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Carolyn Newberger is an artist, child psychologist, and musician (flute and jazz washboard) whose deep concerns for people and their lives drive her work. Her drawings, paintings and collage have achieved recognition and awards in juried and solo exhibitions. Carolyn went to Sarah Lawrence College and received her doctorate from Harvard, after two years in Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps. As a psychologist, Carolyn developed an influential theory of parental consciousness that continues to frame family studies and efforts to prevent child abuse. Her research and teaching at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and her ability clearly and soundly to address such subjects as parental discipline, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, attract respect and notice by clinicians and media alike. Called often as an expert on television news, she appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey show and has published widely in both the scientific and popular press. Carolyn’s art is represented by Galatea Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and she performs regularly on jazz washboard with Eli and the Hot Six. To learn more about Carolyn and to view her art, visit her website at www.carolynnewberger.com.

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 (https://www.primav.com/ ) in Millis, Mass., from 7:00 to 9:30.

Articles by Carolyn and Eli Newberger

From slavery to rhapsody: Urban Bush Women walk with Coltrane at Jacob’s Pillow

Monday, 26 Aug 2019 - True to Coltrane’s inspiration, this performance emerged in real time, an improvisation over a structure of African-American historical and musical narrative, danced with ensemble choruses, interspersed with solos and duos supported by the ensemble, and framed by projections depicting the course and realities of African- American experience.

DANCE REVIEW: ‘THE DAY’: A requiem for 9/11

Monday, 5 Aug 2019 - These spoken words, along with Lang’s keening cello score played by Maya Beiser and the unfurling movements of Wendy Whelan (choreographed by Lucinda Child), mourns with devastating understatement the magnitude of loss when the Twin Towers fell Sept. 11, 2001, turning to ashes all those living, breathing, feeling, innocently unaware, engaging lives within.

Transcendent Mozart and challenging Mahler on Tanglewood’s opening night

Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 - The selection of the evening’s works was also fitting to the moment of new meets old, in that just prior to writing them, both Mozart and Mahler had immersed themselves in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the better to hone their comprehension and execution of the counterpoint of which he was and remains the supreme master.

MUSIC: Audacious, contemplative Mozart by Aston Magna

Saturday, 8 Jul 2017 - Eric Hoeprich’s basset clarinet sung with exquisite clarity and depth in the Clarinet Quintet, K. 581. All through the piece, his perfectly calibrated, whizzing arpeggios and fluttering thirds resonated like mellow love-calls through the ensemble.

DANCE REVIEW: Transcendent and tireless tap at Jacob’s Pillow

Friday, 30 Jun 2017 - The magic of tap is movement, plus percussive instrument, plus compositional originality through improvisation. All this rests on a foundation of musical structure, communication, and a story to tell, often of the difficult lives of its African American and Latin originators.