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    Marc Mommaas (far left), Armen Donelian (far right) and Participants of the 12th Annual 2018 Hudson Jazz Workshop (seated) at Hudson Hall
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August 7, 2019 02:16 pm

HUDSON — On Sunday, Aug. 11, Hudson Jazzworks presents a morning masterclass with the imaginative saxophonist Billy Drewes at Hudson Jazzworks Studio. Later that day, Drewes will perform at Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House with the participants of the 13th annual Hudson Jazz Workshop (HJW) and its artistic co-directors, pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas.

The Hudson Jazz Workshop is a four-day immersion in improvisation and composition with Donelian, a Hudson resident, and Mommaas, a Dutch native living in New York City, held this year from Aug. 8-11.

Students, musicians and jazz observers in the Hudson Valley region are invited to Drewes’ morning masterclass at Hudson Jazzworks Studio to experience his expert guidance and personal inspiration, before joining Donelian, Mommaas and Drewes later that day at Hudson Hall to hear them perform together. HJW participants will follow by playing their original works-inprogress created during the workshop. A rousing closer with all the performers will round out the concert. Student admission at all events is always free.

BILLY DREWES has been composing, performing and recording since the mid-1970s. His instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano. Featured on over 150 CDs, with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression. Drewes shares the stage with a wide circle of musical friends including Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Toninho Horta at major venues in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Pianist ARMEN DONELIAN is a graduate of Columbia University and the Westchester Conservatory of Music. Donelian has toured in 25 countries with renowned performers including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Billy Harper and Paquito D’Rivera, and recorded with Mongo Santamaria, Billy Harper, Eddie HJW Gomez, Billy Hart, Dick Oatts, Bill Stewart, Night Ark, Thomas Chapin and Datevik Hovanesian.

Donelian’s compositions exhibit classical, jazz and Middle Eastern influences, and appear on 13 acclaimed albums for the Sunnyside, Odin, Atlas and Playscape record labels.

Saxophonist MARC MOMMAAS is a cum laude graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). A William Borden Award recipient, Mommaas is a frequent lecturer at MSM, New York University, William Paterson University, Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Denmark) and the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Mommaas co-directs both Hudson Jazzworks and the New York Jazz Workshop. He is a faculty member of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, leads two celebrated bands (Global Motion and Landmarc) and composes innovative works featured on Global Motion, Balance and Landmarc (all on Sunnyside Records).

Donelian AND Mommaas met in 2000 and immediately established a personal chemistry that is at the heart of their music making. For 19 years, they have performed their original compositions and standard repertoire documented on their critically acclaimed Sunnyside CD, “All Or Nothing At All.”

On Sunday, Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Hudson Jazzworks presents the Billy Drewes masterclass at Hudson Jazzworks Studio, 338 Kipp Road, Hudson, NY 12534. Admission is free to students and $10 for adults. Advance reservation is required by emailing or calling 518-822-1640. For more information about the Hudson Jazz Workshop visit

On Sunday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m., Hudson Jazzworks presents Billy Drewes, Armen Donelian and Marc Mommaas in concert with the participants of the 13th annual 2019 Hudson Jazz Workshop at Hudson Hall at The Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson. Concert admission is Free to Students, $20 for adults and $16 for Hudson Hall members.

Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year- round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk.

13th annual 2019 Hudson Jazz Workshop and Concert, Billy Drewes Guest Artist

Sunday, Aug. 11th, 10:30 a.m. — Billy Drewes Masterclass

Hudson Jazzworks Studio, 338 Kipp Road, Hudson, NY 12534

Free to Students, $10 Adults

Advance reservation required: or (518) 822-1640

Sunday, August 11th, 4 p.m. — Concert with Billy Drewes, Armen Donelian, Marc

Mommaas and Participants of the 13th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop

Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534

Free to Students, $20 Adults, $16 Seniors & Hudson Hall members

Tickets at or (518) 822-1438