Jazz on the Mountain
January 10 – 13, 2020
WBGO’s Michael Bourne hosts this year’s Jazz on the Mountain with an outstanding roster of performers. Returning favorites include the eclectic Scott Robinson, bassist Martin Wind, Don Braden, Dave Stryker, Janis Siegel and pianist Helen Sung. Immerse yourself in a weekend of cool sounds, spirited jams, and a spectacular natural setting.
“Some of the best jazz artists have become Mohonk perennials. Typical of what happens every year, they’ll make music in the moment. All these players, year after year at Mohonk, remind me why I fell in love with jazz.” – Michael Bourne
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MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADER
Jazz On The Mountain 2018 is the 20th annual Mohonk jazz fest for program leader Michael Bourne. “I first came in January 2000 and was asked to answer the question, ‘Where is jazz going in the new millennium?’ I answered that I don’t know, but wherever jazz goes is cool. And it’s been very cool every year since then at Mohonk, especially being able to bring some of my favorite musicians.” He’s been an actor, travel journalist, and jazz journalist, but Michael is best known as a disc jockey for WBGO, weekdays in the afternoon and Sunday mornings with “Singers Unlimited” on WBGO 88.3FM and WBGO.org.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Don Braden is a jazz musician of the highest caliber. For over 30 years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others. He has composed music for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 19 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film, and the television networks Nickelodeon and CBS. Braden is a leading arranger of contemporary standards, and has built a solid collection of newer American songs into his Jazz repertoire. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and most recently, the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band. He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Most importantly, he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most vital musicians working today.
Scott Robinson, one of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. His discography now includes more than 190 recordings. Scott has performed in some thirty nations, in such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, the Library of Congress, and the Vienna Opera House. Scott’s group was selected to be the closing act at the Knitting Factory’s Sun Ra Festival in New York City. Scott has also written magazine articles and liner notes, and was an invited speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum in Washington, D.C.
Over the years, Janis’ unmistakable voice has become one of Manhattan Transfer’s most recognizable trademarks. She sang lead on some of the Transfer’s biggest hits, such as “Operator,” “Chanson D’Amour,” “Twilight Zone,” “Birdland,” “The Boy from N.Y.C.,” “Spice of Life,” ”Ray’s Rockhouse,” “The Shaker Song,” “Mystery,” and she co-wrote and sang lead on the Grammy winning “Sassy.” She also gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by writing five of the charts for the group’s acclaimed masterwork, Vocalese, seven charts for the group’s Grammy-winning album Brasil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of “Birdland.” In 1993, she and her Manhattan Transfer colleagues received their honorary doctorates from the Berklee School of Music, and in 1999 they were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 26 CDs as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again as one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2017 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. Dave has had success on his own label Strikezone Records. His most recent CD Strykin’ Ahead received 4 stars in Downbeat and stayed on the top of the radio charts for several months. Eight Track I and II both reached #2 on the JazzWeek chart. His tribute to Stanley Turrentine called Messin’ with Mister T (Strikezone Records) reached #1 on JazzWeek Radio chart and was picked as one of the top CDs of 2015 by Downbeat and WBGO.
Helen Sung is a pianist/composer who hails from Houston, where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with such luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Wayne Shorter, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter. With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth release Anthem For A New Day was her major label debut on Concord Records. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage: her “NuGenerations” Project toured southern Africa as a US State Department Jazz Ambassador. Other engagements include a European CD Release Tour for Anthem, the London Jazz Festival, and Shanghai’s JZ Festival. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band and Dynasty Band, T.S. Monk Band, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project.
Martin Wind, bassist and composer, has become a regular at all major jazz clubs in New York and is also in demand as a session player. His credits include movies such as The Alamo, Intolerable Cruelty, Mona Lisa Smiles, and Fur. He has recorded and/or performed with the following artists, among many others: Guidon Kremer, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Toots Thielemans, Jim McNeely, Buddy DeFranco, The Metropole Orchestra, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Curtis Fuller, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Johnny Griffin, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Terell Stafford, Larry Goldings, and Village Vanguard Orchestra.
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When you visit for Jazz on the Mountain, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced cuisine from our farm-to-table partners
- Guided Outdoor Activities such as Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Nature Hikes (weather permitting)
- Ice skating in our open air pavilion
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Guided Nature Hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events and more! See schedule of activities >
A la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyperlocal draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our Main Dining Room