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Billy Lester Jazz Pianist at DVAA

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Based in Yonkers, Lester belongs to the family tree of jazz pianists connected to Lennie Tristano, who planted the seeds for free-jazz improvisation.
NARROWSBURG - DVAA's Winter Salon Series continues on Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m. with an afternoon concert featuring jazz pianist and music educator Billy Lester.
Based in Yonkers, Lester belongs to the family tree of jazz pianists connected to Lennie Tristano, who planted the seeds for free-jazz improvisation. Studying with Tristano's protégé Sal Mosca for 16 years, Lester is a “musician's musician” who instinctively creates original compositions from variations on classic American songs' chord changes. Lester's playing is gentle and probing, yet solid enough to carry strong melodic lines.
Subtly transportive, you'll find yourself getting swept away without even realizing you're moving.
Come hear what the online magazine Slate chose as #7 on the list of “The Best Jazz of 2019” and observed “Lester ambles into uncharted alleys and wormholes while retaining an unassuming lyricism, and that's rare.”
Jazz Times praised Lester's sound as “spirited, compelling, purposeful, and technically accomplished piano jazz.”
DVAA is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg and the events will take place at 2 p.m on the second floor in the intimate Krause Recital Hall.
Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule is subject to change due to weather and circumstances beyond our control. Please call ahead to confirm each event.
More information is available by calling (845) 252-7576 or visiting DVAA's website, delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.






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