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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*

*Reserve your seat now by making your donation online!  

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.




 

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.