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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 19, 2010: 7 PM

A 50th Anniversary event by the Hartford Jazz Society
Curtis Brothers and Ray Vega - videos
Opening Group: UConn Jazz Septet directed by Earl MacDonald
Master Class: Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater
Friday, 11/19/10 at 4:30

Zaccai Curtis - piano
Luques Curtis - bass
John Davis - drums
Reinaldo de Jesus - Congas/Percussion
Giovanni Almonte - vocals
Ray Vega - trumpet

About the Curtis Brothers:
Zaccai Curtis:
After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2005 Zaccai Curtis has been living in New York City playing with such artists as Ralph Peterson, Bill Saxton,Will Calhoun, Christian Scott, Brian Lynch, Sean Jones, Ray Vega, Antoine Roney, Cindy Blackman, Steve Hall, Jimmy Greene, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Papo Vasquez, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Orchestra, and Donald Harrison.

Zaccai leads the Latin-Jazz group Insight, releasing their album “A Genesis” in 2007. As a composer and arranger he has written works for his own small ensembles, solo piano, big band, orchestra, and for large and small ensembles with strings. In 2001 he was commissioned by the Hartford Symphony Chamber Orchestra for his arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol." He was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's competition four consecutive times from 2003-2006. Zaccai was awarded the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism's Artist Fellowship for original composition in 2007. Zaccai and the "Insight" rhythm section have performed two outreach tours for the U.S. State Department "American Music Abroad" (Jazz Ambassadors) program, traveling to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Zaccai teaches on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp every summer.

Luques Curtis
Luques Curtis was born August 17,1983 in Hartford, CT. After having formal training on piano and percussion, he found himself wanting to play the bass. Luques studied at the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, Artist Collective, and Guakia with Dave Santoro, Volcan Orham, Nat Reeves, Paul Brown, and others. After high school, he planned to pursue his music career by going to college in Boston. With his talent and hard work he earned a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College Of Music. There he studied with John Lockwood and Ron Mahdi. While in Boston, he was also able to work with great musicians such as Gary Burton, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Christian Scott, and Francisco Mela. Luques was also working with his brother Zaccai, and formed a group called Insight. Now living in New York City Luques has been performing nationally and internationally with artists such as, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Lynch, Ralph Peterson, Christian Scott, Sean Jones, Gary Burton, Stefon Harris, Donald Harrison, Etienne Charles, Albert Rivera, Elio Villafranca, Francisco Mela, and others. He has recently released an album with his brother called "Blood,Spirit,Land,Water,Freedom" on Truth Revolution Records. Luques was also part of Brian Lynch's Grammy winning CD "Simpatico". You can hear him on Gary Burton's CD "Next Generations"; Dave Valentin's "Come Fly With Me"; Sean Jones' "Roots","Kaleidoscope",and "The Search Within"; Christian Scott's CD "Rewind That",and "Anthem"; Albert Rivera's CD "Re-Introduction"; Etienne Charles' CD "Folklore".

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

The Curtis Brother's master class will be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Aetna Theater on Friday, November 19, 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.