The upcoming cultural highlights in our region include lots of jazz, blues, folk, orchestral music, new plays … plus a whole lot more.
Saxophonist and bandleader Jaleel Shaw brings his smoky tone and his funky trio to Club B10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday at 8pm. Shaw won the 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Alto Saxophonist. Shaw has performed and recorded with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Jason Moran. Now fronting his own trio, Shaw is an engaging new voice well on his way toward jazz stardom.
Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival kicked off last night and runs tonight through March 8, at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, Mass. Where else can you see 10 new 10-minute plays all in one sitting? And the great thing is, if you’re not enjoying one of the plays, in less than 10 minutes it will all be over.
The third annual Hudson Jazz Festival -- this year featuring performances by veteran saxophonist Billy Harper, Balkan fusion band Slavic Soul Party, and vocalist Aimée Allen, takes place at Hudson Hall on tonight through Sunday. Aimee Allen, who kicks off the festivities tonight at 7pm, was hailed by JazzTimes as a “brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist.” Aimee cut her teeth in Parisian jazz clubs and will present a contemporary spin on jazz standards, bossa nova, and strikingly beautiful original compositions, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day.
Or, celebrate Valentine’s Day with top New York City bluesman Popa Chubby at the Falcon in Marlboro, N.Y., tonight at 8pm, when Popa will not only perform for you – he’ll be celebrating his own wedding. And everyone’s invited!
Rockland County-native Mary Fahl, best known as lead singer of the October Project, performs her gorgeous melodies and her expressive vocals at the Towne Crier in Beacon, N.Y. on Saturday at 8:30pm. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as classic folk-pop, performed with her earthy, lush contralto.
Concerts in the Village continues its 10th Anniversary Season at The School | Jack Shainman Gallery in Kinderhook, N.Y., with a program called “Glorious Strings in a Glorious Space - Celebrating 20th Century American Music,” on Sunday at 3pm. The program features outstanding instrumental soloists in a program of American orchestral masterpieces written between 1928 and 1955, including Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, composed for Benny Goodman in the late 1940’s, and played here by virtuoso clarinetist Paul Green. Also included will be Walter Piston’s tranquil Fantasy for English Horn and Harp, Irving Fine’s “Serious Song: A Lament”, and George Antheil’s whirlwind Serenade.
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available at rogovoyreport.com