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CAROL LOLLIS
Signature Sounds president Jim Olsen calls Smither "a musician's musician."

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in …

Weekend Planner — Music: Rt 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An up-and-coming talented group of classical musicians, most of whom studied at various times at UMass and are now living in New York City, the Rt 9 Ensemble came together through a passion for collaboration and for sharing classical music in non-traditional venues. Beginning their second season, they return to their old stomping …

Music review: ‘Brilliant’ Ariel Quartet opens 36th season of Music in Deerfield at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 36th season of Music in Deerfield began with a concert by the Ariel Quartet at Sweeney Hall of Smith College in Northampton last Saturday, attended by a large and appreciative audience. The group, which was formed in Israel in 1998, is the quartet in residence at the Conservatory of the University of …

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Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third season with a concert by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter Sept. 11 at the Northampton …

Pelham composer John Cooper headed to India to promote the blending of Eastern and Western musical styles

Monday, September 8, 2014

PELHAM — John Cooper, 89, of Pelham, will head to India for 10 days in November, where he and his longtime friend and collaborator, John McConville, will present a blend of Eastern and Western musical styles through dance …

Jazz at every turn

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Carrying on an oral tradition: ‘Song and Story Swap’ opens new season

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society will kick off its “Song and Story Swap” season with a fundraising concert featuring contemporary folk and American roots musician Cliff Eberhardt Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center, 592 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazz Shares: Organic sounds for the soul

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A farm share gives you healthy food for your body. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares gives you nutritious sounds for your soul. Jazz Shares is a grassroots organization of Valley music lovers led by Glenn Siegel, WMUA’s longtime administrative …

Weekend planner — Music: 10th Annual Band Festival at Pines Theater in Florence

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Community bands are largely composed of wind and percussion instruments and are widespread across the country,” notes Alfred Barten, who plays saxophone with the Florence Community Band. “In the Valley alone there are bands in Florence, Amherst, Belchertown, …

Tuned In: The Sun Parade has new EP, local show with Jake Klar and Wydyde at Hinge in Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton quartet The Sun Parade will soon be off on a national tour, including some dates opening for their skyrocketing old friends Lake Street Dive. Before they hit the road, catch their local show featuring the official release …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Charles Neville at the Iron Horse in Northampton; Cliff Eberhardt at ‘Song and Story Swap’ at Nacul Center in Amherst

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THIS NEVILLE LEFT HOME Charles Neville, the only one of the brothers from the fabled New Orleans jazz group who ever lived far from home for long periods of time, might also have the most varied musical background of the quintet. The saxophonist has made his mark in …

Headliners: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra; ‘Salute 2 Summer’

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘No ear plugs are needed... ’ ...reassures Tatsuya Nakatani, the Japanese-born, Pennsylvania-based acoustic sound artist responsible for the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a touring project designed to “inspire cross-artistic community collaborations.” How it works is this: Nakatani shows …

Advance Bookings: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kevin James and much more coming up in the Valley

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $37-$134. xlcenter.com Kevin James — Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. …