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From left, clockwise: Helena Baillie by Ella Scott, Sarah Elizabeth Charles by Shervin Lainez, Marc Cary by Rebecca Meek, Sammy Miller & the Congregation by Danny Wirick, Joanna Wallfisch by Josh Goleman, Chris Washburn (c) Chris WashburneTANNERSVILLE, NY - The 23Arts Initiative and its regional jazz counterpart, the Catskill Jazz Factory, announce the upcoming 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival, a seven-week Tannersville-based performing arts series kicking off on the first weekend of July with the 23Arts Village of Tannersville Independence Day Parade and a performance by the Helena Baillie Trio, the first of five free 23Arts Sunday classical chamber concerts. In addition to collaborating on this season of back-to-back mountaintop events with 23Arts, the Catskill Jazz Factory will extend their summer artist residencies to include two co-presented five-week concert series with the Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent and Music Mountain.

More details from 23Arts Initiative (www.23Arts.org):

The upcoming summer festival presents five jazz residencies and thirteen performances in the village of Tannersville taking place across ten mountaintop venues, including the Mountain Top Library, Mountain Top Arboretum, Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Café, Villa Vosilla, Catskill Mountain Foundation's Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, Hathaway House, All Souls' Church, All Angels' Church, Haines Falls Methodist Church, and Skip & Anne Pratt's 'Santa Cruz' in Twilight Park.

In preview of the upcoming season, 23Arts and CJF will present a two-event free concert series at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville this June. On Friday, June 3 at 7pm, classical pianist Juliana Han and violinist Wayne Lee will present Deconstructing Strauss, a performance and 'deconstruction' of Strauss' Sonata in E-flat Major. On Friday, June 10 at 7pm, jazz singer/songstress Joanna Wallfisch will debut her retrospective of 1960s songstresses, Beyond Joni, which will bridge the stories and sounds of folk and jazz while calling on the repertoire of Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Joan Baez and more. The Mountain Top Library is located at 6093 Main Street in Tannersville, NY. Both events are free and open to all ages, with more information available at www.23Arts.org.

The 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival will kick off with the annual 23Arts Village of Tannersville Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 2 followed by a free concert on Sunday, July 3 at 11:30am at All Souls' Church with the Helena Baillie Trio titled Fireworks & Pageantry: An Introduction to the String Trio. This event is the first in a five-event free Sunday classical concert series on the mountaintop, with additional performances taking place at All Angels' Church and the Haines Falls Methodist Church and led by artists including pianist Babette Hierholzer, violinist Wayne Lee, trombonist Chris Washburne, and pianist/conductor Jonathan Yates. All Souls' Church, perched at the intersection of County Roads 25 and 23C in Tannersville, is a miniature Gothic cathedral that provides chamber performances with perfect acoustics and close-up views of the musicians for audience members.

23Arts will team up with Catskill Jazz Factory to present headlining world-class jazz performances on the mountaintop in venues including the Villa Vosilla, Hathaway, Last Chance and Orpheum Theater. Programs range from The Joy of Sax, a retrospective on the 100 years of the saxophone, to Fictions: Borges in Tango, a tribute to Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges through the lens of Villoldo's El Choclo, Piazzolla, Strauss and more. Leading artists range from returning Catskill Jazz all-star trombonist Chris Washburne to Marc Cary, a pianist new to CJF who has performed with the likes of Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu and Abbey Lincoln. Other leaders include Chris Pattishall, named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the top five jazz musicians under 30 to watch, Peter and Will Anderson, named "virtuosos on saxophone" by the New York Times, and Sammy Miller, a Juilliard School graduate who leads the "joyful jazz" of The Congregation. All Catskill Jazz Factory performances with the 23Arts Initiative in Tannersville are $25 and tickets can be purchased at www.catskilljazzfactory.org.

Between the Catskill Jazz Factory and the 23Arts Initiative, these sister organizations will together facilitate nearly twenty-five events this upcoming summer and nearly fifty events total throughout 2016. While 23Arts Initiative serves the Tannersville community, CJF offers both local and regional school workshops, concerts, residencies, lectures, and free world-class performances. Since its founding, the Catskill Jazz Factory has worked with over twenty different educational facilities, presented performances with nearly 150 jazz musicians, and partnered with countless venues, arts and community organizations across the region.

"23Arts isn't just presenting events to the community, this program is priceless in its dedication to inspiring new audiences and venues to hear, or present, events that would otherwise not be possible," said Village of Tannersville Mayor Lee McGunnigle. "Between their work in schools and around the village, it's safe to say that 23Arts is taking Tannersville to new artistic heights."

Outside of Tannersville, the Catskill Jazz Factory will once again co-present a five-event concert series with the Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent, featuring The Artistry of Jazz Horn with the Jazzmeia Horn Ensemble, the Heartbeat of Harlem with Marc Cary Ensemble, Born from the Blues with Sammy Miller & the Congregation, The Joy of Sax with Peter and Will Anderson Quintet, and Ragtime and the Birth of Jazz with Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band. For tickets and more information go to at fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office at 845-758-7900.

