Barm Music Program
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About Jazz at Bard College

We have a commitment to teaching Jazz as an integral part of the African musical diaspora and historically, as a place where European, African and Native American musical and cultural practices flowed together. We also regard the music as evolving, while becoming increasingly socially and culturally diverse. It is also a technologically inclusive art form that should not be frozen in time.

Consequently, our emphasis is on giving our students a strong foundation of basic musical skills, a thorough understanding of the history behind the music and an emphasis on the individual developing her/his creative process. To this end we combine, theory, history and technical skills training with a strong improvisational/ compositional regimen.

Our goal is to teach students to be the creative artists of the future rather than uncreative repeaters of the past. Our students are notable for the uniqueness of their self expression and the quality of their original music while at Bard and we have been gratified to see the exciting work that many of our graduates go on to do after Bard.

Spring 2016 Events

Monday February 15 -­ ​Seminar-­ A Taste For Chaos: The Hidden Order In The art Of
Improvisation w/ George Lewis & Concert ­ Erica Lindsay w/ Contemporary Jazz Composers
Ensemble w/ Oliver Lake & Greg Glassman


Wednesday March 9​­ - Four Contemporary Improvisers: Marilyn Crispell, Rosi Hertlein,
Francesca Tanksley & Eri Yamamoto
Master class 1:30­-3:30 Blum N211 Concert/Seminar
6:30­-8:30 Bito Hall

Monday April 14​­ - Franklin Kiermyer Quartet w/ Jovan Alexander, sax; John Esposito, piano;
Otto Gardner, bass; Franklin Kiermyer, drums. Master class
1:30­3:30 Blum N211 Concert
8:30-­10 Bito Hall

Thursday May 5 -​­ Concert ­- Pamela Pentony w/ Jazz Vocal Workshop 8pm Campus Center Cafe

Monday May 9​­ - Concert -­ John Esposito w/ American Popular Song Ensemble & John
Coltrane Ensemble
8pm Blum N211

Student Concerts

Thursday February - 18­ John Stajduhar Sen Con l 8pm Blum Hall

Thursday February 25 ­-  Pippa Kelmenson Mod Con 8:30pm Blum Hall

Tuesday April 5 - Luke McCrosson Sen Con ll 8:00pm Blum Hall

Monday April 11 - Zach Walker­Kahne Mod Con 7:30pm Blum N211

Monday April 11 - Justin Geyer Mod Con 8:30pm Blum Hall

Thursday April 14 - Christian Yost Mod Con 7:30pm Blum Hall

Monday April 18 - Margaret Pitman Mod Con 8:00pm Blum Hall

Monday April ­ 18 - Matt Dowden Sen Con ll 9:00pm Blum N211

Tuesday April 19 - Miles Sweeney Mod 7:00 pm Blum N211

Thursday April 21 - Ajani NaNaBuluku Sen ll 8:30pm Bito Hall

Friday April 22 - Laura DeLuca Sen ll 8:00 pm

Monday April 25 ­- Brianna Ramsey Tyler. Sen ll 8:00pm Blum N211

Tuesday April 26 ­- Alden Slack Mod Con 8:00pm Blum Hall

Thursday April 28 -­ Raina Sokolov Gonzalez Sen Con ll 8:00pm Bard Hall

Thursday May 5 ­- Peter Feinman Sen ll 8:00pm Blum Hall

Thursday May 12 -­ Zach Whalen Sen Con ll

Fall 2015 Events

Wednesday September 23- ­ M​asterclass - ­​John Esposito Trio w/ Ira Coleman, bass & Peter
O’Brien, drums   10 am Blum N211

Friday October 16- ­ ​Concert ­- John Esposito Sextet w/ Chris Pasin, trumpet; Eric Person, alto
& soprano saxes; Stacey Dillard, tenor sax; John Esposito, piano; Otto Gardner bass; Peter
O’Brien, drums. 8pm Center For The Performing Arts At Rhinebeck

Friday October 28​­- Concert -­ Thurman Barker Alone Together 7:30 Olin Hall

Thursday November 11​­- Concert -­ Pamela Pentony w/ Jazz Vocal Workshop

Wednesday November 28​­- Concert -­ Thurman Barker w/ Bard Community Jazz Orchestra
7:30 Olin Hall

Wednesday December 9​­- Concert ­- Erica Lindsay w/ Contemporary Jazz Composers
Ensemble


