2017 JITV GALLERY

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2017 Artist Bios

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Cyrus Chestnut

Cyrus Chestnut

Piano - A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging. After graduating from Berklee, Chestnut went on to work with jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks from 1986-88, and trumpeter Terrence Blanchard and saxophonist Donald Harrison from 1988-90, before joining jazz legend Wynton Marsalis in 1991. But Chestnut really cut his teeth in the business when, one day at Berklee, jazz vocalist Betty Carter arrived to perform. When the famous singer found herself without a piano player, the entire auditorium erupted with suggestions for Chestnut to fill in, and he was ushered to the stage. Terrified and nervous, Chestnut took the stage, but when Carter asked him to play Body and Soul in the key of G, Chestnut mistakenly played it in C. "I told myself that someday I would make it up to her," Chestnut told Berklee Today.

In 1991 Cyrus went on the road with Betty Carter for two years as the pianist for the Betty Carter Trio. "She wanted you to create a mode of creating, not re-creating”…. He has often said that playing with Carter was a form of graduate school. http://www.cyruschestnut.net/
Delfeayo Marsalis

Delfeayo Marsalis

Trombone - Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

 Born in New Orleans on July 28, 1965, Marsalis was destined to a life in music. “I remember my dad (Ellis Marsalis) playing piano at the house, and me laying underneath the piano as a child, listening to him play. After briefly trying bass and drums, in sixth grade I gravitated towards the trombone, which was an extension of my personality. .” Early influences included J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Dorsey and Ellington’s trombone masters.

https://www.delfeayomarsalis.com/bio
Jimmy Cobb

Jimmy Cobb

Drummer - A superb, mostly self-taught drummer, Jimmy Cobb has been a dominant accompanist and outstanding soloist. He approaches the drum kit in both a melodic and percussive fashion, never playing overly long or rambling solos. He's known for working slightly ahead of the beat, and has anchored many fine sessions as well as spending five years with Miles Davis in the '50s and '60s. Cobb did study briefly with Jack Dennett, a percussionist with extensive symphonic credentials. He played with Charlie Rouse, Leo Parker, Frank Wess, Billie Holiday, and Pearl Bailey in Washington, D.C.
Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson

Tenor Saxophone - Jackson began playing alto saxophone[ aged 10. At the age of 16, he changed to tenor saxophone and in his teens, he was taught by pianist Billy Wallace.. He was briefly enrolled at the University of Denver before spending part of 1985–86 at the Berklee College of Music, which he abandoned to join drummer Art Blakey's band. He played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1987 until Blakey's death in 1990 and has played with the Harper Brothers, Benny Green, Freddie Hubbard, and Elvin Jones. Jackson finished his undergraduate degree and obtained a master's degree from the State University of New York at Purchase. In his solo career, his music has been a mix of hard bop with soul and funk influences., where he later taught. He now is the head of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford

http://www.javonjackson.com/
Elio Villafranca

Elio Villafranca

Pianist - Born in the Pinar del Río province of Western Cuba, pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Since his arrival in the U.S. in late 1995, he has been involved in jazz and Latin jazz scenes on both the East and West Coasts. Based in New York City, he is resident professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition and coproduction in the album Things I Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel.

http://www.eliovillafranca.net/index.htm
Mala Waldron

Mala Waldron

Piano/Vocals - A native of NYC whose first paid gig playing keys and singing back-up vocals with a local R&B band, "Liquid Pleasure" at the Elk's club at age 15.   She later enrolled at SUNY, Old Westbury to study jazz piano, voice & composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre, Richard Harper, Warren Smith and Amina Claudine Myers, ultimately earning a B.A. Degree. Her recordings as featured artist include “Lullabye” her debut and tribute to her godmother, Billie Holiday and He’s My Father” a duo project with her father Mal Waldron. She has performed most recently at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and NYC’s most prestigious stages including: Blue Note, and the Jazz Standard. Her career has taken her all over the world doing performances in such countries as Japan, France, Italy, Belgium, Italy, and Russia.

