Saturday, April 26, 2008

ELIXIR presents saxophonist MICHAEL ZSOLDOS and guitarist DRAA HOBBS - Thurs. May 1st




- Thursday, May 1st


ELIXIR at the Freight House, White River Junction’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, presents the dynamic pairing of two of New England’s most accomplished jazz musicians -- saxophonist MICHAEL ZSOLDOS and guitarist DRAA HABBS – performing lesser-heard jazz standards on Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:30pm Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations.  There is no cover charge for the music.


MICHAEL ZSOLDOS is a saxophonist, teacher, composer, and arranger whose stylistic influences bear strong traces of the great master saxophonists Lester Young, Don Byas, and Coleman Hawkins.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters in music theory and jazz studies from Michigan State University, where he studied with Branford Marsalis for three years.  Michael has performed with Peter Bernstein, Matt Wilson, Rebecca Parris, and Jerry Bergonzi, and has opened for piano legend McCoy Tyner with his group The Other Three Tenors, which includes saxophonists Fred Haas and John McKenna.  In May 2007, Michael performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival with the Dartmouth Gospel Choir horn section, for which he is the lead arranger.  He also plays with the Discover Jazz Festival Big Band in Burlington and the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band in Brattleboro.  Michael has been the Band Director at Woodstock Union High School and Middle School for the past five years and is also Chairman of the Connecticut Valley Music Festival Association and an instructor at Interplay Jazz Camp.  As a composer, Michael wrote and performed a full-length score for the award-winning documentary “Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake-Up Call” (, which has aired on PBS and Link-TV. 


Guitarist DRAA HOBBS has been performing and recording throughout New England and beyond for more than twenty years.  Draa has performed in concerts with Attila Zoller, Don Friedman, Vic Juris, and other jazz luminaries.  Recent collaborations have included concert performances with master guitarist John Stowell and work in New York with tenor saxophonist Jed Levy and bassist Thomson Kneeland.  Draa’s playing is featured on the new CD by GRAMMY-nominated singer Lisa McCormick, Talisman Groove, with Allison Miller on drums and T-Bone Wolk on bass.  For more information visit:


Located at The Freight House, 188 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT (802-281-7009), ELIXIR Restaurant and Lounge presents eclectic fare and small plates and features special martinis, local beers, an international wine list and live music nightly.  Eat, laugh & drink. 



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