Student Concerts

Thursday November 5 ­ Josh Torvi Mod Con 8:30 Blum N211

Tuesday November 17 ­ Luke McCrosson Sen Con I 8:30 Blum Hall

Thursday November 19 ­ Phillip Paris Sen Con l Blum Hall 8pm

Monday November 23 ­ Brianna Ramsey Tyler Sen Con l 8:30pm Manor Cafe

Tuesday November 24­ Peter Feinman Sen Con l 7:30 pm Blum Hall

Monday November 30 ­ Matt Dowden Sen Con l 8pm Bard Hall

Tuesday December 1 ­ Maya Sommer Mod Con 8pm Blum Hall

Thursday December 3 ­ Ajani NaNaBuluku Sen Con I 8:30pm Olin Hall

Monday December 7 ­ Raphaelle Condo Mod Con 8:30pm Blum Hall

Thursday Dec 10 ­ Raina Sokolov Gonzalez Sen Con I 8pm Bard Hall

Spring 2015 Events


Thursday February 19 -­ ​Concert - ­ John Esposito ​Sextet w/ Greg Glassman, trumpet; Eric
Person, alto & soprano saxes; Stacey Dillard, tenor sax; John Esposito, piano; Ira Coleman,
bass; Peter O’Brien, drums. 8pm Bard Hall

Wednesday April 1​­- Concert-­ Thurman Barker w/ Bard Percussion Ensemble 8pm Bito Hall

Wednesday April 29​­- ​Concert- ­Thurman Barker w/ Bard Community Jazz Orchestra 8pm Olin
Hall 

Thursda April 30 ​­- Concert- ­ Pamela Pentony w/ Jazz Vocal Workshop 8pm Campus Center
Cafe

Friday May 8- ​­ Concert -­ Erica Lindsay w/ Contemporary Jazz Composers Ensemble 8pm
Blum Hall

Student Concerts

Monday April 6­ Andre Kvapil Mod Con 8 pm Blum Hall

Wednesday April 15 ­ Laura DeLuca Mod Con 8:00 Bard Hall

Wednesday April 15 ­ Daniel Risdon Sen Con l 8:00 Blum

Tuesday April 21 ­ Sam Smith Sen Con 8 pm Bito

Thursday April 23 ­ Caroline Petty Mod Con 8:00 Blum

Tuesday April 28 ­ Noah Stuber Mod Con 8:30 Bard Hall

Tuesday April 28 ­ Sen Con ll Eli Frank 8:00 Blum N211

Thursday April 30 ­ Sen con ll Dashiell Flach 8:00 Blum Hall

Thursday May 7 ­ Tristan O'Shea 8:30 Old Gym

Monday May 11 ­ Ben Smart Sen Con ll 8:30 Blum

Thursday may 14 ­ Caroline Heitter Sen Con ll 8:30 Blum Hall

Wednesday May 13 ­ Eamon Goodman Sen Con ll 7:00 RKC

Fall 2014 Events

Fall 2014 Events
Jazz Program At Bard College Presents:


Wednesday September 17​­- Roswell Rudd/Mark Dresser 7-­9 pm, Blum Hall, Bard College

Thursday, October 2nd- Bass Seminar: with Malcolm Cecil, Ira Coleman, Kenny Davis & Dave Holland
1:00 ­- 4:00 pm Bard Hall
Bard College
Admission Free Presented By The Music Program and Jazz At Bard

Thursday October 16​­- Woodstock Film Festival presents Burrill Crohn's Playing With
Parkinson's,
a documentary film on the life and work of guitarist/poet/painter Sangeeta Michael
Berardi, featuring Bard faculty members John Esposito and Peter O'Brien 3:45 PM at the
Woodstock Playhouse; Saturday, October 18, 8:15 PM at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.

