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Joe Carter and Ali Ryerson in Concert

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Joe Carter and Ali Ryerson in Concert

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7PM

Join the Art Center for a concert with Jazz guitarist Joe Carter and jazz flautist Al Ryerson!

Ali Ryerson grew up in New York City, the daughter of renowned Jazz and session guitarist Art Ryerson. She later graduated from The Hartt School. Her career spans four decades and she has toured the world, playing with many musical greats, including Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Roy Haynes, Joe Beck and Luciano Pavarotti. Ali has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Guinness Festival in Scotland, JVC in New York and at Carnegie Hall. Ryerson has a background in Classical music and more than a dozen releases in her own name. Her latest Jazz disc is Con Brio! (2011). She is also the leader of The Jazz Flute Big Band, a unique all-flute ensemble.

Joe Carter started guitar studies at an early age, eventually focusing on Jazz. While earning B.A. and M.A. degrees in Jazz Performance and starting his Jazz Ph.D. studies at New York University he studied privately with guitarists Sal Salvador, John Scofield, Allan Hanlon, saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Don Friedman. After several performance and teaching trips to Brazil his current specialty is Brazilian Jazz, combining Straightahead and Bebop styles of Jazz with Samba, Bossa Nova and Northeast styles of Brazilian music.

During the course of his career Carter has recorded and/or performed with Jazz artists such as Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid, Harvie Swartz. Akira Tana, Stafford James, and many others. He is currently an instructor at Sacred Heart University and Hartford Conservatory, both in Connecticut, where he specializes in Guitar, World Music and Jazz courses. In addition to this, and also teaching privately in New York City, Joe Carter has taught clinic/ workshops in Europe, South America and the United States. He is also the author of four textbooks for guitar.

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2015 Concert Schedule

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2015 Concert Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming concerts at the Windsor Art Center:

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7-8M -Joe Carter and Ali Ryerson -jazz duo

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7-8PM -Kenn Morr Band -roots group

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7-8PM -Rhythms of the World with Judy Handler and Mark Levesque

 

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CANCELLED -Neptune’s Car in Concert

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CANCELLED -Neptune’s Car in Concert

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7PM We are sorry to announce that this concert has been cancelled due to weather.  The duo will be rescheduling their performance and visiting the Art Center in the spring.  More information will be available soon.  

Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes are a nationally touring, acoustic duo who play original, contemporary music that often features stories, lighthouses and historical biographies. The duo’s shows have become known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and exceptional guitar picking. Holly’s lovely voice seems instantly familiar.

“Holly’s vocals are tender, warm and quite evocative,” writes Maverick Magazine, “Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocals perfectly giving each of the songs depth and character.”

Neptune’s Car has been performing together since 2006 and have two acclaimed CD’s to their credit. Their third disc, The 45th Parallel, was just released in January. They also have a song, “Sink or Swim,” in the upcoming motion picture soundtrack “Keepers.”

Neptune’s Car has shared billing with Archie Fisher, Bill Staines, Seth Glier, Mustard’s Retreat, Anne Hills, Neil Woodward, Dan Hall and Rani Arbo. The duo was one of Folk Alley’s Top Picks of 2010 and their song, “Lighthouse Keeper,” was the #1 song on folk radio in September of that year. Hear their music at www. Neptunescar.com.

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Ricky Alfonso Jazz Quintet

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Ricky Alfonso Jazz Quintet

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7PM

“Blues, Swing, and Other Things”

Trumpeter and vocalist Ricky Alfonso has a style steeped in swing, blues and modern jazz. With a trumpet style reminiscent of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard, Ricky has he has long since developed his own very personal style on the trumpet and vocals.

In a long and diverse musical career that includes a stint with Joe Cocker, he has worked with many jazz luminaries including Mario Pavone, Michael Mussillami, Bill Lowe, Ed Blackwell, Joe Fonda, Tom Chapin, Andy Jaffee, Fred Simmons and the late Bill Barron.

A composer, arranger and educator, Ricky’s group performs modern jazz standards and original compositions as he carries on the tradition of high quality swing and modern jazz improvisation. Looking forward to future performing and recording projects, Ricky can be found performing in many of New England’s best jazz venues

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Goza Latin Band

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Goza Latin Band

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7PM

Goza (“joy” in Spanish) performs exciting music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, violin, horns, Latin percussion and beautiful, romantic vocals. They are a popular New England troupe who feature rhythms from samba, rumba cha-cha, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, tango and bolero. They play songs by Tito Puente, Sonny Rollins, Carlos Santana, Buena Vista and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as versions of songs by the Beatles, Van Morrison and the Eagles.

Bandleader and guitarist Dave “El Guapo” Giardina has roots in the sixties folk-rock culture. He studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin and Philip Defremery, Jazz with Sal Salvador and Bob Kobus and Flamenco with Mario Escudero and Paco Pena (Spain). He is also Artistic Director of the CT Classical Guitar Society and a member of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Rounding out the group Goza are Karina Hernandez (vocals/violin), Jeff Taylor (sax/flute), Brian Wallace (trumpet), Matt Dwonszyk (upright bass) and Asher Delerme (drums/percussion).

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Hiroya Tsukamoto

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Hiroya Tsukamoto

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7PM

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was thirteen years old. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released five albums as a leader. Hiroya has developed unique acoustic music which is sometimes described as “Cinematic acoustic music” He recently performed on Japanese National Television.

Suggested donation is $15.00 at the door.