal Credit Union, TD Banknorth, Berkshire Bank & High Meadow Foundation.

Area Lodging: info@williamstownchamber.com

Directions, etc.: eclark@williams.edu; 413.597.2736.

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