BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday at 8 p.m., Open Music Collective will present a "Spring Equinox Concert" featuring Mitch Seidman, Claire Arenius, Jamie MacDonald with special guest Jason Robinson on reeds.

This will be a night of great swinging original music with its roots heavily in the American Songbook, with compositions by Arenius, Seidman, MacDonald and some jazz standards.

Originally booked with Harvey Diamond on piano, who unfortunately won’t be able to make it, the concert now features Jason Robinson. Recently off tours with his nine-piece Janus ensemble and a world tour with reggae group Groundation, Robinson teaches at Amherst College and performs regularly in Boston and New York with the Makanda Project, The Outnumbered, with Charlie Kohlhase, and groups with Dave Ballou, George Schuller, Drew Gress and others.

Seidman was initially inspired to pursue jazz guitar by a Kenny Burrell record, and then by the late Attila Zoller through study and a close friendship that began in 1974. A professional musician and music educator for more than 40 years, he has performed at festivals, and presented clinics throughout the U.S., as well in France, Germany and Costa Rica. Seidman has recorded with Harold Vick, Ted Brown, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, Tony Zano and Charlie Kohlhase. He has led recordings on Jardis, Cadence, Kyran Music, and Brownstone Records. Seidman is a professor of ear training at Berklee College of Music, was an editor at 20th Century Guitar Magazine, and co-authored the book "Playing the Changes: Guitar" on Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.


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Drummer/composer/educator Arenius has been performing in jazz and improvisational music for almost 30 years. Her formative years were spent studying music at University of Massachusetts, where Archie Shepp and Max Roach were on faculty. Later, as the recipient of a National Endowment Music Grant, she relocated to New York City to study with Charli Persip. This led to Arenius’ joining trombonist/arranger Melba Liston’s ensemble and to performances at Carnegie Hall, the Seaport Jazz Fest, Jazzmobile and others. Arenius has also toured with Attila Zoller. She has performed or recorded with many jazz greats including Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Marion Brown, Charles Neville, George Mraz, Ray Copeland, Mose Allison, Barney Kessel and Sheila Jordan.

MacDonald, an upright and electric bassist, is known in the New England area as a professional, musical, and eclectic bassist. Professionally, MacDonald performs in a number of genres. As a classical musician he is currently principal bassist in the Keene Chamber Orchestra, Windham Orchestra, Raylynmor Opera Company and the Hugh Keelan Ensemble. MacDonald has also performed with Bobby Bradford, Satoshi Takeishi, James Williams, Sheila Jordan, the Rod Levitt Orchestra, Peter Eldridge, Carlos Averhoff, Catherine Legard, Emilie Conway and David Goodrich. He also performs with a Charles Mingus Tribute Group.

Open Music Collective is handicap-accessible and located in the Cotton Mill at 74 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro. Admission is $10. For more information, visit openmusiccollective.org or call 802-275-5054.