Friday, October 31, 2014

Banjo Queen Swings into Holyoke


Cynthia Sayer, known as the Banjo Queen, will be swinging into Holyoke on Saturday, November 1st for a rare night of live banjo jazz. I’m hopeful that you will run a feature in advance of this weekend's performance at Wistariahurst by this world-renowned banjoist/vocalist/bandleader. 

What brings Cynthia Sayer to Holyoke? Cynthia was invited to return to Wistariahurst after sold out concerts in years past. She will be returning to Holyoke with Matt Glaser and MikeWeatherly. While the Museum is known for its grand Music Room, this setting will be an intimate venue for this renowned banjo player to delight audiences. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this trio perform. Tickets are going fast! Reservations are a must!

Sayer is a dynamic performer whose eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the four-string banjo, America’s original jazz instrument. Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, Sayer’s vocals are divine and her banjo a force of nature – think Django Reinhardt meets Bela Fleck – as she swings through a repertoire of hot jazz, tango, virtuoso classics and more. Cynthia Sayer is joined by Matt Glaser on jazz/roots violin and Mike Weatherly on string bass and vocals.

Cynthia Sayer is a founding member of Woody Allen's jazz band and has worked with Woody Allen for over 20 years. Cynthia tours internationally and has accumulated numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including induction into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. Her latest CD, "Joyride," is receiving rave reviews.

Matt Glaser is renowned as one of the leading jazz/roots and bluegrass violinists today and also serves as the Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Mike Weatherly is a Brooklyn-based, second-generation bassist from the desert southwest and one of New York City’s most sought-after bass players, known for his instrumental expertise as well as his vocal skills.

This event is sponsored by New England Public Radio and the NEPR News Network.

Tickets are $20 general admission/$15 for museum members. Reservations can be made on line or by calling the museum at (413) 322-5660.

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