November 11 Masterclass: Mike Baggetta, Jerome Harris, Billy Mintz

November 11, 2016 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Nash
110 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85004


In this masterclass, Mike Baggetta (guitar), Jerome Harris (bass), and Billy Mintz (drums) will demonstrate their unique approach to improvisation and interaction an a small-group jazz context. They will then welcome student musicians to the stage and guide them through various related approaches. Those student musicians who would like to participate should bring their instruments and be prepared to play. This masterclass is co-sponsored by Paradise Valley Community Community College, Scottsdale Community College, and The Nash.

Mike Baggetta is a guitarist and composer living in New York City. It has been said that he is “a guitarist of slippery proficiency” (The New York Times), that his performances are “totally compelling” (Jazz Journal, UK) and that his melodic sense is truly beautiful” ( Mike’s singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. He has earned accolades from the press that call this approach “…beguilingly atmospheric…” (Time Out New York) and that “Baggetta’s music [is] quietly transgressive… Even when he plays a lot of notes, his playing can sound almost static, as though ideas were being snagged out of thin air.” (The Hartford Courant).

Baggetta’s latest disc Spectre, his 4th release as a leader on the Fresh Sound New Talent label, features extensive use of live sampling as an integral part of the compositions, alongside Jerome Harris on acoustic bass guitar and Billy Mintz on drums. He has also previously released 4 recordings of his quartet music featuring Jason Rigby, Eivind Opsvik, Cameron Brown, George Schuller and RJ Miller, in addition to several albums by his co-led duo TIN/BAG with trumpeter Kris Tiner.

Baggetta, Harris, and Mintz will be performing a concert later that evening (Friday, November 11) from 7:30-10pm at The Nash. Tickets are $15 general admission or $8 for students with ID.

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