(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A free, live-streamed Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert featuring HJW co-directors pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas with bassist Jay Anderson on Sunday, August 9, at 4pm, is the culminating event of a series taking place as part of the 14th annual 2020 Hudson Jazz Workshop, including a two-day Online Composers Forum (Friday and Saturday) and an Online Masterclass with Jay Anderson (Sunday).
Bassist/composer Jay Anderson is among the most versatile and respected jazz artists performing today. He has performed/recorded with Woody Herman, Carmen McRae, Michael Brecker, Paul Bley, Bob Mintzer, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Joe Sample, Maria Schneider, Stanley Cowell, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Vic Juris, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Mike Stern, Anat Cohen, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Wheeler, Oswaldo Golijov, Dawn Upshaw, Michael Franks, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Terre Roche, Chaka Khan, Michel Legrand, Allen Ginsberg, and Celine Dion. Jay is a Professor of Jazz Bass Studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and currently co-leads the critically acclaimed group BANN featuring Seamus Blake, Oz Noy, and Adam Nussbaum.
Pianist Armen Donelian graduated from Columbia University and the Westchester Conservatory of Music. He has toured in 25 countries with scores of renowned performers including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Billy Harper and Paquito D’Rivera, and recorded with Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Dick Oatts, Bill Stewart, Night Ark, Thomas Chapin and Datevik Hovanesian and Billy Harper. Armen’s Grammy-nominated compositions exhibit Classical, Jazz and Middle Eastern influences and appear on 13 acclaimed albums for the Sunnyside, Odin, Atlas and Playscape record labels. His distinctive piano arrangements of 18th Century Armenian folksongs appear on the two-disc release, Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors (Sunnyside) with David Clark and George Schuller, and in print in Ancestral Songs (Edition Gruber). A Fulbright Senior Scholar and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Armen has taught for 34 years in The New School Jazz Program and 23 years in the William Paterson University Department of Music. His widely read books on piano pedagogy and ear training have been translated into three languages. Armen lectures and performs internationally at leading academies and concert venues and curated the 2018-2020 Hudson Jazz Festival.
Saxophonist Marc Mommaas is a Cum Laude graduate of Manhattan School of Music (MSM). A William Borden Award recipient, Marc is a frequent lecturer at MSM, New York University, William Paterson University, Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Denmark) and the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Marc co-directs both Hudson Jazzworks and the New York Jazz Workshop. He is a faculty member of The New School Jazz Program, leads two celebrated bands (Global Motion and Landmarc) and composes innovative works featured on Global Motion, Balance and Landmarc (all on Sunnyside Records). Marc tours internationally with Amina Figarova, Tony Moreno, Tim Horner and Armen Donelian and has appeared in major venues including the Newport Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall. Marc’s newest CD, Ballads and Standards, features Nikolaj Hess, Thomas Morgan and Vic Juris.
Armen and Marc met in 2000 and immediately established a personal chemistry that is at the heart of their music making. For 19 years, they have performed their original compositions and standard repertoire recorded on their critically acclaimed Sunnyside duo CD, All or Nothing at All.
Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in a historic landmark that houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in April 2017 for the first time in over 55 years. The newly restored Hudson Hall reflects Hudson’s rich history in a modern facility that welcomes residents and visitors from throughout our local community, across the nation, and around the globe.