Jazz on the Mountain
January 11 – 15, 2018
Grammy-Award Winning Artists…Legendary Talent…Rising Stars!
WBGO’s Michael Bourne hosts this year’s Jazz on the Mountain with an outstanding roster of performers.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11
The Michael Carvin Experience
“Mr. Carvin is one of Jazz’s finest drummers, someone who can compress his sound down to a whistle or spread it out like a building collapsing.” —Peter Watrous, The New York Times
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12
“With this subtly provocative solo recital, Ted Rosenthal merges three very different streams of piano history, putting his personal stamp on all of them. In Rosenthal’s hands all this music sounds as though it sprang from the same muse, and that’s the sign of a skilled, imaginative artist.” —David R. Adler, All Music Guide
The 2018 edition of the Mohonk All-Stars features two musicians that made their “Jazz on the Mountain” debut last year: pianist Ted Rosenthal, who was part of Scott Robinson’s epic Doc Savage project, and trumpet player Ingrid Jensen, who presented an inspiring set together with her sister Christine. Then there are the regulars: multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, guitarist Dave Stryker and bassist Martin Wind; and finally the triumphant return of the musician, who gave us the “throw the drum stick on the lake ice” ritual – drummer Matt Wilson!
“Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain – incisive, original and emotionally convincing.” —Gary Giddins, The Village Voice
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13
“Listening to the jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli is like imbibing a potent cocktail whose flavor changes as you drain the glass. In the first couple of sips, the predominant taste is the sparkling wine that has drifted to the top, for Ms. Stravelli’s bright, rippling voice exudes a natural effervescence. Before long, it darkens, and the heady liquor underneath kicks in…As she dipped and swooped, twirling notes and phrases with a confidence and playfulness that recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Ms. Stravelli began interpreting lyrics with a ferocity that her vocal pyrotechnics accentuated…” —Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Honey and Salt
“There have been a lot of jazz and poetry combinations done over the years but the sheer eclecticism of this project makes it special. Having the poems sung as well as recited to such a crazy quilt of musical approaches makes you appreciate the variety of Sandburg’s writing. Whatever wild setting Wilson dreams up works.” —Jerome Wilson, AllAboutJazz.com
Rob Paparozzi Blues Band
“Please take the time to listen to Rob’s new album. I’m positive you will be amazed if you have not heard him before.” —Steve Cropper, Booker T. & the MGs, original Blues Brothers Band
“Rob’s CD sounds amazing and his performances are over-the-top killing!” —Will Lee, David Letterman, Fab Faux
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14
Dave Stryker & Peter Bernstein
“Lovers of jazz guitar nod in that knowing way when the name of Peter Bernstein is mentioned. He is a big name on the New York scene, with an impeccable history of collaboration with the best.” —Dave Gelly, The Guardian
Anat Cohen with Marcello Goncalves
“Cohen relishes the clarinet’s dark beauty as much as its bright dexterity. She takes the instrument seriously enough to enlist it for both song and dance. On “Luminosa,” Anat Cohen creates an ideal role for her clarinet, and the instrument shines with the dignity and joy it deserves.” —Michelle Mercer, NPR
Martin Wind’s “Light Blue”
The world premiere of Martin’s new album, Light Blue with the All-Star horn section of Scott Robinson, Ingrid Jensen and Anat Cohen, the first-rate rhythm section of Ted Rosenthal and Matt Wilson, plus Brazilian jazz legends Duduka Da Fonseca (drums) and Maucha Adnet (vocals).
MONDAY, JANUARY 15
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 Dave Stryker, Martin Wind, Scott Robinson, Matt Wilson and more!
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADER
Jazz On The Mountain 2018 is the 19th annual Mohonk jazz fest for artistic director 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/or WBGO.org.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Michael Carvin is a drummer of extraordinary talent, inventiveness and technique. His mastery affords him the ability to handle any musical situation and to skillfully pass on his knowledge of the instrument to an ever increasing number of students internationally. Born in Houston, Texas, Carvin’s musical training began at age six with his father, one of the top drummers in Houston. By the age of twelve Carvin began playing professionally and won what would be the first of five consecutive Texas rudimental championships. Mr. Carvin’s diverse career has included two years as a staff drummer with Motown Records and extensive studio and television work on the West Coast.
Joining Freddie Hubbard’s band in 1973, Mr. Carvin moved to New York where he quickly gained a reputation as one of the most formidable drummers on the jazz scene. In addition to leading his own bands, Carvin’s vast playing and recording experience includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Jackie McLean, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Pharoah Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, Hampton Hawes, Ruth Brown, Johnny Hartman, Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Smith, Hugh Masekela, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Charles Brown, Terumasa Hino, Bobby Watson, Billy Bang, and many others. Michael Carvin has established himself as one of the world’s most respected drum teachers and clinicians.
Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with several major American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released 15 CDs as a leader. His latest, Rhapsody in Gershwin (2014), reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes. It features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal also composes music ranging from jazz tunes to orchestral works, ballet scores, including for Alvin Ailey and a jazz opera, to be produced by New York City Opera. Rosenthal is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School and is a published author.
Karrin lives in New York City, following a childhood in the midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. Karrin currently spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas — to Brazil, Japan, Australia and the great cities of Europe.
“Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain — incisive, original, and emotionally convincing.” —legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins, The Village Voice
“If there’s a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She’s such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation.” —The Houston Press
Award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her original songs and her unique take on material from the New American songbook as well as classic standards by artists as varied as Pink Floyd and Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton and Johnny Mercer.
At age 15, Gabrielle began singing as a soloist with orchestras and has since performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, Birdland Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, the Hammerstein Ballroom, BB King Blues Club, Maree Sonore Festival in Venice, Italy and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. For three and a half years she headlined a Jazz Brunch every Sunday at Le Pescadeux restaurant in SoHo, NYC. She has appeared as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, sang the role of Anita in West Side Story with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and performed the role of Jeannie in the European tour of HAIR.
New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of todays most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand. Wilson leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. He has appeared on 250 CDs as a sideman and has released 9 as a leader for Palmetto Records.
Matt was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines in November 2009 and was voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for 5 consecutive years. The readers of Jazz Times recently chose him as one of the top 4 drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. In 2003, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Ingrid Jensen was born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand players on the global jazz scene. After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties – as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria – Ingrid settled in New York City in where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. More recently, Ingrid has been performing with the Grammy-winning Teri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project, and is a featured soloist on Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s Juno-award-winning album, Treelines (2011), and its successor, Habitat (2013).
Drummer, percussionist and composer Jon Wikan was born in Petersburg, Alaska and raised in Seattle, Washington. Jon spent summers in Alaska engrossed in the fishing industry while working out his drum technique on the back of a fish boat rail, using the money he made fishing to purchase his first drum set. His skills and sounds on the drums go beyond that of most ordinary drummers, perhaps due to his unique upbringing. Beginning with his teenage heavy metal obsession, followed by years of Soca band playing in Seattle and finally resolving into the jazz idiom upon discovering the deep pocket swing of Jeff Hamilton, Jon has emerged as a true individual on his instrument. From backing the most illustrious Jazz singers in the biz, to swinging hard in highly modern hard hitting formats, Jon has created a niche for himself that makes him one of the most flexible and in demand drummers on the New York scene.
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.
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 26 CD’s 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 CD’s of 2015 by Downbeat and WBGO. Dave has performed with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many others.
Scott Robinson and his unusual reed and brass instruments have been heard in more than 55 nations and on 265 recordings with a cross-section of jazz greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, including Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Frank Wess, Maria Schneider, Anthony Braxton, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Ruby Braff and Roscoe Mitchell. Primarily a tenor saxophonist, Scott once placed directly below the great Sonny Rollins in the DownBeat Readers Poll. As a composer, his works range from solo performance pieces to chamber and symphonic works. He has been a writer of essays and liner notes, an invited speaker before the Congressional Black Caucus, and a Jazz Ambassador for the State Department. Scott releases highly adventurous music on his ScienSonic Laboratories label, and his Doctette (celebrating pulp adventure hero Doc Savage) gave what The Boston Globe called “the most quirky and delightful set” of the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival.
This New Jersey-based front man, singer, & 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 leader singer with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Rob released his debut CD “Etruscan Soul” in 2009.
Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD, Live at Smoke.
Legendary guitarist Jim Hall met Peter while he was attending the New School and asked him to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival. Hall noted that Peter “…has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.” Peter has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart as a member of their highly acclaimed trio. The New York Times called them “the best organ trio of the last decade”. Together they recorded a dozen of records, all of which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards or playing their original compositions.
Cohen began playing clarinet and saxophone, and in 1996 studied at the Berklee College of Music. She has also recorded with her brothers Avishai Cohen (trumpeter) and Yuval Cohen (alto and soprano saxophonist). Her debut album, Place & Time, features Jason Lindner, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard, and Avishai Cohen, was released in 2005 on Anzic Records. Her latest record Luminosa features Jason Lindner, Joe Martin, and Daniel Freedman, with guests was released in 2015 also on Anzic Records. Cohen performs regularly and has appeared at a number of notable jazz festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Tudo É Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
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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
- Access to more than 85 miles of the Hudson Valley’s best hiking trails
- Boating, fishing, and swimming on Lake Mohonk
- 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
- Complimentary greens fees Monday–Friday on our Scottish-inspired golf course
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events such as Outdoor Summer Movie Series 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