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Jazz Concert by The Quartet Saturday, October 1

August 17 2016

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents a Jazz Concert by The Quartet Saturday, October 1

Spencertown, New York— Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents a jazz concert by The Quartet on Saturday, October 1 at 8:00pm. The group features Stuart Quimby (flute), Tony Kieraldo (piano), Terence Murren (base), and Peter O’Brien (drums). General admission tickets ($20/$10 for students) may be purchased in advance via and will be available at the door.

“Separately, The Quartet’s master players have all pursued careers as sidemen—playing in diverse styles and backing a roster of amazing musicians. They bring decades of musical experience to the stage, but now they’re playing for each other,” said Spencertown Academy volunteer Rob Fisch. “Their combined history yields an enormous collective repertoire, allowing them to select compositions that span several decades of jazz history.”

Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a classical and jazz composer, and a professional musician (flute, vocals, most of the baroque wind instruments, the Balinese gamelan instruments, the blues harp and chromatic harmonica, the trumpet, various keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and performances with Paquito D’Rivera, Ben Sidran, Vassar Clements, Jimmy Schwall, Gordon Lightfoot, the Brüggen Quartet, several chamber groups and classical ensembles, as well as the jazz quartet M.2.Q, which he co-founded.

Tony Kieraldo is a freelance pianist, pen and ink artist, teacher, accompanist, composer and musical-director who lives in Hudson, NY. He has shared the stage and worked with Jacques d’Amboise, Bill Irwin, Tommy Stinson, Lil’ Buck, Bobby Previte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marco Benevento, and Sarah Jessica Parker (to name a few).

Terence Murren is a string bassist, electric bassist, and guitarist. He studied classical string bass and composition at Vassar College and jazz bass with Tim Ferguson, Steve Neil, and Drew Gress; as well as doing course work with Mike Richmond at NYU’s Graduate program in Jazz Performance. Along with leading his own group, the Eternal Now, Murren is an active member of the cajun alt. country group, the Doc Marshalls, and Matt Bauders’ Doo Wop group, The White Blue Yellow and Clouds. He has performed with Tom Abbs, Daniel Carter, Butch Morris, Assif Tsahar, Lawrence Clark, Tomas Fujiwara, Steve Blanco, Le Gitan Trio, and the Schul band among many others.

Peter O’Brien was born in Flushing, Queens, New York. The son of drummer Bill O’Brien, he began playing the drums as soon as he could sit up at the set, playing along with recordings of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and all the greats of jazz. His extensive professional career includes being a member of the bands Orleans, Eric Person and Meta-Four, John Esposito Trio, and Peggy Stern’s Estrella Trio, as well as freelance tours with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rory Block, and Tracy Nelson. In addition to his busy performance schedule, O’Brien teaches at home and at Bard College, and he freelances as a studio session player.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see or call 518-392-3693.


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