“Good Friends” brings good times to Marblehead’s Me & Thee Music

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Me & Thee Music presents a night of “Good Friends Together Again” with Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick coupled with a “Tribute to Bill Staines” with Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl on Friday, May 6th. Guy and Billy have been performing across North America and Europe for decades, delighting audiences with classic jazz and traditional interpretations. You may have heard them as frequent guests on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion show, All Things Considered, or on any of the numerous film and television soundtracks they have been featured on.

Like a good marriage, their music has brought together two perfectly matched musical personalities. Their music draws on Guy’s innovative fingerstyle guitar magic and his uncanny ability to simultaneously play basslines, chords and melodies. With his daring imagination, stunning technique and beautiful musicianship, Guy has become an inspiration to guitarists around the world.

Novick’s always imaginative and soulful clarinet playing is the ideal complement to Guy’s guitar. With his vast knowledge of the classic jazz era, his dazzling improvisational skills and entertaining vocals, Novick is able to bring both a melodic and dynamic spark to Guy’s guitar. Their music sounds fresh and original, but is also deeply rooted in the rich heritage of the classical jazz age.

The duo can play any piece from their vast repertoire — an obscure Ellington tune, a Gershwin classic, an intricate Jelly Roll Morton arrangement, or perhaps one of their originals — and make it sound instantly like their own.

The night will conclude with a tribute to Bill Staines, who passed away late last year. Bill had played at Me&Thee more than 60 times since its inception in 1970. Along with friends Jeannie Stahl and Mason Daring, they performed as “all-stars” for decades.

Marblehead's Me & Thee

Me&Thee Music is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization at the UU Church of Marblehead, now in its 52nd season. It is billed as one of the best acoustic listening rooms in the Northeast. Refreshments and pastries will be served. For the safety of our performers and volunteers, seating will be limited and masks and vaccination certificates will be required. Tickets are available on site at Arnould’s Gallery, Washington Street, Marblehead. Tickets and information can be found at: meantthee.org

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