FEST: Jazz on the Mountain Festival @ Mohonk Mountain House

January 11th, 2018, 11:00 am by Greg

The Jazz on the Mountain Festival takes over the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz this week with nearly a dozen performances on tap.

Here’s the complete schedule for the fest, which kicks off tonight:

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TODAY (THURSDAY, JANUARY 11), 9pm
The Michael Carvin Experience
“Mr. Carvin is one of jazz’s finest drummers, someone who can compress his sound down to a whistle or spread it out like a building collapsing.” — Peter Watrous, The New York Times

FRIDAY (JANUARY 12), 11am
Ted Rosenthal
“With this subtly provocative solo recital, Ted Rosenthal merges three very different streams of piano history, putting his personal stamp on all of them. In Rosenthal’s hands all this music sounds as though it sprang from the same muse, and that’s the sign of a skilled, imaginative artist.” — David R. Adler, All Music Guide

FRIDAY (JANUARY 12), 3pm
The Mohonk All-Stars
The 2018 edition of the Mohonk All-Stars features two musicians that made their “Jazz on the Mountain” debut last year: pianist Ted Rosenthal and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Then there are the regulars: multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, guitarist Dave Stryker and bassist Martin Wind; and finally the triumphant return of drummer Matt Wilson.

FRIDAY (JANUARY 12), 9pm
Karrin Allyson
“Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain – incisive, original and emotionally convincing.” — Gary Giddins, The Village Voice

SATURDAY (JANUARY 13), 11am
Gabrielle Stravelli
“Listening to the jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli is like imbibing a potent cocktail whose flavor changes as you drain the glass. In the first couple of sips, the predominant taste is the sparkling wine that has drifted to the top, for Ms. Stravelli’s bright, rippling voice exudes a natural effervescence. Before long, it darkens, and the heady liquor underneath kicks in…” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

SATURDAY (JANUARY 13), 3pm
Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt
“There have been a lot of jazz and poetry combinations done over the years, but the sheer eclecticism of this project makes it special. Having the poems sung as well as recited to such a crazy quilt of musical approaches makes you appreciate the variety of Carl Sandburg’s writing in whatever wild setting Matt Wilson dreams up works.” — Jerome Wilson, AllAboutJazz.com

SATURDAY (JANUARY 13), 9pm
Rob Paparozzi Blues Band
“Please take the time to listen to Rob’s new album. I’m positive you will be amazed if you have not heard him before.” — Steve Cropper, Booker T. & the MGs

SUNDAY (JANUARY 14), 11am
Dave Stryker & Peter Bernstein
“Lovers of jazz guitar nod in that knowing way when the name of Peter Bernstein is mentioned. He is a big name on the New York scene, with an impeccable history of collaboration with the best.” — Dave Gelly, The Guardian

SUNDAY (JANUARY 14), 3pm
Anat Cohen with Marcello Goncalves
“Cohen relishes the clarinet’s dark beauty as much as its bright dexterity. She takes the instrument seriously enough to enlist it for both song and dance.” — Michelle Mercer, NPR

SUNDAY (JANUARY 14), 9pm
Martin Wind’s Light Blue
The world premiere of Wind’s new album, Light Blue, with the all-star horn section of Scott Robinson, Ingrid Jensen and Anat Cohen, the first-rate rhythm section of Ted Rosenthal and Matt Wilson, plus Brazilian jazz legends Duduka Da Fonseca (drums) and Maucha Adnet (vocals).

MONDAY (JANUARY 15), 11am
Parlor Games Jam Session
Host Michael Bourne wraps up the fest with a superstar finale featuring Dave Stryker, Martin Wind, Scott Robinson, Matt Wilson and more.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS
I/O FEST @ Williams College & Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, January 11-14, FREE
TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 8-10
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE, Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24

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