GREENFIELD, MA- Come and join some of the areas favorite artists to shake loose on this solstice night Saturday, December 21, at 7 pm. Born into a family of classical musicians, Becca Byram began traveling back and forth to London to play in a jazz quartet while attending Clare College in Cambridge on a choral scholarship. She moved to New York City in 1995 and garnered a reputation in the music industry for her knowledge and expertise with a number of vintage keyboards and synthesizers, including Wurlitzers, Fender Rhodes, and the Hammond B-3 organ. She spent a year as the assistant musical director on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and her songs have appeared in such films as “Coyote Ugly,” “The Heartbreakers,” “Any Given Sunday” and “Sweet November.” In addition to her own release, “Becca’s Smoke and Candy Store,” she has written songs for Jennifer Lopez (“Only When I Dance”), Dead Presidents (“Round and Round) and No Mercy (“This is My Promise to You”).
Juke Joint Jazz plays original, hard-driving arrangements of the classic jazz repertoire. Featuring several accomplished soloists, with influences ranging from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead, from Monk to Funk, the band plays an eclectic mix of works from an international cast of composers. Perry Friedman on piano/organ; David Kisala, saxophone; Michael Levine, guitar; Mark Dunlap, bass and Chris Hamlen, on drums make up the groupl. The Joint recently opened the 2013 Northampton Jazz Festival at The Iron Horse and just released their new CD “Live At The Arts Block” recorded this past summer. Dinner will be served at the Smithsonian Cafe from 5 to 8 pm.
The cost at the door is $10. Arts Block Cafe is located at 289 Main Street. For all inquiries email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 774-0150.