Concerts

 

 

Richard Provost

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Richard Provost

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7PM

Classical guitarist Richard Provost will play a solo show at the Windsor Art Center.

Mr. Provost made his solo debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1972. He has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Germany.  He studied classical guitar with Alexander Bellow, Oscar Ghiglia, Andres Segovia in Santiago de Compostella, Spain, as well as Julian Bream and Rey de la Torre.  He currently teaches at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where has was founder and chair of the guitar department. He is regarded as one of the country’s leading guitar pedagogues. His students have won or been finalists in major guitar competitions including the GFA, MTNA, ASTA, and Alirio Diaz Competition.

Mr. Provost’s solo and duo recordings on CD are available from Brioso records.  “Colors of the Season,” a pop song about fall foliage, is featured at GPD Records. He has also published many books about music.  “The Art and Technique of Practice” (1992) and “The Art and Technique of Performance” (1995) are available on Amazon.

Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door.

Rob Garcia 4

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Rob Garcia 4

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7PM

“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene” (Time Out-New York) and “one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be an strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has collaborated with such stellar artists as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Joseph Jarman, Anat, Cohen, Vince Giordano, Reggie Workman, Bill McHenry, and Wycliffe Gordon. He has played on over 40 albums including Grammy winners.

Rob has released 5 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader. The most recent three are by his working group, the Rob Garcia 4, on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. His CD, “Perennial” (BJUR 012) was in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009” in the New York Observer. His group has performed at venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, The Iridium, Kitano, Cornelia Street Cafe, Firehouse 12, Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, The Rex, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Kingston Jazz Festival (Canada) and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Rob has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances.

Rob has also been a major force in artist-run jazz organizations. He is the founder and executive director of Connection Works, a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective.

Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door.

Horizon Blue

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Horizon Blue

Thursday,  September 18, at 7PM

Horizon Blue plays acoustic Americana music, combining folk, country and blue grass into a blend all their own.  They are a New England regional favorite who have performed at numerous venues including fairs and craft festivals, summer concert series, libraries, museums, senior centers, concerts, coffee houses, and bookstores.

The group consists of lead singer, banjo and guitar player Monique Hill, guitar and mandolin player Peter Hill and bassist Mark Annulli.  They are often joined by guest musicians Jim Henry (dobro) and Stacey Phillips (fiddle and dobro).

Horizon Blue’s live shows are conversational and inviting.  Their original songs shine with lyrics that often tell stories and are always family friendly.

More information about the band can be found on their website: www.horizonblue.us

Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door or online*

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Please note: Concert seating is general admission.  Reserving your seat by making a donation online means that you are guaranteed a ticket, however, seating will be first come first served.  House will be open at 6:30PM.  Please bring a copy of your receipt on the day of the concert.




 

CANCELLED -Monticelli Trio

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CANCELLED -Monticelli Trio

Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 2014 at 7PM CANCELLED

An acclaimed melding of classical and pop music!

Cellists Suji Kim, Min Kyung Lee and Gjilberta Gelaj formed Monticelli two and a half years ago in River Edge, NJ. They perform extensively in NY, NJ and Pennsylvania. The three are highly accomplished individual musicians, having won many scholarships, awards, concerto and chamber music competitions world-wide.

Ms. Gelaj is a native of Albania who at age 13 played with the Shkoder Symphony Orchestra, including a performance for Pope John Paul II. She later attended SUNY Purchase, Mannes College and the Steinhardt School. A member of several orchestras and the Passionatta Trio, she teaches cello at the Allen-Stephenson School in Manhattan.

Ms. Kim is currently also a member of the Montclair String Quartet, the Alacorde Piano Trio and Montclair Piano Trio. She studied cello at Kei-Myung University in Dae-Gu, Korea, Temple University, Montclair State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City. She currently teaches cello at three schools, including Montclair Kimberly Academy.

Ms. Lee also graduated from Montclair State University as well as SUNY Purchase. The Korean native has performed with several orchestras, including the Montclair Chamber Orchestra and Pusan Chamber Orchestra. She is also a teacher.

Monticelli Trio plays familiar melodies in a unique harmony that combines their different playing styles. Their music, such as original arrangements of “New York, New York,” “Carmen,” “The William Tell Overture” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” can be found on the web at MonticelliTrio.com and ReverbNation. “Amazing interweaving of the three cello sounds,” wrote the Scarsdale (NY) Inquirer in 2009, “a truly great performance.”

Suggested donation is $10.00 at the door.  

 

Summer Concert Series 2014

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We are delighted to announce the line-up for our Summer 2014 Concert Series!  Join us for jazz and pop all summer long.  Come early to mingle with fellow arts lovers and view the work in our gallery.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7PM -Latin Quarter Jazz Collective

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7PM -Bob Kolb Jazz Trio

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7PM -Norman Gage/Kenny Reed Jazz Quintet

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7PM -Joshua Breakstone, Jazz

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7PM -Ellen Woloshin, Pop

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7PM -Terry Blaine and Mark Shane, Jazz Duo

Suggested donation is $10.00 at the door.

