Jazz at the Atheneum Series
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Master Class DVDs

Annual Events

Jazz at the Atheneum Series
Presented by The Hartford Jazz Society

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Aetna Theater - 600 Main Street - Hartford, CT
Ticket Information
Wadsworth Web Site - Directions/Parking
Free Master Classes
-Master Class DVDs - Aetna Theater

Friday, November 13, 2009: 7 PM

The Hartford Jazz Society Honors Jazz Legend Paul Brown
Paul Brown Quintet
Opening Group: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Ensemble
Master Class: Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater
Friday, 11/13/09 at 4:30 PM

Paul Brown, bass
Kitty Katherine, vocals
Norm Gagne, piano
Michael Scott, drums
Dean Carbone, vibraphonist

About Paul Brown:
Paul Brown founded the Monday Night Jazz series in 1967, and produced it almost single-handedly for 40 years. The Library of Congress recognized the Monday Night Jazz Series as the oldest, free, continuously run jazz festival in the nation. He also founded the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz in 1992, and was a co-founder of the Artists Collective in 1970. He brought jazz performances and jazz education to neighborhoods and schools through the Garden Area Neighborhood Council of the Community Renewal Team. He has taught and mentored jazz students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for nearly 20 years. He has received numerous awards for his achievements, including the J.C. Penny' Golden Rule Award in 2001, the New England Jazz Alliance Unsung Heroes Award in 2003, the Heartbeat Ensemble Street Performance Award and Latter Rain Christian Fellowship Appreciation Award in 2006, and the Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz Community Award in 2007. As a bassist, he has backed such jazz luminaries as Dexter Gordon, Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Al Haig and Barry Harris ("Paul's a real good bass player whose real strength is his groove"), and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Betty Carter. He is a much sought-after bassist and performs in his own groups and as a sideman all over the world.

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Ensemble:
George Maher - trumpet
Keaon Brown - trumpet
Lomar Brown - alto saxophone
Sam Johnson - guitar
PJ Duffy - bass
Brad Bahner - drums

Friday, April 9, 2010: 7 PM
One for All - Web Site - Video
Opening Group: UConn Jazz 10tet
Master Class: Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater
Friday, 4/9/10 at 4:30 PM

Steve Davis - trombone - Web Site
Joe Farnsworth - drums - Web Site
Jon Webber - bass
David Hazeltine - piano
- Web Site
Jim Rotondi - trumpet
- Web Site
Eric Alexander - tenor sax
- Web Site

Steve Davis

About One for All:

The cooperative sextet One For All was formed in 1996 in NYC at the legendary jazz club Augie's (now Smoke). Collectively, the band has forged a powerful, yet sleek sound which has become synonymous with hard-swinging, straight-ahead modern jazz. Individually, each member of One For All has earned a sterling reputation not only as a soloist/bandleader (via solo recordings and tours), but as a top-shelf, first-call player on the NYC scene.

As a band, One For All has worked hard to achieve their own unique sound, while at the same time placing a premium on assimilating the tradition from the masters. The group's members have played with a broad range of jazz icons over the years, including... Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Jackie McLean, George Coleman, Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, James Moody, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Charles Earland, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Johnny Griffin and Chick Corea.

One For All released "The Lineup" in 2006 on Sharp Nine Records and "What's Going On" on Venus Japan in 2007. Since 1997, the band has recorded 12 CD's and continues to garner rave reviews for it's live performances in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world. One For All has also recorded extensively for the Criss Cross Jazz label.

"The Lineup" features all new compositions and arrangements by Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine and Steve Davis. "What's Going On" features brilliant arrangements of 1960's and 70's Motown Soul, R B classics.

Friday, May 7, 2010: 7 PM
Jeremy Pelt Quintet - Web Site
Opening Group: Alma Mcbride Quartet
Alma Macbride, piano; Jimmy Macbride, drums; Matt Knoegel, sax; Matt Dwonszyk, bass
Master Class: Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater
Friday, 5/7/10 at 4:30 PM

Jeremy Pelt - trumpet, flugelhorn - Web Site
JD Allen - tenor sax - Web Site
Danny Grissett - piano - Web Site
Dwayne Burno - bass - Web Site
Darrell Green - drums
- Web Site

Jeremy Pelt

About the Jeremy Pelt Quintet:
Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn't long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig lead to many long lasting associations with many of the talent in the band, and a great opportunity for growth. Since his arrival, he has been fortunate enough to play with many of today's and yesterday's Jazz luminaries, such as Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charli Persip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Skatalites, Cedar Walton, and many, many more. Jeremy has also been featured in a variety of different bands, including the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Big Band. Currently, he is member of the Lewis Nash Septet, and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes.

Pelt...maintains a consistent forward momentum.. while he transmits a modern-day sense of urgency with his songs. Pelt's major focus is on writing music for each of his three bands: “Creation”- a sextet consisting of trumpet, alto sax/bass clarinet, vibraphone, guitar, bass and drums.

