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.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates
WHEN: Tuesday, November 27th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton 

This week, one of our favorite and most popular guests, vocalist Giacomo Gates returns to the Workshop with his masterful interpretations of some of the swinginest tunes in the jazz  lexicon. Ad to that his stories, relaxed style and "hipster' persona you get a real entertaining night of great music. For those of you who haven't seen Giacomo, here is a quote from his bio:
The criteria for defining jazz singing will probably be argued for the rest of time. But no matter which side of the argument one may be on, there can be no doubt that Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Giacomo’s own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.

Also, on drums, subbing for Jon who is out for a month on his cruise ship gig, will be Peter Moutis from Exeter, NH. This will be Peter's second appearance with us.

Also, lots of other events going on in the Valley. Here's a few that might be of interest:
Dec. 1 Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Marty Ehrlich and Duende Winds:
Dec. 1 NEPR Radio presents "Jazz, Baby", a holiday party at the Hotel Northampton:
Dec. 8 Valley Jazz Voices annual concert at Gateway City Arts

Upcoming Guest Artists:
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals with Peter Moutis on drums
12/4  -  Rob Scheps on saxes and master drummer Bill Goodwin
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon

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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