This is a reunion of friends getting together to play some of their favorite music for the holidays. Coming from the Pioneer Valley as well as faraway places Boston and NYC, it is a homecoming of sorts for the musicians having deep roots in the area for many decades. The night will provide something for every jazz listener pulling strongly from the American songbook. Even casual listeners will recognize well-known classics.
Shetler grew up surrounded by music: hearing her father play along with Lester Young, singing “Walking On Sunshine” with her mother’s rock band, listening to her grandfather practice the cello, and spending long Sunday afternoons taping Casey Kasem’s Top 100. In her 20s she fell in love with jazz and moved to New York. She has been performing ever since in various configurations—from duos and trios to fronting a big band. She has been honored to sing with some of the great jazz artists such as Jeremy Pelt and Mundell Lowe at renowned venues like Smoke, The Jazz Standard, and the Lenox Lounge.
Mitch Seidman was initially inspired by a Kenny Burrell record to pursue jazz guitar, and then by the late Attila Zoller through study and a close friendship that began in 1974. A professional musician and music educator for well over 40 years, he has performed at festivals and nightclubs, adjudicated and presented clinics throughout the United States, as well as in France, Germany, and Costa Rica, where he was also an artist-in-residence.
Jamie MacDonald is the founder and artistic director of Open Music Collective, the director of jazz at the Putney School, and teaches double bass at Smith College and Deerfield Academy. He has performed in concert with James Williams, Shiela Jordan, and Satoshi Takeishi as well as recordings with Mitch Seidman, Jill Connolly, and Barbara Ween.
Claire Arenius, drummer, composer, and educator, is an active force on the music scene performing with her own jazz trio, freelancing with many top-name jazz artists, recording, and as a jazz educator at colleges and a clinician. Arenius brings joy and light to every musical event.
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