Wondrous Winter

An afternoon of readings to honor and celebrate the wonders of winter.

Poetry, Prose and Imagery to warm the winter soul

Poetry & Prose
An afternoon of poetry and prose to warm the winter soul

Saturday, December 14, 2 pm

An afternoon of readings to honor and celebrate the wonders of winter. Donna Spector, Mary Makofske and Will Nixon are well established writers and poets who reside in the Hudson Valley area. Ms. Bettina Covo is a newcomer to the writing scene who hails from NYC. 

The event will consist of a selection of winter poems and excerpts from Ms. Covo’s A Winter’s Tale. Ms. Covo will provide appropriate atmospheric music as background and may offer a few musical surprises. George J. Nicholson writes, “For over 20 years, composer, author, producer Bettina Covo and I have shared something of a similar creative simpatico. The projects we have collaborated on are of an eclectic mix, but all have one thing in common – our creative spirits inform one another in archetypal space.  It’s no surprise we share a deep appreciation for ancient mythology and the lore of indigenous peoples and places of atmospheric wonder.

The event should last about 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours with ample time to mingle with the writers, purchase merchandise and sign books.

Becoming Human-Songs of Observation, realization and transformation

Becoming Human - Songs of observation, realization and transformation
At the Amity Gallery Saturday Dec. 21, 7:30 pm

Don’t miss Becoming Human at the Amity Gallery, Saturday, December 21, 2019

Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 7:30 pm

Becoming Human is four people (Marji Zintz on vocals, guitar, and percussion; Jim Kunkel on guitars; Mickey Kopchak on bass and vocals; and Ron Wilson on percussion) who have been making lots of music for lots of years and are coming together now for this special, artful, moving, evocative project.

Vocalist/percussionist Marji Zintz fronts the group, which performs music composed by guitarist Jim Kunkel and bassist Mickey Kopchack. They explore and inhabit many genres across the musical spectrum, from folk to jazz, modal to avant-garde, spiritual to classical to Brazilian. They honor the space and each other’s unique “voice,” creating and holding a fertile ground for conversation, interplay, improvisation, and emotion.

Marji brings a long and diverse performance resume, working in myriad settings since the 1970s as a vocalist and guitarist. She has performed in voice/double bass duets with such notable players as Mike Richmond, Jay Anderson, Josef Pelletier, and Vin Warner. She also worked in a progressive jazz-based ensemble that included Erik Lawrence on reeds and Jim Kunkel on guitar, often using her voice as one of the horns. She has worked in collaboration with improvisational vocalists Victoria Christgau and Shula Ruth Weinstein in a mostly a capella recording and performance project called Sister Sound, and has arranged, recorded, and performed with many other innovative musical projects over the years as well as performing as a soloist. She teaches guitar and coaches voice and harmony in the Hudson Valley.

Versatile guitarist Jim Kunkel has composed music for independent films and documentaries such as the Aspects of the Arts series profiling poet Dan Masterson and artist Frederick Franck. As leader and sideman, he has performed and recorded since the late seventies, including a quintet that performed many of how own innovative compositions. Jim has a long list of people who have studied with him over the years and have gone on to enjoy a successful music career.

Mickey Kopchak has been playing bass professionally since the age of 10. Known not only for his sensitivity and presence, Mickey expands the sonic assignment of the bass by tastefully employing a multitude of interesting effects, creating rich and expansive soundscapes, as well as reaching emotional depths. Because of his versatility, expertise, and dedication to excellence, he is widely sought after and has performed and recorded with jazz and pop artists throughout the northeast.

Ron Wilson’s varied resume reflects his wide range of musical abilities. He has graced the stage with a lengthy list of accomplished artists (Mitch Ryder, Mick Jones, Mark Lindsay, Badfinger, Dee Dee Ramone, Gary US Bonds, and the Guy Lombardo Band to name but a few). Ron is currently working as musical director for Lou Christie. Some of his other credits include performances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, the K-Rock WXRK Christmas Show and several Off-Broadway productions.

Ron is known for his musical creativity and professionalism. We love him because he loves what he does.

Rick Savage plays Miles Davis

with Mark Minchello on piano and Lew Scott on bass

Sunday November 10, 4 pm

Suggested Donation $15

Rick Savage will be playing at the Amity Gallery on November 10 at 4 pm

Educated at world renowned music school Indiana University, composer / producer / engineer, videographer Rick Savage has lived and worked in & around New York City for the past 30 years. He continues to be in demand as a performing & recording trumpet player, making guest solo appearances on the CD projects of many NY area artists.

The video below is a swingin’ tune from the Hudson Valley Jazz Fest featuring Rick Savage trumpet, Don Braden sax, Eliot Zigmund drums, Zen Zadravec piano, & David Kingsnorth bass.

A performance of “Black Coffee” by the Rick Savage Jazz 4Tet from the 2011 Warwick Valley (NY) Jazz Fest featuring Luci Yeghiazaryan • vocals, Rick Savage • trumpet, Eliot Zigmund • drums, Zen Zadravec • piano, David Kingsnorth • bass

Bach / Not Bach

Sunday September 29th 4 pm

Music from and inspired by Bach’s Suites for solo Cello.