A new collaboration this year, the Catskill Jazz Factory extend their residencies to include a five-week Saturday Twilight debut concert series with Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival located in Falls Village, CT. This new collaboration will feature performances by Joanna Wallfisch, Dan Tepfer, the Peter and Will Anderson Quintet, Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band, and the Chris Pattishall Octet. Saturday Evening Twilight Series Concerts are $30 at the door, $27 in advance. Ages 5 to 18 are admitted free to all concerts when accompanied by a ticket holder. Saturday Twilight Concerts are at 6:30 p.m. For details, visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.

"Our goal is to expose audiences of all ages and tastes to all sorts of different art forms and creative outlets," said Piers Playfair, Founder & Artistic Director of 23Arts and CJF. "Our program has three core elements; artistic excellence, education, and community. We want to create the unique energy which comes when these things are brought together."

The 23Arts Initiative and Catskill Jazz Factory are programs of the Friends of Tannersville Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For all Tannersville events and information, visit www.23Arts.org. For all local and regional jazz events, visit www.catskilljazzfactory.org.

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23ARTS SUMMER MUSIC & JAZZ FESTIVAL:

For more information about this summer festival series in Tannersville, contact 23Arts Initiative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chandra Knotts at 716-696-2823.

Deconstructing Strauss with Juliana Han and Wayne Lee

Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street
Friday, June 3 at 7 pm. Admission is free.

Beyond Joni with Joanna Wallfisch

Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street
Friday, June 10 at 7 pm. Admission is free.

23Arts Village of Tannersville Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 2 at noon, parade at 3pm. Admission is free.

Chamber Series Pt I: Fireworks and Pageantry with the Helena Baillie Trio
All Souls' Church, Junction of Rt 23C and 25
Sunday, July 3 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

Chamber Series Pt II: Dueling Fiddles with Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee

All Souls' Church, Junction of County Road 23C and 25
Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

Pre-Jam Session: The Heartbeat of Harlem with Marc Cary Ensemble

Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street

Friday, July 15 at 7 pm. Admission is free.

The Heartbeat of Harlem with Marc Cary Ensemble

Last Chance Tavern, 6009 Main Street

Friday, July 15 at 8 pm. Admission is by donation.

Chamber Series Pt III: Revisiting Mozart's Piano with Wayne Lee and Mike Lee

All Angels Church, Twilight Park, Haines Falls

Sunday, July 17 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

Born from the Blues with Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Hathaway House, 791 County Road 25
Friday, July 22 at 8 pm. Tickets are $25.

Blues at the Arboretum with Professor Louie & Friends
Mountain Top Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road
Saturday, July 23 at 2 pm. Admission is free.

Chamber Series Pt IV: The Beauty of Song with Babette Hierholzer and Aneas Humm
Haines Falls Methodist Church, 45 North Lake Road, Haines Falls

Sunday, July 24 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

The Joy of Sax with the Peter and Will Anderson Quintet
Villa Vosilla, 6302 Main Street
Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $25.

Ragtime & the Birth of Jazz with Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band
Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street

Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $25.

Chamber Series Pt V: The Sounds of Brazil with Chris Washburne, André Mehmari & Evan Christopher
All Souls' Church, Junction of County Road 23C and 25
Sunday, August 7 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

Fictions: Borges in Tango with the Chris Pattishall Octet
Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street
Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $25.

Tri-Park Concert with the Jonathan Yates Trio

Anne & Skip Pratt's Santa Cruz, Twilight Park, Haines Falls
Sunday, August 14 at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY AT BARD SPIEGELTENT:

For tickets and more information about this series, contact the Fisher Center Box Office at 845-758-7900 or go to fishercenter.bard.edu. Press contact: Eleanor Davis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Artistry of Jazz Horn with the Jazzmeia Horn Ensemble
Bard SummersScape Spiegeltent, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Thursday, July 7 at 8 pm. Tickets are $25-$45.

The Heartbeat of Harlem with the Marc Cary Ensemble
Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Thursday, July 14 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$45.

Born from the Blues with Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Thursday, July 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$45.

The Joy of Sax with the Peter and Will Anderson Quintet
Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Thursday, July 28 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$45.

Ragtime & the Birth of Jazz with Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band
Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Thursday, August 4 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$45.

CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY AT MUSIC MOUNTAIN:

For tickets and more information about this series, contact Music Mountain at 860-824-7126 or go to www.musicmountain.org.

Beyond Joni with Joanna Wallfisch
Music Mountain, Gordon Hall, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT.
Saturday, July 16 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $27.

Goldberg Variations/Variations with Dan Tepfer
Music Mountain, Gordon Hall, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT.
Saturday, July 23 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $27.

Sax Squared with the Peter and Will Anderson Quintet
Music Mountain, Gordon Hall, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT.
Saturday, July 30 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $27.

Ragtime & the Birth of Jazz with Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band
Music Mountain, Gordon Hall, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT.
Saturday, August 6 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $27.

Fictions: Borges in Tango with the Chris Pattishall Octet
Music Mountain, Gordon Hall, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT.
Saturday, August 13 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $27.

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