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Join the brotherhood of Kelly, Brad and Craig at Cikans for a superb evening of jazz, trio style.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 October 2010 09:24

Roles are reversed as Jazz and More host Kelly Roberti takes a seat on the other side and is interviewed by Eric Funk & Paula Beswick followed by an appropriate series ending performance with Alan Fauque and Eric Funk, 2 friends and long time colleagues who also appear on Kelly’s forthcoming album, Slumber.
Jazz and More is a summer tradition now, part of the monthly Exploring The Arts series which is made possible through the hard work of Paula Beswick and the Bozeman Public Library Foundation at the Bozeman Public Library. Jazz & More was born from Roberti’s dedicated activism for the arts and his desire to showcase musical and artistic styles in a more personalized way, from not only the rich diversity of the Bozeman community and the great state of Montana but also drawing in world renowned names over the years like David Murray, Jack Walrath, David Morgenroth and Joshua Breakstone.

Kelly Roberti himself is a renowned musician and composer, a native son of Montana, who despite touring and playing on five continents in his 46 years as a performer, has lived and worked from Bozeman much of his life. His Mother and Father were tremendous influences in his music development, both involved in teaching and playing music, allowing free range for thought and creativity, making him spellbound as a child with the magic of musical form, properly infusing him from the beginning in all genres ranging from Broadway and Tin Pan Alley to Ethnic, World and Jazz thus cultivating his “earthy and meticulous” style described as

“a powerful blend of musical passion layered with an
insightful grace and a spiritual edge”.

Kelly has a list of hundreds of tours with musical icons and legends such as Arnett Cobb, Eddie Harris, David Newman, Dave Grusin, Freddie Hubbard, Tommy Flanagan, Peter Gabriel, David Murray and many more. Kelly also has vast teaching experiences at many major educational institutes and continues to work as a clinician and private instructor as well.

What is the true meaning of music now for Kelly?

True music is an indefinable communication. It is physics, philosophy, history, mathematics and to me a big dose of romance. Of course it is always about the illusive heart, and can only be what you’ve lived or dreamed, the pulse of our nature. I want to give to it what I have been given. I want to contribute to the tradition, the true human condition and to the next generation.

As he so eloquently states in his closing remarks from the new album,
   “Special Warmth to all I love and have loved… you composed me.”… yes Kelly, the music, the memories, the miles, they have composed you profoundly indeed. And we are all enriched from it.

Help us close out Jazz and More for 2010 in style and join Kelly for a refreshing and notable end to our summer series.

Jazz & More has been graciously sponsored by Montana Ale Works.

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Last Updated on Friday, 1 October 2010 10:45

As our season begins to wind down, we welcome pianist
Stefan Stern to the next Jazz and More Monday evening show.

Stefan has been playing piano since five years of age, where he started on an old organ in his parents basement in Schöningen, Germany.  Soon after, he started taking his first piano lessons and by age nine he was earning pocket money by playing pipe organ in local churches.  

Since then, Stefan has freelanced as a jazz, classical, and rock pianist and performed at all level of venues, from large music festivals to private house concerts, to recitals in Antarctica and on a cruise ship traveling up the Amazon River.  He is a founding member of the German rock band Seven which released its most recent album in 2008. 

Locally, Stern has played with the Bozeman Symphony and the Glenn Johnston Swing Band, along with many others.  In the Fall of 2008 he finished recording his first solo classical album of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the UFO Sound Studios in Berlin, Germany and is working on a solo album of original work that is expected to be released next year.  

Currently Stefan lives and works in Bozeman with his wife, daughter and two golden retrievers and is excitedly expecting their second daughter in October of this year.
Also joining the performance list later in the show is pianist Ed Lewis, drummer George Baskin, all in all, another great night of music is on schedule. Only two shows are left in this summer’s series, come join us this Monday at 7pm.
Jazz and More is sponsored by Montana Ale Works.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 September 2010 12:02


Dr. Ray Pratt shares another candid conversation with jazz icon Arnett Cobb from his Blues Tradition collection, this one recorded at City Center Motel here in Bozeman, April 1982. What a treasure it is to hear the soft spoken Arnett reflect on his memories from a life of jazz during his first Montana visit that also included a rousing 2 nights of performance at the Baxter Hotel Ballroom with myself, Bob Nell and Brad Edwards that was part of the Bozeman Blues & Jazz Society program at the time.

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It was indeed an honor to know and play with the “wild man of tenor sax”, miles and miles ago but still so fresh in my mind. Many thanks to Ray for this interview. Don’t forget you can enjoy one of the Baxter Hotel performances at my Historic Sounds page with more shows coming in the near future.



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Last Updated on Sunday, 12 September 2010 06:26


For the first week back in September, we welcome internationally known conductor Shuichi Komiyama, a versatile orchestral and wind conductor and flutist, who is well studied in classical and jazz idioms and currently the Music Director and Conductor of Montana State University Symphony Orchestra and the Billings Youth Symphony Orchestra. He will be joined by his wife and concert pianist, Azusa Komiyama, a stunningly gifted musician who has been playing since age five and brings brilliant interpretations to her repertoire of live classical performances.

For the 1st half of the show, I will team up with colleagues Bob Britten on piano and Adam Greenberg on drums. This will be a night of great classical and jazz music. Please join us at the Bozeman Library’s community room at 7pm.


Jazz & More is sponsored by Montana Ale Works.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 26 September 2010 12:30

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