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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Steven Santoro

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Steven Santoro 
WHERE: Tuesday, May 1st, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHEN: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we welcome for the first time vocalist, songwriter and educator Steven Santoro. Steven is a native of this area, having studied at UMASS with Dr. Horace Boyer. He then moved to LA where he recorded his first album and toured as opening act for Bob James and and Harvey Mason. From there he was on to NYC before moving back here to take a position teaching on the faculty of Berklee in Boston. He has been a background singer for Sting in the UK, an arranger and producer for many artists including Kate McGarry and worked with a number of great jazz artists. Here's a quote from his bio: (

During his time in NYC Steven started relationships with and began playing and recording with some of the heaviest players in town, many of whom he still plays with today, including James Genus, Clarence Penn, Jon Cowherd, Marc Ciprut, Nathan Childers, Bob James, Nathan East, Greg Wells, Ray Brinker, Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Mitchell Forman, Alan Broadbeach, Carlos Vega, Joe Porcaro, Dean Parkers, Lee Sklar, John Patitucci, Chuck Domanico, Emil Richards, Paula Cole, Chris Botti and Kate McGerry. 

I hope you can join us to hear a really gifted singer and improviser who masterfully fuses pop and jazz and, has a beautiful voice.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/1 - Steven Santoro - vocalist with Jocelyn Pleasant on drums
5/8 - Fred Haas - alto sax with Claire Arenius on drums
5/15 - Don Braden - sax and flute with Jimmy Maddison on drums
5/22 - Steve Davis - trombone with Jon Fisher on drums
5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica with Jon Fisher on drums

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

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