Capital District Jazz invite you to enjoy an evening of jazz guitar wizardry with two renowned jazz guitarists to celebrate the release of their new CD “Cross Country Lines”. John Stowell and Mark Kleinhaut combine their unique styles to produce music of remarkable beauty. Using the Great American Songbook as inspiration they reimagine the repertoire to create improvisatory flights that are strikingly original, harmoniously textured, mysterious, melodic and romantic. Jazz Times writer Bill Milkowski notes of the duo’s CD “The two guitarists mesh so beautifully... some real six-string magic happens that will make guitar aficionados sit up and take notice.” This intimate concert is perfect for a mid-week date night during Saratoga Springs restaurant week.
In addition to inviting all youth under age 18 to attend free of charge, Capital District Jazz (CDJ) is allocating all net proceeds of the concert to provide scholarship funding for the All Ears Music workshop (summer 2017). All Ears: Jazz and Improvised Music Workshop (a program of CDJ) is a fun hands-on way for students of all ages to learn about jazz and improvised music. The instructors teach participants how to play using a traditional teaching method utilized by many of the jazz greats. This "play by ear" method develops a student's listening skills and the step-by-step guidance provided by the faculty, allows students to achieve results quickly, even beginners. All Ears workshops take place in the summer at locations in the Capital District, with scholarships and tuition assistance available. For more information, visit www.cdjazz.org.
Based in Portland OR, John Stowell has performed all over the world including performances with Tom Harrell, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, David Liebman, and Larry Coryell, who says of Stowell, “...he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator.” John also has had a long collaboration with bassist David Friesen which produced 6 albums and performances in Europe, Canada, Australia, and the USA. A harmonically adventurous player and talented composer, Stowell has released 9 critically-acclaimed CDs as leader, with festival appearances at Saratoga, Monterey, Telluride, Berlin, Molde, Montreal, and more. Chosen “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” by Downbeat‘s International Critic’s Poll, he is also an in-demand teacher and clinician of jazz guitar and has taught at the country’s most prestigious schools of music, including numerous “Artist in Residence” series.
Mark Kleinhaut, a relative newcomer to Saratoga Springs, has been performing, composing and recording for decades. In 2013, Kleinhaut was honored with inclusion in noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow's book, The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Ultimate Guide published by Backbeat Books. During Kleinhaut's career, he has recorded over 60 compositions, released six albums including a Jazzweek Top 20 disc with saxophonist Bobby Watson, and an album with trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. Kleinhaut’s resume includes a teaching stint at the University of Southern Maine, performance tours in Europe and Cuba, as well as a performance with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Summer Music Festival. JazzTimes writer and author Bill Milkowski calls Kleinhaut, “one of the truly brilliant guitarists on the jazz scene today.”
Capital District Jazz, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed by practitioners and fans who love jazz music. Although, uniquely American in origin, jazz reaches, and draws from, millions of performers and listeners around the globe, who are inspired by its rich history, excited by its technical complexity, and moved by its emotional depth. The members of CDJ care deeply about this art form and want to share their excitement with current and potential performers and enthusiasts throughout the "Capital District" of New York State and beyond. CDJ's mission is; to build and serve a wider audience for jazz through education; to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians in the region to develop venues for these pursuits.