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Larry Chernicoff Band Saturday June 8th in Great Barrington, MA

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH AT 8 PM
CASTLE STREET CAFÉ, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA 01230
INFO 413 528 5244     NO COVER!  GREAT FOOD!!

Don Davis Playing Mouthpiece Adj Crop

Castle Street is what we call a 'musicians' club', a place where people like to play because the audience, the restaurant owner and the staff are so warm and receptive. The food is great, too! 

Larry Chernicoff, vibraphone
Lydia Chernicoff, violin
Don Davis, Woodwinds
Peter Primamore, piano
Charlie Tokarz, woodwinds
Tomas Ulrich, cello

We had a blast when we played here last fall. Come and join us!

Miniature Orchestra Friday June 7th, 8 pm

“For two lengthy sets before a sizable and rapt house Saturday night, Chernicoff’s 8-piece group, playing without any amplification, explored the sound of beauty... the highly melodic and groove-based works were constantly changing and going somewhere.  With a group of truly world-class players, it worked so well that it became difficult to tell where Chernicoff’s writing ended and the improv began.  Andthe sound was, in a word, heavenly.” 
-- Metroland

FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH AT 8 PM
AT THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 MAIN STREET GREENFIELD, MA 01301
ADVANCE TICKETS $15 /  $18 AT THE DOOR
PURCHASE TICKETS AT WWW.THEARTSBLOCK.COM OR BY PHONE 413 774 0150

Featuring Pioneer Valley world music hero Tony Vacca on percussion

The Miniature Orchestra reunites in Greenfield, MA, in the Pioneer Valley. Old friends, new compositions. 

With:

Larry Chernicoff, vibraphone
Alfred Brewer, trombone
Lydia Chernicoff, violin
Don Davis, woodwinds
Jeff Link, bass
Peter Primamore, piano
Charlie Tokarz, woodwinds
Tomas Ulrich, cello

WHAT IS THIS MUSIC ?? 

The group sounds like a classical chamber ensemble that went over to the dark side. Clarinet, bass clarinet, trombone, violin and cello mixing it up with a jazz rhythm section. Oh, yeah, and saxophones. A rare opportunity to hear Tony Vacca as a drummer - no balophone!

Serious, deep and beautiful one moment, light-hearted and boppy a minute later. Eclectic. The approach combines jazz-flavored improvisation with extended compositional techniques

Larry Chernicoff Band in Great Barrington Sat. October 13

featuring the Tokarz Brothers Reunion
Charlie Tokars woodwinds
Fran Tokarz bass
Larry Chernicoff vibraphone
Lydia Chernicoff violin
Don Davis woodwinds
Peter Primamore piano
Guest percussionist

OK, I haven't played in a club for about 35 years. It's not a snobby thing; I just I don't think of my music as nightclub music. It tends to be softer, and leans toward classical chamber music. Sometimes no drums! But the Celestial Bar at Castle Street Cafe is a "musicians' club", a place people like to play. The owner of the restaurant, Michael Ballon, is a dedicated jazz lover who has continued to present jazz music for several decades. And there's never a cover charge at Castle Street.

This is also an on-stage reunion of the fabulously talented Tokarz brothers, who have been friends of mine since the 1980's. Fran left the Berkshires years ago to travel the world, but he's been sneaking back here from time to time and showing up with his bass in clubs and parking lots. Charlie is one of the the A-list woodwind players in the Northeast; everybody knows him, and he plays with about 50 bands, in every style of music imaginable. The Tokarz brothers haven't played together very much for a while. Until now.

Profile Article in Metroland Magazine (Albany)

Read Larry Chernicoff profile article in Metroland Magazine: 

Pretty World Berkshire pianist Larry Chernicoff has traversed the musical globe in search of a freer free jazz.


Larry plays on a couple of recently-released CD's. Stepping outside his usual musical environment, he adds vibraphone to a beautiful song on Adam Michael Rothberg's newest release, All the Whispering, and on several tracks from an adventurous indie release by Cassis and the Sympathies.

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