Headline Acts: Coltrane Day 2016

Headline Performers

Times subject to change.

roy haynes photoROY HAYNES AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. 9:00PM – Chapin Stage Thelonious Monk once described Roy Haynes’ drumming as “an eight ball right in the side pocket.” Jack DeJohnette calls Roy’s percolations “a rare combination of street education, high sophistication and soul.” Pat Metheny says Haynes is the “father of modern drumming” and “a national treasure.” Lester Young summed up Haynes’ genius best perhaps when the two shared a bandstand in October, 1947, exclaiming, “Haynes, you sure are swinging!” For over 50 years Roy Haynes has influenced and innovated, shaping some of the greatest recordings in jazz while altering the very fabric and direction of jazz improvisation with his mercurial, intelligent, joyous drumming. Freeing jazz’s borders, infusing its lifeblood, steering it towards greater freedom and more distinctive expression, Roy Haynes is a national treasure who continues to forge new paths well into his ‘70s, dumbfounding jazz lovers, not to mention Father Time and Mother Nature. (more)

Randy-Brecker photoRANDY BRECKER AND FRIENDS. 6:00PM –  Chapin Stage. Jazz trumpeter and composer has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. (more)


 4:00PM – Chapin Stage. 
Charles, the second oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother that lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home. (more)


michelle coltrane photoMICHELLE COLTRANE BAND 8:00PM – Chapin Stage. Michelle was born in Paris, France, and is the only daughter of Alice and John Coltrane. While living in Japan Michelle worked as a DJ. She performed and arranged background vocals for prominent artists. Eventually, finding work in voiceovers, Michelle was featured on two Chevrolet commercials. She was also hired to write a song for the theme park called “Color the Night” which was featured at Space World Amusement Park in Japan. (more)



melissa aldanaMELISSA ALDANA 5:00PM – Chapin Stage. Melissa began playing saxophone at the tender age of 6. After watching pupils come in and out of her home in Santiago, Chile to take lessons from her father, Marcos Aldana – a renowned jazz saxophonist himself – the young Melissa would pester him to teach her as well. Her father began teaching her by showing her how to play two notes. From that moment, she was hooked and was finally given her first saxophone, an alto, and her father began teaching her how to play. (more)


funk1FUNK FILHARMONIK MEMBERS. Members of the Funk Filharmonik will be taking the stage with various friends. On one of those magical Monday nights in 1985 at Canterbury Ales in Huntington a popular musicians hang featuring the Jim Pin 5 + 2 – 1 Band. A five piece horn section, with whom the rhythm section had recently been rehearsing squeezed into the jam packed club in front of the club’s infamous ultra-compact fold down stage. When they punched out the last note of Tower of Power’s “What is Hip,” the crowd went wild, and what was to eventually become Funk Filharmonik was born.“ It all actually started out as nothing more than a rehearsal band simply for the enjoyment of playing this music,” said Lee Finkelstein. (more)


fireystringsistersFIREY STRING SISTAS! 2:00PM – Chapin Stage. Highly intuitive and energetic, the Firey String Sistas! is a refreshing alternative to the standard Jazz band. Committed to pushing the limits of string playing to the next level since 2011. Founder, cellist Nioka Workman​, violinist Marlene Rice​, bassist, Melissa Slocum,​vocalist, pianist Mala Waldron and Dorota Piotrowska subbing for drummer Karina Colis present performances that are compelling, incorporating aspects of world music , women’s culture and string improvisation. The ensemble presents original compositions, American songbook standards, world music and Jazz. “Women, Wine & Song”, “Blues Mama & her Roots”, and the popular holiday favorite “JOYOUS!”, are some of the ensembles popular programs. (more)


GARY SMULYAN & FREINDS 3:00PM – Chapin Stage -BARITONE SAXOPHONIST GARY Smulyan was born April 4, 1956, in Bethpage, New York. The gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as a major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach – and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit. While still in high school, he had the chance to sit in with major jazz artists such as legendary trumpeter Chet Baker, saxophonist Lee Konitz, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and violinist Ray Nance. After graduating high school he attended SUNY-Postsdam and Hofstra University before he joined Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd in 1978. It was a remarkable collection of young musicians who ultimately would find themselves in the forefront of present-day jazz. Joining Smulyan in the band were saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer John Riley, who would eventually become a fixture in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. In 1980, unlike many of his colleagues and peers Smulyan didn’t have to go very far to move into New York City proper where he became part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra then under the direction of Bob Brookmeyer, tonight’s commissioned artist, composer and guest conductor. (more)

