Thursday, August 8, 2024

Summer Concert: Alex Minasian Jazz Ensemble

Alex Minasian

About Summer Concert: Alex Minasian Jazz Ensemble

What’s better on a hot summer night than some cool jazz? Join Fruitlands Museum in welcoming the Alex Minasian Jazz Ensemble to the main stage.

With two degrees from NYU, Alex Minasian has, at a remarkably young age, established himself as a versatile pianist, educator, and impresario in many different musical genres. As a pianist, Alex has studied with some of the greatest pianists in jazz history including Hank Jones, Don Friedman, Jean-Michel Pilc, and James Williams, and has performed in most of the country’s most famous jazz rooms such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Cafe Carlyle, Yoshi’s, Bohemian Caverns Iridium, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Scullers, the Regattabar, and the Apollo Theater. He has shared the stage with such legends as James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, ?UESTLOVE, Sam Moore, Marylin McCoo, Curtis Fuller, Hank Jones, and Clark Terry, and with such jazz greats as Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, Kenny Washington, Sheila Jordan, Gary Bartz, and Hugh Masekela.

Minasian also performs as pianist and musical director for singer, actor, songwriter, and musical historian Billy Vera and his 18-piece big band. Currently, you can catch Alex on tour with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Soul Diva, Candi Staton. Alex has also headlined important jazz celebrations like the Burlington Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival appearing as co-leader of a trio with Canadian bassist Brandi Disterheft, and last summer leading a quartet in D.C as part of the Jazz in the Gardens concert series in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,000 people. In 2013, Minasian, Disterheft, and veteran drummer Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), formed the Hanky Panky Trio to honor Hank Jones. The Hanky Panky trio is featured in Season 2 of the hit Netflix show, ‘Orange Is The New Black‘. They have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Sheila Jordan, and as a trio at the Istanbul Jazz Festival. Alex has been featured in Yerevan Magazine, a Los Angeles–based Armenian publication promoting Armenian news and culture.

The Concert begins at 7pm. Gates Open 6pm.

This Summer Concert is presented on the lawn on Fruitlands. Bring your own blanket, lawn chairs and picnic basket. There is plenty of room on the concert lawn to spread out and get comfortable. Before the concert starts, enjoy a picnic on the lawn and visit the exhibitions on view in the Galleries which will be open from 6-7pm.

At our Summer concerts, friendly dogs are welcome to join and must be kept on a leash at all times. Please be prepared to pick up after your dog.

No outside alcohol is permitted. The Fruitlands Café will be selling beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. AllTown Fresh will be ready when the gates open at 6pm to serve a delicious dinner menu.

Please purchase your tickets online in advance.

Nonmember adult $20 Nonmember child $5
Member Adult $15. Member Child Free.

Any questions? Contact Barbara O’Brien at

This is an outdoor event. In the event of severe weather, any changes will be communicated directly to ticketholders via email.


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