The Windsor Art Center Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Swingtime Duet

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Swingtime Duet

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7PM

Rooted in early blues and swing, Swingtime Duet offers a unique take on classic gems from the Great American Songbook. Paying homage to the marvelous treasure trove of music from America’s Golden Age of Swing, with songs made popular by the great vocal jazz stars and the pianists who made history with them, vocalist Terry Blaine and pianist Mark Shane lovingly inhabit the classic jazz repertoire that defined the Swing Era (1920-1945) and its enduring influence on music worldwide.

Jazz singer Terry Blaine has been singing virtually all her life. She has enjoyed a multifaceted career that includes live performance, TV/radio, recordings, studio work, songwriting, production, and music therapy. She gained international attention and recognition as one of today’s finest interpreters of hot small band swing from the 1930s. Forging a fresh link in the regal chain that recalls the tradition of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, and others, Terry’s singing is a gentle, swinging reminder of where we came from, instilled with a spirit that only genuine affection can inspire. Mark Shane’s piano, featured in the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire, adds a distinctive new voice to the tradition of hot ensemble playing. Mark has played with Benny Goodman, worked with all-star alumni from the great bands of Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, and served as musical director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Ladies Sing the Blues. His jazz piano has also been featured on film soundtracks, including The Cotton Club, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Working Girl.

This concert is funded in part by a donation from Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation and is part of the Windsor Art Center’s Summer Concert Series sponsored by the The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Suggested donation is $10.00 at the door. 

Ellen Woloshin

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Ellen Woloshin

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7PM

Singer and songwriter Ellen Woloshin’s connection with music goes back to childhood. She grew up studying classical piano and started singing at the age of 16. When deciding to forego a classical career Ellen then fell into the “family business.” Her father Sid Woloshin — a Madison Avenue jingles man who wrote one of the most powerful ad tunes of all times, McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today” —gave her the chance to use her vocal talents by becoming one of the voices of McDonald’s while still in college. From there, Woloshin sang and wrote jingles for the likes of advertisers from Crystal Light, Trump Casino, Pearle Vision and others creating a strong professional foundation before embarking on the path of singer/songwriter.

Woloshin has since recorded two albums and shared the stage with artists like Laura Nyro, Jim Dawson and Bill Stains among others. She has also done some stunning renditions of several well-known songs most notably her version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which is on her first CD “Tried & True” and received airplay on the BBC. She has played countless gigs in a variety of venues from colleges to coffee houses to the Bluebird Café in Nashville. As a songwriter Ellen has also written for artists like Dionne Warwick, Ben Vereen and LaToya Jackson.

This concert is part of the Windsor Art Center’s Summer Concert Series sponsored by the The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door.  

Norman Gage/Kenny Reed Jazz Quintet

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Norman Gage/Kenny Reed Jazz Quintet

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7PM

Norman Gage, saxophonist, is a long-time contributor to the Hartford jazz scene.  He led his own 13 piece jazz band in the 1980s that played all original arrangements and played in the pit orchestra for the 1981 and 1982 Connecticut Commission on the Arts Awards ceremonies and has played numerous venues including the Monday Night Bushnell Park Series.  Trumpeter Kenny Reed was a fixture in the Washington, D.C. jazz scene for 30 years and has recorded his own cd with D.C.’s best and has recorded with vocalist Ronnie Wells.  He appears on tenor saxophone great Clifford Jordan’s last cd.  The Norman Gage/Kenny Reed Quintet has performed at Piggy’s Cafe, the Hartford Jazz Festival, Black Eyed Sally’s, and the Hartford Public Library among many others.

This concert is part of the Windsor Art Center’s Summer Concert Series sponsored by the The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Upcoming performances in this series include Joshua Breakstone, Ellen Woloshin, and Jazz duo Terry Blaine and Mark Shane.

Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door.

Joshua Breakstone Jazz Duo

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Joshua Breakstone Jazz Duo

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7PM

A graduate of the New College of the University of South Florida with a degree in jazz and graduate coursework at NYU, Breakstone made his recording debut on Canadian reedman Glen Hall’s Book of the Heart (Sonora Records 101) with JoAnne Brackeen, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart.

In 1986 Breakstone began a four-year contract for four recordings with Fantasy Records’ Contemporary label, which led to his recordings, “Echoes”, “Evening Star”, “Self Portrait in Swing”, and “Nine by Three”.  Completing his first Japanese tour in this same year, Breakstone has toured Japan every year since, playing with his own groups as well as with the groups of such noted Japanese musicians as Terumasa Hino, “Monkey” Kobayashi, and Eiji Nakayama.  In 1991 Joshua began recording for the Japanese King Record label, an association that led to four recordings.  He has since recorded with Capri Records and Double-Time and has performed on over 20 recordings. In 2009 Breakstone’s “Jazz Etudes: Studies For The Beginning Improviser” was released by Cherry Lane Music (distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing). It has become a standard text in colleges and universities the world over.

Breakstone’s concert at the Windsor Art Center will be a duo performance with bassist Earl Sauls. The concert is part of the art center’s Summer Concert Series sponsored by the The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Upcoming performances in this series include Ellen Woloshin, and Jazz duo Terry Blaine and Mark Shane.  For more information, call 860-688-2528 or visit www.windsorartcenter.org.

 Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door.