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Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents: the Mario Pavone Quartet at Gateway City Arts

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares continues its season with a performance by the Mario Pavone Quartet featuring Pavone, bass and compositions, with Dave Ballou, trumpet, Peter McEachern, trombone and Gerald Cleaver, drums, on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30pm at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke, MA.

“Mario Pavone works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” writes the New Yorker. “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.”

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone has collaborated with both legendary innovators and today's most respected young musicians to consistently define the cutting edge of jazz. Over 40 years, he has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami. His list of sidemen past and present includes Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Peter Madsen, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, George Schuller, Michael Sarin, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson among many others.

Dave Ballou has released nine internationally recognized CDs as a leader and co-leader. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Michael Formanek, Denman Maroney, Maria Schneider, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steely Dan, Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Don Preston among others.

Peter McEachern, a Connecticut native, has toured and recorded three CDs for Polygram with Blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; has worked and recorded with minimalist composer Lamonte Young, and is featured on several important CDs: Insomnia with the Thomas Chapin Trio on Knitting Factory Works and Song for Septet with the Mario Pavone Septet on the New World Countercurrents label.

Gerald Cleaver, born in Detroit, is one of the most active drummers in creative music. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stanko, and others. His trio, “Farmers by Nature”, featuring pianist Craig Taborn and bassist William Parker, has released four CDs.

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers who have purchased jazz shares. Like farm shares, where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, Pioneer Valley Jazz Share members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the continued vitality of the music. Shares and single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Thanks to our business sponsors: Davis Financial Group, Florence Savings Bank, UMass Fine Arts Center, Downtown Sounds, Carol Abbe Smith Delap Real Estate, River Valley Market, Simmer Music, Bueno y Sano, Tony Margherita Management, Haydenville Woodworking & Design, One-Way Screen Printing, Barbara Ween: Visage and Dean’s Beans.

Dinner and drinks will be available at GCA before the show.

For more information visit www.gatewaycityarts.com or contact us at hello@gatewaycityarts.com or 413-650-2670.

when: Saturday, May 23, 2015
7:30pm
where: Gateway City Arts
92 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $15/ticket
info: www.gatewaycityarts.com
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Memorial Day at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

The Merry-Go-Round will be open from 12-4pm for Memorial Day. All Veterans will receive a free ride.

when: Monday, May 25, 2015
where: The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
Heritage State Park
221 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $2 per ride or 6 for $10
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Pancake Breakfast, Open House, and More!

Holyoke Canoe Club members - bring your friends and show off the Club! Please spread the word and bring prospective members to see the Club and consider joining.

Challenger Sports will be there to offer a FREE soccer clinic for the kids.

There will be special activities for young children.

Pancake breakfast will be served until 10:30 AM.
$5 per adult, $3 per child (under 12).

when: Saturday, May 30, 2015
8-11am
where: Holyoke Canoe Club
Old Ferry Rd.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Pancake Breakfast: $5 per adult, $3 per child under 12
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Container Gardening Workshop

Welcome guests to your home with a container garden for your front entry or create your own private garden for a deck or patio. Participants will learn the basics of container design, pot selection, potting media and will plant their own container.

Garden Workshops are presented by Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners & the Western Massachusetts Gardeners Association.

$45 per participant, all inclusive. Reservations required.

when: Saturday, May 30, 2015
9am-12pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $45 per participant, all inclusive
info: www.wistariahurst.org/events/container-gardening-workshop/
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Spring Ballet Benefit Marks A Decade of Dance

This benefit event marks the 10th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. Following the Silent Auction, Academy students will perform the annual Etudes, excerpts from the classical ballet La Bayadere, with choreography by Matisse Madden, Charles Flachs and Debra Vega. There will also be Tap by Tapella, directed by Crystal Menninga and Corrine Morgan. Alumna Connie Flachs and Yuka Oba from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company are guest artists.

when: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Silent Auction at 12 noon & Performance at 1pm
where: Holyoke High School (500 Beech Street)
price: $15 General / $8 ages 8 and under
info: www.massacademyofballet.com
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Spring Ballet Benefit Marks A Decade of Dance

This benefit event marks the 10th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. Following the Silent Auction, Academy students will perform the annual Etudes, excerpts from the classical ballet La Bayadere, with choreography by Matisse Madden, Charles Flachs and Debra Vega. There will also be Tap by Tapella, directed by Crystal Menninga and Corrine Morgan. Alumna Connie Flachs and Yuka Oba from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company are guest artists.

when: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Silent Auction at 12 noon & Performance at 1pm
where: Holyoke High School (500 Beech Street)
price: $15 General / $8 ages 8 and under
info: www.massacademyofballet.com

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This project was made possible by a grant administered by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.