"When you hear Mala Waldron's soulful voice on “Always There”, you realize that you are experiencing something very special, for Waldron is not only an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, but also a fine pianist who hits the keys with great precision, bringing various musical influences into the jazz realm." Ernest Barteldes, All About Jazz www.malawaldron.com
Dion Parson

Dion Parson

Drums - “It’s not easy to innovate in any musical genre –- but Grammy-winning drummer Dion Parson, a native of St Thomas, is doing just that – bringing together the worlds of the Caribbean and jazz and creating what is a truly unique sound. Parson, who is working on his latest album with his 21st Century Band, a recording of performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, has been traveling between New York and the US Virgin Islands for decades. Now, he’s doing more – with a jazz education programme in schools across St Croix, St Thomas and St John, and trying to fill what he sees as a void and a desire for jazz in the islands.” Alexander Britell, Caribbean Journal

http://www.jazz.org/dizzys/events/158378/Dion-Parson-and-21st-Century-Band/
Peter Slavov

Peter Slavov

Bass - Peter is a New York-based Bulgarian double bassist,composer,session musician,arranger and educator. Since he started performing professionally in the mid-1990’s, Peter has performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in more than 30 countries on 5 continents.

Peter has also performed at numerous legendary performance venues, such as: Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York City), Town Hall(NYC),The Village Vanguard (New York City),Birdland (New York City), Blue Note (New York, Milan, Tokyo and Nagoya), The Fox Theater (Atlanta), Severance Hall (Cleveland), MGM Grand (Las Vegas),The Detroit Institute of Art (Detroit), Olympia Hall (Paris), Massey Hall (Toronto),The Jerusalem Theater (Jerusalem), Bulgaria Hall (Sofia), Chang Kai Shek National Theater (Taipei),Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City),The Jazz Standard (New York City),Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Minton’s Playhouse (New York City), Dakota (Minneapolis), New Morning (Paris), La Cigale (Paris), Duc Des Lombards (Paris), Zappa (Tel Aviv) and countless more.
Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson

Vibes/Marimba - Vibraphonist has been a member of Dave Holland's Quintet and Big Band for over a decade. He graduated from Rutgers University with both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in music. He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made recordings as the leader of his own group. As a resident of the New York City area he has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David "Fathead" Newman, Johnny Griffin, and Jackie McLean.
Christopher Dean Sullivan

Christopher Dean Sullivan

Bass - Originally from Pittsburg, the Hudson Valley is now home for this creative artist. Sullivan has shared the stage in performance and recorded with Archie Schepp, Sheila Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Odean Pope, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Hart, Irene Reid, Jon Faddis, Vanessa Rubin, Eddie Henderson, Bob Gluck, Charli Persip, , Stanley Turrentine , Johnny Lytle, just to name a few. Chris’ discography is vast in genres. From the jazz traditional art forms to open free style expressions, as well as Latin jazz, Poetry/Spoken Word driven, contemporary and commercial genres.

"...Sullivan supports with underpinned emotive interaction…"  “Before long, piano and sax head off into almost opposite directions, with Sullivan often the only sonic connection…”~ Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition “... Sullivan plays not just the upright bass strings but the bass itself, throwing himself into the performance not to draw the spotlight, but to impart a palpable joie de vive to go with his rhythmic, rippling (think Charlie Haden, somewhat) bass tones."

~ Mark Keresman, JazzReview.com
Bobby Sanabria

Bobby Sanabria

Drummer/Percussionist - Sanabria, has performed with a who’s who in the world of jazz and latin music. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Yomo Toro, Henry Threadgill and the God father of Afro- Cuban Jazz Mario Bauza’. The son of Puerto Rican parents, he was raised in the “Fort Apache” section of the Bronx. Graduating from the Berklee College of Music he has become a leader in the Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Jazz Fields as both drummer and percussionist.

“Bobby is equally adept at the swinging big band sounds of drummers Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson along with another boyhood hero, fusion pioneer Billy Cobham and timbale titan Tito Puente” Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

http://www.bobbysanabria.com/
Gregory Tardy

Gregory Tardy

Saxophone - Tardy studied classical clarinet as a child, encouraged by his parents, both of whom were opera singers. His mother, Jo Anne Tardy, after singing classical music became a gospel-influenced jazz singer. After switching to tenor saxophone, Tardy played with funk bands in Milwaukee before his brother urged him to listen to jazz, after which he was especially influenced by John Coltrane’s recordings. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at the University of New Orleans, along the way encountering Ellis Marsalis who became tutor and mentor. Resident in New York City from 1992, Tardy became deeply involved in the contemporary jazz and improvised music scenes. Among musicians with whom he has played are Rashied Ali, Omer Avitel, Jonathan Blake, Betty Carter, Steve Coleman, George Colligan, Ravi Coltrane, Sean Conly, Xavier Davis, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Russell Gunn, Eric Harland, Tom Harrell, Antonio Hart, Andrew Hill, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann, Mulgrew Miller, James Moody, John Patitucci, Nicholas Payton, Chris Potter, Dewy Redman, David Schumacher, Mark Turner and Bobby Watson, the latter being cited as an especially important influence.
Bruce Harris