Thursday October 23​­- Concert ­- Thurman Barker Art Of The Trio 8pm Blum Hall

Friday October 31​­- John Esposito At Longy Institute, Boston -­ Master Class 12:30 ­- 2pm
Trio coaching 3­-5pm

Saturday November 1​­- John Esposito Trio w/ Otto gardner, bass & Peter O’Brien, drums at
Longy Institute, Boston
-­ Concert at Pickman Hall 8:30

Friday October 31​­- Thurman Barker & Bard Community Jazz Orchestra
Featuring Eddie Allen, trumpet. Larry Moses, trumpet & Lew Scott, bass
8 pm, Bito Hall, Bard Conservatory,
Bard College
Presented by Thurman Barker & The Music Program and Jazz At Bard College

Thursday November 6- ​­ Jazz Vocal Workshop Concert w/ Pamela Pentony
8 pm, Down The Road Cafe, Bard College

Friday Nov 14- ​­ Master Class/Concert: Esa Pietila -­saxophonist w Rosi Hertlein -­ violin & voice,
John Esposito -­ drums & piano, Otto Gardner -­ bass

Master class: Blum N211 4:15­-5:30 concert: 8­-10 pm, Blum Hall, Bard College

Saturday December 13​­- Erica Lindsay w/ Contemporary Jazz Composers Ensemble 8pm Blum Hall

Monday December 15- ​­ Concert­ Carlos Valdez Latin Jazz Ensemble 8pm Blum Hall

Student Concerts

Thursday November 20 ­Alex graf Mod Con 8pm Blum Hall

Monday December 1 Paul Parker Sen Con ll 8pm Blum Hall

Tuesday December 2 ­ Zach Whalen Sen Con l 8:30 Blum N211

Thursday December 9 ­ Atticus Pomerantz Sen Con l 9pm Blum Hall

Thursday December 11 ­ Ben Smart sen Con l 8pm Blum N211

Spring 2014 Events

Sunday, March 9 - Erica Lindsay's Mantra
played by the Detroit Symphony as part of the Earshot Classical Roots Series.
3 pm, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall. Max M. Fisher Music Center

Thursday, March 13 - Guest Artist Concert/Workshop - Sheila Jordan
Jazz Vocal Master Class
1:30 pm, Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building

Friday, March 14th - Sheila Jordan Concert
Sheila Jordan - vocals
Steve Geraci - guitar
Peter Tomlinson - piano
Ira Coleman - bass
Peter O'Brien - drums
8 pm, Olin Hall

Wednesday, April 2 -Thurman Barker's Jazz Ensemble
Time Factor - Premier of Green Peace Suite by Thurman Barker

Featuring:
Patience Higgins - Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
James Emery - Guitar
Rob Schwimmer - Piano
Jerome Harris - Bass
Thurman Barker - Drums, Marimba and Percussion
For more info - 845-758-7572, or e-mail tbarker@bard.edu
8 pm, Olin Hall

Monday, April 7 - Uhadi: Jazz from South Africa
McCoy Mrubata - Saxophones and Music Director
Feya Faku - Trumpet
Paul Hanmer - Piano
Herbie Tsoaeli - Bass
Justin Badenhorst - Drums
Presented by Africana Studies and The Bard Music Department
8 pm, Blum Hall

Thursday, May 1 - Jazz Vocal Workshop Concert
Directed by Pamela Pentony
8 pm, Down the Road Cafe, Campus Center

Wednesday, May 7 - The Bard College Community Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Thurman Barker
8 pm, Olin Hall

Friday, May 9 - Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestra
Musical Director: Nyoman Suadin
Guest artists: Dr. I Made Bandem and Ni Suasti Widjaya.
8 pm, Olin Hall.

Thursday, April 17 - Elijah Tucker and Generous Music
Akie Bermiss: Keys and Vocals
Elijah Tucker: Guitar and Vocals
Joel Arnow: Drums
Dan Asher: Bass
www.elijahtucker.com/videos
8 pm, Bard Hall

Thursday, May 1 - Jazz Vocal Workshop Concert
Directed by Pamela Pentony
8 pm, Down the Road Cafe, Campus Center

Wednesday, May 7 - The Bard College Community Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Thurman Barker
8 pm, Olin Hall

