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Peter H. Bloom and John Funkhouser to Celebrate Duke Ellington in Weston VT series
(Published: July 14, 2019)

The Sundays on the Hill Concert Series will continue its 23rd season with a concert by the Boston-based jazz duo of Peter H. Bloom, flute, and John Funkhouser, piano, on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm, Church on the Hill, Lawrence Hill Road, Weston VT 05161. Tickets are $5. For information call 802-824-3704. The Bloom/Funkhouser duo will celebrate Duke Ellington (1899-1974) in his 120th birthday year, with classics like Take the A Train, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Caravan, and In a Sentimental Mood. Other Ellingtonia will include the lush ballad Chelsea Bridge by Ellington's longtime composing partner Billy Strayhorn and the hit tune Things Ain't What They Used to Be by Duke's son Mercer Ellington.

Earlier the same day, Bloom and Funkhouser will perform Duke Ellington's sacred music, including Come Sunday and Heaven, for worship service at Grace Episcopal Church in Rutland, Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 10:00 am, 8 Court Street, Rutland, VT 05701. All are welcome. For information, call 802-775-4301

Peter H. Bloom and John Funkhouser have performed together for more than 20 years. Both are veterans of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (46th season) and the FiLmprov Ensemble (22nd season). Peter and John have each performed nationally and internationally, and they each have extensive discographies. The Bloom/Funkhouser Duo is a member of the New England States Touring Roster.

Peter H. Bloom performs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, and appears on 45 CDs. He has shared the stage with Ricky Ford, Charles Neville, Geri Allen, Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard and other jazz greats. Jazz Improv praised his "exquisite melody," while ArtsFuse wrote, "Bloom's solos on flute and amplified flute are always highlights of a performance." In a career spanning almost 5 decades, Bloom concertizes widely with classical and jazz ensembles, including Ensemble Chaconne, Ensemble Aubade, mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, The Karl Henning Ensemble, The Makrokosmos Orchestra, The Modernistics, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Bloom has performed in London, Bangkok, Canberra, Wellington, Ottawa and other world capitals, and in hundreds of cities across 40 states and four continents. He given lectures and workshops across the globe on such diverse topics as jazz standards, free improvisation, historical performance and chamber music masterworks. He is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music.

John Funkhouser, piano, has shared the stage with Luciana Souza, Tierney Sutton, Ran Blake, Herb Pomeroy, Yoron Israel, Laszlo Gardony, Bob Gulotti, Stan Strickland, piano savant Matt Savage, and Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. As leader of the John Funkhouser Trio and Quartet, and as a sideman (piano and string bass), he has performed at Birdland, Blue Note, and Dizzy's in New York, New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Pittsburgh's Mellon Jazz Festival, and in top venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and other U.S. cities. He has toured abroad in such diverse locations as Paris, Toulon, Zurich, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Montreal. The North Denver Tribune praised his "unique and engaging jazz sound, while The Middletown (CT) Eye called him "wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to - he can also play with grace and sweetness." Funkhouser's discography of 60 CDs includes four discs as leader of his own group, and recordings with notables like Pierre Hurel, Willie Myette, Phillipe Cretien, David Thorne Scott, and Aardvark. He teaches Bass, Ear Training, and Ensembles at Berklee College of Music.

This 23rd year of Sundays on the Hill Concert Series is dedicated to one of the series founders Helen Burdick, who died this spring at the age of 99. The concert venue for the series is the Church on the Hill, a landmark of the historic village of Weston, Vermont. Built in 1838, the church is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and is known for its fine acoustics.

The Bloom/Funkhouser Duo is managed by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Managing Director, 29 Newbury Street, Somerville, MA 02144-2442 USA, Tel: 617-776-8778.

More Information: http://www.americasmusicworks.com/bloom-funkhouser-duo.html

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