September 5th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
March 15th, 2011, 2:09 pm by Greg
Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Gary Bartz
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
The 13th annual Transart Jazz in the Valley festival was held for the second year in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park. This year’s festival was a single-day affair held on two stages with one stage free to the public with local jazz performers.
The main stage this year featured the stylings of poet-vocalist Karen D. Taylor paying tribute to performance poet Jayne Cortez. St. Louis-based vocalist Denise Thimes belted out the blues with an all-star backup band featuring the master horn player Houston Person on tenor sax. Bassist Paul West, pianist Danny Mixon and drummer Winard Harper rounded out the top-notch rhythm section.
Trumpeter Maurice Brown – of the Tedeschi Trucks Band – brought a thoroughly contemporary sound to the festival with his R&B and hip-hop influenced brand of jazz. The other horn in his band was none other than rising star Marcus Strickland.
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A Place for Jazz is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and members of the not-for-profit jazz organization are getting a special gift – a free ticket to the special anniversary concert by veteran tenor saxman Houston Person at 8pm on Friday, April 15 at the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome in Schenectady.
Tix for the general public are available for $15 – or you can become a member and get a free ticket.
A Place for Jazz has also announced its schedule of concerts for the fall season, which kicks off on Friday, September 14 with a quintet co-led by saxman Dick Oatts and trumpeter Terell Stafford. Flutist-saxophonist Tia Fuller – who is also playing at SPAC’s Freihofer Jazz Festival in June – takes the stage with her quartet on Friday, September 30, while piano great Kenny Barron leads his trio on Friday, October 14. David Gleason leads Nippertown’s Latin jazz groovesters Sensemaya on Friday, October 28, and Grammy nominated pianist-vocalist Freddy Cole and his band wrap up the concert series on Friday, November 11.
A Place for Jazz concerts take place at the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome in Schenectady. Tickets are $15; students $7; and children under 12 are free if they’re with an adult.