JAZZ DUO JERRY NOBLE & BOB SPARKMAN
Sunday, JULY 10 – 4:00 p.m
$10 at door, students free. wheelchair/elev. accessible
Jerry Noble on piano and Bob Sparkman on clarinet will make a return appearance at the North Hall Arts Festival playing jazz and swing classics in their smooth and lively style. Bob and Jerry improvise their way through the “Great American Songbook,” interjecting their own cheerful twist and turns.
Fats Waller has always been a favorite composer of theirs, and they always try to return to his music often during a gig, revisiting classics like “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” “Jitterbug Waltz,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust,” “Georgia,” “Lazy River,” and “Memphis In June” often find their way onto a Bob and Jerry set list as well.. Visit Bob and Jerry online at www.bobandjerry.com.
North Hall artist gallery: featuring the art work of Natalie Stafford and Joan Hicks is open before and after the event and during meet the artists/ performers reception during intermission.
Inspired by jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and the Condon Mob, Bob Sparkman once jammed around Westchester County, N.Y. with contemporaries Dick Wellstood and Ed Hubble. He gigged professionally in New York City and worked as player and assistant manager at the last Eddie Condon jazz club. A New York Times reviewer dubbed his sound “wry and rough-toned . . . hover(ing) midway between Pee Wee Russell’s tortured notes and the straight positive phrases of Rod Cless” with a style and mannerdistinctly his own.
Sparkman has also played with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, and the Gotham Jazz Band. He did a gig with Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry at Joe’s Pier 52 before retiring to the Pioneer Valley in 1994. He performs with the Espresso Jazz Trio, the King Phillip Dixieland Band, and with Jerry Noble.
Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr. is a performer and composer whose works have been performed by the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Western Massachusetts Young People’s Symphony, and the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony Orchestra.
His choral works have been performed by ensembles in the Five Colleges community; the Assabet Valley Mastersingers; and school and collegiate ensembles throughout the country. He and violinist Joel Pitchon recently released a CD of his violin sonatas on Gasparo Records.
Noble serves as staff accompanist for the Smith College Music Department and pianist for the Glee Club and Chamber Singers, which have performed his compositions and arrangements throughout the U.S. and Europe. He also writes classical music reviews and features for the Springfield Republican.
contact: 413- 667- 5543 / www.northhallhuntington.org