If you love jazz, the Berkshires delivers! Jazz has long been an important part of Berkshires culture. In the 50s and 60s, the Music Inn, the Music Barn and the Lenox School of Jazz were important venues for both jazz concerts and education. This great American musical tradition continues with Berkshires jazz festivals and individual performances throughout the year. There are two festivals to look forward to as fall approaches. Both are conveniently close to our Berkshires B&B. You can book your luxurious Berkshires accommodations at Applegate Inn in time for these jazz festivals and the display of spectacular fall color!
Vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson, Saxophonist Charles Neville and the Sonny & Perley jazz duo are the three headlining acts of the 2012 Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend. Flickr photo by Tom Beetz.
Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend 2012
The first of the two festivals, the 2012 Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend is September 14-16. In addition to performances by various local and regional musicians, there will be three headline acts that weekend:
Friday, September 14, 2012 ~ 8-10 pm: Sonny & Perley, the husband and wife jazz duo, will play their distinctive blend of jazz, Brazilian and International Cabaret styles. @ The Spectrum Theatre ~ 20 Franklin Street in Lee, MA
Two concerts are on Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ the First Congregational Church ~ 25 Park Place in Lee, MA
2-4pm: Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is a master of the saxophone, with over 50 years playing R&B, funk, jazz and pop music.
8-11 pm: Karrin Allyson, Grammy nominated vocalist and pianist, will perform with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra, thrilling you with the heart and virtuosity of their music.
2012 Pittsfield City Jazz Festival
The second festival is the 8th Annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival, October 5-13. For over a week, various venues around downtown Pittsfield will feature jazz music of incredible variety and depth.
October 5-7, 2012 Jazz About Town: Local jazz musicians will be playing in various restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Pittsfield.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012: Adam O’Farrill and his quartet will play their Berkshires debut at the Berkshire Athenaeum ~ 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. Note: The time is yet to be announced.
Friday, October 12, 2012: The Jazz Arts Trio headed by concert pianist Frederick Moyer.
8 pm at the Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center ~ 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield, MA (413) 236-8888
Saturday, October 13, 2012: The New England Jazz Ensemble, a 16-piece big band, will perform with jazz/blues vocalist Giacomo Gates and flutist Ali Ryerson. The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will also play. 8 pm at the Colonial Theatre ~ 111 South Street in Pittsfield, MA (413) 997-4444
For more information about the 2012 Pittsfield Jazz Festival, please visit BerkshiresJazz.org. For ticket sales, please call each venue for details.
Don’t miss these exciting opportunities to experience jazz in the Berkshires!