Kent Hewitt : Little Town By The Sea

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BIO Kent Hewitt Pianist/Composer Kent Hewitt has earned degrees from Boston University and the University of Connecticut, the latter in Music Theory and Composition. He studied piano and theory with Ray Santisi, Charlie Mariano, Hal Galper, Fred Hersch, and Ron Brown. Mr. Hewitt taught at Berklee College of Music, Trinity College, The Hartford Conservatory, Summerkeys in Maine, The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as jazz clinics for the Hartford Jazz Society. A consummate soloist and accompanist, he has become a mainstay of jazz and popular music in Connecticut and has been musical director of several popular jazz clubs in the state. He recorded TV jingles for Don Elliott Productions and also recorded for Playscape Records with Michael Mussilami, Randy Brecker, Ray Drummond, Claudio Roditi, Ralph Moore, Thomas Chapin, as well as for Janet Marlow and Phyllis Hyman. He has performed in concert with jazz notables Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Kenny Burrell, Steve Rossi, Jon Hendricks, among many others. His CD of original compositions called Little Town by the Sea is a tribute to Noank in his hometown of Groton, CT. The CD was sponsored and commissioned by the Noank Historical Society and the Groton Tercentennial Committee. He has collaborated with writer Melanie Greenhouse and composed music for her popular theatrical productions: Point of Land and The Duchess. He has also collaborated with Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson for the prestigious Sunken Gardens poetry festival and recorded a CD of poetry and original music. His recent recording, Time on my Hands, is a jazz trio recording of unique and elegant standards from great American and Brazilian composers Kent was the first pianist to open at the famous Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. He has been solo house pianist at the noted New York jazz club- Jimmy Ryan's and has toured Europe with trumpeter Laco Deczi. Description: Little Town by the Sea CD Little Town by the Sea is a musical statement which combines a variety of styles- jazz, classical, contemporary- to capture the essence of a maritime village in New England. Here is a tribute to it's quaint streets, shoreline vistas, and to the people who shaped it's character. Reviews: Little Town by the Sea CD Holcomb Noble (2/16/05) Former New York Times Editor 'There is a kind of lyrical reflection of mist and sunlight on the shore. There's joy and sadness, a liveliness and peace. Kent Hewitt's music seems to capture the very soul of a lovely New England village by the sea that has provided it's livelihood and at times taken it's lives. The melody lines and the harmonies reach down and capture your soul as well. At various moments you don't know whether to laugh or cry or get up and dance - or all three.' New Haven Advocate CD Review Monday June 12, 2006 By Brian G LaRue KENT HEWITT CD REVIEW Little Town by the Sea (12 track CD) If I were a Groton town official who said to Kent Hewitt, I'm commissioning you to record a light-sounding CD about Groton' and Hewitt returned with this 50-minute arc incorporating pop jazz, lounge jazz, new music, bossa nova, Puritan hymns, light swing, spoken word, ragtime and waltz, I'd be pleasantly surprised by his ambition. It's not readily evident that this is a conceptual cycle about a Connecticut city and it's history (only one track- features a vocal), but the score does hang together, with recurring motifs. While it's not physical music-even the ragtime bits are measured and cautious- it's arranged and played with expertise and style. Paeans To Noank In Music And Words By OWEN McNALLY Special to The Courant The Hartford Courant Friday May 20, 2005 Composer Kent Hewitt's passion for the seacoast charm and historic mystique of Noank is so deep-seated that it's probably encoded in his DNA. Hewitt celebrates the all-American, small town qualities of Noank (a picturesque section of Groton) with a suite of musical portraits on his evocative, reverential album called 'Little Town by the Sea-Soundscapes by Kent Hewitt.' For Hewitt, who lives in Noank by

 
 Tracks
 
Point of Land Prologue
Point of Land Theme
View From the Top of Snake Hill
Carson's Store Rag
Church Street Jazz Hymn
Waltz of the Duchess
Down at the Town Dock
Mouse Island - Three Part Suite
Flow Like the River
Elegy
Carson's Store Rag II
Day's End