Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Buttonwood Tree Honors Miles and Coltrane with Noah Baerman Trio

Join us at The Buttonwood Tree TONIGHT in honoring great jazz musicians!

The Music of Miles and Coltrane with Noah Baerman Trio feat. Jimmy Greene
 Thursday November 29th

$5 for students
$10 regular admission
teaching starts  6:30 pm
concert starts 7:30 pm

Pianist/educator Noah Baerman most often performs his own music, but on this evening offers a diverse program of songs associated with the jazz greats John Coltrane and Miles Davis. The program is presented in conjunction with his course on these two musicians through Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program, and there will be a demonstration and Q&A session preceding the concert. Joining him will be bassist Henry Lugo, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, all longtime cohorts of Noah’s and all accomplished educators themselves. Come for the whole evening or just the concert – either way, you can expect to be educated and uplifted.

Stop in at The Buttonwood Tree for our other weekend events:

Hartt School of Music: Classical Guitar Showcase
Friday November 30th

$8 regular admission
$5  student admission
8-10 pm

The Guitar Department at The Hartt School University of Hartford is the oldest performance-based guitar program in the country. Graduating its first member in 1968, its students have won or been finalists in major guitar competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America, Music Teachers National Association, American String Teachers Association, and Alirio Diaz Competition.

In addition, graduates hold or have held teaching positions at, William and Mary College, VA; University of Tennessee, Memphis; University of Idaho, Moscow; New England Conservatory, MA; Boston Conservatory, MA; The Hartt School, CT; University of Central Florida; Louisiana Tech University; Moravia College, PA; Misericordia College, PA, and University of Connecticut to mention but a few.

This evening’s concert will feature ensemble and solo guitar music including guitar quartets, flute and guitar, as well as solos. Student’s performing this evening come from Brazil, Mexico, California, as well as the East Coast.

Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet
Saturday December 1st

$20 in advance
$25 at the door
8-10 pm

Eric Mintel – Piano, composer, band leader
Nelson Hill – Alto Sax, soprano Sax, flute
Dave Mohn – Drums
Jack Hegyi – Electric Bass
Join us for one of our favorite groups, the Eric Mintel Quartet, for a very special, one time only performance! Last year we sold out the room twice, once before they played at the White House and once after! This engaging, fun and extremely talented band plays your favorite jazz tunes and originals. We are very fortunate and grateful to be able to offer this show again this year – don’t wait to reserve your seat!

Eric has performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1998, Eric has been interviewed and featured in Down Beat Jazz Magazine, in June 2005 Eric was the featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR and recently the quartet opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. In November 2005, Eric released a 3 CD Boxed set of his jazz on the QVC Television network. In June 2006, the Eric Mintel Quartet was invited to XM Satellite Radio’s World Headquarters’ in Washington, DC to perform in XM’s Live Performance Theater. The quartet’s one hour show aired to the XM Nation on August 12, 2006 on Real Jazz XM 70.  Eric and the quartet have also been interviewed on WGBH in Boston with legendary jazz DJ Eric Jackson.
In August 2010, the Eric Mintel Quartet performed by invitation at the United Nations in New York City for UNESCO head of operations Eric Falt.  On December 14 2011, the Eric Mintel Quartet returned once again to the White House, this time performing for the Obama’s for a holiday dinner reception.  A note from President Obama stated that the quartet’s music set the mood for the entire evening.

"Aligned with Source" Workshop for Empowerment
 Saturday December 1st

$5 suggested donation
10:30 am- 12 pm

A Workshop hosted by Annaita Gandhy:  Annaita is a Spiritual and Holistic Healer who moved to Connecticut from India. Experienced in applying various healing modalities to a wide range of situations, her main focus has been to heal through empowerment.

December Art Gallery- Through My Lens: Bill Revill's Photographs

Bill Revill is a painter and photographer who had a showing of his paintings at The Buttonwood Tree in the fall of 2011. He returns to TBT for the holiday season this time with an eclectic selection of his photographic prints that include musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more.

Visit for more information on Bill


Bookstore and Art Gallery open at 10 am  Mondays - Saturdays.  
All events listed are held at The Buttonwood Tree: Performing Arts and Cultural Center. 
For more information please visit our website or give us a call.
605 Main Street. Middletown, CT                860-347-4957 

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