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1982-1997 & most recent Listings

"Man, that 'Clear Away' Finale gave me goose bumps!"

-- Rhode Island College rock musician


"You handled my students beautifully in the Master Class"

-- Michael Gendron, RIC Music Dept.


"Your performance was a wonderful discovery for those, like myself, who had never heard classical guitar before. The time you spent with our class furthered my appreciation of the ways you make your music so accessible. How you educate the audience about musical styles, and the technology you use, takes a musical presentation to a whole new level. Thank you."

-- letter from Cape Cod Community College student Candace Ann Cliff


Jeffry Steele is on the Massachusestts Touring Roster, meaning that his concert fees can be subsidized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 

 A SAMPLING OF PAST VENUES:
Colleges
Churches
Galleries/Museums
Conferences
Bennington
Assumption, Worcester
N. Adams State / MCLA
Berkshire C. C.
Holyoke C.C.
U. Mass Dartmouth
Salem State
Boston College
Simon's Rock
Bridgewater State
First & Second, Boston
King's Chapel, Boston
Old Cambridge Baptist
Wakefield Congregational
Eliot Church, Newton
St. John's, Gloucester
First Church U.U., Newburyport
St. Peter's, Salem
Duxbury Arts Complex
Fogg Art Museum
Blacksmith House
Memorial Hall, Deerfield
Hammond Castle, Gloucester
Porter-Phelps Huntington Hs.
NASW
Mass Bay Regional &
General Assembly
(Unitarian-Universalist)
Mass. Teachers Assoc.
Schools
TV/Radio
Coffeehouses
Festivals
Taft, CT
Moses Brown, RI
St. Paul's, NH
Hoosac, NY
Triton, Mohawk, Pioneer & Frontier Regionals, MA
WBZ-TV, Boston
WGBY-TV, Springfield
WBUR-FM, Boston
WUMB-FM, Boston
WCRB-FM, Waltham
Off the Square, Hingham
St. Michaels, Marblehead
Montague Bookmill
Fromm Festival, Tanglewood
Cambridge River Festival
Berkshire Amistad
First Night (Boston, Beverly, Rockport)
All concerts since 1982 (excluding services, receptions, etc, but including choir direction):