 
Jeanne Fox & Jeff Ciampa perform Bach, Bartok and Villa Lobos. 

Bach created a system of understanding music that has stood for centuries, and that’s where Jeanne Fox (Juilliard trained cellist) and Jeff Ciampa (renowned jazz guitarist) discovered that they had common ground. We all come to music from seemingly disparate places but the timeless quality of Bach’s music connects us all.

Chris Parker Jazz Quartet

July 27th 8:00 p.m.

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Contact: Pat 845-258-0818

Chris Parker, a professor of music at SUNY Orange, developed and heads the Jazz Studies program. He is a member of the faculty for nearly 34 years and a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  A native of Portland, OR, he received a BA from Portland State University, an MA in Music Composition from Goddard College and has done extensive additional graduate work in music theory and composition. An active composer of jazz and contemporary classical music, Parker has a long list of original compositions. Parker plays in east coast and west coast jazz festivals often with contemporary jazz greats such as Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Chris Vadala and Donny Mc Caslin.

This concert will feature original compositions by Chris on piano,  Tony Marino on bass ,Marko Marcinko on drums and Rob Thomas on violin.

Karl Latham and Friends

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The excitement of jazz played by Karl Latham and Friends is happening at the Amity Gallery on May 25th at 7:30 PM.  The music will include standards, classics and original music by 3 outstanding musicians.

Karl Latham is a Warwick, NY based internationally recognized drummer, known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles. Karl has performed with wide spectrum of notable artists including Bernie Worrell; The Fantasy Band; Ali Ryerson; Claudio Roditi; Clark Terry; John Lee Quartet; The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; Slide Hampton; Johnny Winter; Jerry Vivino Quartet; Unit1 with Mark Egan; Constellations with Mark Egan and Ryan Carniaux; and many many more.  Karl is an adjunct faculty member Drew University and the County College of Morris. Karl Latham Voted #7 Drummer in The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016

Pianist Oscar Perez, has played in the musical groups of Phoebe Snow, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian McBride, Charenee Wade, Dave Stryker, Adrian Cunningham, Steve Turre, Eddie Allen and Don Braden. Oscar is also faculty for Montclair State University and Jazz House Kids and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Bassist Calvin Jones, has performed with Steve Coleman, Ray Anderson, Eartha Kitt and countless other artists. Calvin performed for many Broadway hits including Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk.

Suggested Donation: $15

Contact: Pat 845-258-0818

String Trio of New York

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Saturday, Saturday, October 27, 2018   Time: 7:30

Contact: Pat Foxx- 845-258-0818

The String Trio of New York is an American jazz chamber ensemble. The group was founded in 1977 by bassist John Lindberg, violinist Billy Bang, and guitarist James Emery. Though they initially worked on improvisational playing and on their own compositions, they eventually began taking on commissions, as well as doing arrangements of other jazz musicians’ work. For over two decades, the Trio has been one of the most active touring ensembles of its kind and has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, East Asia, India, the Middle East, and North Africa. Their international jazz festival appearances include Berlin, Paris, Zurich, Vancouver, Toronto, Leipzig, Cracow worldwide, the Philadelphia Inquirer said that the Trio “…is solidly prepared, b, Victoria, Edmonton, Lovere, Tampere, Leverkusen, Warsaw and others. Hailed by critics ut offers the excitement of improvisation projected through unshakable musicianship.”

Featuring James Emery, Rob Thomas and Tony Marino

Suggested Donation: $15.00

 

 

Kick-Off Concert

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The Amity Gallery salutes the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival with an exhibition of paintings and photographs by talented local artists whose artistry pays tribute to some of the great jazz musicians of our time.

Ron Gee, born in Los Angeles, studied art history and studio art at Princeton University.  Drawing from Eastern and Western sources, he often merges vocabularies that refer to both traditions. He derives inspiration from the past and the present, from his immediate natural surroundings as well as from his study of ancient Chinese philosophy and the practice of qigong. The portraits in this exhibit combine classical technique with expressionist exuberance.

Ian Sharp was a dynamic creative who used his artistic impulses to paint subjects that were close to his heart – spiritual and political icons as well as jazz masters.  He is remembered in his community as a force for good.

Milton Mesirow’s photographs of the Paris jazz scene are historical treasures. He is the son of ‘Mezz’ Mezzrow who was part of the jazz scene in Chicago, New York and Paris, France in the 1940’s and 50’s.  Spending time there with his father gave Mesirow access to jazz sessions where the great players interacted and made recordings that are still loved today. His photographs are informal, spontaneous, and insightful.

Gwen Schaffer is a jazz aficionado and artist.  She is known for putting down JAZZ as her religion when filling out paperwork. She studied art at Montclair State College. Her paintings express her admiration and deep connection to the famous players of the past.

The Reception of this exhibit on August 4 from 5 – 7 PM will be followed by a concert by the Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble featuring Eric Person. Suggested donation: $15.

Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk on the Streets of Paris – Milt Mesirow

Charlie Parker by Gwen Schaffer

Parker’s Mood by Ron Gee

Miles Davis by Ian Sharp

Louis Armstrong by Hal Gaylor