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The Beat Goes On: Jazz manouche and choro in Northampton, Pride music celebrations in Greenfield, and jazz in Amherst
06-13-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It was 20 years ago today … Well, maybe not exactly to the day, but Django in June, the annual Northampton celebration of the music created by the legendary Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, is marking its 20th anniversary this year.That’s no...

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A unique Father’s Day gift: The music of 20th century pop composer Johnny Anz to be celebrated at South Hadley concert
05-31-2024 3:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he was growing up, John Anz knew that his father, Johnny Anz, played piano and sang. But he didn’t know much about his dad’s musical background, especially as Johnny Anz died when his son was just 7 years old.But a little over 50 years later,...


Carol’s Jazz Night to return: Performances set for Wednesday at Blue Room
05-20-2024 3:35 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — Carol’s Jazz Night is back, and CitySpace has announced the upcoming stars of the Blue Room: The Argiro Quintet and the Rich Goldstein Quartet.Jazz vocalist Carol Abbe Smith welcomes community members into CitySpace’s Blue Room at 43...


Music festivals small and large: Jazz Shares mini-fest and a new outdoor indie rock festival are headed to Northampton
02-16-2024 3:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s still winter, but music festivals, small and large, are in the works. Here’s a look at some coming events, one that’s imminent and one further down the road.First off, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is offering a mini-fest next weekend, Feb. 22-25,...


In time for downbeat: Jazz record designer Jack Frisch hosts new jazz show on Valley Free Radio to ‘get the music out there’
02-01-2024 3:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Back in the 1980s, Jack Frisch, then in his early twenties, got bitten pretty hard by the jazz bug, taking the ferry from his home in Staten Island, New York, over to Manhattan with some friends and haunting record shops.His interest had been...


‘Creole love call’: Gombo launches new music series starting Feb. 2 with jazz reedman Evan Arntzen
01-26-2024 2:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When John Piskor opened his Cajun-style restaurant, Gombo Nola Kitchen & Oyster Bar, in Northampton last year, he said he eventually wanted it to turn it into something akin to a New Orleans cafe, where people come out for a drink and live music after...


The Beat Goes On: A busy couple of weeks at The Drake, a new acoustic music series in Holyoke, and more
01-25-2024 2:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In my last column, I mentioned that The Parlor Room in Northampton and the Marigold Theater are maintaining busy schedules right through these early, dead-of-winter days.Another area venue that keeps pumping up the music is The Drake in Amherst, and...


Arts Briefs: Oscar-buzz films at Amherst Cinema, a virtual show by the Young@Heart Chorus, and more
12-07-2023 4:07 PM

Hot tickets at the moviesAMHERST — Amherst Cinema usually has plenty of interesting and critically lauded films on its schedule. But at the moment, the independent movie house is screening two titles that are generating Oscar buzz as well.“The...


Music with a message: Northampton Jazz Festival takes over downtown next weekend with a celebration of music and civil rights
09-22-2023 5:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Max Roach is celebrated as one of the most influential drummers in jazz history, a pioneer of Bebop who led groundbreaking ensembles in every decade of his long career. As a drummer and a composer, he’s credited with making drums a more expressive and...


Lights, camera, action — and more: Black box theater at Holyoke Media becomes a forum for the arts and other events
09-08-2023 7:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Musicians are always looking for another venue to play. Actors and playwrights search for a new place to stage a show. Dancers want another floor to move on.At Holyoke Media, they all can find room.The independent, nonprofit organization, funded...


Expanding the musical horizons: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares readies for new season with 22 shows and some new venues
08-31-2023 1:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A few years ago, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares (PVJS), the member-supported concert series, faced the same issue all musicians, clubs, and show promoters were dealing with: a problem called COVID-19.Like others, PVJS went online during the worst of the...


Time to swing: Jazz drummer and South Hadley native Joe Farnsworth returns to the Valley for a concert honoring his idol, Max Roach
08-26-2023 3:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Joe Farnsworth was 10 or 11 when he got the chance to meet a drumming legend: Max Roach.It was at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1979, where Roach taught. Farnsworth, who grew up in South Hadley, remembers how one of his older brothers,...


Arts & Culture Briefs: The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival returns, BIPOC art in Easthampton, and more
07-20-2023 3:10 PM

Dancing in the streets: Jazz & Roots FestivalSPRINGFIELD — Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival returns to the city for the second consecutive year in a multi-day format, with over 16 musical acts on tap as well...


Making a musical home: New album celebrates the work of immigrant jazz musicians
06-15-2023 3:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In 2019, Felipe Salles put the finishing touches on an ambitious project: an extended composition that blended jazz, Latin American music, and classical elements, all of it based on interviews he’d conducted with younger immigrants about what it was...


Arts Briefs: Asparagus Festival in Hadley, new exhibit at Forbes Library, free concert in Springfield, and more
06-02-2023 9:17 AM

Time to celebrate Hadley grassHADLEY — New England Public Media’s Asparagus Festival, now in its ninth season, returns to the Hadley town common June 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering a variety of family-friendly events such as music and games, as...


Edo Mor looks to bring in international music based on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares model 
04-21-2023 7:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he and his wife moved to the Valley in 2005, Edo Mor says he found much to his liking: good bread, good bicycling country, nature and more. But for some time, the kind of eclectic music he liked, from North African guitar sounds to Middle Eastern...


The Beat Goes On: Boston bluegrass in Amherst, a rap and hip-hop festival in Hadley, and more
04-13-2023 1:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s a long way from Boston to the Appalachians, but you wouldn’t know it for the number of top bluegrass players and string bands that seem to come out of The Hub.Consider Molly Tuttle, for instance, the award-winning guitar picker who studied at...


Singular jazz duo comes to Amherst College: PVJS concert will showcase renowned improvisational trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
03-10-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over the years, Glenn Siegel has worked with a huge number of jazz musicians and composers, both as the founder of the former Magic Triangle concert series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and with his Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares program.But...


The Beat Goes On: Kimaya Diggs launches new album in Amherst, hot blues in Florence and more
03-03-2023 9:10 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The official start of spring is less than three weeks away, though it’s anyone’s guess when the weather will really warm up. But as if she’s anticipating that time, Kimaya Diggs has a new single out that could serve as a wonderful soundtrack for that...


Spinning the classics: Young jazz archivist Matthew Rivera will play vintage 78rpm records at the Northampton Jazz Festival
09-22-2022 4:04 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera didn’t hear a whole lot of jazz. But what he did hear began to pique his interest.By the time he was in high school, Rivera says, jazz had become “an obsession,” and in college he was...


A very good run: Last concert of the Magic Triangle series at UMass Amherst, begun in 1990, to take place
04-20-2022 9:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Over 30 years ago, Glenn Siegel, then working as a jazz DJ at WMUA-FM at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, went to talk to Frederick Tillis, the director of the university’s Fine Arts Center. Siegel and some other jazz DJs at the...

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