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 Dave Stryker’s 8-Track Band, the eclectic Scott Robinson, bassist Martin Wind, pianist Helen Sung, Ed Palermo’s Big Band, along with Catherine Russell, La Tanya Hall, and Carolyn Leonhart Trio. We are pleased to welcome new performances by Allison Miller’s BoomTicBoom, and pianist Andy Milne. Immerse yourself in a weekend of cool sounds and spirited jams, all within a spectacular natural setting.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
“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
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Andy Milne Solo
A fearless, versatile explorer, Juno Award winning pianist and composer Andy Milne has been a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene for over 25 years.
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
This sextet has established itself in the world of modern jazz as imaginative and original. Fronted by the remarkable drummer Allison Miller, come enjoy this band’s progressive sonic palette of spontaneous and melodically rich compositions.
Dave Stryker- 8 Track Band
Dave Stryker and his 8 Track Band (Jared Gold on organ, Joe Doubleday on vibraphone, McClenty Hunter on drums, and Mayra Casales on percussion) will perform arrangements of great 70s tunes from the 8 Track era from Dave’s album Eight Track III which stayed at #1 for 6 straight weeks on JazzWeek radio!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Helen Sung’s Duets
Helen recently released the album Sung With Words: A collaboration with Dana Gioia. Please join us for an elegant concert of duets as Helen starts another excellent day of live music.
Ed Palermo Big Band
Listening to Ed Palermo’s Big Band is listening to a combination of Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and Paul Butterfield alongside beautifully constructed original compositions by Ed himself. This is a wonderfully unexpected show full of twists and turns that will take you down a winding road of lush grooves.
Catherine Russell, La Tanya Hall, and Carolyn Leonhart Trio
Each of these incredible talents have performed at Mohonk both individually and as this trio. This will be their second time sharing the stage at the Mountain House. Their combined accomplishments and massive catalogue result in an excellent show – one that is not to be missed!
MONDAY, JANUARY 13
Parlor Games Jam Session
Another Jazz on the Mountain with host Michael Bourne closes with a superstar finale! Don’t miss the fun at the Parlor Games Jam Session with Ed Palermo, Martin Wind, Helen Sung, Scott Robinson, and more!
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADER
Michael Bourne: HOST AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF JAZZ ON THE MOUNTAIN
“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
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. 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.
Dave Stryker has been called “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years” by Gary Giddins in the Village Voice. Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980, joined organist Jack McDuff’s group (1984-85), and played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine (1986-95). His new CD “Eight Track III” has stayed at #1 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart for 6 straight weeks, received 4 stars in Downbeat, and Stryker was recently voted one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2019 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. In 2017 he won Best Guitarist Fans Decision by Hot House magazine. Dave recently launched his online teaching school at www.artistworks.com. His book, Dave Stryker’s Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method, along with 30 CDs are available on his website at www.davestryker.com.
Helen Sung is a pianist/composer who hails from Houston, TX. 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.
Sung’s sixth album release Anthem For A New Day (2014) is her major label debut on Concord Records. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band & 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.
Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama, emigrated to New Orleans and then to Chicago and New York City, becoming a legendary pianist/bandleader/arranger/composer, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time collaborator and musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering bassist/guitarist/vocalist and holder of advanced degrees from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Ruth Brown. Catherine Russell is a one of a kind musician and vocalist. A graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Joan Osborne, Vince Giordano, and many others, appearing on over 200 albums.
La Tanya Hall
La Tanya Hall is poised to take her place as one of the foremost jazz vocalists in the world today. Her ability to reinvent the Great American Songbook is amassing glorious reviews from around the globe. Her versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to collaborate with some of music’s most celebrated artists, including Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Belafonte, Michael McDonald, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Patti Labelle. She has appeared as a soloist in her own right with the American Composer’s Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony.
Carolyn Leonhart is the daughter of bassist and composer Jay Leonhart and vocalist Donna Leonhart. She was exposed to music from a very early age, attending her father’s gigs where she saw him accompany famous singers such as Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé and Peggy Lee. She has been described as having an “intimate and soulful voice and broad tonal palette … a singer who works intuitively, with a voice that projects both strength and vulnerability” and has been influenced by a range of musicians, from her father to Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan to Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Andy Milne has recorded and toured throughout the world with Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Carlos Ward and Carla Cook. Milne composed and produced the scores for seven documentary films by acclaimed director William Shatner and has released ten recordings as a leader or co-leader. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the prestigious Civitella Fellowship. In addition Milne draws inspiration from politics, philosophy, homeopathy, comedy, and science fiction, with musical influences that bridge Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Herbie Nichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.
Allison Miller is an American, New York City-based drummer, composer, and teacher. She has recorded five albums as a bandleader: 5 AM Stroll, Boom Tic Boom, No Morphine-No Lilies, Live at Willisau, and Otis Was a Polar Bear, as well as working as a session musician. Her work with bands has included forming the band Honey Ear Trio with Rene Hart and Erik Lawrence, Holler and Bam with Toshi Reagon, and her own band, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom. Miller has performed with songwriting vocalists Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, and Erin McKeown, and toured with avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and organist Doctor Lonnie Smith and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile.
Before forming his own band, Ed toured and recorded with many different artists including Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, Debbie Gibson, The Spinners and countless others. He has written and arranged for the Tonight Show, Maurice Hines and Eddy Fischer. He also arranged the music for a recent James Brown concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
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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