Winter 2016 Jazz Concerts at The Athenaeum

jazz concerts at the athenaeumThe Athenaeum’s jazz program continues this February and March with the annual winter series of concerts in the Music Room. This winter will showcase ensembles ranging from duo to quartet, featuring some of today’s top artists in jazz. Seating is limited, so be sure to make early reservations! Here’s the schedule for this year’s winter jazz concerts at the Athenaeum.

February 4: Myra Melford/Ben Goldberg Dialogue

February 18: Aaron Goldberg Trio

February 25: Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet

March 7: Michael Black Tiddy Boom Quartet

The series opens on Thursday, February 4, with Dialogue, an intimate duo project that features pianist Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. Melford is well-known to Athenaeum audiences for her role in the collective Trio M, and Goldberg has appeared on the series with the genre-crossing Tin Hat Quartet. These two Bay Area-based artists have been performing duets since 2008 and each concert is a chapter in an ever-evolving musical conversation.

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Thursday, February 18, brings an Athenaeum debut by the Aaron Goldberg Trio (bass and drums to be announced). NYC-based pianist Goldberg wowed the Athenaeum audience last spring with his stellar appearance as sideman to clarinetist Anat Cohen. Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling young pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and more. The series continues on Thursday, February 25, with the Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet, featuring Alessi on trumpet, David Virelles on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums.  A celebrated performer, composer and bandleader on the New York jazz scene, Alessi has led nine albums (including the recent duo release with pianist Fred Hersch) and performed with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Don Byron, and Steve Coleman.

The concert series concludes on Monday, March 7, with the Michael Blake Tiddy Boom Quartet, featuring Blake on tenor and soprano sax, Frank Kimbrough on piano, Ben Allison on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums. Known for his robust tone on tenor and pure soprano sound, Michael is frequently touted by critics as one the most original saxophonists of his generation.

Concerts begin at 7:30pm sharp. The series of 4 for members is $76; nonmembers $96. Individual concerts are $21 each for members and $26 for nonmembers. Visit their website to purchase tickets.

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