Saturday, March 16, 2019

Armen Donelian Returns with Friends

Pianist/Composer Armen Donelian has performed at the library several times, always to very enthusiastic audiences.  He will be joined this time by Bassist Jay Anderson and Drummer Dennis Mackrel in a program of contemporary jazz on Saturday, March 16, at 5pm.

Armen Donelian has distinguished himself in 25 countries as a performer, recording artist, educator and author.  His music reflects a distinctive blend of influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical technique and his association with some of the biggest names in Jazz including Sonny Rollins.  He is co-founder of Hudson Jazzworks and a Professor at New School Jazz.

Bassist/composer Jay Anderson has performed/recorded with a wide range of Jazz artists and been featured on over 400 recordings. He conducts clinics around the world and is a Professor at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  Jay also co-leads the group BANN.

Drummer Dennis Mackrel played with the Count Basie Orchestra. After Basie’s death in 1984, Dennis became the drummer of choice for other large ensembles and acted in various capacities from leader, to international conductor, arranger and/or soloist.  Dennis’s works have been widely commissioned.  He teaches globally and is a Professor at Queens College.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.