5th Annual Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend
Jazz, Art, Food in Downtown Lee, MA in the beautiful Berkshire Hills
June 16-19, 2016
Friday Night Concert schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Lucky 5
The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards.
The band is comprised of highly seasoned touring musicians, having been part of The Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury, Jim Lauderdale, just to name a few.
Trumpeter/Vocalist BRIA SKONBERG is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."
- The Wall Street Journal
A specialist in classic American hot jazz, Skonberg expands the vocabulary and traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet with worldly rhythms and modern jazz variance. Her US debut album "So Is The Day" peaked at #7 on the National Jazz Charts, and featured original compositions and NOLA inspired stylistic fusions.
"He's a monster on the piano! And, one of the greatest people I know"
- Clark Terry
Award-winning jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, middle of 5 children, was born in Silver Spring, MD in 1986. His talent was nurtured with a decade of classical training in violin and piano. From age 6, he began performing in concerts, nursing homes and weddings, eventually becoming concertmaster for several orchestras.
It was during this time that he also endured numerous trials, particularly losing total vision by age 11. He adjusted by learning Braille and cane mobility, and switching to jazz piano at the Governor's School for Performing Arts. He studied with Liz Barnes and, Old Dominion University jazz professor, John Toomey; received top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing jazz professionally by age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio.