Friday, June 27, 2008

ELIXIR presents The Organ Trio + 1 with Fred Haas, Jason Ennis, Tim Gilmore and Michael Zsoldos - Thursday, July 3



FRED HAAS on Hammond B-3, JASON ENNIS on guitar, and TIM GILMORE on drums



ELIXIR at the Freight House, White River Junction’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, presents the return of the area’s hottest new collaboration – THE ORGAN TRIO + 1, featuring FRED HAAS on Hammond B-3, JASON ENNIS on guitar, and TIM GILMORE on drums, plus special guest MICHAEL ZSOLDOS on saxophone.  The group kicks off Fourth of July weekend at ELIXIR on Thursday, July 3, 2008 from 7 to 10pm.  Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations.  There is no cover charge for the music.


Fred Haas, a Dartmouth grad (’73) who teaches saxophone, jazz piano, improvisation, jazz history, and music theory at Dartmouth College, has performed throughout New England and beyond with countless artists, including Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Lena Horne, Dionne Warwick, Joe Morello, Attila Zoller, and Milt Jackson, and Pat Metheny, who calls Fred “a totally world-class saxophone player.”  In 1996, he and Sabrina Brown founded Interplay Jazz Camp in Woodstock, VT, which provides an opportunity every summer for musicians of all ages to participate in a relaxed and supportive learning environment, which includes yoga and meditation, as they focus on the improvisational art of jazz with an experienced, all-star faculty.  This year’s camp featured two extraordinary musicians on the faculty: vocalist Sheila Jordan and pianist Kenny Werner.  Fred’s record label, JazzToons, has produced several jazz CDs that feature him on saxophone, including Interplay with guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Strike Up the Band and Friends with the Paul Broadnax Quartet, and I thought About You with pianist Bob Hallahan.  Fred’s most recent CD, Telling Stories, is a collection of twelve original compositions featuring Fred on sax and piano, Gene Bertoncini on guitar, and Michael Moore on bass.  For more information about Interplay Jazz Camp and JazzToons, visit


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 Jason Ennis is based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and performs jazz, Brazilian and classical music throughout the Northeast.  A graduate of Middlebury College (Vermont), Jason attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He has performed with Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers Band), The Sonya Kitchell Band (Velour Music), Todd Reynolds (Bang on a Can, Steve Reich), Joe Morton, Tessa Souter, Nós Daqui, The Ramón Ángel-Rey Trio, Los Mofos, Freddie Bryant, The Anna Borges Group, Fred Haas, and many others.  His love of Brazilian music has led him to make several trips to Brazil, including a six-month stay in Rio de Janeiro in 2006-2007, during which he played with some of the city’s top young players.  Jason is a member of the faculty of the Interplay Jazz Camp.  For more information about Jason, visit his website at


Drummer Tim Gilmore lives in Lebanon, NH and teaches at Plymouth State University, Concord Community Music Schools, Interplay Jazz Camp, and several private schools.  He is an active clinician with “Adventures with Jazz,” endorsing Yamaha drums and Istanbul Agop cymbals.  His recording/performance credits include Richie Cole, Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Sheila Jordan, Fred Hersch, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi, Warren Vache, Stanley Clark, Pete Seeger, Shawn Colvin and Catie Curtis.  He has also played percussion for the PBS documentaries “Dying to Please,” “The Dolphin Dilemma” and “Birds of Prey” and the HBO mini-series “Women in Prison” as well as the feature film “Vermont is for Lovers.”  Tim has appeared at the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s in London.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in elementary/music education from Salem State College and pursued further study in composition and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music.

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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