Pianist to Tackle Work of 10 Jazz Greats

Jazz pianist Roy Gerson

Jazz pianist Roy Gerson

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Pianist Roy Gerson will take the works of 10 different jazz pianist-composers and reimagine them in his own style with his trio, as part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Baba Louie’s Backroom. The concert is a presentation of Berkshires Jazz.

With a style that ranges from mellow to frenzied, Gerson has been described as “Little Richard meets Ray Charles meets Erroll Garner.” He has captivated North American music fans with his unique treatment of jazz standards and rarities.

Gerson has headlined the top jazz clubs in New York, such as the Village Gate, Blue Note, Tavern on the Green, and a two-year stint at the club Zanzibar. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s film “The Cotton Club,” swinging some of the classics of the Harlem Renaissance. Soon after, he was hired by Woody Allen for a cameo in “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” and has appeared in more than a dozen subsequent films.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available now at Baba Louie’s, and online at Berkshires Jazz, or by calling 413-442-7718. Dinner will be available separately at Baba Louie’s main dining room starting at 5pm, or in the Backroom when the doors open at 7pm.


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