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Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion

12-08-2016

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 08 @ 8:00pm
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over thirty years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo [more+]
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over thirty years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Chaka Khan, Blues Traveler, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Merchant and countless others. He has also co-produced several albums, most notably the Cuban a cappella group Vocal Sampling. His band, Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion, is one of the most exciting in jazz today.  Known for their exciting performances, enhanced by Sammy's ebullient humor, the band has recorded two albums, 'And Sammy Walked in' and 'The Magician,' both honored with the Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album "Mongo's gone, Ray's gone, Tito's gone - who's left to inherit the crown?  Sammy is the Man!" - El Tiempo [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Trio Now CD Release Concert/Party

12-09-2016

Presented by Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 09 @ 7:30pm
Join Steve Hunt, piano; Bruce Gertz, bass; and Jack Diefendorf, drums, to celebrate the release of their newest CD. CDs will be available for purchase.
Join Steve Hunt, piano; Bruce Gertz, bass; and Jack Diefendorf, drums, to celebrate the release of their newest CD. CDs will be available for purchase. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

12-18-2016

Presented by National Center of Afro-American Artists at Emerson/Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 09 @ 8:00pm Sat, Dec 10 @ 3:30pm Sat, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm + 5 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 11 @ 3:30pm Fri, Dec 16 @ 8:00pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 3:30pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 8:00pm Sun, Dec 18 @ 3:30pm - less dates and times

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is a joyous account of a miraculous event of 2000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music, and [more+]
Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is a joyous account of a miraculous event of 2000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music, and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all. This legendary Christmas event, the Black community’s Christmas gift to the world, is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory, and liberation. Boston’s captivating production is the longest-running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world. Run time is 85 minutes with no intermission. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

The Melting Pot

12-09-2016

Presented by Third Life Studio at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 09 @ 9:00pm
Bring your free-spirited dancing self to experience this jazzadelic original band with Boston's hottest players! Join the dancing or just sit and listen to this great music. . . Gabriela [more+]
Bring your free-spirited dancing self to experience this jazzadelic original band with Boston's hottest players! Join the dancing or just sit and listen to this great music. . . Gabriela Martina vocals Stan Strickland woodwinds, vocals Jeff Lockhart guitar Josh Rosen keyboards Paul Johnson bass Giuseppe Paradiso drums [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra To Perform 44th Annual Christmas Concert

12-10-2016

Presented by Americas Musicworks at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 7:30pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will hold its 44th Annual Christmas Concert on December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston.  The concert will feature Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, [more+]
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will hold its 44th Annual Christmas Concert on December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston.  The concert will feature Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, healing and joy, together with jazz carols and selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic.  Proceeds will benefit the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), an organization of multiple faiths and cultures that provides support to individuals and families who have been uprooted by violence.
 Tickets:  $20 at the door. Information:  617-776-8778 or 617-452-3205.   
“Exhilarating…ebullient…Aardvark and Ellington are an ideal couple.  (Allaboutjazz.com)

Led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra gave its first concert December 23, 1973 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston as a benefit for the Chelsea Fire Fund.  Every year since then, the band has held a Christmas concert to support a deserving cause.  Past beneficiaries have included Doctors Without Borders, American Friends Service Committee, Rosie’s Place, Pine Street Inn, and dozens more.  Guest artists at Aardvark’s Christmas Concerts have included Sheila Jordan, Howard McGhee, Semenya McCord, Joe Carroll, Ron Gill, Jack Powers, Kip Tiernan, Brother Blue and other notables.

Aardvark performs original compositions by Mark Harvey, as well as classics from the jazz tradition, American music, and world music, including collaborations with film, dance, choral groups and symphony orchestras.  The orchestra has premiered more than 175 works and appears on 14 CDs.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dylan Sherry/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Trumpeter/composer Mark Harvey has almost 200 compositions in his catalogue, has performed internationally and recorded with esteemed jazz artists, teaches jazz history and composition at MIT, and was named Boston Jazz Hero 2015 for his social activism and advocacy in the jazz community spanning more than four decades.  He is a retired Methodist minister.

