Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: August 13, 2016

 

Saxophone Greats Headline Jazz Night at the Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount, NY, Aug. 13

 

The Belleayre Music Festival’s Catskill Mountain Jazz Night promises to be an unforgettable performance by two jazz greats and their top-notch bands.

 

 

 

Highmount, NY, August 4, 2016 - Two all-time saxophone greats — Pee Wee Ellis and Billy Harper — will team up for a remarkable evening of funky, hot jazz at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. The event is held at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Galli-Curci Road (Route 28), Highmount, NY 12441.


The Catskill Mountain Jazz Night promises to be an extraordinary event. The Pee Wee Ellis US Funk Assembly and the Billy Harper Quintet will each perform a full-length set showcasing their remarkable talents.

 

Catskill Mountain Jazz Night will be held in the festival’s new, intimate venue in Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge. The indoor setting combines reserved seating and standing room general admission.

 

Tickets purchased in advance of the Pee Wee Ellis and Billy Harper show are $48 and $38 for reserved seats and $28 for general admission. Ticket prices increase by $5 each on day of show.


Pee Wee Ellis’ extraordinary story as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger spans six decades. He made his mark early during his time with the James Brown Revue in the 1960s, where he co­wrote “Cold Sweat,” a tune widely credited as launching a new sound dubbed “funk.”


Fast-forward to Pee Wee’s latest release, “Tenoration” and it’s clear he continues to be an innovator. In between his work with James Brown and his current achievements, Pee Wee has enjoyed a varied and remarkable career. During the ’80s, Pee Wee served as musical director and arranger for Van Morrison. In the 1990s, he moved to Europe and pursued a burgeoning solo career, also forming the acclaimed JB Horns with ex-James Brown alumni Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley.


He later led the spectacular “Still Black, Still Proud,” an African Tribute to James Brown and was a founding member of drumming legend Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion.


Pee Wee is now focused on his own projects, including his band The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly; an autobiography and the heritage project FUNK: Evolution of a Revolution. Pee Wee’s summer concert tour this year celebrates his 75th birthday.
 
Billy Harper:
As a young saxophonist, Billy Harper’s career began took wing when he moved to New York and began attracting attention from some of jazzdom’s giants — Gil Evans, Max Roach, Thad Jones, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He performed, recorded and toured the U.S., Europe, Japan and Africa from 1966 to 1979 with these groups.


A fantastic sideman, Billy was equally at ease fronting his own group and it wasn’t long before the Billy Harper Quintet began receiving notoriety. “Black Saint,” Billy’s 1976 release, exploded on the international jazz scene. The reviews all applauded his innovations and prompted the Modern Jazz League of Tokyo to name the album, “Jazz Record of the Year - Voice Grand Prix.”


Throughout his career, there has been a pattern of spiritual growth and innovation. Says Billy, “My feeling is that music should have a purpose. In the past, it always has been used for healing and uplifting and meditation. And that's the way I see my music. I've had people come up after a program to tell me that they felt a spiritual healing from the music. When that happens, then I feel we're fulfilling what we’re supposed to do.”


The Belleayre Music Festival’s Catskill Mountain Jazz Night promises to be an unforgettable performance by two jazz greats and their top-notch bands. Kicking off the evening at 6:30 p.m. on the WIOX Discovery Deck will be the Loren Daniels Ensemble. Enjoy a meal and a beverage while listening to Loren’s super playing.
 
Final three shows:
The Belleayre season’s final three shows will offer something for all musical tastes:
Aug. 20: Red-hot young Nashville stars Anderson East and Aubrie Sellers headline a double-bill.
Aug. 27: Cristina Fontanelli & her Fabulous Friends perform classic Broadway and opera.
Sept. 3: 2016 Grammy winners Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen bring their New Orleans flavored funk and R&B to Belleayre. Sleepy Man, a trio of teenage brothers playing their unique brand of bluegrass will also be performing. Sleepy Man’s videos have been an Internet smash, totaling more than 12 million YouTube views. Opening the Labor Day weekend show will be Woodstock native Simi Stone.


For special promotions, information on how to become a donor, or to make online ticket purchases, visit www.belleayremusic.org. For questions, e-mail belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com or call (845) 254-6094.


For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you’re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, visit: www.centralcatskills.com, www.belleayremountainlodging.com, www.ulstercountyalive.com or www.greatwesterncatskills.com.


Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region, and is operated by the Olmpic Regional Development Authority. The ski resort is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.

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Media contacts to arrange interviews:
Pee Wee Ellis: Ina DITTKE:
ina@inadittke.com
Billy Harper: Ina DITTKE:
ina@inadittke.com
Anderson East:
chsmith@paradigmagency.com
Aubrie Sellers: Carli Marlowe - carlimarlowe@gmail.com
Cristina Fontanelli: herself - 
info@cristinafontanelli.com
Jon Cleary: Peter Himberger -
peter@woodstockartistmanagement.com
Sleepy Man: Tom Mizzone -
tom@circuitagents.com
Simi Stone: herself -
similives@yahoo.com

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Brian Sweeney, Marketing Director

Locust Grove Enterprises

Email: locustgrove@catskill.net

Phone: (845) 586-4655

 

Belleayre Music Festival

PO Box 198, Highmount, New York, 12441

Web: www.belleayremusic.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Belleayre Music Festival

Event Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Event Time: 8 p.m.

Event Location: Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Galli-Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441

Admission: Tickets purchased in advance of the Pee Wee Ellis and Billy Harper show are $48 and $38 for reserved seats and $28 for general admission. Ticket prices increase by $5 each on day of show.

Web: www.belleayremusic.org

Contact: Brian Sweeney, locustgrove@catskill.net, (845) 586-4655

Description: Two all-time saxophone greats — Pee Wee Ellis and Billy Harper — will team up for a remarkable evening of funky, hot jazz at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. The event is held at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Galli-Curci Road (Route 28), Highmount, NY 12441. The Catskill Mountain Jazz Night promises to be an extraordinary event. The Pee Wee Ellis US Funk Assembly and the Billy Harper Quintet will each perform a full-length set showcasing their remarkable talents. Catskill Mountain Jazz Night will be held in the festival’s new, intimate venue in Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge. The indoor setting combines reserved seating and standing room general admission. Tickets purchased in advance of the Pee Wee Ellis and Billy Harper show are $48 and $38 for reserved seats and $28 for general admission. Ticket prices increase by $5 each on day of show.

 


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