Bruce Harris

Trumpet - Bruce Harris' affinity for Jazz music began as a child listening to his grandfather play the alto sax in his family's south Bronx apartment. After viewing Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Bruce's intrigue with the trumpet grew and his relationship with his instrument has been star-crossed since.

Bruce completed his studies in 2004 earning a BFA in jazz performance. He continues to work tirelessly, striving for superior musicianship. In his spare time, Bruce inspires young musicians, teaching private lessons. His eclectic tastes are evident in the variety of bands he performs with including Latin, and Blues styled groups. He can be seen regularly performing with his Quintet, and Big Band in various clubs in New York City.
Jeff

Jeff "Siege" Siegel

Drums, Percussion, Composer, Leader - A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-‘99, Siegel's diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record w/ Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison, and more. He has co-led several touring/recording projects over the years. Siegel teaches at The New School, SUNY New Paltz and WCSU. He holds a M.A. in Jazz from Queens College where he studied composition with Jimmy Heath.
Dylan Canterbury

Dylan Canterbury

Trumpet/Flugelhorn - A graduate of the jazz studies at SUNY Purchase. Since graduation, Canterbury has worked with a wide range of notable musicians, including Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the All-Star O'Rourkestra, and the Smoke Big Band. Locally, he can be heard leading his own groups as well as with Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble, the Phil Allen Concert Jazz Band, the Empire Jazz Orchestra, Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence, and Cliff Brucker and Full Circle. Actively involved in education, Canterbury is an adjunct member of the faculty of the Schenectady County Community College School of Music, where he teaches jazz history.
Francesca Tanksley

Francesca Tanksley

Piano - Tanksley has performed with David Newman, Reggie Workman, Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola, Slide Hampton, Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Cobb, Clifford Jordan, and many others. Following her studies at Berklee she returned to Munich and began her professional career performing w/ various European jazz groups. She then moved to New York City and joined Melba Liston's group, Melba Liston & Co. She became an integral member of the Billy Harper Quintet, as well as the Erica Lindsay Quintet, Howard Johnson’s HoJo5, and the Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel Quartet. Ms. Tanksley is a full-time Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Rich Syracuse

Rich Syracuse

Bass - Rich Syracuse has performed with John Mehegen, Joey Calderazzo, Ted Rosenthal, Nick Brignola, Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Dave Liebman, Brubeck Brothers, Warren Bernhardt, Sumi Tonoka, Bernard Purdy, Jeff "Siege" Siegel, Dena DeRose, John Medeski. For was the bassist for Pianist Lee Shaw for 22 years. Rich has for many years been touring throughout Europe, South America, and Southern Africa. Rich’s latest cd as a co-leader with guitarist Michael Musillami “Of the Night” is on Playscape Records.Rich is the Professor of Bass at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York.
Fred Berryhill

Fred Berryhill

Percussion - African and Latin multi-percussionist: studied with Chief Bey, Steven Lloyd, Budd Johnson Jr. Performed and recorded with various artists and groups over the past 30 plus years such as: Diana Ross (Central Park), Ben Vereen, James Stubblefield, Rashid Ali, Second Sight, James Spaulding, Club 1600, Steven Scott’s Orchestras, Bernice Johnson Dance Co., Chuck Davis Dance Co., Akyene Baako Ensemble and many others. Currently teaching band and instrumental music in the New York City School system.
Erica Lindsay

Erica Lindsay

Tenor Saxophone, Composer - Erica Lindsay is an Artist-in- Residence at Bard College where she teaches and is an active performer, arranger and composer. She has performed with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Melba Liston Co.,Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Britt Woodman and Mary Lou Williams, McCoy Tyner and many others.
Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Percussion Master Clarke, in addition to his ongoing collaborations with Randy Weston and fellow African Rhythms sidemen. Clarke has enjoyed long- standing relationships with Harry Belafonte, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, and many others. When not touring Clarke is a Lecturer at New York City College, his course on African Percussion Ensemble is requested by serious students of all music genres.

