Jazz on the Mountain
January 11 – 14, 2019
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 with his Tenormore album, bassist Martin Wind, and pianist Helen Sung with a passionate solo set. Other highlights include: Michael Wolff, Don Braden and his Quintet, Catherine Russell and Rob Paparozzi with a powerful Blues set, and Duduka Da Fonseca and the Brazilian Jazz All Stars. This year, Sunday night brings a Singer’s Jam with Janis Siegel and many special guests! 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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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
The Michael Wolff Trio
Michael Wolff, the internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, and bandleader, brings his brilliance to the Parlor at Mohonk tonight. In a long-running career as a sideman and leader, he has been the musical director for Nancy Wilson and the Arsenio Hall show, a member of Impure Thoughts, Wolff & Clark Expedition, and a co-star with his sons on the series The Naked Brothers Band. He is a recipient of the BMI Music Award and the winner of the “Gold Disc Award” in Japan.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
Helen recently released the album Sung With Words: A Collaboration with Dana Gioia. Please join us for an elegant solo concert as Helen starts off an exciting day of live music.
“Earth, Wind, and Wonder”
Don Braden is a Jazz musician of the highest caliber. He has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Don will be joined by a powerhouse group of Jazz musicians, including Dave Stryker, Art Hirahara, Jerry Warren, and Kenny Davis. This quintet will be playing Earth, Wind, Fire, and Stevie Wonder songs featured on Don’s newest album.
Catherine Russell and Rob Paparozzi
This year we are pleased to showcase a dynamic Blues concert in the Saturday night spot. Bluesman and harmonica virtuoso Rob Paparozzi joins the great singer Catherine Russell for a blow-the-roof-off Blues Jam.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13
Scott Robinson Quartet, Tenormore
Scott presents his latest album, Tenormore, his first all-tenor album! He will be joined by Helen Sung, Martin Wind, and Peter Van Nostrand.
Duduka Da Fonseca & Brazilian Jazz All Stars
Duduka Da Fonseca is a two-time Grammy nominated, legendary Brazilian jazz drummer who tours internationally. He rose to national prominence accompanying Herbie Mann, Astrud Gilberto, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. These All-Stars are comprised of world-class soloists who should not be missed. This dynamic group includes Scott Robinson, Helio Alves, Martin Wind, and Maucha Adnet on vocals.
Michael Bourne presents an All-star Singers Jam led by Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer and John DiMartino. Special guests on stage include Roseanna Vitro, Alexis Cole, Carol Fredette, Holli Ross, La Tanya Hall, Lezlie Harrison, and more!
MONDAY, JANUARY 14
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 Rob Paparozzi, Catherine Russell, Martin Wind, Helen Sung, Scott Robinson, Peter Van Nostrand, and more!
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.
Duduka Da Fonseca
Duduka Da Fonseca, drummer and percussionist, was born in Rio de Janeiro. He has been playing drums since he was 12 and by the age of 15 was performing with some of the most experienced musicians in Brazil. In 1975, Da Fonseca moved to New York where his career flourished playing with such ensembles as Brazilian Express, New York Samba Band, and the Brazilian All Stars. Along the way, Da Fonseca was a faculty member at the Drummers Collective in New York and has conducted workshops in Japan and Europe. He is also the author of the instructional book and tape set Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset. Throughout his career, Da Fonseca has performed and recorded with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Herbie Mann, John Scofield, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Henderson, and many others. In 1992, he co-founded Trio da Paz with guitarist Romero Lubambo and bassist Nilson Matta. They have several releases available on the Malandro label.
John di Martino
John di Martino is a jazz pianist, arranger, and producer based in New York City. He has been described as a “shape-shifter”, for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded with David “Fat Head” Newman, Pat Martino, Houston Person, and Taj Mahal.
Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director. He has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith, Billy Eckstine, and Janis Siegel. John’s talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with Gloria Lynn and Grady Tate. John’s discography includes many Grammy nominated CDs, among those are Love with Issac Delgado, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B,and Live And In Clave with Bobby Sanabria.
John di Martino was a long time member of Ray Barretto’s “New World Spirit”, John is a featured pianist and arranger on several of Mr. Barretto’s recordings including: Portraits In Jazz And Clave (featuring James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Joe Lovano, and Steve Turre) and the Grammy nominated CD: Contact. Born in Philadelphia, John studied with Lennie Tristano and Don Sebesky.
Lezlie Harrison is her own personal renaissance. Her constant state of evolution and growth brings with it, gifts for those those paying attention. As a vocalist both bold and subtle, her vulnerability attends to the fragile matters of our collective human affairs while her optimistic momentum inspires us to rise above any tribulation to rejoice. Be it Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul ,The American Song Form, original compositions or any song in ANY form, Ms. Harrison will imbue it her distinctive stamp and make a very personal delivery.
On the planet’s premier Jazz radio station ; WBGO, her voice as a regular curator and presenter reveals the love and pride with which she regards America’s classical music. Hyper-active on the New York and global Jazz scenes, Lezlie is also, along with the late Dale Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a member of the triumvirate responsible for launching New York’s world renowned JAZZ GALLERY.
On occasion Lezlie lends her regal presence to the stage as an actress, bringing to those endeavors, the same sense of organic elegance that she brought to the runways and photo studios of Paris some years ago. By way of her childhood in New York and North Carolina or her maturation in New York, Boston or on stages throughout Asia, Russia, Europe and elsewhere, Ms Lezlie Harrison shows aesthetic evidence that she is a recipient of the lessons of dignity, integrity and grace bestowed upon her by her elders and fine-tuned by her own history.
Pete Van Nostrand
Pete Van Nostrand was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. A graduate of Rutgers University, and The Juilliard School, he has been around New York since 2000 and has been called on to perform with Steve Davis, Jeremy Pelt, Eric Reed, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Dan Nimmer, Jeb Patton, Jim Rotundi, Mike LeDonne, Paula West, Sachal Vasandani, Kenny Barron, Brian Lynch, Jimmy Heath, Kurt Elling, The Clayton
Brothers, and Natalie Cole.
In recent years he has toured extensively with the Jeb Patton trio,Aaron Diehl Quartet, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and the Gerald Clayton trio. A supportive sideman and young veteran of the New York City Jazz scene, he continues to keep busy in New York and on the road.
Rob Paparozzi, the New Jersey-based front man, singer, and harmonica player, has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he’s at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. Having toured in Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, Rob’s Broadway, movie, and television credits are also extensive with appearances on Big River and The Will Rogers Follies, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and the CBS Early Show. Formerly a member of the Original Blues Brothers Band and lead singer with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Rob released his debut CD Etruscan Soul in 2009.
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.
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. Not surprisingly considering her pedigree, Catherine Russell is a one of a kind musician and vocalist. A graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Catherine has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Carrie Smith, Toshi Reagon, Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John, Joan Osborne, Vince Giordano, and many others, appearing on over 200 albums.
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.
Michael Wolff is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, and bandleader. In a long-running career as a sideman and leader, he has been the musical director for Nancy Wilson and the Arsenio Hall show, a member of Impure Thoughts, Wolff & Clark Expedition, and a co-star with his sons on the series The Naked Brothers Band. He is a recipient of the BMI Music Award and the winner of the “Gold Disc Award” in Japan.
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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