Chelsea Baratz, a tenor saxophonist and vocalist and a rising star on the national jazz scene, will perform with Montana State University's Concert Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at MSU's Reynolds Recital Hall. Baratz' appearance occurs on the second day of the 2013 Jazz Montana Festival celebrating "Women in Jazz."
At just 24 years old, Baratz's soulful sound is a fiery combination of bebop swing and hip hop hooks. Her debut release "In Faith," illuminates the distinctive tenor of an emerging player and original composer. A tenor saxophone player, she's also a band leader whose music follows in the footsteps of 1960’s soul jazz and the hard bop roots of her hometown of Pittsburgh. Her debut album, produced by trumpeter Maurice Brown, features an inventive sound and vibe that carries forward the past echoes of Pittsburgh’s gospel, blues and soul heritage into the present day. The album was a “Recommended Pick” by JazzChicago.net, and two “Artist 2 Watch” features with Skope Magazine. Baratz maintains a busy schedule, performing and recording with The Maurice Brown Effect, Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans, Chris Rob, the Revive Da Live Big Band, Mobetta & Soul'd U Out, Om'mas Keith, and Sean Jones & the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.
The first evening of the Jazz Montana Festival features alto saxophonist Madaline Duran with local jazz all-stars Craig Hall, Brad Edwards and Tom Ammend of Greeley, Colo. at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at The Ellen Theatre. Tickets for the Duran performance may be purchased online at the Ellen website, http://www.theellentheatre.com/pages/tickets_legal.html, or by calling the Ellen Theatre box office at 585-5885.
Tickets for Baratz's performance at MSU are $18 general admission, $9 for students, and may be purchased on the MSU School of Music webpage http://www.montana.edu/wwwmusic/. Tickets and more information are also available on the Jazz Montana website, www.jazzmt.org.
Ryan Matzinger (406) 994-5743, firstname.lastname@example.org