Edward Bride is president and founder of Berkshires Jazz, Inc., whose mission is to present jazz performances and encourage jazz education in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
In Their Own Hand
In Their Own Hand is a collection of original manuscripts and compositions written by musicians of the Central New England area. Here you will find handwritten pieces by such esteemed artists as Jaki Byard, Barbara Carroll, Tony Zano, Steve Davis, Gary Valente, and Boots Mussulli.
In Their Own Voice
These audio interviews were made for radio rebroadcasts and print distribution. Largely culled from interviews conducted by Joe Zupan and Chet Williamson, the collection includes conversations with such historic figures as Sonny Rollins, Eartha Kitt, and Charles Lloyd.
Rhode Island Jazz Scene
This collection examines Jazz within Rhode Island, and feaures excerpts from Who's Who in Rhode Island Jazz as well as video interviews from local musicians.
This section features classic memorabilia, ephemera, and vintage photographs of Worcester's storied jazz past. Collected from local musicians, history museums, libraries and newspaper clippings, the page is highlighted by classic shots of early Worcester bands from Mammie Moffit's 5 Jazz Hounds to the Zaleski Brothers.
Visual Arts: Jazz
Included here are original works by Linda Dagnello, Peter DeVeber, George Fayard, AJ Juarez, Ruth Williams, among others. It is a stunning collection of sketches, paintings, photography, and other forms of visual art that have been created by jazz musicians.
Here is an excerpt from Tom Ewart's poem Pitch Pipe: "She is round and burnished, a once tarnished silver / now polished by my fingertips / to a luminescent sheen; I hold her gently to my lips, tip my tongue against her reed, and breathe; the sound she makes / is for all my world / the whisper of life awakening in the silence of my room.
This section features authors talking about the art and craft of the writing – from A.J. Juarez discussion on line breaks of his poetry to Prof. Eunmi Shim's talking in detail about her critically acclaimed biography of Lennie Tristano.
For nearly a century there has been many a venue to play host to jazz sessions throughout Worcester-- from the Saxtrum Club to the Kitty Kat Lounge, the Hungry Eye to the Hottentotte, Amberly Crossing to Circe's, the Worcester Artist Group to Sakura Tokyo, from Gilrein's to the Java Hut--not to mention the many jam sessions held in basements, living rooms, garages, and empty warehouses throughout the city.