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david berg squareREGGAE JAZZ 3:00PM – Museum Stage. It’s reggae, it’s jazz- it’s reggae jazz, and it could be said they were made for one another. The mad professors of Reggae Jazz Ensemble breathe new life into old music, leaving no style untampered with in their irreverent pursuit of tastefully enlightened musical fun. Ska, rock-steady, go-go, hip-hop, spirituals, be-bop, funk & acid-jazz collided at a party with the Beatles in Motown- and something new was born… Embracing musical improvisation as a path toward spiritual discipline, RJE explores compositions of their own design along with those of others including Parker, Coltrane, Miles, Evans, Bonfi, Marley, Ranglin, Gaye, Lennon and McCartney- utilizing them as points of departure in their “search for the new land.” (more)

theelectrixTHE ELECTRIX 3:30PM – Community Jam Stage. The Electrix is a group of accomplished musicians, each with a lifetime of diverse experience in the music field. The Electrix have been together since 1995 and are recognized as one of the leading jam bands performing classic rock of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers, other related genres of music, and original compositions. The Electrix weave in and out of intense jams with an incredible amount of enthusiasm and feeling, adding their own interpretation and style.  The Electrix have had the opportunity to share the stage and perform together with such notables as the late drummer Levon Helm {The Band}, the late fiddle player Vassar Clements {Old & in the Way}, pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage {The New Riders of the Purple Sage}, and guitarist/vocalist MichaelFalzarano {Hot Tuna & New Riders}.  The Electrix have opened for The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The David Nelson Band, Railroad Earth, The Robbie Krieger Band, Commander Cody and have been involved in shows with Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Rowan, Umphrey’s McGee, David Gans and the late Dick Latvala. (more)


STEVE SALERNO (GUITARIST/COMPOSER) is an active performer of both Jazz and Classical music. He has performed internationally as well as throughout the U.S. with many top musicians including Jaco Pastorius, John Steve SalernoAbercrombie, Mark Dresser, Eric Marienthal, Regina Carter, Lonnie Plaxico, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, Matt Wilson, Mark Helias and Adam Nussbaum. He is a member of the Ray Anderson Quartet, Paul Smoker Notet, Mala Waldron Quartet, Blue Pipa Trio, has a duo with Christopher Lamb (of the NY Philharmonic), another duo with guitarist, John Abercrombie and leads a variety of groups, including his jazz quartet, Exiles. Among his latest recordings is Mala Waldron’s Always There, Paul Smoker’s Mirabile Dictu, Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa Trio, and Ray Anderson’s Love Notes. He is a member of the classical group, The Constellation Trio.  He was music director for the PBS special Shoreline Sonata, which features the Constellation Trio.  Salerno is also a member of the Musician’s Advisory Board for D’Addario Strings and author of Planet Wave’s Chord Master (an 8,000 chord voicing dictionary) that was recently voted the Number 1 music application for Apple’s iPhone 2010!

trance danceTRANSMORPHEOUS TRANCE DANCE 3:30PM – Museum Stage. Full Moon Trance Dance is monthly event developed by Elyce Neuhauser. She has been growing this idea for a few years, first with recorded music, then with live drums, and now with the addition of Transmorpheous- a group of live musicians. The evening always takes place at a special outdoor or indoor venues; the first event with a full band was July 1st in Oyster Bay (Long Island) at a beautiful private home with a huge, grassy lawn surrounded by trees. (It is also the location of Everveda, an Ayurvedic day spa run by Jill Talve.) (more)

VOICES OF HUNTINGTON GOSPEL CHOIR. 12:00PM Chapin Stage. During December of 2014 Huntington Town Board member Tracey Edwards met with the Huntington Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance, where Rev. Jerry Artis served as Secretary, and asked if they can ask their members and others who so desired to come together to form a joint Gospel Choir to sing at the Town’s Black History program. The Alliance consented and the response produced 38 singers. (more)

Songwriters Toby Tobias & Kirsten Maxwell

Other Music Greats including Premik Russell Tubbs (sax), Lorenzo Laroq (electric violin), John Ambrosini (piano), others

Including local student groups: Neo Funk, Hofstra University Jazz Sextet, Five Towns College “American Songbook Ensemble”