"A Perfect Spot of Tea" 2017
July 1 - Honest Harmony
Honest Harmony has been performing together for over a decade. The group’s a cappella performances explore a repertoire of small-ensemble singing from the 12th-20th centuries, often highlighting historical pieces and masterfully juxtaposing works of a single style, era, or composer. Their music brings audiences on “a musical journey through the last millennium.” The ensemble is comprised of soprano Barbara Matthews, alto Cindy Naughton, baritone Ijod Schroeder, and tenor John Vance.
July 8 - High Definition
Women's a cappella ensemble of the Northampton Community Music Center, singing everything from a Palestrina setting of the Magnificat to several African-American Spirituals, a Carole King favorite, the Gershwin standard, Our Love is Here to Stay, and a set of pieces by Vermont composer, Gwyneth Walker
July 15 - Show of Cards
The group Show of Cards was originally formed as an alternative folk-rock trio of siblings Karen, Joe, and Mike Cardozo. Currently singer-songwriter Karen, lead guitarist Mike, bassist Garrett Sawyer (of the Gaslight Tinkers), and drummer Joe Fitzpatrick (of Trailer Park) perform throughout Western Massachusetts, promoting their newest release, Something Better (2013). This year Karen and Jopey will perform an acoustic set on the veranda.
July 22 - Same Old Blues: Dennis Shapson, Alan Kurtz, and Phil Crafts
Guitarist Dennis Shapson, Alan Kurtz on washboard and bones, and Phil Crafts on harmonica perform ragtime country blues. Their repertoire consists of 1920’s and 30’s Piedmont and East Coast blues, and features reinterpretations of compositions by Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt, and Mance Lipscomb.
July 29 - West & Jackson
West & Jackson will take the audience on a melodious and stimulating turn through their songbook of instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. Peter West has been performing at “A Perfect Spot of Tea” for over a decade, and has been playing guitar professionally since 1980. At his side is Bert Jackson, another highly skilled guitarist with over 25 years of playing experience in blues, jazz, and other styles.
August 5 - "56 String Duo" with Bob Markey and Andrew Jenkins
Robert Markey studied classical and blues guitar and then sitar in Boston and in India. His music is based in the North Indian (Hindustani) music tradition. Robert plays a mix of ragas from North and South India and raga-like improvisations from Persia, Japan, Hungary and Indonesia. Andrew Jenkins is a twelve-string guitarist who studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been has been playing music for 38 years.
August 12 - The Blackbird Effect
The Blackbird Effect is John Cabán and Pan Morgan. With deep roots in more than one America, The Blackbird Effect presents an exciting, improvisational blend of musical colors in more than one language. John Cabán plays steel guitar and atmosphere, and also sings. Pan Morigan brings vocals, banjo, hunter’s harp, viola, and various other instruments. Together they create new music and interpret the old, drawing on a deep wellspring of multi-roots: From Appalachian folk, blues, and jazz, to Scottish music, Irish balladry, and Puerto Rican rural song tradition.
August 19 - The West County Jazz Trio
The West County Jazz Trio plays mostly mainstream jazz music including some originals and with an occasional foray into standards and jazz Latin tunes. The group includes Judith Williams who comes from Greenfield, plays keyboards and sings on occasion; Tony Rice, who focuses the beat with his drums, and lives in Conway; and Tom Ulrich who plays double bass and comes from Ashfield. The trio has been together for five or six years as part of a quintet and other formats, and play here and there around Franklin County and beyond in a variety of settings and functions.
August 26 - A. Burris Jenkins
A. Burris Jenkins will return to the museum to perform original jazz adaptions of Bach, several other original jazz pieces, as well as "modal meditations" suited to the atmosphere of the museum. A. Burris Jenkins is a longtime Pioneer Valley resident. Originally from the New York area, Jenkins studied music and guitar at Berklee College in the 1980’s. Since relocating to Northampton, Jenkins has become a regular performer in the area. He hosts an open mic night at Sam’s Pizza in Northampton on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, where local performers are given an opportunity to show their skill. Burris also hosts and produces the local TV access show Thoughts and Sounds from New England. Earlier this summer, Jenkins was joined by Robert Markey to perform at the Museum as “56 String Duo”