Music After Hours

When:
August 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2014-08-30T17:00:00-04:00
2014-08-30T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
The Mount
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA 01240
USA
Cost:
Free
Photo by John Seakwood.

Photo by John Seakwood.

Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August for lively evenings of music played by the region’s most talented musicians. Relax with a glass of wine and light fare while savoring the sounds and the spectacular view!

Note: No outside food and drink, please.

We are proud to present this season’s Music After Hours lineup:

July 4 - Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Natalia Bernal/Jason Ennis

Natalia Bernal is a child of the desert of Atacama in Chile. Singing original songs and jazz and Latin jazz standards in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Natalia represents the new wave of Latin American musicians who are interpreting jazz, pop, and the music of their native countries with a distinctive fusion of Latin roots and world influences.

New York City-based guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

July 5 - Berkshire Jazz Collective with Andy Wrba

Anchored by Andy Wrba, Bill Chapman, and Benny Kohn, the BJC is the premier jazz band of the Berkshires.  Occasionally joined by special guests such as Charles Neville (saxophone), Marisa Massery (vocals), Will Cleary (saxophone) and others of the regions finest musicians.

July 11 - Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guest Ed Mann with Bobby Kendall on bass and Nick Halley on drums

Ed Mann is a musician who is “a drummer and piano dabbler since childhood.” He is best known for his mallet percussion performances onstage with Frank Zappa‘s ensemble from 1977 to 1988, and his appearances on over 30 of Zappa’s albums, both studio recordings and with Zappa’s band live. Mann also has released a number of CDs as a bandleader and composer.

July 12 – No “Music After Hours”

July 18Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Charles Neville with Conor Meehan

Charles Neville, the second-oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother who lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.

Conor Meehan is a versatile drummer currently based in New York City.  As an in demand sideman, Conor has appeared on over 40 recordings and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil.  Since 2005, he has held the position “Artist Associate of Jazz Drums” at Williams College and has also served as a clinician at numerous summer institutes including Jazz in July at UMass and Interplay Jazz Workshop.

July 19John Sauer and the Jeannie Lauren Quartet w/ Bruce Krasin (woodwinds) and Jon Suters (bass)

This dynamic duo plays tunes ranging from Cole Porter and earlier to contemporary songsters such as Nora Jones and Nellie McKay, with stops along the way including The Beatles, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patsy Cline, and others. Jeannie’s fine voice and John’s piano and voice deliver a rich harmonic blend.

Jeannie Laurin has sung the bands “Ruby” and “Suitcase,” and has been singing with John Sauer since 2002. She also currently sings with the band “Country Club.”

John Sauer, a Berkshire musician since the late 60s, has a B.A in music from Antioch College. He accompanies Dance at Williams College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Belvoir Terrace, and was Music Director for the Berkshire Public Theatre for 15 years. John plays in the lobby at the Red Lion Inn on Sunday afternoons.

Bruce Krasin is a fine Northampton based woodwinds player. He performs with a wide variety of players and groups throughout the region

July 25Berkshire Jazz Collective with Andy Wrba

Anchored by Andy Wrba, Bill Chapman, and Benny Kohn, the BJC is the premier jazz band of the Berkshires.  Occasionally joined by special guests such as Charles Neville(saxophone), Marisa Massery(vocals), Will Cleary (saxophone) and others of the regions finest musicians.

July 26Wanda Houston Band

From Chicago, Wanda Houston began her performance career in her father’s theatre company Newer Still Productions and singing with her mother, brother and sister in the “Houston Singers.” She performed through grade school, high school and college where she received a BA in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera. After college, she was Lois Lane/Bianca in the Roosevelt Theater’s “Kiss Me Kate”, Nettie in the Chicago Musical Theater’s production of “Carousel” and Mother in the Chicago Urban Theater’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. She also was the featured soloist in Chicago’s Airflow Deluxe Orchestra singing timeless classics at the famous Navy Pier Chicago fest, at Milwaukee’s Jazz Fest and touring across the country as Sister Kate whose sassy jazz standards would bring crowds to their feet.

