The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop: Vibraphonist and Chromatic Harmonica Virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guests vibraphonist and chromatic harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens Tuesday, May 26th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM, The Loft at the Clarion Hotel, 1 Atwood Dr (Rt. 5 at Exit 18 off I 91), Northampton, MA.

"Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens’ recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal. "

Hendrik specializes in straight ahead jazz and Brazilian music and we will be playing some of his compositions from both genres.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
6/2 -   Sheryl Bailey on guitar
6/9 -   Gary Smulyan on baritone sax
6/16 - Benny Sharoni on tenor sax
6/23 - Scott Mullett on saxes
6/30 - Samirah Evans/vocals and Charles Neville celebrating New Orleans, the Birthplace of Jazz

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. No cover or minimum. The Loft at the Clarion Hotel (413) 586-1211, 1 Atwood Dr (Rt. 5 at Exit 18 off I 91), Northampton, MA.

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Other Events of Interest:
Saturday, May 23- Valley Jazz Shares presents bassist Mario Pavone and his quartet at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. 7:30 PM show.
On-Going Auditions for a new production by trombonist-educator-humanist John Tierney. Looking for professional and community singers/ stage director, choreographer and keyboardist. For more info see attached flyer.

Jazz In July at UMass - July 13-24. For applications and information

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