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by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson,  WMUA-FM

     Between Amherst and Northampton, MA, two communities jammed with java huts, book-nooks  and boutiques, who'd a thunk America's "classical" music, jazz, would come from the tobacco fields of Hadley, MA?   Hadley, a small farm town with one of those downtowns that before you know it, you've passed through it, has something very cool going on in a very hot place.
For fifteen years, Damien DiPaolo has run Carmelina's Italian Restaurant on
Route 9 in Hadley, 1/2 mile from I-91.  For fourteen of those years, he's
had pianist Emery Smith churning smooth renditions of jazz standards to
satiated customers.  He, at times, has enchanted diners into joining him on
a familiar tune.  DiPaolo shows an appreciation for jazz just as he does
exceptional Italian cuisine.  For three consecutive Saturday evenings in
April and May, Carmelina's beautifully renovated basement area had the
quartet Unity creating some infectious Afro-Brazilian rhythms for those
with a litte more room in their bellies for some late night "soul" food.
The group includes Paul Lieberman on reeds, Shelton "Fatman" Laster on
Hammond B-3, Scott Sasanecki on guitar and Billy Arnold on percussion.  The
intimate space became very social very quickly during their three week
residency.  From 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., it was nothing but net. Unity will
be back for every Saturday in June.  Getting there early is a good idea.
Those plush couches up front becomed occupied very quickly.

For more information, please contact Carmelina's at (413) 584-8000.  Tell
'em you read it here!

(Cheryl K. is the Jazz Music Director at WMUA 91.1 FM and hosts "Java Jazz"
on Wednesdays from  9:00 a.m. - noon.  She can be reached at  Find the "Java Jazz" website through WMUA's
website at or at

                                                           (posted 09 May 00)

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