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‘Peerless’ jazz pianist will perform for Friends' benefit on Feb. 9

HUDSON, N.Y. -- Friends of Hudson is proud to present the Francesca Tanksley Trio in a benefit concert at the Pleshakov Music Center in Hudson on Sunday, February 9. Ms. Tanksley is an internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who lives and works in the Hudson Valley.

Tanksley has been described as "a peerless pianist... an elegant and deft jazz improviser" by poet/performer Mikhail Horowitz and "a vivid presence" by music critic Nat Hentoff.

Ms. Tanksley has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kool Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival and many other concerts in this country, as well as at numerous jazz festivals in Europe, Asia and South America. She has recorded with the Billy Harper Quintet, and the Blue Jade Trio. A Francesca Tanksley Trio recording,Journey, was produced in 2002. Extensive information about her career is available HERE.

The benefit idea was an inspiration of local physician and jazz afficianado Dr. Jeffrey Monkash, a Friends of Hudson board member. “Her music is deeply felt and powerful,” says Monkash. “She possesses superb technical ability and a profound sensitivity, and these abilities are shared equally by the members of her trio.”

The concert was organized by the group’s Events committee, including Judy Grunberg, Sue Bellinger, and Susan Falzon, along with Dr. Monkash.

The Friends of Hudson Benefit Concert featuring the Francesca Tanksley Trio will be held on Sunday, February 9, at Pleshakov Music Center, 544 Warren Street, Hudson, at 2 pm. A reception will follow, with food and refreshments. Tickets are $40.

For information and reservations call Sue at Friends of Hudson, (518) 822-0334.