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Miguel Zenon’s Identities are Changeable Big Band

Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating $40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 Saxophonist Miguel Zenón offers his most ambitious project yet with a song cycle for his quartet … Continue reading

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Queen Esther Duo Celebrates Billie Holiday in Springfield

by Glenn Siegel The vocalist Queen Esther, decked out in a diaphanous, fur-themed dress, made the ornate Robyn Newhouse Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield, seem even more elegant. Accompanied by pianist Jeremy Bacon, resplendent in a deep … Continue reading

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Tao: Seventeen Samurai

Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall $40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10 Following a successful, sold-out world premiere run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, TAO’s brand new production, … Continue reading

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ROVA Saxophone Quartet does Eastworks

by Glenn Siegel When I asked Larry Ochs, one of the founders of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, how they decided what repertoire to play during Tuesday’s Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert, he told me they chose pieces they played during … Continue reading

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Dada Masilo|Swan Lake

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating $40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10 Dada Masilo has become one of the most celebrated choreographers in South Africa, renowned for … Continue reading

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Jorge Sylvester’s ACE Collective plays the Parlor Room

by Glenn Siegel My jazz loving friends and I often play the “whatever happened to?” game, where we trade information about musicians whom we haven’t heard from in some time. Where is Anthony Cox, for instance? (Marty Ehrlich informs me … Continue reading

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Cherish the Ladies | Celtic Christmas

Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall $35, $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12 and $10 One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish the … Continue reading

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Multiplicity (Harrison, Shobhakar, Takeishi) perform in Greenfield

by Glenn Siegel It seems entirely appropriate that the recording by Multiplicity, the project of Joel Harrison and Anupam Shobhakar, is on a label called Whirlwind. Both of them, plus Satoshi Takeishi, piled in a car and made the trip … Continue reading

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Berit Strong, Classical Guitar

Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m., Eric Carle Museum, Amherst $15 General Admission Audiences and critics alike praise Berit Strong’s distinctive and thoughtful approach to classical music. The Boston Globe called her “a colorful and commanding interpreter,” and Soundboard magazine … Continue reading

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Angelica Sanchez and Omar Tamez perform at UMass

by Glenn Siegel Three years ago, when pianist Angelica Sanchez and guitarist Omar Tamez inaugurated Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares with a concert at the Congregational Church in Holyoke, the considerable acoustics of Skinner Chapel allowed the notes to ring and … Continue reading

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