MOUNT DESERT — The inaugural concert of Natalie Raimondi’s “Jazz at the Hood” is set for Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor.
Pianist Ben Paterson is the featured performer, and he will be joined by bassist George deLancey and guitarist Daan Kleijn.
Raimondi said listening to jazz is transformative, “you’re not self-conscious, it’s a liberating musical experience.” She said that jazz music affects people on so many different levels and “reaches into your soul and lets you feel free.”
Though Raimondi and her husband, Mathew, founded the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music in 1963 and devoted themselves to it for the next five decades, her own ambition had always been to sing classic jazz. After retiring from the chamber music festival, she began singing at cabarets in New York City and at special events on Mount Desert Island, including a special benefit at the Jesup Memorial Library last year.
Paterson, a native of Philadelphia, studied classical and jazz then honed his skills performing in Chicago, where he attended the University of Chicago, and New York. In 2005, he began working with jazz master Von Freeman and performed with him regularly until Freeman’s death in 2012. He has opened shows for the likes of B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and has been featured at the Montreal Jazz Fest and Chicago Jazz Fests. He’ll be arriving at the Neighborhood House fresh off a whirlwind tour of Japan, Italy and France.
The bassist, deLancey, has performed as a sideman with musicians including Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Johnny O’Neal, Willie Jones III, Christian Howes, Richard Galliano and the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars.
Kleijn, an award-winning guitarist from the Netherlands, performed extensively in his home country with acts including renowned jazz artists like Benny Golson, Alex Sipiagin, Kenny Werner and Billy Drummond. In 2011, he moved to New York City to pursue his master’s degree at New York University and has since performed widely and recorded a dozen CDs as a sideman to jazz greats like Rodney Green, Ron McClure and Mike Rodriquez.
Tickets to the show cost $25 each. Call the Neighborhood House at 276-5039.