“Noise”- an semi-electric band consisting of trumpet w/ effects, guitar, rhodes, bass and drums, and “The Jeremy Pelt Quartet”- which is trumpet, rhodes, bass and drums. His work earned him a huge write-up in the Wall Street Journal by legendary Jazz writer and producer Nat Hentoff. His performances have received rave reviews from publications around the world.

After a reading of Pelt's biography and discography, it's easy to see why Pelt was voted Rising Star on the Trumpet two years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association.

Jeremy is currently a featured performer in the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Lewis Nash Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Quintet featuring Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band. Jeremy has toured the U.S., France, Spain, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Japan, Virgin Islands, Brazil, and Great Britain. (Source: All About Jazz)

HJS Members (purchased in advance): $25.00
HJS Members (purchased at the door): $30.00
General Public (purchased in advance): $30.00
General Public (purchased at the door): $35.00
All Students: $10.00

Obtain tickets in advance from:
   Hartford Jazz Society
   116 Cottage Grove Road
   Bloomfield, CT 06002

Or call the HJS office at 860-242-6688 (Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.).
Major credit cards accepted.

A Cash Bar will operate from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM in the Lobby, where there will be seating at tables.

Directions, Map and Free Parking

Directions and Map
From Springfield and Points North:
Take I-91 South to Capitol Area Exit 29A (left exit). Take the second exit from the ramp, marked Prospect Street. Turn right onto Prospect. The back of the museum is on the left, one block up.

From New Haven and Points South:
Take I-91 North to Capitol Area Exit 29A (left exit). Take the second exit from the ramp, marked Prospect Street. Turn right onto Prospect. The back of the museum is on the left, one block up.

From New York and Points West:
Take I-84 East to Capitol Avenue Exit 48B. Turn left onto Capitol Avenue, and when it ends, turn left onto Main Street. The museum is on the right, two blocks up.

From Boston and Points East:
Take I-84 West to Downtown Hartford Exit 54 (left exit). Immediately after crossing the Founders Bridge, turn left onto Columbus Blvd. Turn right onto Arch Street, then right onto Prospect Street. The back of the museum is on the left, one block up.

From Route 4 and Northwestern Connecticut:
Follow Route 4 (Farmington Avenue) until it joins Asylum Street in Hartford. Follow Asylum as far as you can, then bear right onto Ford Street (by Bushnell Park). Go one block and turn left onto Pearl Street. Go four blocks and turn right onto Main Street. The museum is one block up, on the left.

From Route 2 and Southeastern Connecticut:
Take the Downtown Hartford Exit 54. Follow directions from I-84 westbound.

Free Parking:
Park on the street - all parking is free on weekends.

Free Master Classes
The Hartford Jazz Society's Master Classes are sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and the NewAlliance Foundation.

Education is a vital component of (and reason for) this concert series. Accordingly, we have arranged for Paul Brown to conduct a master class for students. Students who wish to participate in the class are expected to bring their instruments.

Paul Brown's master class will be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 4:30 PM. See above for directions and parking.

One For All's master class conducted by Steve Davis will be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM. See above for directions and parking.

Jeremy Pelt's master class will be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM. See above for directions and parking.

Student participants will be seated closest to the instructor; observers will be seated behind them. If you are a student, or a teacher who wants to enroll one or more students, please register early so that we can assure sufficient preferred student seating. Register through the HJS office at 860-242-6688, or by e-mail to: hartjazzsocinc@aol.com and provide your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, school and grade. Observers are welcome if enough seats are available.

"I was pretty young when I realized that music involves more than playing an instrument. It’s really about cohesiveness and sharing. All my life, I’ve felt obliged to try and teach anyone who would listen. I’ve always believed you don’t truly know something yourself until you can take it from your mind and put it in someone else’s". Milt Hinton, from his autobiography, Bass Lines

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." Martha Graham, as quoted in Agnes de Mille. Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham.

"The easiest instrument to learn is the one you want to play. The hardest instrument to learn is the one you don't want to play."
-- James Moody, 1/26/07

"Sonny [Rollins] and I still practice. All the older guys – Benny Golson, all of us – we still practice. Because nobody knows all of the music, and nobody has a monopoly on it. That’s why we’re in this field of music, creative music, because it’s such a wide-open field - Ornette Coleman or anybody will tell you - it’s open to the sky."
-- Jimmy Heath from an interview in “Like Sonny: The Story of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KckpQYnrozQ
Master Class DVDs

The Hartford Jazz Society has secured the rights from most of the visiting artists to videotape their master classes -- solely for distribution to schools and solely for educational purposes. To view a list of the DVDs available, or to request one or more DVDs, please refer to the Use Agreement.
Thank You to our Supporters!

The Hartford Jazz Society would like to thank the following organizations whose financial support made this concert series and the master classes possible:

Greater Hartford Arts Council
The Ensworth Charitable Foundation
The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
The NewAlliance Foundation