On April 8, 2017 Master Conguero Mongo Santamaria would have been 100 years old. On that evening, Percussion Master Neil Clarke introduced to an appreciative audience his Mongo Santamaria Project. “…Clarke played with bare hands on the conga skins…accenting rhythmic phrase-ends on two small cymbals, which gave the music a floating ethereal quality…Clarke supplied the most transformative moments with solos that, minus affectation or histrionics, revealed deep feeling for the music…” Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record.

The project personnel includes: EDDIE ALLEN, trumpet, renown for being part of the Mongo Santamaria recordings, Brazilian Sunset, Mongo Returns, Mambo Mongo, Free Spirit and others.

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2017 Ticket Sales

26.01.2017 / Uncategorised / Super User / 341 hits

Group Sales

Group sales of tickets are available now. Please contact our office at 845.384.6350.

Individual Ticket Sales

Individual tickets go on sale beginning May 1, 2017.

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In Poughkeepsie, a Convergence of Jazz Greats

26.01.2017 / Uncategorised / Super User / 385 hits

New York Times, by Phillip Lutz - Aug.12, 2016

N.Y. / REGION | MUSIC | WESTCHESTER

Waryas Park is a scenic if slightly scruffy patch of green on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, a city that has had problems with a struggling economy over the years.

Greer Smith, the founder of Jazz in the Valley, with Councilman Christopher Petsas at Waryas Park, the festival site.
Credit Meredith Heuer for The New York Times

But on Aug. 21, some of the world’s leading jazz musicians will gather in the park for the annual Jazz in the Valley festival, which is expected to attract crowds from around the region and help burnish the city’s image.

“There’s no question we have a bad perception problem to a lot of outsiders,” Christopher Petsas, a councilman, said. “But I think slowly we’re changing that. That’s why it’s important that we support this kind of event.”

Since the festival began in 2000, it has led a peripatetic existence around the area, occupying sites in West Park, Rosendale and Kerhonkson before landing in Waryas Park in 2012. The festival’s first year featured the pianist Ahmad Jamal, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, who debuted his composition “Picture Perfect.”

This year, the event’s main stage will feature two other National Endowment masters: the pianist Randy Weston and the drummer Jimmy Cobb. Mr. Weston will lead his African Rhythms Trio, including Alex Blake on bass and Neil Clarke on drums. Mr. Cobb will play with Jazz By 5, an all-star group made up of Randy Brecker on trumpet, Javon Jackson on saxophone, George Cables on piano and Eddie Gomez on bass.

These musicians do not plan to simply ad-lib a few choruses over the chord changes of popular standards. They will perform landmarks of the jazz idiom they helped originate.

Mr. Weston, 90, who has been integrating North African tones and textures into the language of jazz for decades, said he might reach back to Little Niles, the title track of his album from 1959. He might also play “Night in Medina,” “Tangier Bay” or “Marrakesh Blues,” from his 1970s albums “Blue Moses” and “Blues to Africa.”

“It depends on the vibrations of the audience, my spirit and what kind of message I want to give through the music,” he said.

Mr. Cobb, 87, expects to receive, and honor, requests to play “So What,” “Freddie Freeloader” or “All Blues” from the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue.”

He might also perform “Limehouse Blues,” from “Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago.” Like “Little Niles,” the Davis and Adderley albums were released in 1959, and Mr. Cobb, who appeared on both, has been revisiting them in recent years with Mr. Jackson playing parts originated by John Coltrane.

“He loves John Coltrane,” Mr. Cobb said. “He says John is the only guy he ever dreamt about. Since he knows that I played with John Coltrane, we do a lot of those tunes.”

Mr. Jackson, the festival’s artistic director, said he works to strike a balance as he interprets music associated with venerated artists like Coltrane. “The spirit is strong in those recordings,” he said. “It’s going to be coming through me. Hopefully, I can find a way of being me but still distilling the influence of my heroes.”

Rounding out the program on the main stage will be the trombonist Craig Harris and the singers Chico Alvarez, with the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band, and Charenée Wade. A nearby pavilion will host lesser-known acts, among them the guitarist Slam Allen and the singer Stephanie Hancock, as well as the Dutchess County Community College Jazz Ensemble.

