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.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 18th from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session until 10:30.

Back for his 4th appearance with us is the innovative and hard swinging player of one of the more strange looking and sounding instruments ever invented. Michael Rabinowitz is truly a master on his horn and has turned this novel sounding orchestral instrument into a wild and cutting edge vehicle for improvisational expression. Here's an excerpt from his bio:
Whether blowing bebop over a Mingus tune or freely improvising with Anthony Braxton, Michael Rabinowitz's contributions have changed the conception of what the bassoon can do.
He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Wynton Marsalis, John Hicks, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. His festival appearances include Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tri-city, Tanglewood, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl. Michael is a founding member of The Charles Mingus Orchestra which can be heard regularly at the Jazz Standard in NYC.

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 and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Also of Interest
1. February 13. 7:00pm at the Iron Horse; a Valentines concert featuring Sheila Jordan with Stephen Page, Avery Sharpe, Royal Hartigan and Chuck Langford.

2. February 14, Kimaya Diggs and Paul Arslanian Duo at the Ashfield Lake House for a Valentines Day Event. 7:30-9PM (reservations strongly encouraged).

3. February 15 @ 8:00 pm- BOBBY WATSON & HORIZON at the Vermont Jazz Center.

4. February 14-16 the Hudson Jazz Festival in Hudson, NY.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
2/25 - Fat Tuesday Celebration – Samirah Evans on vocals with Don Anderson on trumpet.

3/3 - Allan Harris on vocals and guitar
3/10 - Erena Terakubo on alto sax
3/17 - Avery Sharpe on bass along with George Kaye featuring a special two bass hit.
3/24 - Tim Armacost on tenor sax
3/31 - Green Street Quintet (with added horns Jason Robinson and Don Anderson playing original arrangements and compositions)

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