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Jazz at the Jesup with Natalie Raimondi
August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz returns to the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, August 6 at 7 p.m. with Natalie Raimondi’s “Jazz at the Jesup.” The night will feature a trio of jazz musicians including pianist Ben Paterson, jazz violinist Zach Brock and bassist George DeLancey.
Raimondi says the library is a perfect place for a jazz concert, “The Jesup is a remarkable building with its unusual combination of the architectural grandeur of many old buildings coupled with the coziness of its nooks and crannies…there is no big separation between the musicians and the audience which brings a feeling of intimacy upon which jazz thrives. And to add to its delights, it is also acoustically superb.” The addition of a jazz violinist is particularly special as few jazz trios feature a violinist.
Originally from Philadelphia, Paterson studied both classical and jazz music before moving to the great city of Chicago. There he spent years performing and working with the top musicians in town, absorbing the unique blend of Jazz and Blues that can only be found in the Windy City. Now relocated to New York, he has brought his unique talents and style to a wider audience, combining hard-swinging grooves and melodic improvisation with an impeccable touch. Whether playing lush ballads on the piano, digging into some hard-driving blues-tinged organ jazz on the Hammond B3, or singing classic tunes made by the likes of Ray Charles and Nat King Cole, Paterson has garnered international acclaim for his superb musicianship and engaging performances, able to draw in both aficionados and Jazz neophytes alike.
Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock is a violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world and popular music. Brock received his first Grammy Award in 2017 for his work on Snarky Puppy’s album Culcha Vulcha. His acclaim as a bandleader has grown through appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall and festivals like “Tudo é Jazz” in Brazil, while his reputation as a sideman has spread through his work with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke, contemporary instrumental super-group Snarky Puppy, and jazz masters Phil Markowitz and Dave Liebman. Brock has made ten recordings as a leader or co-leader and is the first violinist to record for the venerable Dutch jazz label Criss Cross. He has also represented the U.S. Department of State as a Musical Ambassador in the Solomon Islands, has performed as a featured soloist for two Sundance Festival feature film scores, and is currently an “Artist in Residence” at Temple University in Philadelphia.
DeLancey is a native of Cambridge, Ohio, and a student of such prestigious programs as the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Michigan State University Jazz Studies Program. He is active nationally as a bandleader and educator, and has worked with programs including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People and Jazz at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop and Keith Hall’s Summer Drum Intensive.
Tickets are now on sale. They cost $25 each and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jesup, by calling 207-288-4245 or by visiting jesuplibrary.org/jazz.
The Jesup has served as the public library for Bar Harbor since 1911, but is a private nonprofit that gets less than 15% of its funding from the town. About 49% is provided by endowment and the rest is raised through generous private donors and fundraisers such as this one.