The festival is a relatively small affair, but it has attracted the attention of heavy hitters like George Wein, who founded the Newport Jazz Festival. Mr. Wein praised the founder of Jazz in the Valley, Greer Smith, for her knowledge and advocacy of jazz, adding that small events of quality play a part in the festival ecosystem, raising the profile of young musicians and giving a lift to the locales in which they are held. “We encourage these things,” he said.

Ms. Smith pointed to the social and psychological benefits to the community, including the residents of the Rip Van Winkle housing project, which is perched on a hill above Waryas Park. While many of the housing project’s young residents had little awareness of jazz history before visiting the festival, she said, they discovered a shared cultural heritage, as part of the African diaspora, with distinguished artists onstage.

“That’s the whole point,” said Ms. Smith, the president of Transart and Cultural Services, a Kingston nonprofit that promotes art of African descent and is presenting the festival.

But she said that keeping the festival afloat was a struggle. After foundation money dried up in the recession of 2008, she said, she curtailed forays of the musicians into local schools. With Poughkeepsie providing a small amount of money, grants from federal and state agencies supplied the bulk of the festival’s financing while she tried to get a hearing from the local business elite.

Supporters of the event like Mr. Petsas, a Poughkeepsie native, were investing their own time and money. In recent weeks, he has been pounding the pavement, soliciting help from small businesses. Along with the Exempt Firemen’s Association, a social group, he had paid for a series of small jazz concerts in Donegan Park, in the city’s Little Italy section, held on Saturdays leading up to the festival.

Those concerts are a first, he said, adding that ultimately he would like the festival, which is scheduled for a Sunday, to expand to a full weekend. That, he said, could be a real engine for the economy, though the one-day event had already made a difference.

“It has had a profound impact on the city of Poughkeepsie,” he said, “on our image and on me personally.”

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Jazz In The Valley NY Press Release

30.07.2016 / About Us / Super User / 2046 hits

Jazz in the Valley Returns to Poughkeepsie for its 16th Annual Celebration of America’s Music on Sunday, August 21 at Waryas Park, in an Afternoon Full of Such Stars as Randy Weston, Craig Harris, Randy Brecker, Charenee Wade, Javon Jackson, Chico Alvarez & the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band and Jimmy Cobb.

PRESS/PHOTO CONTACTS: Carolyn McClair (in New York City), 917-686-0854, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jeff Kosmacher (in Poughkeepsie), 603-209-1320/cellular, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Jazz leaders and legends including pianist Randy Weston, trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Javon Jackson, trombonist Craig Harris, and drummer Jimmy Cobb will join with emerging stars such as vocalist Charenee Wade to headline the sixteenth annual Jazz in the Valley festival, on Sunday, August 21, noon-6:00pm, at Waryas Park on the banks of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie (gates open at 11:00am). Brecker, Jackson, and Cobb will perform in the superb and “Jazz by 5” with pianist George Cables and bassist Eddie Gomez, which is currently completing a European tour. Honey-voiced Charenee Wade has been described in the New York Times as, “a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.” Festivalgoers can also shake their hips to Chico Àlvarez & the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band.

This year’s lineup of free performances on the Waryas Park pavilion stage includes groups led by guitarist Slam Allen and vocalist Stephanie Hancock, as well as the Dutchess Community College Jazz Ensemble and the Mike Torsone Memorial Band led by trumpeter Matt Jordan. Visual art also has a role this year at Jazz in the Valley, in a pop-up gallery that will feature works by Jordan Baker-Caldwell, Brian Collier, Juliette Hemingway, and Lance Johnson.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Jazz in the Valley is a beautifully staged daylong celebration presented by the Hudson Valley based multi-arts organization Transart & Cultural Services. The festival takes place on two stages at Waryas Park, a nine-acre green oasis alongside the Hudson River in downtown Poughkeepsie. The main stage under the big tent features the festival’s headline acts, and on the pavilion stage an afternoon full of free performances includes area musicians. A food court and global marketplace add more flavor to the daylong festival.

In past years Jazz in the Valley has presented a galaxy of star musicians, including several Grammy winners and National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master” honorees: Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Hugh Masakela, Kevin Mahogany, Bill Charlap, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Turre, Michelle Rosewoman, Roy Ayers, Houston Person, Ray Mantilla, Lou Donaldson, and “Chocolate” Amenteros.

“What better way is there to spend an August Sunday afternoon than at our local park listening to world class music,” said Poughkeepsie City Council chairman Chris Petsas. “The view of the Hudson River is spectacular, but it’s the music that really counts. That, and bringing the diverse Hudson Valley community together” he remarked.

