Jazz Dinner at Bearsville Theater with Ryerson, Levin, Syracuse & Siegel Quartet
Doors open 6:30PM Music 7PM
Price Fixe Advance Ticket $40-$45 / Day of Show Price Fixe Ticket $45-$50
Ticket prices include cover charge, plus starter and entrée of your choice. Dessert is optional and can be ordered on the night.
Special Guest: Ali Ryerson
With a career spanning nearly five decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson has consistently ranked among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll for well over a decade. She has performed and toured worldwide with a wide range of artists including Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Frank Wess, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Haynes, Art Farmer, Mike Mainieri, Joe Beck, as well as a recent guest appearance with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
She has also performed with classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti (when she was principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra). Ali was musical director of The Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz Chair for The National Flute Association, and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band. As an educator and author, Ryerson published the widely acclaimed Jazz Flute Practice Method, and conducts master classes worldwide.
Ali has also released numerous albums under her own name, as well as duo recordings with noted guitarist Joe Beck. She has released over two dozen albums on major jazz labels, including Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s final jazz label, Red Baron. When Ryerson’s groundbreaking Jazz Flute Big Band released their debut CD, Game Changer on Capri Records, the album hit the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks. Her most recent invitations as guest artist include the Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland, The International Flute Festival of Lima, Peru, The 60th Monterey Jazz Festival, the New York Flute Club, The International Low Flute Festival, the University ofMichigan, Florida and Mid Atlantic Flute conventions, The Rochester Flute Fair, The Chicago Flute Fair, and invitations to tour Japan again in 2019 and 2020.
Rich Syracuse has been a mainstay on the New York area scene for more than four decades. He began his performing career at an early age in New York City and then went on to become the winner of the prestigious Congress of Strings Award.
Early jazz groups included work with John Mehegan, Joey Calderazzo, Ted Rosenthal and Bruce Barth. After moving to the Hudson Valley of New York in the in the mid 1980’s, he began a long position as bassist in the Nick Brignola Quartet while playing clubs, festivals and recording sessions.
In addition he has performed with an array of artists including Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Brubeck Brothers, Michael and Randy Brecker, Warren Bernhardt, and many more. For over 22 years, Rich was bassist for legendary pianist Lee Shaw.
Jeff “Siegel” Siegel, drums
Drummer/Composer Jeff “Siege” Siegel is a veteran of the New York Jazz scene and has worked with a virtual “who’s who” of artists. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-’99, Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison, John Medeski, Arthur Rhames, The Levin Brothers, Hal Galper, John Medeski, and many others. He’s performed over 30 European tours. He has been the recipient of several grants from Meet the Composer as well as United States Artists International (USAI). He is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Beato Bags and Vic Firth Drum Sticks.
Pete Levin, Piano
In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists – including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield – receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre.
In 2010, Pete continues his organ trio CD series with JUMP!, this time featuring the remarkable Dave Stryker on guitar and legendary drummer Lenny White. They are joined on 5 tracks by percussionist Manolo Badrena. Pete and Dave began playing together relatively recently, but Pete and Lenny go back years to when they both were in Gil Evans’ band.
Jazz Dinner Menu
Baby kale salad tossed with toasted cashews, dried cranberries drizzled with grain mustard vinaigrette and topped with house made ricotta
Roasted chicken servied over a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, haricot vert and drizzled with a green peppercorn sauce.
Grilled tofu and soba noodles sauteed with napa cabbage and shiitake topped with fresh scallions drizzled with miso and lemongrass broth.
New York style cheesecake topped with a blackberry compote
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