Saturday evening, August 27, we enjoyed a fifth fabulous concert put on by the Jazz in GTown Project, a series of concerts produced by jazz lovers and residents of Germantown. This one featured the Francesca Tanksley Trio playing mostly original songs in an idyllic setting -- a vineyard overlooking the Catskills Mountains.

Tanksley, an acclaimed pianist, who has studied composition with jazz legend Jimmy Heath, wowed the crowd with original pieces, including Dance in the Question, Journey Without Distance, and In Grace, the latter a paean to her home in the Hudson River Valley. She also played a gorgeous song, Beatrice, that Sam Rivers wrote for his wife.

Tanksley riveted the audience with a lesson in composing music. After playing Trickster, her variation on a well-known jazz standard, she challenged the crowd to guess the title of the source. When no one came up with the correct answer she showed us how each musical phrase in her piece mirrored phrases from Ellington's Satin Doll. Fascinating stuff!

We can't wait for the next concert in this amazing series.

. . . Mary Cole, Jazz Promoter


This event was made possible (in part) with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program at Greene County Council on the Arts.