TICKET INFORMATION

Discounted early bird tickets are $40 through August 1. Afterward general admission is $50, and $60 at the gate. Students with valid ID gain entrance for $20. Tickets can be purchased online through the festival’s website (jazzinthevalleyny.org ), or in person at two Hudson Valley locations: The Mid-Hudson Civic Center box office (14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, 845-454-5800), Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music (320 Wall Street, Kingston, 845-339-3174). For group ticket sales, directions and more information about Jazz in the Valley, contact TRANSART at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (845) 384-6350 or log on to www.jazzinthevalleyny.org. For a combination ticket and round trip bus travel from New York City call (917) 345-1357 or (646) 643-3035.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

The roster of artists at the 2016 Jazz in the Valley features some of the hardest working musicians in jazz, a mixture of new and old styles of straight-ahead jazz, funk, fusion, and avant-garde with a few veterans of pop thrown in for fun:

  • Randy Weston is the living legend of the bunch, a pianist, composer, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master known for honoring the African roots of jazz. His playing has been described as big, rich and like “velvet emerging from the keys.” At 90 years young he’s seen, heard, lived and could write about the history of jazz in the United States, while he remains acutely aware what is new. He has widely toured on five continents including 19 cities alone in Africa. Weston’s collaborators read like a chronicle of the Harlem Renaissance, from Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker to poet Langston Hughes.
  • Grammy-Award winning Randy Brecker brings pop influences to jazz, with his trumpet and flugelhorn playing featured on recordings ranging from Charles Mingus to Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Parliament Funkadelic, and Frank Zappa. His high-octane music has been called “electrojazzfunk” and the longtime collaboration with his brother (the late Michael Brecker) inspired one music critic to exclaim, “This is about as funky as white boys can get.”
  • Jazz in the Valley’s Artistic Director, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson, gained early fame as a player in renowned drummer Art Blakey’s band the Jazz Messengers, and has been bandleader on more than a dozen albums. His musical style suggests comparisons to John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, but he is comfortable moving traditions forward. He is also an educator, professor, and the chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford.  
  • Singer Charenee Wade re-created songs by the late Gil Scott-Heron in her recent recording “Offering,” which was warmly received for its edgy and alive interpretations. Wade performs internationally and is regularly heard in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center and such top clubs as the Jazz Gallery, Smalls, and the Zinc Bar. An award-winning composer, arranger, and jazz educator, she is also a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, part of Queens College in New York.
  • Drumming legend Jimmy Cobb was a longtime collaborator of Miles Davis, including on such classic recordings as Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain.  Now an NEA Jazz Master he leads a variety of New York-based bands including Jimmy’s Cobb’s Mob, and he’s sought out to teach master classes at Stanford University and other schools.
  • Trombonist and composer Craig Harris hails from the more avant-garde wing of jazz. He originally earned his innovative bona fides playing with Sun Ra and then began constantly touring the world with such groups as  Tailgaters Tales and Cold Sweat. While performing in Australia he discovered the Aboriginal wind instrument the didgeridoo that is now part of his repertoire. Recently he entered multimedia and performance art with works like God’s Trombones, based on poems used by preachers for inspiration.
  • Grammy-winning bassist Eddie Gomez has played for more than four decades with a host of jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. At age 21 he was hired on the spot by renowned pianist Bill Evans for his trio, and his wide influences have grown to come from Latin jazz, classical music and even fusion as a founding member of the band Steps Ahead. On the side, Gomez is a classical and pop musician recording with artists such as Carly Simon and Paul Simon.
  • George Cables is a pianist and composer with a long list of credits as a bandleader and sideman, who got off to a quick start in the jazz world. As an 18-year-old Cables joined The Jazz Samaritans and soon after gained the attention of drummer Art Blakey, who recruited Cables into his renowned band the Jazz Messengers. Cables admits to being a musical chameleon of sorts, able to put on a different hat with each of his collaborators who have included Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughan.
  • Bandleader and vocalist “Chico” Àlvarez Peraza is a U.S. born Cuban-America who was raised in Cuba, whose music has a classic Cuban/Latin flavor that’s hard to resist. Àlvarez also well known for his New York radio show covering Latin music called New World Gallery.
  • Percussionist Neil Clarke expresses strong African in his artful playing, but he is equally at home in gospel, jazz, pop or R&B. The multi-faceted performer has had a long collaboration with Randy Weston as a member of African Rhythms, and toured the world with Harry Belafonte. Back in New York, he performed in the Broadway production of Timbuktu and with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
  • Alex Blake plays acoustic bass very distinctively. Sometimes he strums, often he slaps the instrument, but whatever he does, he succeeds in making the instrument release the most wonderful strange sounds that only he can create. Proof can he heard in his solo on the Beatles classic With a Little Help from My Friends.  

