Jazzstock   presents

Autumn   2014   series





Saturday, NOVEMBER 29

JAZZSTOCK presents New York / Denmark based piano / keyboard player, composer, producer, arranger



with JOHN MENEGON (bass) & TERI ROIGER (voice)


3:00 ‘til 6:00 pm

On November 24 Nikolaj Hess was awarded the prize for Best Jazz Album Of The Year at the Danish Music Awards for his recording 3 x Hess Music For Mum And Dad! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/music-for-mum-and-dad/id812195894

NOV 29 celebrates the 99th birthday of the composer & pianist Billy Strayhorn!

JAZZSTOCK will present our fourth House Concert of our Fall 2014 series at a location in Woodstock, and you are cordially invited to attend!

Reserve your spot as soon as possible, as this will be a very special treat for Woodstock. Once your reservation is confirmed, we'll send you the address.

Please RSVP: jazzstock@earthlink.net or 845-901-8846

$25 donation includes concert, hors d'oeuvres, beverages (including wine, etc.)

Nikolaj Hess won the category best European jazz piano player under 25 in the RAI competition in Rome, won the gold prize in “Berlingske Tidendes” competition of non-classical music in Copenhagen; and was a finalist in Leverkusener Jazztages “European Young Artist” competition in Germany.

Having graduated from Rhythmic Conservatory at 22, he was the first to get top grade 13 for his concert performance in piano, his major subject. He later studied in the U.S. with Richie Beirach, Danilo Perez, and Gary Dial. He also studied in West Africa with master drummer Odartey and at Legon University in Accra, Ghana. His latest works includes making music for and playing in Lars Von Triers multiple award winning movie “Melancholia,” as well as being the music director for the Reumert nominated Music/Dance show “Love Songs” by Tim Rushton, Caroline Henderson & Nikolai Hess, and being music director and co-composer for Ostre Gasvaerks show, “Jazz, Love and Henderson," as well as producing the albums Mette Juul “Moon on My Shoulder” and Etta Cameron and Nikolaj Hess with Friends, “Etta,” and making the first 3 singles of the Hessismore Nikolaj Hess piano remixes of the new album “Creation Keeps the Devil Away.”

Furthermore he has been touring extensively with his own projects, and is working on the next Spacelab Acoustic Trio album, and on his NY Pianotriology. His numerous recordings as a leader, co-leader and sideman includes Nikolaj Hess Global Motion + (w Mommaas, Hebert, Moreno, Ballard, Monder) nominated as album of the year at DMA 2010. Spacelab The Champ (w AC and Mikkel Hess) and also the Nikolaj Hess Trio “Playin” (Music Mecca), Hess/Lund/Waidtloew/McBride “Back & Forth,” Global Motion (Sunnyside Records). Ulla Henningsen “The Man I Love” (Sony), “Global Motion Trio” (Calibre). Hessismore, “Coral” with Gregory Hutchinson, Chris Cheek & Jens Skou, “A Word” with Sissel Vera Pettersen nominated as best jazz vocal album DMA 2010, research & development project “Spoiled Child,” Hessismore “Live At Wood Wood.”

He is leader, co-leader and member of several other groups like NH Quartet. Funky Nacht Music, Hessismore, Sissel Vera Pettersen/Nikolaj Hess. DocStomp aka Spoiled Child, counting and having counted members like Marc Mommaas, John Hebert Tony Moreno, Jay Anderson, Francois Moutin, Kenny Wolleson, Christian McBride, Greg Hutchinson, Marylin Mazur, Donny McCaslin, Jochen Rueckert. Satoshi Takeishi, Jesper Lundgaard, Mads Vinding, Alex Riel. Lars Danielsson, Jacob Fisher, Johannes Weidenmuller, Tom Rainey, Cameron Brown, Sissel Vera Petersen, Hans Ulrik and Chris Minh Doky.

He has also worked with Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Hal Willner, Etta Cameron, Ulla Henningsen, Annisette Koppel, Julee Cruise, Jamey Haddad, Ben Street, Ben Allison, Essiet Essiet, Lage Lund, Ron Afif, Michelle Walker, Ed Neumeister, Clarence Penn, Danny Gottlieb, James Genus, David Liebman, Hal Crook, Harvie Swartz, Jean Luc Ponty, Marcello Pelletiri, Andrea Marcelli, Michael Blair, Kysia Bostic, Ed Howard, Youron Israels, Dennis Charles, Doug Raney, Judy Niemack, Caecille Horby, Debbie Cameron, Lars Huo, Bob Rockwell, Caroline Henderson, Jukka Perko, Severi Pyysalo, Ed Thigpen, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, and many others. He was the music director for American Theater guru Robert Wilson’s “The White Town and is writing music for Lars Von Triers next movie Melancholia.”

