Five Firsts: Anne Hills

March 7th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Ann Hills

Anne Hills

NAME: Anne Hills
BAND AFFILIATION: Anne Hills & Michael Smith (this Friday)
INSTRUMENT: voice, guitar and banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Maybe Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence, although I think my dad brought that one home. I was in junior high, and it was a mixed blessing having a dad who was hip to good music – Dave Brubeck, Nichols & May, Bob Dylan, the Beatles. Speaking of that, my oldest sister brought home the Beatles’ HELP! album after living in England for a year, but Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was what really made me want to perform!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Probably a Monday Musical concert which was a local organization that still presents and encourages young performers.

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Live: The Lee Konitz Quartet @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, 9/10/10

September 15th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Greg

The Lee Konitz Quartet

The Lee Konitz Quartet

Saxophonist Lee Konitz, opened the fall session of A Place for Jazz on Friday night, filling the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome with a thoroughly adventurous sound. Konitz is well known to jazz audiences for his role in the Cool Jazz Movement with pianist Lennie Tristano. The veteran saxman was also on the landmark album “Birth of the Cool” by Miles Davis.

Since then, Konitz has followed his own way through jazz, often taking an avant garde approach to traditional jazz standards.

Known for recording duets together, Konitz and pianist Dan Tepfer blended the First Unitarian Society’s church organ timbres against the rich, mellow tones of the alto saxophone to open the first set. Bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller added their talents to the mix once Tepfer moved to the grand piano.

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