date

place town program
5/26/07 Celebrate Gloucester Festival Gloucester, MA "Back to Bach"
5/17/07 Chelsea High School Chelsea, MA Led choruses in concert: "Encounters on a Journey"
3/07 Chelsea High School Chelsea, MA "Footloose" (Electric/Acoustic guitarist - 3 shows)
3/8/07 Williams Middle School Chelsea, MA Led Select Chorus in district-wide concert
1/07 Episcopal churches Gloucester, Salem "Reflections" (singing with Coro Stella Maris)
12/31/06 Congregational Church Rockport "Guitarra Española" (New Years Rockport Eve)
12/31/06 Congregational Church Rockport singing with Coro Stella Maris (New Years Rockport Eve)
8/31/06 Camp Calumet, Lutheran Ossipee, NH Led choir in original works for worship service
7/29/06 St. Paul Lutheran Gloucester, MA "Bach Suites"
7/23/06 Halibut Pt State Park Rockport, MA "Amor, Amour, Amore" (singing with Coro Stella Maris)
7/8/06 St. Paul Lutheran Gloucester, MA "Guitarra Latina"
6/2/06 Ford School Lynn, MA Led children's choruses in "Songs from all over the Map" (with assistance from David Coffin)
4/06 Episcopal churches Gloucester, Manchester "Amor, Amour, Amore" (singing with Coro Stella Maris)
12/31/05 Congregational Church Rockport "The Music of J. S. Bach" (New Years Rockport Eve)
8/26/05 St. Paul Lutheran Gloucester, MA "The French Connection: Spanish Romance meets French Impressionism" (with Monica Steele, organ & piano)
8/12/05 St. Paul Lutheran Gloucester, MA "The Courts of Europe: Arrangements of music originally for Voice, Lute, Vihuela or Cello" (with Monica Steele, organ & piano)
6/2/05 Hurley School Boston, MA Led children's choruses in year-end concert
2/11/05 Depot Sq Gallery Lexington, MA "Segovia in Paris"
12/31/04 Methodist Church Rockport "All Originals" (New Years Rockport Eve)
7/24/04 St. Paul Lutheran Gloucester, MA "J. S. plays BACH"
7/10/04 St. Paul Lutheran Gloucester, MA "Guitarra Latina"
5/21/04 Depot Sq Gallery Lexington, MA "Guitarra Latina"
1/28/04 Jordon Hall, New England Conservatory Boston Trio for Piano, Violin & Guitar performed on "A Tribute to Arthur Berger"
12/31/03 Methodist Church Rockport Solo recitals for New Years Rockport Eve
12/9/03 Williams Hall, New England Conservatory Boston "Quarry Accident" scene performed from Flesh & Stone, Choreography by Carl Thomsen
10/28/03 Williams Hall, New England Conservatory Boston "On the Wharf" scene performed from Gift of Vision [for SSATB & gtr]
8/10/03
8/3/03
7/27/03
7/20/03
7/13/03
St Paul Lutheran Church Gloucester, MA Guitar Odyssey
4/29/03 Brown Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, MA Final scene from "Gift of Vision" [for SATB & guitar]
4/21/03 Jordon Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, MA Orchestral reading of Prologue from Flesh & Stone, Dante Anzolini, conductor
4/11/03 Follen Church
St Paul's Episcopal Church
Lexington, MA
Brookline, MA
Just In Time Composers series
4/8/03 Jordon Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, MA Final scene from "Flesh & Stone" [for violin, string orchestra (synthesized) and dancers]; Carl Thomsen [choreographer]
2/14/03 Depot Square Gallery Lexington Solo recital "Aranjuez, mi amor", music from Spain and originals in Spanish style
12/31/02 Methodist Church Rockport Solo recitals for New Years Rockport Eve
12/2/02     Solo performance for Danvers Historical Society
 1997-2002    See resume for collaborative performances given during this period
4/24/97 Bennington College Bennington, VT Guitarra Iluminada ‘97
4/6/97 Wakefield Congregational Church Wakefield, MA Guitarra Iluminada ‘97
3/21/97 Unity Church Somerville, MA Guitarra Iluminada ‘97
2/15/97 Live at the Luthiers Waltham, MA Guitarra Iluminada ‘97
12/8/96 Annisquam Village Church Gloucester, MA Guitarra Iluminada
11/10/96 First Religious Society, Unitarian Newburyport, MA Guitarra Iluminada
10/20/96 Endicott College (NSCM Series) Beverly, MA Guitarra Iluminada
7/13/96 Unitarian-Universalist Church Gloucester, MA Guitarra Iluminada
6/14/96 Church of St. Agnes Arlington, MA Guitarra Iluminada
5/5/96 Eliot Church Newton, MA Guitarra Iluminada
4/27/96 Mass. Bay U.U. Regional Conference Melrose, MA Guitarra Iluminada (excerpt)
2/19/95 Annisquam Village Church Gloucester, MA Romero (my music w/slides)
10/19/95 NASW Conference Hyannis, MA Meditation & Songs
11/13/94 St John's Episcopal Church Gloucester, MA Bach & Romero
7/31/94 Memorial Hall Old Deerfield, MA Bach
7/29/94 Greenfield Public Library Greenfield, MA Bach
7/28/94 Summer Series Northfield, MA Songs (with Tom Nielson)
5/30/94 "Concert for Life”, Storybrook Farm Chapel Hill, NC Concerto, Songs
5/25/94 Newton School (K-5)* Greenfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
(Pieces, concerto movements & songs with synthesizer and slideshow accompaniment)
4/21/94 St. Andrew's School (9-12) Barrington, RI "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
4/14/94 Hooker School (K-6)* Hadley, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
3/28/94 Magnet Middle School (6-8)* Holyoke, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
3/18/94 Pioneer Valley Regional School (7-12)* Northfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
12/4/93 New Hampton School (9-12) New Hampton, NH "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
11/6/93 St. Paul's School (9-12) Concord, NH "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
10/15/93 Woodhall School (9-12) Bethlehem, CT "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
10/1/93 Governor Dummer Academy (9-12) Byfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
8/10/93 MTA Leadership Conference Williamstown, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
7/24/93 Porter-Phelps Huntington House Hadley, MA Concerto Mvts and Solos
5/14/93 Salisbury School (9-12) Salisbury, CT "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
5/7/93 Moses Brown School (1-12) Providence, RI "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
4/24/93 Dublin School (9-12) Dublin, NH "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
4/3/93 "Concert for Peace”, Amherst College Amherst, MA Lewis Spratlan premier
4/11/93 Riverview School (9-12) E. Sandwich, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
3/29/93 N. Adams State College N. Adams, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
3/19/93 Federal St. School (K-5)* Greenfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
3/3/93 Buckland-Shelburne Elem. (K-6) Shelburne Falls, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
2/25/93 Berkshire Community College Pittsfield, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
2/18/93 Taft School (9-12) Watertown, CT "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
2/9/93 North Parish Elementary (K-5)* Greenfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
2/4/93 Mohawk Regional School (7-8)* Buckland, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
2/3/93 The Fenn School (4-9) Concord, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
1/21/93 U. Mass Dartmouth N. Dartmouth, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
1/18/93 Cardigan Mountain School (6-9) Canaan, NH "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
1/14/93 Greenfield High School (9-12)* Greenfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
1/12/93 Frontier Regional (7-12) Deerfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
1/7/93 Erving Elementary (1-6) Erving, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"

