Berkshires Jazz: Monk tribute at museum


PITTSFIELD -- The Claire Daly Quartet, led by baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, will perform music from their recent CD release, "Baritone Monk," a tribute to jazz great Thelonious Monk, Friday evening at 7 at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St.

The concert is apresentation of Berkshires Jazz.

Daly is a six-time winner of the Downbeat Critics' "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" Poll and also has won the Jazz Journalist Association's "Baritone Sax of the Year" award.

Daly's career has included anchoring the sax section in the Diva Big Band for seven years, freelancing in New York, and recording a dozen CDs. She has appeared twice at the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, headlining her own quartet at the Women in Jazz night (2007) and with the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra (2010).

"Baritone Monk" explores the work of the legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and has been heralded as among the most important releases in the past year.

"Unless you've been comatose these past few years, you must be aware that Claire Daly has established herself as one of our most compelling and creative voices on the baritone saxophone," wrote Bob Bernotas in JazzImprov Magazine.

Ticket information and reservations are available at (413) 443-7171, ext. 10.


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