Long Island's Harmony Vineyards Launches
FREE Summer-Long Classic Jazz Albums Live Concert Series
Sunday, May 19
(Published: April 18, 2013)
Jazz Great Ray Anderson Leads Ensemble Performing
Classic Albums by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk,
John Coltrane & Duke Ellington
Stony Brook, NY, April 18, 2013 - In a fitting tribute to its name, Long Island's Harmony Vineyards has announced it will present "The Ray Anderson Classic Jazz Albums Live Concert Series," where the internationally-renowned trombone virtuoso and an all-star band will perform, in their entirety, some of the greatest albums in jazz history.
The summer-long series, which will kick off Sunday, May 19th, not only provides the opportunity to enjoy great sounds and fine wine on the waterfront, but raises money to support Stony Brook University's Jazz Department, where Anderson serves as Director of Jazz Studies.
Five times winner of the "Best Trombonist" in the Down Beat Magazine Critics Poll, Ray Anderson has shown remarkable range in his four decade professional career. Called the "most exciting slide brass player of his generation" by the Penguin Guide to Jazz, Anderson has led or co-led a wide variety of traditional-minded and experimental groups, ranging from big band and blues to bebop, funk and even a trombone quartet. His artistry is featured on more than 20 recordings as leader and dozens more as an accompanist, made in the company of other giants like Jimmy Giuffre, Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Dr. John, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers and many more.
Harmony Vineyards Presents: The Ray Anderson Classic Jazz Albums Live Concert Series is free to the public. The concerts will be held on the outside grounds adjacent to Harmony Vineyards Tasting Room, 169 Harbor Road, Head of the Harbor, New York, ¼ mile up Harbor Road from the Grist Mill in historic Stony Brook, Long Island, off Exit 62 on 495 (Long Island Expressway). The current line-up of events includes:
• Sunday, May 19, 5 pm: Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue:" Regarded by many as the greatest jazz album of all-time, this 1959 disc set the framework for modern modal jazz which still rules today, featuring the trumpet great, alongside the saxes of John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, pianist Bill Evans, drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassist Paul Chambers;
• Sunday June 23, 5 pm: "Duke Ellington & John Coltrane:" A 1961 Impulse! classic that brought together the leading modern saxophonist (Dix Hill, LI resident Coltrane) with the pianist/composer/leader of the most successful name of the big band-era (Ellington). On this small ensemble offering, Coltrane explores his gentler side on immortal Ellington/Strayhorn melodies like "In A Sentimental Mood" and debuts one of his own most memorable standards, "Big Nick;"
• Sunday, July 14, 2 pm: Thelonius Monk "Underground:" Anderson and crew will play the entirety of this 1968 classic, known for its award-winning cover picturing Monk as a resistance fighter. Included are "Boo Boo's Birthday" and the standard "Green Chimneys," both written by Monk for his daughter Barbara;
• Weekly Live Jazz: While not a part of the above concert series, Harmony Vineyards features a rotating roster of live jazz bands in its Tasting Room, and out of doors weather permitting, every Saturday from 1 - 8 pm and Sunday 1 - 6 pm.
Planted in 2002, Harmony Vineyards is Long Island's first waterfront winery, 32.5 harbor-side acres only 70 minutes from Manhattan on scenic Stony Brook Harbor. Formerly known as East Farm and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its centerpiece is the lovingly restored 1690 farmhouse, which serves as its tasting room and the site for many intriguing events, from art shows to its weekly outdoor "Drink-In Movie" screenings. Harmony Vineyards produces some of the area's most praised wines, a full-bodied cassis-like cabernet sauvignon, mouth-filling chardonnay and a sultry Harmonious Red Blend, a hearty fusion of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
All of the profits from the sales of Harmony Vineyards wines go to charity, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, Pink Rock, The Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children.
A gifted teacher who has conducted workshops and master classes around the world, Anderson became a Guest Faculty member of the Music Department of the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2001. Since 2003, he has served as the Director of Jazz Studies.
For information, call Harmony Vineyards at 631-291-9900 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.harmonyvineyards.com . More information on Ray Anderson can be found at www.rayanderson.org.
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