Monday, July 6, 2009

Harry Skoler: One of a kind

Harry Skoler was a regular at Maudslay Arts Center when that Newburyport venue established itself in the mid-1990s. The Haverhill clarinetist was on a creative tear at the time, releasing three critically acclaimed albums and getting out there with his road-tested quartet. Since then, the jazz musician's public profile has faded. He didn't so much retreat from the scene as he embraced family life, which now includes a college-age son and two daughters, both adopted from China. But these days he's getting back into the swing of things, hitting the road for a small tour with a very big profile, and getting the quartet back together to support "Two Ones," his first release in more than a decade. The album is already making a dent in the charts. It's one of the "most added" albums in June, according to JazzWeek’s Jazz Charts — a push predicated, most likely, on the fact that two cuts were featured as musical interludes on NPR’s "Morning Edition." Check out what the jazzman's up to at Beyond the Merrimack, our look at things happening on the other side of the river. There's a link somewhere on this page, or you can just click here.

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