OMC draws a pair of Diamonds to start three days of concerts

Thursday December 6, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Starting Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Open Music Collective is kicking off three days of music, starting with Harvey and Hannah Rose Diamond followed by a Sunday afternoon of ensembles and a Monday night of jazz vocalists.

Once a protege of Lennie Tristano, pianist Harvey Diamond moved from San Francisco to the East Coast in the ‘60s and has been part of the Boston music scene since then. Often compared to Bill Evans, he has forged a sound of his own merging free improvisations with standard forms, always striving for originality and beauty. Hannah-Rose Diamond, a singer who has studied the Tristano repertoire with her father, has mastered rare standards at a young age. Joining them will be Claire Arenius on drums and Jamie MacDonald on bass.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., two ensembles will play an end of the semester concert. The first group features Jim Kurty (tenor sax), Jon Mack (alto sax and flute), Steve Frankel (upright bass), "Sonny" Lou Erlanger (guitar) and Lowell Laporte (drums). They will play music of Charlie Parker, Frank Foster, Thelonious Monk and more.

The second group is a "Bebop String Sextet" featuring Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin), Joe McConaughy (viola), Porter Lazzari Fitch (guitar), Rob Athanasopolous (upright bass), Kate Parsons (piano) and Sam Lazzaro (drums). They are playing an ambitious set featuring Lennie Tristano’s "Ablution," Pat Metheny’s "Bright Size Life," Jimmy Raney’s "Motion" and more. This is a group of instruments not normally associated with "modern" jazz but have found a unique sound.

On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the final concert will feature six singers from the Vocal Jazz Repertoire class. Gabbi Walton, Anne Thomas, Jeanuska Fishell, Scott Sizer, Lynda Symans and BD Dworkin will sing songs of Jobim, Cole Porter, Bill Withers and others from the American Songbook. They will be accompanied by Kate Parsons on piano, Ben Carr on drums and Jamie MacDonald on bass.

The Harvey Diamond Concert is $10, and both student concerts are $5 suggested donation.

Concerts are held in handicapped-accessible suite 335 in the Cotton Mill. For information, call 802-254-5054 or e-mail


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