News

Spring 2016 Student Concert Schedule Announced

  • Thursday February 18­ John Stajduhar Sen Con l 8pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday February 25 ­ Pippa Kelmenson Mod Con 8:30pm Blum Hall
  • Tuesday April 5 Luke McCrosson Sen Con ll 8:00pm Blum Hall
  • April 11 Monday Zach Walker­Kahne Mod Con 7:30pm Blum N211
  • Monday April 11 Justin Geyer Mod Con 8:30pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday April 14 Christian Yost Mod Con 7:30pm Blum Hall
  • Monday April 18 Margaret Pitman Mod Con 8:00pm Blum Hall
  • Monday April ­ 18 Matt Dowden Sen Con ll 9:00pm Blum N211
  • Tuesday April 19 Miles Sweeney Mod 7:00 pm Blum N211
  • Thursday April 21 Ajani NaNaBuluku Sen ll 8:30pm Bito Hall
  • Friday April 22 Laura DeLuca Sen ll 8:00 pm
  • Monday April 25 ­ Brianna Ramsey Tyler. Sen ll 8:00pm Blum N211
  • Tuesday April 26 ­ Alden Slack Mod Con 8:00pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday April 28 ­ Raina Sokolov Gonzalez Sen Con ll 8:00pm Bard Hall
  • Thursday May 5 ­ Peter Feinman Sen ll 8:00pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday May 12 ­ Zach Whalen Sen Con ll



Fall 2015 Student Concert Schedule Announced

  • Thursday November 5 ­ Josh Torvi Mod Con 8:30 Blum N211
  • Tuesday November 17 ­ Luke McCrosson Sen Con 8:30 Blum Hall
  • Thursday November 19 ­ Phillip Paris Sen Con l 8pm Blum Hall
  • Monday 23 November ­ Brianna Ramsey Tyler Sen Con l 8:30pm Manor Cafe
  • Tuesday 24 November ­ Peter Feinman Sen Con l 7:30 pm Blum Hall
  • Monday November 30 ­ Matt Dowden Sen Con l 8pm Bard Hall
  • Tuesday December 1 ­ Maya Sommer Mod Con 8pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday December 3  Ajani NaNaBuluku Sen Con 8:30pm Olin Hall
  • Monday December 7 ­ Raphaelle Condo Mod Con 8:30pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday Dec 10 ­ Raina Sokolov Gonzalez Sen Con 8pm Bard Hall



Spring 2015 Student Concert Schedule Announced

  • Monday April 6­ Andre Kvapil Mod Con 8 pm Blum Hall
  • Wednesday April 15 ­ Laura DeLuca Mod Con 8:00 Bard Hall
  • Wednesday April 15 ­ Daniel Risdon Sen Con l 8:00 Blum
  • Tuesday April 21 ­ Sam Smith Sen Con 8 pm Bito
  • Thursday April 23 ­ Caroline Petty Mod Con 8:00 Blum
  • Tuesday April 28 ­ Noah Stuber Mod Con 8:30 Bard Hall
  • Tuesday April 28 ­ Sen Con ll Eli Frank 8:00 Blum N211
  • Thursday April 30 ­ Sen con ll Dashiell Flach 8:00 Blum Hall
  • Thursday May 7 ­ Tristan O'Shea 8:30 Old Gym
  • Monday May 11 ­ Ben Smart Sen Con ll 8:30 Blum
  • Thursday may 14 ­ Caroline Heitter Sen Con ll 8:30 Blum Hall
  • Wednesday May 13 ­ Eamon Goodman Sen Con ll 7:00 RKC



Fall 2014 Student Concert Schedule Announced

  • Thursday November 20 ­Alex graf Mod Con 8pm Blum Hall
  • Monday December 1 Paul Parker Sen Con ll 8pm Blum Hall
  • Tuesday December 2 ­ Zach Whalen Sen Con l 8:30 Blum N211
  • Thursday December 9 ­ Atticus Pomerantz Sen Con l 9pm Blum Hall
  • Thursday December 11 ­ Ben Smart sen Con l 8pm Blum N211



Sheila Jordan - March 14th

Acclaimed veteran Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan and Jazz legend Cameron Brown to give a master class and concert. Both Sheila and Cameron have worked with many Jazz greats. Jordan's music has earned praise from many critics, particularly for her ability to improvise entire lyrics, Scott Janow describes her as "[o]ne of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers." Charlie "Bird" Parker would regularly introduce Jordan as "the singer with the million dollar ears." Both artists have won numerous awards including Ms. Jordan's most recent achievements:

2006 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Lifetime Achievement Award
2007 International Association for Jazz Education Humanitarian Award
2008 Mary Lou Williams' Women in Jazz for Lifetime of Service
2010 New York Nightlife Award - Outstanding Jazz Vocalist
2012 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award - Lifetime Honors Award

Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building
Sponsored by: Music Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail pamelapentony@gmail.com.

