Leon­isa Ardiz­zone Quar­tet per­forms at café

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW -

Rosendale Café, 4334 Main St., Rosendale, wel­comes the Leon­isa Ardiz­zone Quar­tet for a per­for­mance on Satur­day, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.

Ardiz­zone is a jug­gler. Not a jug­gler of col­or­ful balls or bowl­ing pins, but of her in­ter­ests, ideals and av­o­ca­tions. One by one through­out her life, she has added to her jug­gler’s props: Teach­ing, danc­ing, singing, writ­ing, work­ing for peace and jus­tice and par­ent­ing.

On oc­ca­sion Ardiz­zone’s pas­sions for mu­sic and live per­for­mance have been over­shad­owed by her roles as an ed­u­ca­tor and mother, but never for long. Mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ing is the thing that feeds her soul. And as a skilled jug­gler, she knows when to put a thing down to add an­other. En­ter the Leon­isa Ardiz­zone Quar­tet.

The quar­tet has two CDs to her credit, “Afraid of the Heights” and “The Scent of Bit­ter Al­monds.” On the lat­ter CD, the quar­tet of­fers re­fresh­ing takes on jazz stan­dards and orig­i­nal works.

Ardiz­zone has earned the praise of re­view­ers, she does not con­sider her­self a singer with a back­ing band but rather a mem­ber of the group.

The band is a co­he­sive and cre­ative unit, and she is an­other in­stru­ment in­ter­pret­ing the reper­toire. Be­cause of this col­lab­o­ra­tive mind­set, the in­ter­play be­tween the mu­si­cians is stel­lar; they com­ple­ment and en­hance one an­other. They share the spot­light and push the cre­ative en­ve­lope.

The quar­tet also fea­tures Jess Jurkovic on pi­ano, Justin Hines on drums and Bob Sabin on bass. Ad­mis­sion is $10. Visit rosendale­cafe.com or call (845) 658-9048 for more in­for­ma­tion.


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