Saturday, August 16, 2008

ELIXIR at The Freight House presents trumpeter/vocalist CHRISTINE FAWSON

ELIXIR at The Freight House presents

Trumpeter/vocalist CHRISTINE FAWSON

with pianist MARK SHILANSKY and bassist DAVID WESTPHALEN



ELIXIR at The Freight House, the Upper Valley’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, presents an evening with one of the music world’s hottest young artists – trumpeter/vocalist CHRISTINE FAWSON, performing with pianist Mark Shilansky and bassist Dave Westphalen on Thursday, August 21, 2008 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations. There is no cover for the music.


Christine Fawson is a vocalist and trumpet player. After attending Berklee College of Music, Christine recorded her debut CD Happy Talk, featuring the arrangements of Phil Wilson. The album has received great reviews in Singer magazine, Cadence and Downbeat. Christine’s talents have taken her all over the world, where she has performed at various jazz festivals as a soloist and clinician. She has been a featured soloist at such events as the San Jose Jazz Festival in California, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival in Sydney, Australia, the International Music Festival in Hong Kong, and the Women in Jazz Festival in Lucca, Italy.


Christine is a member of the vocal jazz group Syncopation. In March 2008 they released the album Wonderful You, which features originals and covers in the jazz/pop idiom. The group has two other CDs, A New Dance and Of Blue, which have been widely successful both in the United States and Japan. Syncopation has been featured at such festivals as The Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the International Association for Jazz Education Convention, the Cleveland Tri-C Jazz Festival and the Meihou Jazz Festival in Japan. The group has also performed at many prestigious jazz clubs all over the world, including New York’s famed Blue Note. From 2004 to 2007, Christine was a member of the all-women DIVA Jazz Orchestra and performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, and Lincoln Center in New York City; and with artists such as Anne Hampton Callaway, Maurice Hines and the New York Pops. She also played with DIVA at festivals and concerts around the world. A member of the faculty of Berklee College of Music, where she teaches trumpet, Christine is an Edwards Trumpet artist.  For more information visit:


New Hampshire native Mark Shilansky is a pianist, singer, composer, teacher and producer of jazz and pop music. He has performed and/or recorded as a sideman with such artists as the jazz vocal quartet Syncopation, the GRAMMY®-winning New York Voices, Luciana Souza, Kenny Wheeler, Clark Terry, Lisa Thorson, Jerry Bergonzi, Patrice Williamson, and Rebecca Parris. He has four CDs as a leader: First Look, Other Voices, Different Songs, and his newest Join the Club, which explores Latin rhythms with clever re-arrangements of Tin Pan Alley standards (“Misty,” “Alone Together”), jazz classics (“Take 5”) and contemporary pop tunes (the Police's “Invisible Sun,” “Lovefool” by the Cardigans), as well as intricate but memorable Shilansky originals, and boasts a cast of world-renowned musicians. Since 1998 Mark has taught Ear Training and Ensembles at Berklee College of Music. He also teaches Improvisation at the University of New Hampshire. Visit or for more information.


David Westphalen is a well-known bassist, trombonist and bandleader in the Upper Valley.  For many years his band Swing Machine has performed at dances, Dartmouth College functions, weddings and other private events around northern New England.  After graduating with a major in music from Tufts University, he taught high school music in Vermont for two years.  David currently plays bass with a number of Vermont-based musicians, including Fred Haas, Michael Zsoldos, Bob Merrill and Dave Ellis.  He also works with several small combos, including a duo with guitarist Billy Rosen, and occasionally sings jazz standards.  David plays trombone with the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, based in Brattleboro, as well as the seven-piece, traditional jazz band The Almost Legendary Thundering Muskrats. 

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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