Paul Winter Sextet at Mahaiwe PAC, June 6-7 [Berkshire on Stage]

June 5th, 2012, 12:30 pm by Sara
Paul Winter

Paul Winter and his sextet will be in top form. The concerts are being filmed for posterity.

Paul Winter’s first band, back half a century ago when he was a student at Northwestern University, was the Paul Winter Sextet. It has a history that is both tragic and uplifting. To mark the 50th Anniversary of his first band, and to capture the group for posterity, Paul Winter returns for two reunion concerts at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on June 6 & 7, at 7:30pm. The concert will be filmed.

The band will include four of the original Sextet members – pianist Warren Bernhardt, drummer Harold Jones, bassist Cecil McBee, and Paul Winter on alto sax – along with trumpeter Marvin Stamm and baritone saxist Howard Johnson.

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Paul Winter, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 3rd, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Paul Winter

“As a kid, I couldn’t afford to buy albums. We had a place in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where I grew up called the Book and Record Store, where you could go into a listening room and listen to any album that they had there. So I used to go in and listen for hours, but I couldn’t afford to buy anything.

It might have been a Stan Kenton album. I had a dog-earred old box set by Stan Kenton that I remember very vividly, but I don’t know how I ever got it. It was probably either Stan Kenton or Ted Heath’s Big Band from England.

As a much younger kid, I heard Glenn Miller’s recordings and lots of different dance bands. But by the time I got into junior high, it was the more adventurous bands that really were thrilling me.

When I was in seventh grade, my girlfriend sat me down to listen to Maynard Ferguson playing ‘The Hot Canary’ with Stan Kenton. She told me, ‘You should be listening to this stuff, not those sweet bands.’ So I have to credit her with putting me on the right path.”

In support of his recently released album, “Earth Music,” saxophonist Paul Winter leads the Paul Winter Consort in concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 8pm on Saturday (February 4). Tix are $35 and $55.

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