Dean Jones’ Curling for Amateurs plays in New Paltz this Thursday

Rosendale’s Dean Jones has always loved the sounds of pros and amateurs, the savvy and the naïve, the superskilled and the maybe-not-so-much, playing together, making a racket possessed of both musical sophistication and the raw and aboriginal musical impulse. It reflects the twin sides of his own unique (and Grammy-authenticated) musical personality: part skilled trombonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, part eternal child to whom every sound is the first of its kind.

Jones’ newest project is Curling for Amateurs, in which a highly skilled core band (featuring cellist-to-the-stars Jane Scarpantoni) is accompanied by Jones’ Hocket Workshop. Various sets of instruments – end-blown wooden organ pipes, pitched wood blocks, PVC tubes, bottles and the human voice – are played hocket-style. Hocket is a musical technique that has been used in many parts of the world for millennia. Each person plays or sings a single note, which, in collaboration with others, creates melody and rhythm.

Curling for Amateurs performs at the Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Music in the Garden series. For more information, visit The Elting Library is located at 93 Main Street in New Paltz.