He has composed and arranged for solo piano, small groups, large string ensemble, big band, choirs and saxophone quartet, for performances all over the world, also representing the best of Danish culture at royal visits and state visits abroad. He has also written music for Zentropa, Nimbus Film, Tiu Bang Film and others; and for radio: DR. NKR. Hungarian Radio.

He has also worked as a studio musician. His tours include USA, France, the United Kingdom, Africa, Holland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Farao Islands, Denmark, South, East and Western Africa.

He spends part of his time in New York, where he has played at Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm, Smoke, Joe’s Pub, Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, The Blue Note, The Kitano Lounge, The Cutting Room, Cornelia Street Café, Bowery Poetry Club, Pier 2110, Rainbow Room, C-note, Augies, Showmans Jazzclub, NUBLU and Museum of National History.

For 6 months he lived in Africa, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, and South Africa studying and playing African music. He has been awarded many grants from the Danish government, as well as from private foundations, which has twice included the Bikuben Foundation artist-in-residence in New York. He is sponsored by Bach Pianos Scandinavia. He is associate professor at The Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, where he is teaching part-time. Part of his work includes research/development projects in composition and recording among them on electronic music, combining computer-based interactive music with acoustic improvisation and compositions.

He has also been a guest teacher at New School University (New York), William Paterson University (New Jersey), Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique (Paris), Funda College (South Africa), Shuttle 2002 (South Africa), IASJ 10th annual congress in Cologne (with Jamey Haddad and Dave Liebman), The Royal Danish Conservatory, and Conservatory of Nonclassical Music in Arhus.

Past Concerts:



An Evening of Music from Mali at Bread Alone in Rhinebeck (NY)

Ticket: $25

To reserve tickets and/or contribute: https://music-from-mali-at-breadalone.eventbrite.com

Included with your ticket: Delicious Fare + Refreshments courtesy of Bread Alone Bakery

Join us for an evening of soulful, spellbinding music with ABDOULAYE DIABATE, one of the most powerful African singers in North America. He will be playing with Afropop Worldwide's own BANNING EYRE!

This event is co-hosted by Dan Leader of Bread Alone Bakery and benefits Afropop Worldwide and the preservation and development of its 25+ years archives documenting the golden age of modern African music. This is a unique collection of audio interviews, live recordings, and private performances, as well as photographs and videos featuring contemporary artists from Africa and many parts of the global African diaspora. Gifts are welcomed and encouraged!

Afropop Worldwide is YOUR source for music and stories from the African planet. We explore the world through sound, from the ancient past to the cutting edge present, combining music, history, and culture. The public radio program is available on iTunes, SoundCloud or your favorite podcaster. You can also learn more at www.Afropop.org

Afropop Worldwide is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and gifts may be tax deductible.



Sunday, NOVEMBER 2


Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist & Motéma Artistic Director


with John Menegon and Teri Roiger


3:00 ‘til 6:00 pm 

JAZZSTOCK will present our third House Concert of our Fall 2014 series at a location in Woodstock, and you are cordially invited to attend! 

Reserve your spot as soon as possible, as this will be a very special treat for Woodstock. Once your reservation is confirmed, we'll send you the address. Please RSVP: jazzstock@earthlink.net or 845-901-8846 

$20-$30 suggested donation includes concert, hors d'oeuvres, beverages (including wine, etc.) and beautiful fall foliage!

Of her most recent release, a duo with Charnett Moffett, Downbeat Magazine wrote:  “Like the much loved Fitzgerald and Pass recordings, or the classic Sarah Vaughan + 2…Passion of a Lonely Heart has a conversational feel that’s just right for a quiet Sunday afternoon!”

Jana will sing songs from her two albums, Soup’s on Fire and Passion of a Lonely Heart, as well as original songs inspired by her unusual life adventures which include off-the-beaten-path adventures in Japan, Bali, Outback Australia, Africa, Europe, and in and around the USA.

Many jazz aficionados only know Jana Herzen as the founder and president of the acclaimed Motéma label. Under her stewardship, Motéma has advocated for visionaries Randy Weston, Monty Alexander, Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Rene Marie and dozens of other dynamic and virtuosic composer/performers. What many may not realize, however, is that Ms. Herzen, whose initial professional life was in the theater, is a seasoned performer and instrumentalist with quite a talent for writing and performing. Her new CD, Passion of a Lonely Heart, featuring renowned bassist Charnett Moffett has been gaining international raves: 

“The spare setting is beautiful – and Jana sparkles here in ways that few other singers could hope to match.” JazzChill.com

Herzen’s extensive travels and life experiences give her much to write about, and her easy stage presence comes from years of performing in surprisingly varied circumstances. She’s played internationally as a solo artist and with Afro-pop and reggae bands; has performed in and directed off-Broadway musicals; and she’s as comfortable jamming around campfires with Aboriginal tribesmen as she is performing at major state functions. She once had the opportunity to perform for Nelson Mandela at the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

“Flickering tunes perfect for the quieter moments of the day.” — E music

To learn more about Jana, please visit:


Check out "My Latin Love" by Jana Herzen with Charnett Moffett.

