Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bill Easley & Antoinette Montague, May 2, at AMNH


Starry Nights, the enormously popular series of live jazz performances presented the first Friday of every month, continues in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The series features renowned jazz musicians performing in one of the most spectacular settings in New York. Visitors to Starry Nights can enjoy mouthwatering tapas along with wine and other beverages during performances.

Hourlong sets start at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Bill Easley Quartet with Antoinette Montague

Master reed player Bill Easley has been performing for more than 40 years. His collection of instrumental talents include tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute, and piccolo. He has performed with many legendary artists such as Isaac Hayes, Ruth Brown, Benny Carter, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jimmy Smith, Ron Carter, and Grady Tate.

“Whether the genre is blues, rhythm and blues, or hard bop, Bill Easley remains a versatile …practitioner of musical mastery. Easley has certainly perfected his craft.”—All About Jazz

Newark native Antoinette Montague performed in gospel and rhythm and blues ensembles after college and now serves as Vice President of International Women in Jazz. Montague has worked with many jazz greats including Benny Powell, Bill Easley, Winard Harper, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Wess, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

“Antoinette Montague’s delivery is heartfelt, infectious, and memorable.”—Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

The Museum’s suggested admission of $15.00 for adults, $11.00 for students and seniors, and $8.50 for children covers entry to the Museum and to Starry Nights.
Other programs at the Rose Center include the Space Show Cosmic Collisions. Admission to the Museum and Space Show is $22.00 for adults, $16.50 for students and seniors, and $13.00 for children. Admission is $15.00 to SonicVision, the groundbreaking digitally animated alternative music show that takes audiences on a mind-warping roller-coaster ride through fantastical dreamspace. Advance tickets for the Space Show and SonicVision can be purchased by calling 212-769-5200 or visiting A service charge may apply.

The Museum is open daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m. The Rose Center remains open until 8:45 p.m. for Starry Nights on the first Friday of each month. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For general information, call 212-769-5100.

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