"Alto sax savant" Hailey Niswanger to play Tamworth TWICE on March 12

Arts Council of Tamworth is delighted to present the first of two fabulous jazz performers this spring. The Hailey Niswanger Quartet, led by “alto sax savant” Niswanger, will perform at two events on Saturday, March 12. At 2:00 PM, at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, Niswanger and her band will offer a mini-concert and Q & A. Free to the public and ideal for music students and other interested parties, this is an opportunity to meet and interact with a group of stellar young musicians. If you need a ride to this event, several Tamworth Caregivers volunteer drivers are available to provide transportation. Please call Michelle at 323-2306 to schedule a ride. Later in the evening come to The Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua, NH at 7:30 PM to hear the woman JazzTimes calls a “Young Lioness…with rhythmic assuredness, rare verve and an abundance of chops.” Backed up for this performance by Christian Li from Horseheads, NY on piano, Shin Sakaino from Tokyo, Japan on acoustic and electric bass, and Roberto Giaquinto from Naples, Italy on drums, Niswanger has been wowing audiences from the East Coast to the West, and beyond. (You can hear for yourself here and below.)

Currently a full-scholarship student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hailey Niswanger (pronounced NICE-wong-gher) has a list of accomplishments beyond her years. Just 21, she has shared the stage with Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, Red Hollaway, Phil Woods, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Whitfield and more. In addition to playing in jazz clubs and festivals, in 2009 Niswanger was selected as the new alto saxophonist in the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenon and Jaleel Shaw, among others. Niswanger’s 2009 recording Confeddie established her reputation throughout North America and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to profile her in The Wall Street Journal, calling her album, “a work with the joyous feeling of the first day of spring.” In 2009 Niswanger was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, just a year after winning the festival’s saxophone competition, and her concert there was broadcast on NPR. Come to the Brass Heart on March 12 to find out why Hentoff keeps Niswanger’s CD near at hand for when he needs jazz music that will lift his spirit “when nothing else will break through lengthening shadows.”

Scroll down to see and hear Hailey Niswanger in action, and purchase tickets here with any credit card. Tickets are also available at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 603-323-8104. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students 13 & up, and free for kids 12 & under. Cash bar and refreshments will be available, and CDs for sale, too! Then come back to The Brass Heart Inn on Friday, April 8, for a performance by the brilliant and entertaining Frank Vignola Trio.

If you’d like a meal in town before the show, The Other Store in Tamworth will be offering a local foods supper. Call 603-323-8872 for menu and reservations.

These events are funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, and made possible through the support of Media Sponsor 93.5 WMWV | Magic 104FM and Press Partners The Conway Daily Sun and The Mountain Ear.