Recorded live at Joe's Pub, NYC Nov. 21st 2012 during the Album Release event for "Passion of a Lonely Heart" 



Saturday, OCTOBER 11

Thelonious Monk Birthday Tribute

Joe Lovano (sax), Judi Silvano (voice), Teri Roiger (voice)

John Menegon (bass), James Weidman (piano), Steve Williams (drums)



















sets at 8 & 9:30 pm


JACK DEJOHNETTE (drums & keyboard)

RAVI COLTRANE (saxophones)

MATTHEW GARRISON (electric bass & electronics)










291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498


reservations call 845-679-4406



This special concert is a fundraiser for FAMILY of WOODSTOCK




The JACK DEJOHNETTE TRIO will be bringing their creative spirits and incredible sounds to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock (NY) on Saturday, August 16, after completing a month-long tour throughout Europe and the U.S.!

And yes...Ravi Coltrane is John Coltrane's son, and Matthew Garrison is bassist Jimmy Garrison's son, who was John Coltrane's bassist!

FAMILY OF WOODSTOCK: A portion of the proceeds, along with all proceeds from a raffle, will benefit FAMILY of WOODSTOCK, an organization serving Ulster County and surrounding communities since 1970. For many years FAMILY has been an anchor for area residents, a place where people are respectful and caring, and where the search for solutions is creative and tireless. FAMILY's shelters, emergency food pantries, court advocates, counseling and case management services, hotlines, and childcare supports all work together to help people achieve the life changes they seek. www.familyofwoodstockinc.org


JACK DEJOHNETTE: In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of creative associations throughout his career is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter and so many more. Along the way, he has developed a versatility that allows room for hard bop, R&B, world music, avant-garde, and just about every other style to emerge in the past half-century. Jack was honored as a recipient of a 2012 NEA Jazz Master Award for his lifetime achievement, and is recognized for his extraordinary contribution to advancing the jazz art form and serving as a mentor for a new generation of young aspiring jazz musicians.  www.jackdejohnette.com  


RAVI COLTRANE: Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the son of John and Alice Coltrane, was born on Long Island in 1965, Although his father, John Coltrane, died when Ravi was only two, he had a strong musical upbringing by his mother, a renowned composer and pianist. He began playing fairly early, but did not commence a jazz vocation until he was in his early twenties. At that time, Ravi honed his chops playing with Elvin Jones' group before meeting Steve Coleman, Graham Haynes, and Wallace Roney. In the mid 1990s, Ravi began asserting himself as a leader, but also continued appearing as a sideman with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and as a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman. In 2000 he recorded his second album and covered Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter while adding a pair of his own tunes. By 2002 Ravi had firmly established himself as an ego-free and forward-thinking jazz musician with a strong musical identity influenced by, but set apart from, his famous father's legacy. Praised for his music’s “elusive beauty” and for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it,” Ravi took a bold step in his creative journey with Spirit Fiction, his Blue Note Records debut in 2012 produced by Joe Lovano.   www.ravicoltrane.com


MATTHEW GARRISON: Born in 1970, in New York, Matthew spent the first eight years of his life immersed in a community of musicians, dancers, visual artists, and poets. After the death of his father Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane’s bassist) his family relocated to Rome, Italy, where he began to study piano and bass guitar. In 1988 Garrison returned to the U.S. where he graduated from Onteora High School (Boiceville) and in 1989 received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music (Boston), where he began his professional career with the likes of Gary Burton, Bob Moses, Betty Carter, Mike Gibbs, and Lyle Mays to mention a few. Garrison moved to Brooklyn (NY) in 1994 and since then has performed, toured and recorded with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chaka Khan, Pino Daniele, Michelle N’degnocello, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston, Wayne Shorter, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Coleman, Rita Marcotulli, Bill Cosby, Paul Simon, Cassandra Wilson, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Gary Thomas, John Mclaughlin, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Tito Punte, Mike Gibbs, John Scofield, The Saturday Night Live Band, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny and many others. In June 2012 Garrison founded ShapeShifter Lab, a now popular artist-run performance space in Brooklyn (NY).   www.garrisonjazz.com      http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/








April is celebrate Jazz Month!

