Dick Morgan, Live at MontpelierThe Montpelier Arts Center’s JAZZMONT Records is proud to present its sixth live recording, Dick Morgan, Live at Montpelier.
Where to PurchaseDick Morgan, Live at Montpelier is available at CD Baby. It can also be purchased by phone by calling 301-377-7800. Over the phone purchases can be made with Visa or MasterCard; by mailed check (payable to M-NCPPC). CDs can also be purchased at the Montpelier Arts Center, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. seven days per week. The cost is fifteen dollars including tax. Inquiries are also welcome by Emailing Montpelier Arts Center.
Jazzmont RecordsMontpelier Arts Center's award winning record label is called JazzMont Records. Our CDs can be ordered by telephone using a credit card, ordered by mail with a check payable to M-NCPPC, or bought in person at the Montpelier Arts Center, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. seven days per week. The cost is $15 including tax.
“Hey, you! Are you doing what you want to do?” Ethel Ennis is a force of nature. The purity of her voice is a phenomenon of biology and physics. Her compositions, perfect in meter, tone and melody are like mathematical formulae, yet her performances are philosophical, emotional, even spiritual. Although her lyrics and her in-concert song introductions deal with the most critical issues of life including death and aging, she overwhelms the issues with wit and wisdom. Because of her remarkable ability as a comic actress, she forces the audience to consider these difficult issues while they roar with laughter.
The Montpelier Arts Center’s jazz series was built on the strong foundation provided by Buck Hill and Keter Betts. Buck Hill’s first concert was in 1984 and Keter Betts’ first concert was in 1985; to everyone’s great delight they have returned every year since. It is only fitting that Keter should be featured on this, our third live recording project.
Ron Holloway’s powerful tenor sax style has delighted Montpelier audiences for many years. For his first live recording here, Ron pulled out all the stops and presented a concert that last well over three hours, involved two groups of musicians, and celebrated two genres of jazz (straight-ahead and funk). Prior to the performance, I worried that it would be logically difficult to make the stage set-up changes in a timely manner, that Ron’s recording honorarium would be completely consumed by paying so many musicians, ad that the audience would have difficulty staying for more than two hours. Luckily, Ron did not follow my advice.
In celebration of the Ellington Centennial, The Montpelier Arts Center is proud to present a recording of a concert by legendary pianist/composer Sir Roland Hanna and exciting saxophonist, flutist and composer Davey Yarborough.
In 1984, a soft-spoken, distinguished looking gentleman walked into my office and asked me if the Arts Center ever rented out the Main Gallery for jazz performances. I explained that while we did occasionally rent the Main Gallery for public performances, we could do so only when the exhibition scheduled permitted. I mentioned that the center did, however, present concerts itself including a chamber music series, which would include one jazz concert in the following season. I added that I had been thinking of possibly offering a separate jazz series as well, and suggested he send me a tape and resume if he would like to be considered. The gentleman said he lived just down the street and said he would drop something by soon.