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1/26 8p: Vance Gilbert @Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT

Friday, January 26, 2018 8p

Vance Gilbert

With Kerri Powers

Infinity Music Hall

20 W. Greenwoods Road (Rt. 44), Norfolk, CT

phone: 860-542-5531

Price: $24.00



The Art of Storytelling

Vance Gilbert Works His Magic at the Historic Infinity Hall

His reputation precedes him. But that’s no reason to let an opportunity to see Vance Gilbert pass you by! Fresh off a tour of Australia, Vance has for some time now been a major mover of the singer-songwriter scene. His penchant for storytelling, mingled with his terrific sense of humor makes a Gilbert gig a lively event indeed. And, oh by the way, if you’ve heard the man’s latest album, Nearness of You—or any of his albums for that matter—you know he can sing.

Gilbert was born and raised in the Philly area and he started his career in Boston aspiring to be a jazz singer. But things happened, and he soon found himself in the warm embrace of the singer-songwriter world, opening for folks like Shawn Colvin and later comedians George Carlin and Paul Reiser. One of those shows, in Dallas, earned him some good press from the local paper: “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener.” Of course, that was ages ago. But the fact is, Gilbert has only gotten to be a more engaging performer, with beautiful, worldly stories, finely honed guitar technique, and a voice that delivers.

Over two decades-plus in the music business, Vance has produced a healthy helping of great recordings, including the widely raved about BaD Dog Buffet. Old White Men hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ chart on its release and Unfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 Records of the Year upon its release in 2005. Perhaps most importantly for the purposes of this particular press release is the fact that Vance’s live album, Somerville Live, issued in 2000, was described by the Boston Globe as a work “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” And we haven’t even talked about Nearness of You, which features Vance singing stripped down versions of 14 of his jazz faves.

Vance’s upcoming gig at Infinity Hall will be reliably memorable. His show is entertaining, his stories are by turns funny and poignant, and his music, above all, is well worth hearing.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 2.18.00 PMWhaling City Sound Release Date June 10, Tour September 21 – October 1

Wednesday, September 21, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, 8pm

Thursday, September 22, German American Heritage Museum, Washington, DC, 6.30pm

Friday, September 23, Charlottesville Jazz Society @Unity Church, Charlottesville, VA, 8pm

Sunday, September 25, Nighttown, Cleveland, OH, 7pm

Tuesday, September 27, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, Jomie Jazz Recital Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 28, Louisville Jazz Society @ Kentucky Country Day School Theatre, Louisville, KY 7pm

Thursday, September 29, Jazz Fables Series, Bear’s Place, Bloomington, IN, 5.30pm

Friday, September 30, Deaconess Sports Park, Evansville, IN, 7pm

Saturday, October 1, Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN 7.30pm


Musical Collaborators for the September 2016 tour include:

Jamie Baum (flute) – Guggenheim Fellow, numerous awards as flutist/ composer

Rosa Avila (drums) – Pearl Drums artist, with Villalobos Brothers, Andy Williams, and more

Reut Regev (trombone) – Enja Recording Artist from Israel

Jennifer Vincent (bass) – Jazz at Lincoln Center educator, bassist with Duke Ellington Orchestra etc

Leni Stern (guitar) – Fender and D’Addario artist w. Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell



In the beginning, there were ‘The Chicks’. I encouraged Monika Herzig to pursue her love of Chick Corea’s music and dared to mention the play on words with his name. Her project is anything but tongue-in-cheek. She has assembled some seriously accomplished musicians, all of whom happen to be women. Not only can we be excited about the music they play, we can be thrilled about the important example they represent of high achieving women. Women are not the only ones that can feel luck about what The Whole World in Her Hands has brought us. We all can. – Grammy Winning Bassist, John Clayton


The Whole World in Her Hands is a musical collaboration under the leadership of pianist/ composer Monika Herzig featuring outstanding female jazz artists from around the globe and produced by Suzi Reynolds. The music was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City and is set to be released June 2016 on Whaling City Sound. The group is planning extensive worldwide release tours starting with a Midwest/ East Tour September 2016.and supported by a label-sponsored PR campaign. For more information on the project and sound/video samples follow this link www.monikaherzigmusic.com.


About Monika Herzig :

She has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member in Arts Administration. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press, forthcoming is “A Listeners Companion to Chick Corea” on Scarecrow Press. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals worldwide and groups under her leadership have opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more. She is the recepient the Jazz Journalist Association 2015 Jazz Hero Award for Bloomington, IN.


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