August 1The Lucky 5

The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of jazz that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. Despite it’s moniker, the core of the band is a quartet that is known to respond to inquisitive audience members with the phrase “four is the new five“. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards. The core of the band consists of Jonathan Talbott on violin, Don Mikkelsen on trombone, Kip Beacco on guitar and vocals, and Matt Downing on bass. The Lucky 5 also draws from it’s pool of talented musical connections between the Berkshires and New York City to create bigger bands, as many as eight and ten-piece, when the occasion calls. The boys are also known to bring in guest musicians of the highest caliber on a regular basis, so you never know what you’re in for when you take in a Lucky 5 show. The band brings verve, high energy, and an unpredictable impulse to the tradition of jazz from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s, grooving deeply, and keeping feet moving on the dance floor.

August 2The Lucky 5

The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of jazz that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. Despite it’s moniker, the core of the band is a quartet that is known to respond to inquisitive audience members with the phrase “four is the new five“. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards. The core of the band consists of Jonathan Talbott on violin, Don Mikkelsen on trombone, Kip Beacco on guitar and vocals, and Matt Downing on bass. The Lucky 5 also draws from it’s pool of talented musical connections between the Berkshires and New York City to create bigger bands, as many as eight and ten-piece, when the occasion calls. The boys are also known to bring in guest musicians of the highest caliber on a regular basis, so you never know what you’re in for when you take in a Lucky 5 show. The band brings verve, high energy, and an unpredictable impulse to the tradition of jazz from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s, grooving deeply, and keeping feet moving on the dance floor.

August 8Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests The Union Brunch gig revisited (Jason Ennis, Conor Meehan, David Muesham)

New York City-based guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

Conor Meehan is a versatile drummer currently based in New York City.  As an in demand sideman, Conor has appeared on over 40 recordings and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil.  Since 2005, he has held the position “Artist Associate of Jazz Drums” at Williams College and has also served as a clinician at numerous summer institutes including Jazz in July at UMass and Interplay Jazz Workshop.

August 9Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard

Energetic, joyous, fresh, fun…Heard‘s sound aims to waken up your ears, enliven your heart, and even get you up and dancing! Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond…AND they recently hit #15 on the JazzWeek WorldJazz charts with their latest release KARIBU!  Heard features Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius on keyboard and vocals, Jon Greene on clarinet and saxophone, Brian Melick on percussion, and Lou Smaldone on bass.

August 15Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Charlie Tokarz and Ed Mann

Charlie Tokarz is a multi-talented horn player and one of the only musicians who plays two saxes at the same time with multi-layered electric effects. He has performed with jazz masters Pharoah Sanders, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Larry Coryell. He has appeared at the White House, Today Show, 92nd Street Y, MASS MOCA, Merce Cunningham Studios, Club Helsinki, as well as recorded music for HBO. He has performed regularly with master drummer Bob Weiner at Earth Dance and Kripalu Yoga Center. He has also recorded and performed with the group Shakti Fusion in New York and the Caribbean. When not working with vyZ, Charlie teaches at the Hotchkiss School in CT and the Steiner School in Great Barrington, MA.

Award-winning mallet player/percussion Ed Mann has been playing professionally since 1976 and has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Don Ellis, Mark Isham, Shadowfax, Tavares, Hans Zimmer, Rickie Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins, Repercussion Unit, Andy Summers, Michael McDonald, Sting, Los Lobos, John Cage and the London Symphony Orchestra among many others.

Ed is “a drummer and piano dabbler since childhood.” He is best known for his mallet percussion performances onstage with Frank Zappa‘s ensemble from 1977 to 1988, and his appearances on over 30 of Zappa’s albums, both studio recordings and with Zappa’s band live. Mann also has released a number of CDs as a bandleader and composer.

