The FiRE iN THE VALLEY FESTiVAL is a premier presentation of progressive music. I photographed the 1997 and 1998 Fire In The Valley Festivals. The 1998 concert was at the Bezanson Recial Hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The day-long festival of jazz and new music was the last performance of my old friend Glenn Spearman. Glenn, with Trio Hurricane, had closed the 1997 event. The 1998 festival opened with his Trio.
Trio Hurricane
FITV, 1997

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The 1998 FIRE IN THE VALLEY Festival of jazz and new music featured:

Glenn Spearman Trio - with pianist Matthew Goodheart and drummer Rashid Bakr. The CD recording of their set, First and last is now available from Eremite.

Saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's Die Like A Dog Quartet presented a collective improvisational meditation on Albert Ayler, with trumpeter Roy Campbell, bassist William Parker, and drummer, Hamid Drake. Their CD From Valley To Valley has been released.

Jemeel Moondoc/William Parker Duo - CD available - New World Pygmies

Joe McPhee Wind and String Ensemble - with cellist Monica Wilson, reed player/flutist Joe Giardullo, and violinist Rosie Hertlein

Eremite CDs containing my photos include:

Trio Hurricane - Live At Fire In The Valley
Raphe Malik Quartet - ConSequence
Glenn Spearman Trio - First and Last
Peter Brotzmann's Die Like A Dog Quartet - From Valley To Valley
Malcolm Goldstein - Live At Fire In the Valley
Alan Silva & William Parker Duo - A Hero's Welcome
Jemeel Moondoc/William Parker - New World Pygmies
Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake/'Kidd' Jordan/William Parker - 2 days in april
Alan Silva & The Sound Visions Orchestra, Raphe Malik Quartet - Companions
Hamid Drake & Sabir Mateen - Brothers Together

These are my photos from the Trio Hurricane CD Live at Fire In The Valley, recorded at the 1997 festival.

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The 1997 performance by the Raphe Malik Quartet with Sabir Mateen, William Parker, and Denis Charles has also been released as Con Sequence.

Denis Charles with Raphe Malik.

Malcolm Goldstein opened the event. The CD is available.


  For more information on the festival and Eremite CDs, check the Eremite Records website.

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