Stay tuned for the JJA (Jazz Journalists Association) Jazz Heroes celebration at Tech Smiths in Kingston, NY, Tuesday, April 29 (2014)

This year our local Jazz April Heroes are Peggy Stern & John Bilotti. Over ten years ago they created the annual Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston and it's still going strong! 




TERI ROIGER (voice), JOHN MENEGON (bass), MARK DZIUBA (guitar), GREG OSBY (alto sax), TINEKE POSTMA (alto & soprano sax), FRANK KIMBROUGH (piano), MATT WILSON (drums, STEVE WILLIAMS (drums)

2:00 in Shepard Recital Hall, 115 College Hall, Master Class / Workshop / Panel Discussion / Q&A "free admission"



JOHN MENEGON's celebration of his new CD "I Remember You" at KITANO JAZZ CLUB in New York City, SATURDAY, NOV 2, sets at 8:00 and 10:00 pm, features JOHN on bass, TINEKE POSTMA on alto and soprano sax, FRANK KIMBROUGH on piano, and MATT WILSON on drums. TERI ROIGER is a special guest vocalist on a couple of tunes. 




Two Unforgettable Nights of Jazz in Tannersville, NY

Friday, AUGUST 9 and Saturday, AUGUST 10 (2013)


featuring world-renowned Artists in Residence

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl, Marcus Roberts

Orpheum Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street

Tannersville, NY 12485



Don't miss this exciting, unique opportunity to hear and meet some of today's most lauded "up and coming" jazz artists presented by CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY + a very unique ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE program.

CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY, a program of the CATSKILL MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION, is hosting a weeklong Artists in Residency, culminating in concerts, featuring the MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO, the CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT QUARTET, and Artistic Director AARON DIEHL.

Workshops and rehearsals, held Tuesday through Friday, are open to the public for observation, free of charge. They will be held at the Orpheum unless otherwise indicated.

Visit www.catskilljazzfactory.org for full schedule


FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 @ 7:30 pm


A tribute to Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin

MARCUS ROBERTS and AARON DIEHL perform a tribute to jazz master Jelly Roll Morton

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT (vocals), RODNEY JORDAN (bass), and JASON MARSALIS (drums) celebrate the works of George Gershwin

TICKETS: available at www.catskilljazzfactory.org

Advanced purchase: $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $7 students 

At the door: $28 general admission, $23 seniors, $7 students

Reservations are strongly suggested for this amazing event! 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 @ 7:30 pm 



will perform a high-energy concert to culminate the residency week.

Tickets are $10. Available at www.catskilljazzfactory.org

Also available at the door, but reservations are strongly suggested, as it may sell out!


AARON DIEHL: winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2013 Up and Coming Musician of the Year Award  www.aarondiehl.com

CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT: winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk international vocal competition  www.cecilemclorinsalvant.com

MARCUS ROBERTS: A previous winner of the Thelonious Monk international jazz competition, National Academy of Achievement Award, and the Helen Keller Award for Personal Achievement in 1998 www.marcusroberts.com 

All the above musicians will be participating in the Artists in Residence Program August 5-10, as well as the ANTONIO MADRUGA TRIO and the BENNY BENACK QUINTET, who will be rehearsing throughout the week and playing on Saturday night, along with the headliners. Antonio Madruga is a Cuban-American pianist who was recently awarded the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Award for outstanding soloist at the 2012 “Essentially Ellington” competition at Lincoln Center. Trumpeter Benny Benack III has quickly gained a reputation for being an incredibly versatile, fiery improviser who lends superb technique and musicality to any setting. He has won many major jazz trumpet competitions in the past few years and was recently featured on Wynton Marsalis’ list of the Next Generation of jazz Greats. http://www.bennybenackjazz.com


Founded in 2012, the CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY, led by Artistic Director AARON DIEHL, propagates jazz music through intergenerational dialogue, community building, and artistic excellence, offering jazz performances and educational programs within the Hudson Valley. This year marks the second annual residency, which focuses on artists' development.

The CATSKILL MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION provides educational opportunities in the arts for youth and lifelong learners and supports artists and art organizations in the development of their work through residencies. www.catskillmtn.org

For information and schedule visit www.catskilljazzfactory.org

or email: info@catskilljazzfactory.org

Promoted by JAZZSTOCK of Woodstock, NY





Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MELODIOUS THUNK celebrates the music of THELONIOUS MONK on his birthday
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY
Reservations: call 845-679-4406 or go to www.bearsvilletheater.com (EVENTS page)