Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ELIXIR presents jazz vocalist EMILY LANIER - Thursday, August 14th


ELIXIR at The Freight House presents


- Thursday, August 14th


ELIXIR at the Freight House, the Upper Valley’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, presents one of the Upper Valley’s hottest new talents, jazz vocalist EMILY LANIER, who performs with NORM WOLFE on guitar and PETER CONCILIO on bass on Thursday, August 14, 2008 from 7 to 10pm.  Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations.  There is no cover charge for the music.


A bright new talent on the jazz scene, Emily Lanier has been gathering quite a fan base in the Upper Valley.  Blessed with a natural vocal talent, the desire to sing, and a passion for jazz, but with no formal vocal training or experience with a band, Emily searched the Internet for a jazz coach in 2004.  She connected with local pianist, saxophonist and educator Fred Haas, who became her coach for several months and helped her to refine her skills as an interpreter of the jazz repertoire. She also attended Haas’s Interplay Jazz Camp, a week of music for teens and adults held each summer in Woodstock, VT.  Through Interplay, Emily has worked with outstanding jazz vocalists Shelia Jordon, Dena DeRose, and Chris Humphrey, and most recently, one of her jazz idols, Laurel Masse (former lead singer and co-founder of The Manhattan Transfer).  


In 2006, Emily achieved her goal when she answered a classified ad for a jazz vocalist with the newly forming band A New Kind of Blue. The talented quartet soon had more gigs than it could handle, so last year Emily formed a second group, The Emily Lanier Jazz Ensemble, a rotating pool of some of the Upper Valley’s and New England’s most talented jazz musicians.  For more information, visit: www.EmilyLanierJazz.com.


Guitarist Norm Wolfe was born and raised in Morrisville, VT.  He migrated to the Upper Valley in 1973 when he began a 29-year stint teaching instrumental music for the Hartford School District.   Since 2002 he has been employed by the Dresden School District, where he is in charge of Sixth Grade Band and High School Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.  He began playing the guitar in 1965 and has played in a number of rock bands, including Rockslide during the ‘80s and ‘90s.  He currently performs the jazz repertoire with six duos and several small combos and occasionally performs with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble.  Norm has studied guitar with Draa Hobbs and is currently studying with David Newsam.


Peter Concilio crafted his bebop bass style under the tutelage of Connecticut saxophonist and composer Don DeFala and studied classical bass with Joseph Iadone at Hart College. He has produced concerts featuring Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, and Jimmy and Percy Heath, and has performed with Richie Hart, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, and Greg Abate.  Peter moved to the Upper Valley in 2001 and plays regularly with guitarist Norm Wolfe and the Emily Lanier Jazz Ensemble.


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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