Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares

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Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 pm

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares begins its seventh season with a performance by DECADES, featuring Jason Robinson, reeds, David Goodrich, guitar and Bob Weiner, drums. This exciting evening, that includes an informal reception following the show, is hosted by the Center for the Arts in the new Flex space on the main floor at 33 Hawley Street. Single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Doors open for general seating at 7 pm.

Long-time friends with deep roots in various overlapping and divergent music worlds, Austin-based guitarist David Goodrich teams up with Pioneer Valley stalwarts Jason Robinson and Bob Weiner to present an evening of imaginative sonic explorations full of joy, intrigue, and celebration. DECADES seamlessly merges the evocative sounds of exploratory jazz, visionary Americana, country music and must-get-up-and-dance rhythms, with individual sound languages that have become celebrated hallmarks of each of these distinctive performers of creative music.  A previous resident of the Pioneer Valley, Goodrich returns to debut a project a long time in the making.

David Goodrich (Goody) is a veteran touring and session musician, producer, composer, and teacher living in Austin, Texas. With more than 25 years of international touring experience, Goodrich has played on hundreds of recordings, scored multiple films, and produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums. A life-long student and longtime music teacher and coach, Goodrich studied at Berklee College of Music with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson and Mick Goodrick.

Jason Robinson’s leads the Janus Ensemble, featuring Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, George Schuller, JD Parran, Bill Lowe, Marcus Rojas and Ches Smith. Robinson has released 15 albums as leader or co-leader and appeared on nearly 50 albums in total. His latest recording is Resonant Geographies. He has performed with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, among others. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music at Amherst College.

Percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has co-authored two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca. An accomplished teacher, Weiner holds a Masters’ degree from Lesley University in Inter-Disciplinary Studies.