NH Jazz Presents Mark Shilansky's 'Join the Club' Sextet Thursday April 5

LACONIA — NH Jazz will present pianist Mark Shilansky and his "Join the Club" Sextet on April 5 at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room, located at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia.

Shilansky is a New Hampshire native who grew up writing songs, performing in original rock bands and studying jazz at the Concord Community Music School. After high school he earned a BA in Music Performance from the University of New Hampshire, and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at the New England ...

LACONIA — NH Jazz will present pianist Mark Shilansky and his "Join the Club" Sextet on April 5 at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room, located at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia.

Shilansky is a New Hampshire native who grew up writing songs, performing in original rock bands and studying jazz at the Concord Community Music School. After high school he earned a BA in Music Performance from the University of New Hampshire, and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory.

Among his many teachers are acclaimed jazz artists Phil Woods, Paul Bley, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Werner, Hal Crook, and Charlie Banacos. Mark spent time in New York City in the mid 1990s and returned to New England in 1997 to teach at the Berklee College of Music and UNH.

Shilansky's music incorporates traditional jazz formats with singer/songwriter influences (such as Elvis Costello and Steely Dan), Latin jazz, and world music. His "Join the Club" Sextet features exciting arrangements of jazz standards, originals, and popular tunes

Often described as "21st Century Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music" this group breathes new life into music by Dave Brubeck and Wayne Shorter, and weds jazzy complexity to music by the Police, the Cardigans, and Sara Bareilles. Jon Garelick of the Boston Phoenix remarked that "Shilansky knows how to make every moment engage. This 'club' is one anyone would be happy to join."

The "Join the Club" Sextet includes Shilanksy (voice and piano), Dino Govoni (saxophone), Doug Olsen (trumpet), Eric Byers (guitar), Fernando Huergo (bass) and Bertram Lehmann (drums).

Admission is $12 (doors at 7:15). All shows are general admission. Seating is limited after 8pm. BYOB. NH Jazz shows have a listening policy which prohibits talking, and use of texting devices, cell phones, video/ audio recording, laptops, gaming units, and cameras.

For information call the NH Jazz office (603) 267-5387 during business hours or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming NH Jazz Shows: 4/9 John Funkhouser Trio (Acclaimed Boston Pianist); 4/12 Chris Humphrey (Celebrated Vocalist); 4/16 Brian Friedland Big Band (Boston's New Jazz Orchestra); 4/19 Teri Roiger, Kevin Harris, John Menegon & Yoron Isreal (Sultry); 4/21 Special Saturday Show: Sofferman's Neti Pot w/ George Garzone (Modern & Hip); 4/23 Chris Bakriges (Romantic VT Pianist & Composer); 4/26 Kenny Werner (International Jazz Piano Legend); 4/30 Trio Balkan Strings (Guitar Family from Serbia); 05/03 Benny Sharoni (Master Saxophonist from Israel)

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Pianist Mark Shilansky (Courtesy photo)