1/6/93

Great Falls Middle School (7-8) Turners Falls, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
12/22/92 Greenfield Middle School (6-8) Greenfield, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
11/24/92 Sheffield School (2-6) Turners Falls, MA "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
11/20/92 Hoosac School (9-12) Hoosick, NY "50 Ways to Play Guitar"
11/19/92 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
11/13/92 Northfield-Mt. Hermon School (9-12) Mt. Hermon, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
8/11/92 MTA Leadership Conference Williamstown, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
8/13/92 MTA Leadership Conference Williamstown, MA Romero, Acc. Pieces & Songs
1991 Green River Cafe Greenfield, MA Romero & solos
  Montague Book Mill Montague, MA Romero & solos
1990 Greenfield Public Library Greenfield, MA With Julia Bady, keyboard
  Blacksmith House Cambridge, MA With Barbara Winchester, sop.
  Loomis Chafee School (9-12) Windsor, CT Por la Paz – topical pieces/songs
(with Julia Bady and Sue Kranz)
1989 Boston College Newton, MA Por la Paz
  U. U. General Assembly New Haven, CT Por la Paz
  Berkshire Amistad N. Egremont, MA Por la Paz
  Coffeehouse off the Square Hingham, MA Por la Paz
  Berkshire Community College Pittsfield, MA Por la Paz
  All-Newton Music School Newton, MA "Of Bach and Brazil”
  Powers Music School Belmont, MA "Of Bach and Brazil”
  Old Cambridge Baptist Church Cambridge, MA Por la Paz – classical & topical pieces
  Northfield-Mt. Hermon (9-12) Mt. Hermon, MA Por la Paz
  Longy School of Music Cambridge, MA With Griffin Ensemble
  Moses Brown School (9-12) Providence, RI Por la Paz (with Julia Bady)
  Lutheran Church of the Newtons Newton, MA Por la Paz
1988 Simon's Rock College Great Barrington, MA Por la Paz
  Milton Academy Milton, MA Por la Paz
  Windhover Ctr for the Perf. Arts Rockport, MA Por la Paz
  Cambridge School of Weston (9-12) Weston, MA Por la Paz
  Newton Arts Center Newton, MA Por la Paz
  St. Michael's Church Marblehead, MA Por la Paz
  Peacock Coffeehouse Jamaica Plain, MA Por la Paz
  Needham Unitarian Church Needham, MA Por la Paz
  Boston Food Coop Coffeehouse Allston, MA Por la Paz
  M.I.T. Chapel Cambridge, MA Por la Paz
  Music at Eden's Edge Beverly & Gloucester With Barbara Winchester, soprano
1987 Elizabeth Peabody House Somerville, MA Music of David Cleary
  Fitchburg Public Library Fitchburg, MA Por la Paz
  Bradford College Bradford, MA Por la Paz
  Salem State College Salem, MA Por la Paz
  Firehouse Arts Center Jamaica Plain, MA Por la Paz
  All-Newton Music School Newton, MA Por la Paz
  King's Chapel Boston, MA Por la Paz
  Blacksmith House Cambridge, MA Por la Paz
  Fogg Art Museum Cambridge, MA Por la Paz
1986 Longy School of Music Cambridge, MA With Griffin Ensemble
  Milton Performing Arts Series Milton, MA With Julia Bady, piano
  All-Newton Music School Newton, MA With Julia Bady, piano
 

