Thursday, January 19, 2012

Calendar Listings: Mount Holyoke Jazz Ensembles "Big Broadcast"


The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College
present the 7th annual edition of


Sunday, March 4, 2012
2PM and 7PM
Chapin Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075

A recreation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast directed by Mark Gionfriddo with WWLP-TV meterologist Brian Lapis as emcee. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Glen Gray, among others.

Sponsors to date include: Mount Holyoke College.

Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $8.00 seniors and students. Tickets available at Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, and The Northampton Box-Office. For phone orders: 413-586-8686 or 1-800-THE TICK. For online orders: Tickets go on sale 2/01/12.

A limited number of tickets at $5.00 will be available for Mount Holyoke students at the Student Programs Office.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Some of my "Best of The Valley" Votes

The Best of The Valley Poll

I always like participating in and reading the results in The Valley Advocate’s “Best of the Valley Poll”. I like having the chance to share my favorite restuatns, stores, people etc. and compare my choices with those of readers throughout the area. I also like the opportunity to sample what others around town feel are the best.

I only have one local client eligible for any of the categories. David Pakman, producer and host of The David Pakman Show is a great choice for Local Radio Personality. But, he’s not quite just that. He’s really more of a multi-platform radio/TV/web show host who happens to be based here in the Valley. He went to high school and college in The Valley. He began his radio program in The Valley. He’s got studios in The Valley. He’s not a drive-time presence, unless you’re listening to his podcasts while you’re driving about. Nonetheless, he’s a guy on 150+ radio and TV stations nationally, on YouTube, and available on his website.

I’ve got to champion the versatile journalist Scott Coen as “Best Blogger” for his “My Wide World” blog, which profiles interesting people in the area. In the last year or so, Scott has made the transition from TV sportscaster (he still does sports on radio and TV) to “features reporter”. His uncanny ability to showcase an individual doing interesting things via print and broadcast highlights his versatility as a journalist.

Scott did a great profile on my client David Pakman.

He also did a beautiful retrospective on one of my closest friends, WFCR “Morning Edition” anchor Bob Paquette, who died suddenly last year.

So, please cast your vote for these guys.

PS. I also voted for restaurants and caffeination venues: Esselon (Hadley), Coco (Easthampton), Eclipse (Northampton) and the late-lamented Green Street Cafe (also Northampton). I recognized Jackson & Connor (Northampton) for menswear, Yes Computers (Northampton) for Mac gear, and The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, because I champion independent booksellers.

New Client: New Project: The Big Broadcast

“The Big Broadcast” returns ! Save the date: Sunday, March 4, 2012.

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College, under the direction of Mark Gionfriddo, perform the 7th edition of “The Big Broadcast”, a recreation of a live 1940’s radio program complete with swing, pop standards of the day, and commercials. Brian Lapis, meterologist at WWLP-TV22, returns for the 5th year as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Two performances, SUN March 4, 2PM and 7PM at Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Tickets on sale 2/01/12 at Northampton Box-Office, Odyssey Book Shop, and Student Programs Office at Mount Holyoke.

For the record: Mount Holyoke College’s music program is a somewhat new client. I’ve produced a series of special events at Chapin Auditorium on campus.during my WFCR days. When Garrison Keillor came to town to try out a one-man show he was considering for a tour, he needed a pianist on short notice who could sight read. Mount Holyoke recommended Mark Gionfriddo, and Mark and Garrison were a perfect fit. When I produced a live broadcast of the NPR quiz Show “Says You!” at Mount Holyoke, Mark’s student ensembles provided the music for the shows.

It will be great to work with Mark and the good people at Chapin Auditorium again.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The David Pakman Show Airs in DC

The David Pakman Show begins airing in the Washington DC market on Sundays.