Please join us and hear great jazz, have a drink, and some good fun! Students are welcome to sit in with master musician Malcolm Cecil. You won’t find any experience like this in Ulster county. Quality jazz right in our own back yard.
Featuring Neil Alexander, Synthesizer and Andrew Greeney, Drums and Surprise Guests!
Grammy winner engineer and producer Malcolm Cecil will feature works by Stevie Wonder (for whom he worked on several albums including Inner Vision, Talking Book and Fulfillingness’ First Finale), plus original material and jazz standards.
9/16 Leader: John Esposito, Keyboard
Featuring Otto Gardner, Bass and Peter O’Brien, Drums and Special Guest Eric Person, Saxophone
John’s trio will be playing all original material. For sitting in, bring in your favorite jazz standard or a tune from the Great American Songbook
9/23 Leader: Matthew Finck, Guitar
Featuring Malcolm Cecil, Bass and T. Xiques, Drums
The music of Charlie Parker, plus original material and jazz standards
9/30 Leader: Malcolm Cecil, Bass
Saturday June 30 - 8pm concert with saxophonist Esa Pietila, a great artist visiting from Finland . You can (and should ) visit his website at www.esapietila.com. I will be playing acoustic piano, electric keyboard with loops and drums. Otto Gardner will join us on bass for some very open music. A rare and special event for the Hudson Valley - at Ben Senterfit’s Community Music Space, in the Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Red Hook, NY www.communitymusicspace.com (845) 444-0607
Due to Michael Stuart having a car accident ( car wrecked, saxophonist fine) we have to cancel our concert at Bard College Monday April 16. I will be in contact to announce the rescheduling of the event. Hopefully next week. So don’t come tomorrow, we won’t be there. But we surely are improvising right now. All the best, John
Hello, music lovers- I’m happy to announce that I am playing a concert of new compositions with my trio and a very special guest artist from Toronto ( that’s near Canada). I hope you can come. All the best, John
Michael Stuart - Saxophone
John Esposito - piano
Ira Coleman - bass
Peter O’Brien - drums
Stuart has played, toured and/or recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world including Jimmy McGriff, Jay McShann, Sadik Hakim, Junior Mance, Kenny Garrett, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Franklin Kiermyer, Kenny Wheeler, Pepper Adams, Sam Rivers, Clark Terry, and Elvin Jones, as well as Canadian names Russ Little (who is Stuart’s brother), Keith Blackley, Sonny Greenwich, Hagood Hardy, Ted Moses, Rick Tait, and Doug Riley.
In 1977 and 1978 Stuart toured and recorded with the great Elvin Jones as a member of The Jazz Machine, playing in Germany, Sweden, France, Denmark, the United States, Austria, Italy and The Netherlands. In 1991, he toured the Soviet Union as a featured member of The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. A jazz special for television recorded in Budapest, Hungary followed in 1992, and a tour of Germany in 1993.
Monday April 16, 8 pm
Blum Hall, Blum Music Institute
Blythewood Ave, Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson (not actually on it), NY
The second part of the 1996 Studio session that yielded Sangeeta Michael Berardi’s Earthship reveals more of this under-recorded, highly original guitarist. Recorded at Nevessa Studio, Woostock, NY by Ted Orr and remastered by Scott Petito at NRS Studio, Catskill, NY in 2011. Includes five compositions by Berardi, two by Esposito and “Wise One” by John Coltrane. An unusual mix of quintet pieces and duets, including several incandescent guitar/drums explorations. The band is Sangeeta Michael Berardi, electric guitar and pedals; James Finn, tenor sax and flute; John Esposito, piano and drums; Hilliard Greene, bass; and Peter O’Brien, drums. Cover and interior art, paintings, drawings and poems by Sangeeta.
The second trio recording by Marx, Siegel and Esposito. As on their previous release Inyo, which was remarkable for its freshness of conception, most of the music started as a series of melodic sketches. Everything else - the harmony, the rhythmic interpretation and the overall shape of the pieces - was improvised. The music references Jazz, Asian, African and European Classical traditions.
Tahrir features nine new compositions by John Esposito and a new Jeff Marx original. John Esposito - piano, prepared piano, Jeff Marx - mezzo soprano & tenor saxes & flutes, and Jeff Siegel - drums and percussion.
Recorded July 20/21 and December 3, 2011 and mixed & mastered by Scott Petito at NRS, Catskill, NY.
Cover art by Laura Steele.
CD graphic design by Bruce Sconzo.
Mar 16 - Jazz Studio, Nurnberg, DE
Mar 17 - Schauspielhaus, Bergneustadt, DE
Mar 18 - Kulturkreis, Schlo b Holte-Stukenbrock, DE
Mar 22 - Jazzclub Topos, Dusseldorf, DE
Mar 23 - Jazzclub Bamberg, Bamberg, DE
Mar 24 - Stockwerk, Graz, AT
Mar 25 - Mobile, Marktoberdorf, AT