Eli Newberger

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After Yale College, where he was a Scholar of the House in music theory, Eli Newberger received his M.D. from Yale Medical School. He went from Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to pediatric training at Boston Children’s Hospital, where over 30 years he founded and directed the Child Protection and Family Development Programs. In addition to eight books and more than 100 articles in the medical field, he applied techniques of musical analysis to the development of jazz piano style, reporting his findings in the Journal of Jazz Studies and Annual Review of Jazz Studies. Newberger’s book on strengthening the characters of boys and men, “The Men They Will Become” (Da Capo Books) appeared along with a jazz CD of the same title with pianist, Butch Thompson, and banjo/vocalist Jimmy Mazzy (Stomp Off Records). An active performer on piano and tuba, Newberger cofounded the New Black Eagle Jazz Band in 1970 and played piano and tuba with them for 31 years. With over 40 recordings to his credit, he won three national readers’ polls for best jazz tuba player.
All of Newberger’s past musical publications and reviews, many medical articles, and numerous lectures and musical performances, may be found on his website. ( www.elinewberger.com )
Eli & The Hot Six, an all-star traditional jazz band, released its CD, “Contemporary Classic Jazz,” ( https://www.cdbaby.com/elithehotsix ) at a sold-out concert, noted in the Boston Globe, at Scullers Jazz Club on Boston in 2015.

The Hot Six are renowned in the Northeast for their heartfelt and virtuosic interpretations of the jazz age songbook: Bob Winter, the Boston Pops pianist, Bo Winiker, trumpet, bandleader, and frequent Boston Pops Conductor, Jimmy Mazzy, banjo and vocals, Ted Casher, clarinet and saxes, Herb Gardner, trombone, and Bob Tamagni, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music.

Eli’s 75th birthday celebration at Scullers featured an All-Gershwin program, noted with a pictorial article in the Boston Globe (https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/12/28/tuba-hand-acclaimed-physician-eli-newberger-delights-his-first-passion/Bw3NRBiZpquTRTH3wtGXlK/story.html )with Carolyn Newberger featured as guest washboard wizard.

Eli & The Hot Six perform on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Ristorante Primavera (http://www.primav.com/ ) in Millis, Mass., from 7:00 to 9:30.

On July 23 and 24, 2017, they return for a third time for concerts Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, featuring masterpieces by Cole Porter and Edward “Duke” Ellington in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret (https://barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/ ).

Articles by Eli Newberger

MUSIC REVIEW: In search of classic jazz at Ozawa Hall

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 - Sadly, notwithstanding the proclaimed intentions, this performance did not begin to express the musical roots and high standards of individual and collective improvising that distinguish the classical jazz tradition.

MUSIC: A close encounter with the arc of Beethoven

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 - The monumental “Archduke” piano trio took pride of place after the intermission. Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Lee Priday, and cellist Yehuda Hanani gave an “Archduke” performance for the ages.

DANCE: Souleymane Badolo and the spirit of our ancestors

Monday, 12 Sep 2016 - Driving home from Jacob's Pillow, we reflected on our own roots, including those we laid down in Africa, the ways that we are pulled from them, and how we can sustain their truths within the complexity of our own modern realities.

REVIEW: Tap Dance heaven at Jacob’s Pillow with Dorrance Dance

Monday, 15 Aug 2016 - Tap also tells a story about race, power, emotion, and adaptation, which comes about through ingenuity and hybridization, stretching the envelope of the art to incorporate new elements, and creating an evolving, elastic, vigorous organism.

AT TANGLEWOOD: Sweet serenades, lavish Liszt

Friday, 12 Aug 2016 - Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds and String Instruments (1878) evokes the 18th century, late-baroque, tradition of outdoor performances on the grounds of the nobility’s castles for the amusement of both the aristocracy and its serfs.

DANCE: Stretching Flamenco and finding Duende

Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 - There were revelatory moments in the presentation, which featured imaginative, even fantastical ensemble variations of familiar Flamenco tropes, in Juan Siddi’s creations.