Peasant Stock Restaurant

Somerville, MA With Julia Bady, piano
  Blacksmith House Cambridge, MA With Julia Bady, piano
  Duxbury Arts Complex Duxbury, MA Primary Colors – fl, vla, gtr trio
(with Marjorie Benjamin & Frank Grimes)
1985 Strand Theater Dorchester, MA Accompany actress Susan Anspach
  Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME Music of Peter Maxwell Davies
  Church of the Advent Boston, MA Music of Peter Maxwell Davies
  Brandeis University Waltham, MA Music of George Rochberg
  King's Chapel (and elsewhere) Boston, MA Primary Colors
  La Plaza Cultural New York, NY Por la Paz
  Performing Tour of Nicaragua Central America Arts for a New Nicaragua
  Vale Estate Waltham, MA With Barbara Winchester, sop.
1984 First Night (and elsewhere) Boston, MA Primary Colors
  Performing Tour of Nicaragua Central America Arts for a New Nicaragua
1983 First Night & Gallery Kaji Aso Boston Primary Colors
  Glastonbury Historical Society Glastonbury, CT Primary Colors
  Gordon College Wenham, MA Primary Colors
  Cambridge River Festival (et. al.) Cambridge, MA Primary Colors
  Boston Shakespeare Co. Boston, MA 21 performances of The Lighthouse
  Fogg Art Museum Cambridge, MA With Barbara Winchester, sop.
  Brookline Library Brookline With Barbara Winchester, sop.
  Eliot Church Newton, MA "Voices of Latin America”
 
(a concert of my own music performed by the New England Wind Quintet, Primary Colors and with readings by poet Denise Levertov and others)
  University Lutheran Church Cambridge, MA "Voices of Latin America”
  Old Cambridge Baptist Church Cambridge, MA "Concierto para el Monseñor”
(similar to above)
  Emmanuel Church Boston, MA Music of P. M. Davies & R. Lister
1982 Fromm Festival, Tanglewood Lenox, MA Music of Arthur Berger
  First & Second Church Boston, MA With Dinosaur Annex
  Emmanuel Church Boston, MA With Barbara Winchester, sop.
  Cambridge Art Association Cambridge, MA With Barbara Winchester, sop.
       
 
*Indicates Arts Lottery funded performance.
The above does not include performances I have given on radio & television, with children, in services, various guest appearances, etc. (Years lighter on performing were heavier on teaching).

NOTES from "J. S. plays Bach" [2001 version]:

NOTES for "J. S. plays Bach" [2000 version - poster above]:

I

Here I have grouped my three favorite Bach pieces in the keys of D major and D minor -- calling for the sixth string to be tuned down a whole step. The Prelude, which was originally in G, lulls us with its repeating phrases onto the back of a great bird who takes us soaring into the final cadence. The Sarabande has a significantly lighter quality on the guitar than it does on the cello. Bach makes graceful and insistent use of a simple two-note motif ("and one"). The Chaconne is plainly among the most profound works of Western music, transcending Baroque conventions to the expressive level of any style period. It comprises 67 variations on a four-bar phrase, the opening and concluding sections in the minor with 20 major-key variations in between.

II

This group centers on the key of A minor and its relative major, C. The Prelude and Gavottes were originally written into the Fifth Cello Suite, but later arranged (apparently by Bach himself) for the lute. The Prelude begins with the improvisatory style adopted, in part, to give players a chance to adjust the tuning of their instrument. It proceeds into the only fugue on today's program -- kept relatively simple by having been a cello piece in its first incarnation. The Andante is in an aria style, such as one would find in the cantatas. The pair of Gavottes are performed straight through with repeats, returning to the first one played without repeats (the same goes for the Bourrees later on).

III

Seeking to make a guitar arrangement of this chorale, I paged through the Bach Chorales edition purchased for my college music theory class -- only to find that he set this Hans Leo Hassler tune in at least eight different ways. To give listeners a sense of this diversity of options Bach faced every time he composed, I have patched together phrases from at least seven of them. Paul Simon helped popularize this melody for contemporary audiences with his song "American Tune"; and many others know it as the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded".

THIRD CELLO SUITE

While it is not new for guitarists to play this suite, to my knowledge they have always rendered it in the key of A Ð owing to the root notes of the three most common chords being available on open strings. To me, however, the work sounds and feels more idiomatic when arranged in the key of G. I emulate Baroque lutenists' practice of playing scale passages across strings Ð producing a harp-like effect (which came more easily to them as their instruments were tuned in thirds rather than fourths). We guitarists like to add our own continuo (harmonic accompaniment) to this primarily monodic (single melody-line) piece Ð giving us an opportunity to collaborate with one of music's greatest masters, spending a moment in his shoes.

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