Summer Jazz Outdoor Concert Featuring David Gonzales Latin Jazz. Join us as Latin jazz meets spoken word in a production exploding with passion, intelligence and energy. A quartet of New York’s hottest players sets David’s compelling poetry like a diamond in a mambo/funk music box. Sunday, June 10 at 5 PM at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage Parking Lot. FREE with ticket.
The Geneva Music Festival opens this week. Geoffrey Herd, the director and also one of the performers, talks about the wide-ranging music being performed in the festival, and about the rather wide-ranging venues for them. http://wskg.org/audio/genevagoeff.mp3
Photo credit: Cavani String Quartet for the Geneva Music Festival
The Oneonta Concert Association presents the Todd Williams Quartet on Friday, April 21 at 7pm. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator Todd Williams brings his quartet to the Foothills Performing Arts Center. http://wskg.org/audio/Williams.mp3
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes jazz historian and saxophonist Loren Schoenberg and his quintet for a celebration of the songs of Frank Sinatra. The concert is in the ballroom of the Otesaga Resort Hotel. He brings pianist John Di Martino, bassist Michael Karn, drummer Aaron Kimmel, and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso. http://www.wskg.org/audio/sinatramix.mp3
Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal, joins Crystal Sarakas to talk about some of the other arts events coming up in the region. Grammy-award winning jazz performer Chad Lefkowitz Brown and pianist Christian Li, both Horseheads natives, return for one final performance at the Starlight Room in Elmira. Here’s a talk that Christian Li did at the TEDx Chemung River program in 2015. Li believes that improvisation is not only the key to Jazz, but an important aspect of a well-lived life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpljZUtUxKg
The Stamford Friends of Music welcome the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble in a concert of ‘Love Songs of the American Songbook’. We hear from trumpeter Gabriel Medd, who not only leads the ensemble, but also works with a group called Music for Autism. http://wskg.org/audio/meddmix.mp3
The Oneonta Concert Association presents jazz musician and composer Mike Holober at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. Mike is a graduate of SUNY-Oneonta and Binghamton University and he brings his Gotham Jazz Orchestra for a concert of some of his own compositions. http://www.wskg.org/audio/holobermix.mp3