Trio to Perform ‘Ten Flavours of Jazz’ in Pittsfield

Matt and Atla DeChamplain

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) –  The Matt DeChamplain Trio, featuring vocalist Atla DeChamplain, will present ten jazz styles “Ten Flavours of Jazz” at Flavours of Malaysia on Saturday, February 25, at 8pm, as part of Pittsfield’s annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. The musical menu includes New Orleans/traditional; swing; Brazilian/bossa nova; stride; Kansas City/blues; West coast/cool; and contemporary.

The program is a presentation of Berkshires Jazz, Inc.

Matt DeChamplain is a composer and a piano virtuoso, with a range that spans from delicate and intimate to energetic and powerful. A strong improviser and interpreter of the “great American jazz book,” he is joined by his wife, vocalist Atla DeChamplain, and their trio for the 10×10 program. Atla is “moving by leaps and bounds towards stardom as a jazz vocalist,” according to the iconic vocalist Jon Hendricks, with whom she has appeared.

The trio last appeared in Pittsfield during 2015, as part of a sold-out centennial tribute to Billie Holiday and composer/pianist Billy Strayhorn.

Atla DeChamplain

The cabaret-style performance is part of Pittsfield’s sixth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, during which cultural institutions present 10-themed programs, such as new 10-minute plays; readings of 10 poets; 10 days of play at the Berkshire Museum, etc. Berkshires Jazz’ past 10×10 programming has featured either instrumental or vocal approaches: 10 decades of jazz piano; the works of 10 jazz composers, the styles of 10 jazz vocalists, etc. The Flavours program will feature both instrumental and vocal stylings, and will include an original by pianist Matt DeChamplain.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available now at Berkshires Jazz, Inc. Doors open at 7:45pm, dinner available separately.

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to present jazz events and encourage jazz education in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It was formed in 2008, as an outgrowth of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which remains a signature event of the Fall Foliage season in western Massachusetts.  Program updates and other information can be found at Berkshires Jazz, Inc. You can follow Berkshires Jazz on Twitter: @BerksJazz and Facebook: Berkshires Jazz.




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