Friday, September 12, 2008

ELIXIR presents Jazz Flutist/Vocalist CYNTHIA BARRETTE - Thursday, Sept. 18


ELIXIR at The Freight House presents

Jazz Flutist/Vocalist CYNTHIA BARRETTE


- Thursday, September 18th




ELIXIR at The Freight House, the Upper Valley’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, proudly presents the club debut of jazz flutist/vocalist CYNTHIA BARRETTE, who will sing and play both C flute and alto flute on such classic standards as “Speak Low,” “Alone Together,” “Twisted” and “No More Blues” on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:30pm.  Stellar backup will be provided by FRED HAAS on piano and saxophone, JASON ENNIS on guitar, DAVID WESTPHALEN on bass, and TIM GILMORE on drums.  Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations.  There is no cover charge for the music.


Cynthia Barrette, a Hanover and Sunapee resident, has been a lifelong singer and flute player.  Her first experience performing was singing with a Berkeley, CA rock band in the late ‘70s.  She also played in a jazz band in Marin County in the late ‘80s.  After playing classical flute and chamber music for many years, she has decided to embrace jazz -- music which speaks to her spirit and allows her to express herself freely.  The songs in her repertoire have been part of her life since the early ‘60s.  Cynthia has attended two Interplay Jazz week-long workshops, receiving vocal training under the legendary Sheila Jordan and Chris Humphrey, as well as a vocal course with Laurel Masse, formerly of the Manhattan Transfer, and instrumental studies under the tutelage of Armen Donelian.  She is a regular student of Fred Haas and Ed Eastridge.  Cynthia looks forward to her next Interplay vocal workshop with Dena DeRose as well as a total immersion Jazz Cruise in November.


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 with an experienced, all-star faculty.  Fred has produced and performed on several CDs for his own JazzToons label.  Visit for more information about Interplay Jazz Camp and JazzToons.


Guitarist Jason Ennis is based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and New York City 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.  Jason is a member of the faculty of the Interplay Jazz Camp.  For more information about Jason, visit his website at


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. 


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, Stanley Clark, Pete Seeger, Shawn Colvin and Catie Curtis.  He has also played percussion for TV and film soundtracks and has appeared at the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s in London.  Tim received his Bachelor’s 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.  Support live music!



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