August 16Mammal Dap with Zack Cross

With a new year comes a renewed energy and sound from Mammal Dap. The four got together for the first time in October 2012 and quickly discovered the effortless musical chemistry they shared. They immediately set to recording the songs that unfolded in these early sessions, and their unique blend of electro-soul, funk, hip hop and jazz took shape. After locking themselves in the lab for the past year, they have emerged with their debut EP, 5lbs High5.  The group draws from a deep love of old school funk and indie rock songwriting, while also giving a nod to master beatmakers like Madlib, J. Dilla and Flying Lotus.  The result is a swirling blend of experimental soul and warm electronic textures.  “It’s a lush, laidback and funky sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for cruising town in a very large Cadillac” (Valley Advocate, MA).

Zack Cross is a 2010 graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with his BM in Jazz Piano Performance. During his time at IU, he was selected to participate in the Steans Institute for Young Artists in Jazz at the Ravinia Festival outside of Chicago, IL, where he studied with jazz legends Rufus Reid, James Moody, David Baker, and Nathan Davis. Zack has studied and played with some of the most revered names in modern jazz, including Jerry Bergonzi, Marc Mommas, Vic Juris, Charles Neville, Darius Brubeck, Randy Brecker, Jim Snidero, Steve Houghton, Mark Buselli, David Baker, Robert Irving III, Brent Wallarab, and Rob Dixon. He was subsequently nominated for the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship, currently the most prestigious award for jazz piano in the world.

August 22Jon Suters Hosts: Talbot/Suters Trip w/ special guest TBA

Jonathan Talbott began his violin studies with Gennady Filimanov of the Seattle Symphony after many years playing jazz guitar as a teenager. He has studied composition privately with grammy award winning composer Joan Tower. Jonathan has brought his skills in violin improvisation to a wide variety of musical projects including the energetic ska of Mother Fletcher, renowned jazz drummer Bobby Previte’s Voodoo Orchestra, The Lucky 5 and collaborations with John Zorn’s harpist Carol Emmanuel. Jonathan was music director of Walking The Dog Theater from 2007 on, scoring original compositions for the majority of their productions every year.

Roger Suters is Jon’s dad! and a great bass player who has performed on our terrace many times and performs regularly throughout the Berkshires.

August 23John Sauer and the Jeannie Lauren Quartet w/ Robert Ferrier (guitar) and Jon Suters (bass)

This dynamic duo plays tunes ranging from Cole Porter and earlier to contemporary songsters such as Nora Jones and Nellie McKay, with stops along the way including The Beatles, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patsy Cline, and others. Jeannie’s fine voice and John’s piano and voice deliver a rich harmonic blend.

Jeannie Laurin has sung the bands “Ruby” and “Suitcase,” and has been singing with John Sauer since 2002. She also currently sings with the band “Country Club.”

John Sauer, a Berkshire musician since the late 60s, has a B.A in music from Antioch College. He accompanies Dance at Williams College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Belvoir Terrace, and was Music Director for the Berkshire Public Theatre for 15 years. John plays in the lobby at the Red Lion Inn on Sunday afternoons.

Robert Ferrier holds a B.M. in Performance from Berklee College of Music and an M.M. in Jazz Composition/Arranging from UMass Amherst. A freelance guitarist and teacher, Ferrier has performed with Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Eddie Bert, John Fedchock, Claudio Roditi, Yusef Lateef and Peter Erskine.

August 29 -  Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Charles Neville and co.

Charles Neville, the second-oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother who lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.

August 30Wanda Houston Band

From Chicago, Wanda Houston began her performance career in her father’s theatre company Newer Still Productions and singing with her mother, brother and sister in the “Houston Singers.” She performed through grade school, high school and college where she received a BA in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera. After college, she was Lois Lane/Bianca in the Roosevelt Theater’s “Kiss Me Kate”, Nettie in the Chicago Musical Theater’s production of “Carousel” and Mother in the Chicago Urban Theater’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. She also was the featured soloist in Chicago’s Airflow Deluxe Orchestra singing timeless classics at the famous Navy Pier Chicago fest, at Milwaukee’s Jazz Fest and touring across the country as Sister Kate whose sassy jazz standards would bring crowds to their feet.

 

The Mount would like to thank Jon Suters for curating this season of Music After Hours. An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

 

 

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