Internationally Acclaimed Saxophonist Headlining the Third Annual A-Town Jazz Festival
February 9, 2014
Arlington Center for the Arts will pulse with the sounds of jazz when the Third Annual A-Town Jazz Festival takes place on February 9, hosted by Dan Fox and Morningside Music Studio and featuring renowned jazz saxophonist-composer Walt Weiskopf, best known for being a member of the band Steely Dan.
Walt Weiskopf will open the festival with a jazz workshop beginning at 4 PM and will close the event with a sextet featuring his original compositions. A dynamic player and acclaimed composer, Weiskopf began his career with the Buddy Rich Band and went on to perform and record with Frank Sinatra, jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy. Now a faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia, Weiskopf has been in Steely Dan since 2003 and has written six books on jazz improvisation.
Boston-based Dan Fox is a musician and educator who primarily performs on trombone and bass guitar. He has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Boston Globe Jazz Festival and recently was a featured soloist at the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain. He leads his own bands Made in the Shade and ‘TarBone and has performed a wide range of jazz styles with groups like the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Either/Orchestra. His Morningside Music Studio, located in Arlington, gives students of all levels the opportunity to play in weekly jazz ensembles.
“I am very excited about this year’s festival,” says Fox. “To have an internationally known jazz musician of Walt’s caliber will be amazing. We will transform the ACA theatre into a jazz club setting complete with table seating and lighting.”
The Arlington Center for the Arts is at 41 Foster Street in Arlington. General admission to the festival is $15. Admission for students and seniors is $10 and children under 12 will be admitted for $5. Food and beverages will be available. The center is handicapped-accessible. The center has a free parking lot.
The Third Annual A-Town Jazz Festival schedule is as follows. All events take place at the Arlington Center for the Arts on February 9.
Jazz Workshop with Walt Weiskopf, 4:00 to 4:45. An expert teacher and clinician. Weiskopf will share his wisdom on improv and have advice for players of all levels.
Morningside Music Studio Jazz Combos, 4:50 to 5:50. Performances by student groups led by Dan Fox.
Roy Scott Big Band, 6:00 to 6:45. Hailing from Sharon, Massachusetts, this ensembles performs a wide array of styles from hits of the swing era to arrangements of popular tunes. The band will play some of Walt Weiskopf's compositions and he will play with the band on those as well.
Sextet featuring Walt Weiskopf, 7:00 to 8:00. Joining Weiskoff will be Dan Fox on trombone, Barry Lit on drums, Shannon LeClaire on alto sax, John Lockwood on bass, and Tim Ray on piano.
Advance tickets for the Third Annual A-Town Jazz Festival may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit www.morningsidemusicstudio.com or call 617-909-7776.