Founded in 1986, Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) has brought volunteers together from many cultures and faiths to provide community-based services to uprooted and often isolated persons.    RIM’s programs include spiritual care, English classes, job placement assistance, and community-based resettlement.  RIM provides friendship, acculturation opportunities and support for clients, at the most vulnerable time of their lives, helping clients to prepare for employment and make the cultural adaptation necessary for success.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778 or email delamotte-amw@comcast.net

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Cape Ann Big Band

12-10-2016

Presented by Chevalier Theatre at Chevalier Theatre, Medford
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm
The Cape Ann Big Band returns to Chevalier Theatre for its annual holiday show featuring Big Band holiday classics, pop favorites and swingin’ hits.  Led by talented director and saxophone player Carlos Menezes Jr., the diverse, 17-piece Cape Ann [more+]
The Cape Ann Big Band returns to Chevalier Theatre for its annual holiday show featuring Big Band holiday classics, pop favorites and swingin’ hits.  Led by talented director and saxophone player Carlos Menezes Jr., the diverse, 17-piece Cape Ann Big Band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Jacob Collier at MIT—Imagination Off The Charts

12-10-2016

Presented by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm
Hailed by The Guardian as “Jazz’s New Messiah,” 22-year- old ground-breaking British musician Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, composer, producer, music-video creator and a unique creative force with [more+]
Hailed by The Guardian as “Jazz’s New Messiah,” 22-year- old ground-breaking British musician Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, composer, producer, music-video creator and a unique creative force with limitless potential. With musical interests ranging from the Renaissance to the present—and everything in between—this young artist epitomizes Ellington’s phrase, “Beyond Category,” which the Duke reserved for only the greatest musicians. Collier’s music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, world, contemporary classical, pop, gospel, R&B and soul. He is well known for his viral YouTube videos, which have turned numerous legendary artists into fans, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, David Crosby, Jamie Cullum, Take 6 and Quincy Jones—now his manager/mentor. In 2014, he began working with MIT’s Ben Bloomberg (a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab) who helped transform Collier’s video productions into live one-man-show performances. Bloomberg also designed and created a custom unique Vocal Harmonizer, which has provided Collier a vehicle to simultaneously combine his vocal and keyboard talents live. Performing a number of compositions from Collier’s 2016 debut recording “In My Room,” the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE), Collier and others will premiere arrangements of “Down the Line,” “Saviour,” (created by Jamshied Sharifi) and “Hajanga,” arranged for big band and orchestra by Collier himself. The concert also includes performances by Collier in a cappella, small combo and solo settings. The concert will feature a newly created experimental improvisation system developed by Bloomberg and collaborators, allowing Collier to communicate with members of the FJE in real time, sending fragments of musical notation, articulation and other directions to mobile devices of the musicians. This concert will be the first time Bloomberg and Collier explore how such a system may be used to generate spontaneous large-scale arrangements, with the goal of allowing both the performers and Collier to be more emotionally connected to each other and the audience. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Second Sunday Holiday Jazz Jam

12-11-2016

Presented by Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 11 @ 4:00pm
The Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to sponsor our ongoing monthly event every second Saturday in our Cabaret Cafe. This months' Holiday Jazz Jam is hosted by bassist John Dreyer. A set performed by the monthly house band is followed by an [more+]
The Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to sponsor our ongoing monthly event every second Saturday in our Cabaret Cafe. This months' Holiday Jazz Jam is hosted by bassist John Dreyer. A set performed by the monthly house band is followed by an open session in which musicians are welcome to sign up and sit in. Come and play, or enjoy listening! [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

The David Haas Group: A Coalition of the Willing

12-11-2016

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 11 @ 6:00pm
David Haas, piano Kevin Frenette, guitar Scott Getchell, trumpets Todd Brunel, clarinet Glenn Dickson, clarinet Joe Musacchia, drums Kit Demos, bass & modular synthesizer
David Haas, piano Kevin Frenette, guitar Scott Getchell, trumpets Todd Brunel, clarinet Glenn Dickson, clarinet Joe Musacchia, drums Kit Demos, bass & modular synthesizer [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Vance Gilbert at Mandarava

