This Thursday at 8 pm, Bargemusic presents Jazz Night with Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Trio. Friday at 8 pm, pianist Boris Berman plays an all Prokofiev program (see below for artist comments). This Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm, cellist Steuart Pincombe plays the complete Bach Cello Suites (see below for artist comments).
Dear Music Lovers,
Over the last few years we at Bargemusic became very good friends with P.S. 8, an elementary school which is located just a few blocks away from the Barge. I have met very special people connected to that school, like David Goldsmith, a P.S. 8 parent who has been our great ambassador and liaison; Seth Phillips, the principal of the school; teachers, parents, and of course the kids themselves, who never cease to amaze us with their questions, their smiles, and their great enthusiasm. So last April when the PTA asked us to hold a special benefit on the Barge, we were happily obliged. It was a very exciting event.
As a part of it, Jeff Newell played saxophone with his trio (his daughter attends the school). They sounded beautiful. Later Jeff mentioned to me that he had written a jazz composition that was 20 or 25 minutes long. When I asked him how many times he had performed it, he said it was not very easy to schedule it in jazz venues because of its length.
I had an “Oprah-like” light bulb moment! Bargemusic is a magical floating concert hall that goes with the tide and against the tide – so I invited Jeff to perform his composition. This, as well as joining Dick Hyman to play his own compositions earlier that year inspired me to start a jazz series on the Barge. Since then, many wonderful jazz musicians have come on board – and they and the audience are creating a unique floating jazz experience in a concert setting.
Lots of love,