Hart Community Performing Arts Series concludes season with concert Friday evening

May 9, 2024

HART — The Hart Community Performing Arts Series will conclude its 2003-2004 season Friday, May 10, with a concert by the Alexis Cole Quartet, featuring pianist Brandon Goldberg. 

The concert will begin at 7:30 pm in the Hart Public Schools Auditorium, located in the Hart Middle School at 308 W. Johnson St. Tickets are available online at hartseries.org or at the door. Season ticket holders are reminded that the concert is on Friday, May 10 — not on Monday as their incorrectly-printed season tickets indicate.

Called “one of the great voices of today,” by Jonathan Schwartz, and praised for her “impeccable control and style” by Michael Feinstein, Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day. A top winner of the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition judged by jazz icons TS Monk, Catherine Russell, Grady Tate and Dr. Billy Taylor; third prize winner in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition; and a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan Competition, Alexis has a dozen albums to her credit on Motéma, Chesky, Venus Records and Zoho. She has performed with such artists as Fred Hersch, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Don Braden. She’s been a soloist with the Boston Pops, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has headlined at clubs around the US and Asia.  

“Her 2018 US Release of “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” featuring the band One For All, was in Jazzweek’s top 50 albums of the year. As an educator, Alexis was the head of vocal jazz at the conservatory at SUNY Purchase and counts Grammy winning Samara Joy and rising star Anaïs Reno as her students. She is the founder and director of JazzVoice.com, an online educational community featuring singing classes, professional development sessions and private lessons from a roster of renowned jazz vocalists and educators. And she is artistic director of the Virginia Beach Vocal Jazz Summit. Her most recent release, “Sky Blossom,” features original arrangements for big band from her time as a staff sergeant in the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights. 

Brandon Goldberg has been playing piano and making music since he was 3 years old. Critics have praised his “unassailable technique, advanced harmonic understanding, a deep sense of swing and, most impressively, a clarity and plethora of ideas executed to near-perfection.” – Downbeat. Goldberg is a 2024 YoungArts Winner with Distinction, a semifinalist in the 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition and youngest recipient of the 2022 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer.



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