Coffeehouse Moves to Saturday

MOUNT DESERT — The First Friday in January happens to fall on New Year’s Day this year, so the Northeast Harbor Library’s First Friday Coffeehouse for January is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 2.


The scheduled program will start at 8 p.m. with a jazz session featuring returning Mount Desert Island High School graduates Chris Doyle, David Palazola, Aaron Rourk and Kim Cass.

Mr. Doyle, of the Class of 2007, is studying piano performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He’s in his third term at Berklee, with three semesters left. He imagines he will always be a musician and involved with performance. Right now, he studies with Laszlo Gardony, a jazz pianist and composer originally from Hungary.

Chris grew up in Seal Harbor. He began studying music with Joe Wanner, then took classical piano lessons from Sarah Fraley. In high school he studied jazz with Darlyn Rhodes in Bangor. Growing up, having parents fond of music, and a brother, Alfred, who was a classical pianist, were big influences. His favorite piano players range from Lennie Tristano, from the early days of cool jazz, to Robert Glasper, more contemporary with a bluesy gospel sound. He loves Ornette Coleman, Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Myles Davis: He plays some by ear, some by the book. On his own time, he likes to play his own compositions and those of his friends.

Mr. Palazola, also from the class of 2007, is a drummer and also is studying at Berklee. Mr. Rourk, another 2007 graduate, is studying tenor saxaphone at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. When they were students at MDIHS, these three young men played in a band they called Romulus Rex.

The veterans of Romulus Rex will be joined Jan. 2 by bass player Kim Cass, an MDIHS graduate in the Class of 2003. He studied jazz performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and is now out of school and doing some teaching of his own. This quartet will play a few choice standards, some contemporary jazz material, and some original stuff.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with an hour of open mic. Blue Gene is the emcee for this event, which is open to all performing artists. Simply sign in on the clipboard to be included. Each person usually has enough time to perform a few items, approximately 10 minutes. After a short break, the evening’s jazz will begin and last approximately an hour.

The Northeast Harbor Library underwrites the First Friday Coffeehouse, so there is no admission charge. Refreshments will be available for sale throughout the evening.



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