 

Spring 2014 Student Concert Schedule Announced

  • April 3 Matt Norman - Senior Concert II 9 pm Blum Hall
  • April 8 Luke McCrosson - Moderation Concert 8:30 pm Blum Hall
  • April 8 Daniel Risdon - Moderation Concert 8 pm Jazz Room (Blum N211)
  • April 10 Eamon Goodman - Senior Concert 8 pm Blum Hall
  • April 10 Paul Sylvester - Moderation Concert 9:20 pm Integrated Arts Room - Film Bldg
  • April 15 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez - Moderation Concert 8pm Blum Hall
  • April 15 Damien Moffitt - Moderation Concert 8pm Jazz Room (N211)
  • April 17 Matthew Dowden - Moderation Concert 8 pm Blum Hall
  • April 21 Noah Firtel - Senior Concert ll 8 PM - Blum Hall
  • April 22 Ajani NaNaBuluku - Moderation Concert 8:30 pm Jazz Room (N211)
  • April 23 Nastya Valentine - Senior Concert I 8 pm Blum Courtyard
  • April 24 Nastya Valentine - Senior Concert II 8 pm Bito Hall
  • April 17 Lamar Powell - Senior Concert ll 8:30 pm - Jazz Room (N211)
  • April 24 Lucas Henry - Moderation Concert 8:00 pm Blum Hall
  • April 25 Ali Overing - Senior Concert I 8 pm Old Gym
  • April 27 Ali Overing - Senior Concert II 8 pm Old Gym
  • April 29 Brianna Ramsey-Tyler - Moderation Concert 8:30pm Blum Hall
  • May 1 Paul Parker - Senior Concert l 8 pm Blum Hall
 

Fall 2013 Student Concert Schedule Announced

  • Oct 17 Atticus Pomerantz - Moderation Concert 8pm Blum Hall
  • Nov 13 Philip Paris - Moderation Concert 8:15 Blum Hall
  • Nov 14 Tristan O'Shea - Moderation Concert 7:30 Blum
  • Nov 20 Matt Norman - Senior Concert I 8:00 Blum Hall
  • Nov 21 Dashiell Flasch - Moderation Concert 8pm Blum Hall
  • Dec 3 Lamarr Powell - Senior Concert I 8:15 Blum N211
  • Dec 4 Carolyn Hietter - Moderation Concert 8:30 Blum Hall
  • Dec 5 Iga Mrozek - Senior Concert II 8:00 Blum Hall
  • Dec 9 Paul Parker - Senior Concert II 8:00 Bard Hall
  • Dec 10 Ben Smart - Moderation Concert 7:00 Blum
  • Dec 10 Will Ricker - Senior Concert I 8:00 Blum Hall
  • Dec 11 Stephan Simpson - Senior Concert II 8:00 Blum Hall
  • Dec 12 Lucas Hamilton - Senior Concert I 7:00 Blum Hall
  • Dec 12 Jory Dawidowicz - Senior Concert I 8:00 Bito Hall
  • Dec 13 Theo Seman - Senior Concert I 8:30 Blum Hall
 

Concerts/Events Fall 2013

Thursday, October 3 - John Esposito & A Book Of Five Rings
open rehearsal / Q&A - guest artists: Laura Steele, Rosi Hertlein, Greg Glassman, Stacy Dillard, Mitch Kessler, Emma Alabaster, Hilliard Greene, Peter O'Brien
12-4 pm Blum N211

Friday October 4 & Saturday October 5 - Second Ward Foundation in conjunction with Sunjump Records present an inaugural concert event:
John Esposito & A Book Of Five Rings featuring the video artist Laura Steele.

Second Ward - 71 North Third St, Hudson, NY
Pre-show reception at 7:00 pm, Performance at 8:00 pm. Suggested donation $10.
A Book Of Five Rings performers:
John Esposito - keyboards, electronic loops and drums
Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice
Greg Glassman - trumpet
Stacy Dillard - saxophones
Mitch Kessler - flute & bass clarinet
Emma Alabaster - bass & voice
Hilliard Greene - bass
Peter O'Brien - drums

Wednesday October 16 -visiting artists- John Esposito Trio w/ Ira Coleman & Peter O'Brien
9:45 am -11:30 am Blum N211

Wednesday, October 23 - The Bard College Community Jazz Orchestra Directed by Thurman Barker
8:00 PM Olin Hall

Thursday, November 14 -Jazz Vocal Workshop Concert Directed by Pamela Pentony
8 PM, Down the Road Cafe, Campus Center