The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

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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