PITTSFIELD -- The ninth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is near its crescendo.
Alto saxophonist Zoe Obadia headlined the festival's annual "Jazz Prodigy Concert" on Wednesday night at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
A high school senior from New Jersey, Obadia has been gaining recognition as a soloist and as a member of Jazz House Kids, a big band that also took high honors at the 2011 Charles Mingus Competition and Festival. She also earned an "Outstanding Soloist" award at the 2013 Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center.
"Obadia's performance in Pittsfield continues the Berkshires Jazz tradition of showcasing young, talented musicians who have the potential to become significant figures on the jazz scene," said Ed Bride, president of Berkshires Jazz Inc.
The festival continues tonight, presenting Michael Bellar and the As-Is Ensemble, as part of the Third Thursdays downtown celebration.
Festival headliner the Geoff Vidal Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Baba Louie's Backroom on Depot Street.
The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will join the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Colonial Theatre on South Street.
For details and ticket information, visit www.BerkshiresJazz.org.