performance & lectures


Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild manages two exceptional venues. The BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts (36 Tinker Street, Woodstock) is one of the finest performance venues in the area. The superb acoustics and warm, intimate atmosphere attract a diverse array of musical talent. The Byrdcliffe Theatre at 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road was recently renovated and hosts a range of activities.

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Sunday, September 11 | 7 pm at the Byrdcliffe Theater


Upper West Side Love Story (music and lyrics by Freddie Bryant), a work for chamber-jazz ensemble, is a musical journey through the iconic neighborhood made famous by Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. It is a personal history of memories from Bryant’s youth and upbringing as well as a commentary on development and gentrification that is happening world-wide. He lived in the neighborhood for fifty-four years, from birth until 2019 when he moved to the Bronx. It covers children’s playground rhymes, the world-renowned musicians and artists who have lived there, the culture and joys of community as well as the challenges of homelessness and crime throughout the 70s/80s until today. It also contextualizes the development and gentrification that has been underway since the early 60s when Lincoln Center was built, discussing issues of race and class.


The music and musicians:

The music is acoustic jazz with influences from straight-ahead sounds of early neighborhood residents (Billie Holliday, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Lee Konitz) as well as Latin Jazz (Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Rivera) and blues and funk. There is also a thread of classical music which comes from the influence of Freddie’s parents (his mother was an opera singer, and his father was a concert pianist and accompanist) and other African American artists who lived on 87th street.


The musicians in the ensemble represent the very best of jazz:

Carla Cook – voice

Regina Carter – violin

Gwen Laster – viola

Akua Dixon – cello

Steve Wilson – alto/soprano sax and flute/alto-flute

Donny McCaslin – tenor/soprano sax

John Benitez – bass

Alvester Garnett – drums

Freddie Bryant – arch-top, Telecaster, nylon and 12-string guitars


TICKETS: in advance, $30.; at the door, $35.


This work is being supported by a grant from Chamber Music America

This concert is sponsored by Danny Melnick and Absolutely Live Entertainment