Sat, July 22, 2017
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2017-07-22 7:00 pm
Greg Caputo at Lee Congregational Church
Berkshires Jazz, Inc. continues is summer of centennial tributes on July 22 with a 100th birthday salute to the iconic drummer Buddy Rich. Massachusetts native Greg Caputo brings his 16-piece big band to the Lee Meeting House (Congregational Church), for the 7pm concert, which is sponsored by the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.
If you ask 10 jazz fans to name the greatest big-band drummer of all time, chances are that 8 or 9 of the responses will be Buddy Rich. An icon of speed, precision, and taste, Rich still has a worldwide following, 30+ years after his passing.
Drummer and leader Greg Caputo has always served as a great ambassador for classic swing and big band jazz. His drumming credits include stints with Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Nelson Riddle, Benny Goodman, Sheila Jordan, Sammy Davis Jr., and countless world class jazz artists. Local fans remember his appearance in Lee with NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods, a family friend when the two were growing up in Springfield. That gig turned out to be Woods’ final appearance in the Berkshires.
Berkshires Jazz is celebrating the 100th birthday year of four seminal jazz figures in 2017: Ella Fitzgerald (part of the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend in June); Buddy Rich (July 22); Thelonious Monk (Aug. 12, with the Ted Rosenthal Quintet); and Dizzy Gillespie (part of the mid-October Pittsfield CityJazz Festival).
Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place