ABOUT TRANSART & CULTURAL SERVICES

Transart & Cultural Services, Inc. is a West Park, NY non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the art, history and popular culture of people of African descent. Transart has a long history of reaching out to students in public education to communicate with kids about how cool the arts can be, whether it’s fine art, visual art, performance art or music of all kinds. “We go into the schools all over the Hudson Valley to educate underserved kids through a series of programs and classes including Behind the Beat: Intro to Jazz,” says founder and president Greer Smith. During Behind the Beat sessions, professional musicians interact with local band students. Other opportunities for students include weekly drumming workshops, musical assemblies and master classes.

Beyond school programs, each August Transart becomes a concert promoter with Jazz in the Valley to show the public, in many cases local students, what professional musicians are like in action.  “With Jazz in the Valley the audience gets to experience the thrill of live music with masters of the genre,” says Smith. Transart hopes to create a new generation of jazz lovers and listeners through educating students about the history of jazz and its cultural relevance in minority communities. Kids need to see they are part of something bigger, part of a history, an artistic movement that’s alive,” says Smith.

Promotional partner for Jazz in the Valley is Metro North. Transart’s funding also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dutchess Tourism, Hudson River Valley Tours, the City of Poughkeepsie and others.

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Jazz In The Valley NY Press Release - 2017

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Jazz in the Valley Returns to Poughkeepsie for its 17th Annual Celebration of America’s Music on Sunday, August 20, by the Walkway Over the Hudson in an Afternoon Full of Stars including Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Javon Jackson, Elio Villafranca, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Mala Waldron, Steve Nelson, Neil Clarke, and Jimmy Cobb

PRESS CONTACTS: Jeff Kosmacher (in Poughkeepsie), 603-209-1320/cellular, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Carolyn McClair (in New York City), 917-686-0854, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MUSICIAN BIOS: http://www.jazzinthevalleyny.org/2017-artist-bios

PUBLIC CONTACT: Greer Smith, president, TRANSART & Cultural Services, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.jazzinthevalleyny.org

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Jazz leaders including trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Javon Jackson, bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan, pianist Elio Villafranca, pianist/vocalist Mala Waldron, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel, and percussion master Neil Clarke will headline the seventeenth annual Jazz in the Valley festival on Sunday, August 20, noon-6:00pm, at Waryas Park alongside the majestic Walkway over the Hudson on the river’s banks in Poughkeepsie (gates open at 11:00am).

As always the festival’s performances will span musical approaches from straight-ahead jazz to more contemporary and international interpretations, this year echoing from New Orleans to Havana. Under the mainstage tent, Delfeayo Marsalis from today’s first family of jazz (he’s a younger brother of acclaimed Wynton, Branford) will join forces with Chestnut, Jackson, and iconic drummer Jimmy Cobb in the group “Swing Unlimited.” Sullivan’s quartet will tap the soulful Waldron and the modernist Nelson. Cuban-born Villafranca brings Latin and Ellington influences to his “Jass Syncopators” ensemble, and rhythm abounds in Siegel’s drummer-led sextet that includes pianist Francesa Tanksley. Neil Clarke’s Mongo Santamaria Centennial Project will celebrate the band’s namesake artist, the legendary Latin percussionist, with longtime Santamaria trumpet player Eddie Allen.

Three Hudson Valley-based groups will be heard on the festival’s free second stage at nearby Upper Landing Park: The New Groove, Poughkeepsie Funk, and The Dutchess Community College Alumni Jazz Combo.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Jazz in the Valley is a daylong celebration held at two stages on a nine-acre green oasis in downtown Poughkeepsie. The main stage under the big tent at Waryas Park features the festival’s headline acts. The festival’s second stage for free performances by regional musicians has moved to Upper Landing Park directly adjacent to the Walkway over the Hudson. A food court and global marketplace at Waryas add more flavors to the day.

