- Beth Logan Raffeld – vocals
- Stephen Page – piano
- Ed Brainerd – flugelhorn
- Steve Langone – drums
- Genevieve Rose – bass
“We Meet and It Begins”: Songs for Summer
Singer Beth Logan Raffeld will perform with pianist Stephen Page, bassist Genevieve Rose, flugelhorn player Ed Brainerd, and drummer Steve Langone. This seasoned jazz quintet performs widely as solo performers and with acclaimed ensembles. Back together for this reunion concert, the band will feature songs from the Great American Songbook – paying tribute to the jazz greats and featuring many favorite songs. Come on out and swing on a summer night!
Beth Logan Raffeld
Beth Logan Raffeld has been in love of music as long as she can remember. A trained classical singer and accomplished oboist, Beth grew up in a family that appreciated all genres of music and who played and listened to music continuously. The sounds of classical music, jazz, folk, musicals, blues, as well as international and religious music were integral to Beth’s early life. Beth starred as the lead in high school musicals and went on to study Music and English at Mount Holyoke College. After a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival in the opera program, Beth moved to Chicago for graduate study with renowned contemporary singer Elsa Charlston at the University of Chicago. Beth continued to perform as a chamber music and orchestral soprano soloist in Chicago, Boston, New York City and in Western Massachusetts.
In the late ‘90s Beth discovered the joy and inspiration of jazz music when she attended a summer music workshop offered through the Vermont Jazz Center. Studies with jazz greats Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton opened the language of jazz and sparked Beth’s passion for the Great American Songbook. Beth’s jazz interests deepened through her friendship with pianist Harvey Diamond and the making of their first CD “Time After Time.” Beth has enjoyed the adventure of growing musically through the jazz repertoire and experimenting through the opportunity to play with amazing musicians.
Stephen Page’s musical journey started with drums and trumpet before he dedicated himself to the piano at age seventeen. It was then that he began the quest that would define his life: a search for the totality that is jazz—a balance of musical discipline, self-discovery, the intensity and risk of improvised creation in the moment, and the innovative genius of the legendary artists who defined the genre.
Stephen Page is a great accompanist aside from being an all-around fantastic musician.Sheila Jordan, legendary vocalist
After completing his jazz studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Page continued studying with jazz luminaries Billy Taylor, Yusef Lateef, and Kenny Werner. In 1999 Page found his oracle, the renowned music educator Charlie Banacos, and for ten years was blessed to receive teachings that Banacos had designed uniquely for him. Privately, Page cultivated his sound by dissecting and analyzing the greats who influenced him – Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, and Oscar Peterson among others- deconstructing and assimilating to create his own dynamic voice.
Apart from a brilliant talent, Stephen Page possesses two qualities essential to a performing artist: patience and originality.Archie Shepp,saxophonist
Page has played throughout the eastern seaboard with a variety of musical combinations from solo work to big bands. He teaches at Amherst College, Deerfield Academy and The Williston Northampton School, as well as in his private studio. Page continues to distill his life’s work into original compositions.
Stephen Page is in a class by himself, his piano playing is sensitive and extraordinary. Whether playing solo, with a singer, or with an ensemble, his touch and listening abilities are fantastic. He interprets jazz standards in a new and meaningful way and does an impeccable interpretation on originals. When he has worked with me, it has been a pleasure.Avery Sharpe, long-time McCoy Tyner bassist