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Acoustic Artist Series: Nat Reeves Student Jazz Ensemble

  • The Packing House 156 River Road Willington, CT 06279 (map)




It is a privilege to host this special performance with internationally renowned jazz bassist, Nat Reeves. Nat has assembled a group of very talented students from the Hartt School to join him for this performance.

During the past 30 years, Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz. His supportive and stimulating playing has uplifted a countless number of sessions and recording dates (most notably with the great altoists Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett) and he has led his own CD State of Emergency. Both as a performer and an educator, he has made a strong impact on the jazz world.

"Noted for his artful articulation, time, tone, taste and irrepressible sense of swing and fluid invention, Reeves has always been a favorite of all kinds of instrumentalists, but a particularly special favorite of super saxophonists. His resume included work with an array of top performers at gigs world-wide from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, in famous venues ranging from the Village Vanguard to the Montreaux Jazz Festival." - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

Nat began teaching part-time at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School jazz   program was organized and run by Jackie McLean) and the Artists Collective (an arts organization founded by Jackie and his wife Dollie). In 2001 Nat began a full time teaching career at The Hartt School where the African American Music Studies Program had been renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. “I build on what my students already know and try to convince them to be more aggressive with learning. I’ve learned a lot from my students particularly about technology. I often teach what I want to learn. I love helping the students. I think of teaching similar to playing a gig: being well organized, accomplishing goals and solving problems. It is a lot of fun and it makes me a better musician.”

During the past year, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center. Click here for more about this artist. Nat will be joined by the Hartt School Jazz Students Andrew Wilcox - Piano; Sarah Hanahan - Alto Sax; Josh Noel - Tenor Sax; Nathan Serot –Trumpet; Zayne Couch – Guitar; and Ethan Gueldenzopf - Drums.

Experience Nat Reeves and his student jazz ensemble - live in our intimate historic setting. This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

Nat will return on Sunday, March 5th, for the Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works" presenting "Music, Images, and A Little Conversation". Please join us for this and other exciting presentations, performances, and activities. Free and open to the general public. Call 518-791-9474 for time and information.

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474