Kurtis Rivers coming to Open Music Collective

Thursday March 17, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- On Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., Open Music Collective will host Boston’s Kurtis Rivers.

Ruvers is a sax/woodwinds player who has been an integral part of the music scene in Boston and New York for more than 30 years. In this concert, he will be accompanied by The Jazz Demolition Project with David Goodrich on guitar, Jamie MacDonald on bass and Doug Raneri on drums.

Rivers is lead saxophonist in the Makanda Project. He has been a consistent force on the Roxbury jazz scene leading groups and keeping the music alive at various local venues. He also plays with the Either/Orchestra, and has performed extensively with the ensembles of Salim Washington and Ku-umba Frank Lacy. He is on the faculty of New England Conservatory.

Jazz Demolition Project was formed two years ago when outside forces brought together like-minded individuals looking for an outlet to express their individualism. Connecting with the music that they were raised on and love and combining it in a fusion of something a little different means audiences may hear Otis Redding, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Sonic Youth or something a little country.

Raneri grew up near Boston and met Rivers at a young age where they "woodshedded" for countless hours together. He has performed with Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Yusef Lateef, Milcho Leviev, Roberto Miranda and many others within many musical genres.

Goodrich studyied at Berklee College of Music. He later went on with success with the group Groovasaurus. When Groovasaurus called it quits, he began collaborating with an array of today’s best independent singer/songwriters as an accompanist and producer. He has produced recordings for artists such as Chris Smither, Peter Mulvey, Jeffrey Foucault, Rose Polenzani, The Amity Front and Moses Atwood. He appears on more than 75 recordings, including the Grammy-nominated "Avalon Blues."

MacDonald is the artistic director of the Open Music Collective and likes to work in many genres. He has performed with many jazz greats and has recent and upcoming releases coming out with Mitch Seidman, Harvey Diamond, Emilie Conway, Marie-Annick Duhaime and Barbara Weene.

The group will be reuniting the end of June to teach the OMC summer Jazz Intensive together.

Concert admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. The Open Music Collective is located in the handicapped- accessible Cotton Mill. For reservations and information, call 802-254-5054 or e-mail info@openmusiccollective.org.


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