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Cool Nights, Hot Jazz At Gideon’s

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Friday, November 04, 2005

North Adams – Don’t let autumn’s chilly evenings bar the door; toss on something snazzy and experience the hot weekend jazz performances at Gideon’s Luncheon and Nightery on Eagle Street.

Tonight [Nov.4] the Drees Griffin Group plans to deliver “straight ahead jazz classics from the masters” beginning at 9 p.m.. Williams College students Drees Griffin, Elijah Walker, Daniel Yudkin, Samuel Kapala, and Brian Bistolfo bring saxophone, bass, piano, drums and trumpet to the ensemble and perform music made famous by jazz greats Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and others.

On Saturday [Nov.5], the Williams College-based Jazzstronauts are set to keep the musical heat on. The band’s members are all musicians with the regionally renowned Williams College jazz ensemble; Leroy Lindsay, Matt Kane, Dan Golub, Brian Bistolfo, and Charlie Dougherty are offering a multi-note menu of bebop, swing, latin jazz and rhythm and blues. The music begins at 9 p.m..

There is a $5 cover charge for this weekend's performances.

The luncheon/nightclub, owned by William “Bill” Gideon, opened in June and has earned a solid reputation for its’ tasty pannini sandwiches, soups, and desserts.

Weekend entertainment is focused on quality performers, said Rob Ross, Gideon’s general manager and entertainment director.

Ross is no stranger to “quality,” for many years he directed New York City-based fashion shows for designers including Calvin Klein and Pierre Cardin, and was the technical and music director for Giorgio Armani’s first fashion show for the prestigious Barney’s department store.

And his passion is jazz.

“That’s one of the reasons I was interested in [Gideon’s],” Ross said during a Thursday interview. “I love jazz. I am excited about the quality of entertainment that we bring here.”

Two upcoming performances have Ross really excited, he said. On Nov. 19, the Williams College jazz ensemble is scheduled to play at Gideon’s and on Nov. 26, Roger Salloom is scheduled to return to the nightclub.

Salloom’s performance coincides with a Nov. 20 Images Cinema scheduled presentation of independent filmmaker Chris Sautter’s documentary “So Glad I Made It, The Saga of Roger Salloom, America’s Best Unknown Songwriter.” Images Cinema is located on Spring Street in Williamstown.

Salloom is a Worcester native who has played with legendary performers including Van Morrison, Santana, Maria Muldaur, Jonathan Edwards, and BB King. Salloom is often cited as an extremely gifted songwriter and musician with a career that found him cast within limelight’s shadow rather than limelight.

A psychedelic rock band leader in the 1960s who turned to Nashville and songwriting during the 1970s, Salloom came to Northampton in 1980 and, with the exception of the annual Pines Theater free outdoor summer concert, all but abandoned the music business for two decades. Sautter’s documentary delves into Salloom’s history and his decision to return to music.

Information about Gideon’s Luncheon & Nightery is available at a www.nightery.com web site.

Information about Roger Salloom is available at a www.rogersalloom.com web site.

Information about Sautter’s documentary film is available at a www.sogladimadeit.com web site.

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush@iberkshires.com or at 802-823-9367.
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