Tuesday, July 18, 2017- 7:30-9:30pm – Family Show – Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz – Hayes Greenfield is a talented performer who brings his popular kid-focused jazz show to the outdoors. Children get an introduction to the experimental musical form, and will try call-and-response singing and scatting. Producer, composer, saxophonist, filmmaker, bandleader, and educator – Hayes has been active on the New York City jazz scene since the late ‘70s. Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, his live, interactive show for young people, introduces jazz in a fun, unique, and participatory way. While Hayes and his band jazz up familiar songs, young people are encouraged to join in through call-and-response, scatting, singing, interpretive sound, movement, conducting, and tap dance. Says Hayes, “What I am trying to do with Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz is to show kids how much fun they can have with jazz. To stretch their ears and minds to the magic and joys of improvisation in a way that enables kids to embrace this beautiful music and make it their own. When I get done with them they leave chanting, singing and knowing that jazz is alive and well and not old foggie music.” Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz plays internationally in a variety of venues, including festivals, performing arts centers, schools, community events, and museums.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017- 8:30-10:30pm – Huntington Community Band – Pre-concert @ 7:30PM (HCB “BIG” BAND) – Tonight’s HCB concert theme is: “HORNS THAT SWING” featuring an eclectic mix of exciting jazz music in addition to concert band favorites as a part of the week long Huntington Arts Council’s celebration of Jazz music! Guest soloists tonight are: HORNUCOPIA – French Horn Quartet featuring: Alan Orloff, Tara Adams, Christine Zacher and Tom Gellert. Northport Community Band Director Don Sherman returns to the podium as our guest conductor. Bring folding chairs or large blankets. *A special PRE-CONCERT of musical entertainment begins at 7:30PM as the HCB “BIG” BAND makes its annual appearance with HCB Assistant Director, Dan Bilawsky, directing!
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Thursday, July 20, 2017- 8:30-10:30pm – Huntington Jazz Week – Ted Rosenthal Trio – Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and as sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released 15 CDs as a leader. His Rhapsody in Gershwin (2014), reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes and features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio. Rosenthal is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School and is a published author.
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* The Northport Community Band will be performing at 8:30pm at the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand in Northport Village Park at the foot of Main Street, Northport. Listeners can sit on blankets or lawn chairs in front of the bandstand, or even enjoy the music from their boats. The band’s musicians are volunteers from all walks of life and include local students, teachers and professional musicians.*
Friday, July 21, 2019- 8:30-10:30pm –Huntington Jazz Week – Chieli Minucci & Special EFX – Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the GRAMMY®-nominated jazz-fusion group CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for almost 35 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, and Jewel as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, and many others. Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer and has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017- 8:30-10:30pm – Huntington Jazz Week – Kenny Garrett Quintet – Over the course of a stellar career spanning more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. He has also continually grown as a composer, earning Six GRAMMY® nominations with one win; is an eight time winner of Downbeat Readers Poll for best Alto Sax Player plus one for Best Jazz Album for Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane (1996); NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and a Soul Train Award as Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group – both for Seeds from the Underground (2012).
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Sunday, July 23, 2017- 8:30-10:30pm – Huntington Jazz Week – Turtle Island Quartet With special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut, “Jelly, Rags & Monk” – The extraordinary jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut, and the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet are back together, displaying their formidable collective virtuosity. Making soulful and sweet connections that delve deeply into the jazz and classical traditions, the quintet embraces a range of composers from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk. In the first part of the 20th century in America, the giant of ragtime and jazz was Jelly Roll Morton. An obvious candidate for exploration is Morton’s nod to his New Orleans Creole roots, Turtle Twist. Monk himself cited Morton as one of his main influences, and his timeless composition Blue Monk, with its ragtime rhythms and bent harmonies, was one of his personal favorites. Given a more modern reading is Joplin’s evocative Pineapple Rag, which provides the quintet an opportunity to show off the swing style intended by the composer. The superbly talented Turtle Island and Cyrus Chestnut draw a blazing and virtuosic line from the early roots of jazz directly to Monk, one of the geniuses of the modern jazz era.
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