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, August 3, 2021

Sevenars Concerts announces season finale with The Sparkman Trio

WHAT: Final Concert of Sevenars Music Festival’s 53rd: the Sparkman Trio, clarinet, piano, bass guitar, more
WHERE: Sevenars Academy, 15 Ireland Street just off Rte. 112 at Ireland Street, South Worthington, Massachusetts, ( “Acoustic gem, idyllic setting.” -Berkshire Eagle),
WHEN: Sunday, August 15, at 4PM

Admission: by donation at the door (suggested $20) - including a variety of refreshments.
Photo: The Sparkman Trio, PC Jon Crispin

Sevenars is delighted once again to present as its season finale one of its traditional favorites, the Bob Sparkman Trio! The duo of clarinetist Bob Sparkman and pianist Jerry Noble is approaching two decades of memorable Sevenars performances, but with the addition of bass guitarist Kara Noble (also Jerry’s wife), it has increased its range as an outstanding trio.

The Sparkman-Noble collaborations are known to many in the area as uniquely glowing, brimming with the mutual love and admiration that has grown through years of making music together. Bob Sparkman is, in the words of pianist-composer Clifton J. ("Jerry") Noble, “a living representative of jazz history - he has learned, loved, and promoted this music for decades and has played with some of the finest practitioners of the art - it's in his soul and he lives and breathes it" Speaking for his wife bass guitarist Kara Noble and himself, he adds, "Kara and I feel honored to make music with such a profound, positive force for good in the music world, and there is no more comfortable, appropriate, and exciting place to do that than Sevenars concerts.” This year the trio says, "We will be playing favorites - treasures like Stardust, Sweet Georgia Brown, Honeysuckle Rose, Avalon, Pennies from Heaven, Rose Room, and Frenesi."

Clifton “Jerry” Noble is a sought-after composer of works performed internationally, as well as having been the incredibly versatile staff pianist for Smith college and music reviewer for the Springfield press. He has enjoyed more than twenty years of jazz collaborations with clarinet wizard Bob Sparkman, and together they have attracted devoted fans of their concerts and numerous coveted CD recordings.

Bob Sparkman is a national treasure who honed his golden clarinet phrasing while playing with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry and other greats.

Bass guitarist Kara Noble, as Jerry’s wife and longtime musical partner, adds her special insight into his compositions, as well as her own inimitable touch in the group improvisations!

Admission is by donation (suggested $20) and refreshments are free. Because this trio invites celebration in the spirit of the great Jazz Age, some friends of Sevenars in flapper garb will be serving special "Mocktails" - don't miss the fun!

This 2021 project is supported in part by the Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Becket, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Hinsdale-Peru, Huntington, Lee, Montgomery, Northampton, Plainfield, Russell, Southampton, West Springfield, and Worthington, local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Phone number: 413-238-5854 (please leave a message for return call)

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