Mike Thornton & Gruppo Mondo to Record Jazz Album Live at the Egremont Barn [Berkshire on Stage]

September 26th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

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Mike Thornton, the actor-singer who plays Presidents from Bush to Trump with the Capitol Steps, and the Berkshires-based jazz quartet Gruppo Mondo, will record an album of jazz standards before a live audience at 7pm on Thursday (September 28) at the Egremont Barn in South Egremont.

Thornton, a member of the political satire group the Capitol Steps for over 20 years, met the musicians of Gruppo Mondo two summers ago, when the Capitol Steps were doing a summer residency at Cranwell in Lenox. “I discovered Gruppo Mondo at a Pittsfield jazz club,” Thornton recalls, “and we began to do occasional sets together after I’d finished playing singing and dancing politicians”

Thornton decided that he wanted to record material for his upcoming jazz standards album Top Standards on the MTA label with Gruppo Mondo from a venue in the Berkshires. “I grew up north of Hartford, and spent time in The Berkshires,” he says. “I’ve performed annually in Lenox with the Capitol Steps, and I’ve gotten to know the artists in the Berkshires.”

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