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FILM & CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE LATE LEE SHAW
June 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This special evening will celebrate the life of late Jazz Pianist Lee Shaw, Albany New York’s Queen of Jazz, on the anniversary of her 90th birthday. The evening will include a screening of Lee’s 88 Keys, followed by a musical performance by long time Trio members Rich Syracuse, Jeff Siegel and special guest Nick Hetko, featuring the music of Lee Shaw.
$20 General admission- Includes Film and Concert to honor Lee Shaw
$30 Limited VIP tickets – Includes Film and Concert, pre-show mixer from 6-7pm with pleasant light fair and good wine, a toast to Lee Shaw, and meet the director.
Limited VIP Pre-show mixer from 6-7pm
Film screening 7-8:15
Live Performance 8:30PM—10:00PM
You may not know her name, but 88-year-old jazz pianist Lee Shaw is a legend among musicians. She was coveted by Lionel Hampton (but declined an invitation to join him), tutored by Oscar Peterson, and her final trio boasted Hudson Valley homeboys Rich Syracuse on bass and Jeff Siegel on drums. Shaw fell in love with the piano at age 5, and director Susan Robbins’s bio-pic, Lee’s 88 Keys, comes alive with recollections of Shaw first hearing music and learning to play, on to becoming a bona-fide musician. The story is rich with music, history and a multitude of anecdotes and accolades from fellow musicians, former students (including local luminary John Medeski), and friends. Shaw struggled with being a woman in a male dominated field, the financial challenges of pursuing a musical dream, and the conflict of her ever-sharp mind residing in an aging vessel. Indomitable, she was driven by her love of music and passion for jazz. Experience that passion in Lee’s 88 Keys.
The film will be followed by a special tribute performance by Lee’s longtime collaborators Rich Syracuse on bass and Jeff Siegel on drums with guest pianist Nick Hetko -a student of Lee Shaw’s who graduates Manhattan School of Music May 2016