We’re back! It’s been over 35 years since Cafe Society regularly performed jazz in the valley, so this will be a special night for us – a fun evening. We’ll be at the Collegian Court in Chicopee Mass on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 7 to 10 pm. Good food, good drink and a blast from the past. Hope you can join us.
Freddie Bryant’s Jazz and Tai Chi Workshop will conclude this weekend with concerts at the Arts Block Cafe on the corner of Main and Court Square in Greenfield, Mass. Freddie performed on Barbara’s CD Detour Ahead. Barbara took Freddie’s workshop this week and will be performing at the 2 pm show.
2 pm – Student Jazz/Tai Chi concert with students from Freddie Bryant’s workshops, and faculty. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the workshops that will take place the proceeding week in Amherst, or visit www.freddiebryant.com)
4 pm – Freddie Bryant and the Kaleidoscope Trio (from NYC) with Willard Dyson – drums, Martin Jaffe – bass and Bryant playing Telecaster, nylon and 12-string guitars.
After my gig with the Roger Saloom Band, I’ll be heading down to the Clarion Loft Lounge to catch what I can of one of my favorite jazz vocalists, Shiela Jordan. Sheila came into her own during the Charlie Parker era and has been performing ever since. If you don’t know her work, here are two You Tube clips from 1962.
And here she is again singing in 2002, 40 years later.
Here’s a 2011 video clip about her teaching at the UMass Jazz in July program.