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Essex Jazz Ensemble to Present Music by NECC Music Professor Emeritus and Andover Resident Michael Finegold

Submitted by on June 12, 2019 – 1:49 pm

The Essex Jazz Ensemble will feature the jazz compositions of Andover’s Michael Finegold for the final concert of the Essex Chamber Music Players 2018-19 season on Sunday, June 23.  The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott Street.

Finegold’s jazz compositions were written from 1970 to the present.  They include jazz pieces influenced by a wide range of musical styles, including Latin salsa music, rock (Jethro Tull), and classical from the Romantic (Chopin) and Impressionistic (Debussy and Ravel) periods, all with originality and good jazz improvisation.  Well-known American standards of jazz and popular music will be interspersed with the original works.

Recently Finegold reworked his compositions, adding a part for cello. “Including either a cello or violin in a jazz group adds to the classical sound of the flute and creates a chamber music aspect,” he said.

The Essex Jazz Ensemble includes pianist Steve Hunt, bassist Bruce Gertz, cellist Sebastian Baverstäm, drummer Austin McMahon and flutist Michael Finegold.

“This is an ensemble of great musicians with great credentials,” Finegold said.

Tickets are $15 for general admission. NECC students are free with an NECC ID, and children 9 to 16 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

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