In past years Jazz in the Valley has presented a galaxy of star musicians, including several Grammy winners and National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master” honorees: Randy Weston, Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Hugh Masakela, Kevin Mahogany, Bill Charlap, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Turre, Michelle Rosewoman, Roy Ayers, Houston Person, Ray Mantilla, Lou Donaldson, and “Chocolate” Amenteros.

Jazz in the Valley is presented by the Hudson Valley based non-profit organization TRANSART & Cultural Services.

TICKET INFORMATION

Discounted early bird tickets are $40 through August 1. Afterward general admission is $50, and $60 at the gate. Students with valid ID gain entrance for $20. Tickets can be purchased online through the festival’s website (jazzinthevalleyny.org ), or in person at Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music (320 Wall Street, Kingston, 845-339-3174). For group ticket sales, directions and more information about Jazz in the Valley, contact TRANSART at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (845) 384-6350 or log on to www.jazzinthevalleyny.org. For a combination ticket and round trip bus travel from New York City call (917) 345-1357 or (646) 643-3035.

2017 MAIN STAGE LINEUP @WARYAS PARK

(music begins at noon, ticket required)

  • JEFF "SIEGE" SIEGEL SEXTET - Jeff "Siege" Siegel  - Drums, Dylan Canterbury - Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Erica Lindsay - Tenor Saxophone, Francesca Tanksley - Piano, Rich Syracuse - Bass, Fred Berryhill - Percussion
  • CHRISTOPHER DEAN SULLIVAN ENSEMBLE - Christopher Dean Sullivan - Bass, Mala Waldron - Piano/Vocals, Bobby Sanabria - Drums, Steve Nelson - Vibes
  • ELIO VILLAFRANCA AND THE JASS SYNCOPATORS - Elio Villafranca - Piano/Composer, Greg Tardy - Tenor Sax, Bruce Harris - Trumpet, Dion Parson - Drums, Peter Slavov - Bass, Miguelito Valdes - Percussion
  • SWING UNLIMITED - Delfeayo Marsalis - Trombone, Cyrus Chestnut - Piano, Javon Jackson - Tenor Sax, Jimmy Cobb - Drums, David Williams - Bass
  • MONGO SANTAMRIA CENTENNIAL PROJECT - Octet includes Neil Clarke – African Percussion, Eddie Anderson – Trumpet, and Bryan Carrott – Vibes

    TORSONE MEMORIAL STAGE @ UPPER LANDING PARK (music begins at 1:00pm, free to the public)

    • The New Groove
    • Poughkeepsie Funk 
    • The Dutchess Community College Alumni Jazz Combo

    Promotional partners for Jazz in the Valley are Metro North, Dutchess Tourism, and the Poughkeepsie Journal. This program’s funding also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Arts Mid Hudson. Additional program support is provided by Central Hudson, Westchester Medical Center Network, Poughkeepsie Italian Center, Exempt Fireman’s Association, and the City of Poughkeepsie.

    ABOUT TRANSART & CULTURAL SERVICES

    TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc. is a West Park, NY non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the art, history and popular culture of people of African descent. TRANSART has a long history of reaching out to students in public education to communicate with kids about how cool the arts can be, whether it’s fine art, visual art, performance art or music of all kinds. “We go into the schools all over the Hudson Valley to educate underserved kids through a series of programs and classes including Behind the Beat: Intro to Jazz,” says founder and president Greer Smith. During Behind the Beat sessions, professional musicians interact with local band students. Other opportunities for students include weekly drumming workshops, musical assemblies and master classes.

    Beyond school programs, each August TRANSART becomes a concert promoter with Jazz in the Valley to show the public, in many cases local students, what professional musicians are like in action. “With Jazz in the Valley the audience gets to experience the thrill of live music with masters of the genre,” says Smith. TRANSART hopes to create a new generation of jazz lovers and listeners through educating students about the history of jazz and its cultural relevance in minority communities. Kids need to see they are part of something bigger, part of a history, an artistic movement that’s alive,” says Smith.

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Randy Weston

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Having lived through much of the music’s history, pianist and composer Randy Weston helped author jazz’s story. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, a time when “shoeshine boys whistled bebop melodies,” Weston recalls. He didn’t have to travel far to hear the giants that moved him—Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington and, his deepest influence, Thelonious Monk.

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Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank ZappaJazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa

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Javon Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.  As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer.  In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Stanley Turrentine. 

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When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him.  From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ’60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word.

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