Friday, September 5, 2008

ELIXIR presents The Organ Trio with Fred Haas, Paul Asbell, and Tim Gilmore - Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 - 9:30pm




FRED HAAS on Hammond B-3, PAUL ASBELL on guitar, and TIM GILMORE on drums

-        THURSDAY, SEPT. 11th – 6:30 – 9:30pm



ELIXIR at the Freight House, the Upper Valley’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, presents the return of the area’s hottest new collaboration – THE ORGAN TRIO, featuring FRED HAAS on Hammond B-3, PAUL ASBELL on guitar, and TIM GILMORE on drums.  The group performs its eclectic mix of jazz, blues and funk at ELIXIR on Thursday, September 11, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm(Note new hours.)  Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations.  There is no cover charge for the music.


Every Wednesday ELIXIR hosts a Jazz Dinner Show & Jam Session from 6:30 to 9:30pm featuring saxophonist/pianist FRED HAAS and vocalist SABRINA BROWN.  The duo begins the evening with a different theme each week, performing songs by a specific composer or lyricist, and tunes associated with a particular vocal artist. The dinner show is followed by a jam session, and instrumentalist and vocalists are invited to participate.


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, including renowned musicians such as vocalist Sheila Jordan and pianist Kenny Werner.  Fred has produced several CDs for his own JazzToons label, including Interplay, I Thought About You, Strike Up The Band, Friends and Telling Stories, which is a collection of original compositions featuring Haas on saxophone and piano with Gene Bertoncini on guitar and Michael Moore on bass. It is available on the iTunes store. Fred has also recorded It’s About Time, Here’s To Joe and Live at Indian Hill with his long-time friend and musical compatriot, award-winning pianist/vocalist Paul Broadnax. Visit for more information about Interplay Jazz Camp and JazzToons.


Guitarist PAUL ASBELL has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician,” from his early years playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present, multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont.  He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway and numerous others while living in his hometown of Chicago.   Performance/recording credits in recent years include David Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Stitt, Nick Brignola, Michael Ray, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Wild  Magnolias, John Stowell, guitar wunderkind Julian Lage and former student Trey Anastasio.  For more information, visit:


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.  Support live music!



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