Versatile Zaleski Bound to Please at Pine Hills
September 11, 2009
Jay N. Miller, The Patriot Ledger
Living in Massachusetts, going to school at the New England Conservatory, and forging his jazz career, Mark Zaleski never figured his musical itinerary would include backing everyone from Joan Rivers to Jethro Tull.
But that’s exactly the kind of versatility that makes the Mark Zaleski Band one of the more compelling jazz-rock fusion groups on the contemporary scene, and why the sextet led by the 24-year old saxophonist should be a big hit at this weekend’s free Pinehills Jazz & Blues Festival in Plymouth.
The Zaleski group will be playing on the Sunday afternoon (1-5 p.m.) session, along with the swing band Rocco and the Stompers, and genre-busting harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. Saturday’s lineup, also 1-5 p.m., skews more towards blues with iconic guitarist Duke Robillard, singer Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetones, and Next Exit.