12-11-2016

Presented by Mandarava at Mandarava, Newburyport
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30pm
Folk musician, Vance Gilbert, is slated to perform an intimate acoustic concert on December 11th, 2016 at Mandarava in Newburyport, Mass. The Chicago Tribune says 'Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense [more+]
Folk musician, Vance Gilbert, is slated to perform an intimate acoustic concert on December 11th, 2016 at Mandarava in Newburyport, Mass. The Chicago Tribune says 'Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense of humor, and an astonishingly smooth, pure tenor voice. But that proved to be more than enough.' Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s toured with the Milk Carton Kids. Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. [less-]
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Vocalist Dominique Eade

12-13-2016

Presented by Jocko's Jazz at Sahara Restaurant & Club, Methuen
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 13 @ 7:30pm
Vocalist Dominique Eade with Jon Wheatley on guitar and John Lockwood on bass.
Vocalist Dominique Eade with Jon Wheatley on guitar and John Lockwood on bass. [less-]
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Nut/Cracked

12-18-2016

Presented by Peter DiMuro / Public Displays of Motion at BCA Plaza Black Box, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 15 @ 7:30pm Fri, Dec 16 @ 8:30pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 8:30pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 18 @ 4:00pm - less dates and times

It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girl’s favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and [more+]
It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girl’s favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing, and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nut/Cracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous waves of rhythm. Nut/Cracked runs in repertory with Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle. [less-]
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Urban Nutcracker

12-31-2016

Presented by Tony Williams Dance Center at John Hancock Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 16 @ 7:30pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 11:00am Sat, Dec 17 @ 3:00pm + 10 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 18 @ 11:00am Sun, Dec 18 @ 3:00pm Thu, Dec 22 @ 7:30pm Fri, Dec 23 @ 7:30pm Sat, Dec 24 @ 11:00am Sat, Dec 24 @ 3:00pm Thu, Dec 29 @ 7:30pm Fri, Dec 30 @ 1:30pm Fri, Dec 30 @ 7:30pm Sat, Dec 31 @ 3:00pm - less dates and times

A true Boston story, local dance legend Tony Williams reimagined the classic holiday tale to become a Boston inner-city story with a neon-buzz, blending the rhythms of Duke Ellington with the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Annually, 150 performers [more+]
A true Boston story, local dance legend Tony Williams reimagined the classic holiday tale to become a Boston inner-city story with a neon-buzz, blending the rhythms of Duke Ellington with the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Annually, 150 performers – including professional ballet dancers – take the stage to showcase a broad diversity of dance forms celebrating multicultural Boston. Join heroine Clarice as she explores iconic Boston scenes such as Make Way for Ducklings, Top of the Hub, Chinatown, and the Boston Public Garden. The delightful story continues by following the magical journey of Clarice and her Nutcracker guide through classical ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, folklorico, flamenco, and more. "A Nutcracker with real soul" — Boston Metro "You really don’t get more “original” that Williams’ version of The Nutcracker that features people who reflect the increasingly diverse neighborhoods of Boston and, frankly, many other metro areas in the United States." — The Boston Globe [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Leap of Faith - Optimizations

12-17-2016

Presented by Evil Clown at Outpost 186, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 17 @ 8:00pm
Small format Leap of Faith improvisation featuring: PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice Zach Bartolomei - clarinets, saxophones Bob Moores - trumpet John Baylies - electric tuba Yuri Zbitnov - [more+]
Small format Leap of Faith improvisation featuring: PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice Zach Bartolomei - clarinets, saxophones Bob Moores - trumpet John Baylies - electric tuba Yuri Zbitnov - percussion [less-]
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Jazz at the Arsenal: Featuring Berklee faculty artists, A Jazzy Christmas w/The Kevin Harris Project

12-21-2016

Presented by Arsenal Center for the Arts at Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, Watertown
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 21 @ 7:30pm
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one
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When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who “plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self- awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully.” One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality". Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Yoron Israel, Tommy Campbell, Dezron Douglas, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Harris performs at renowned national and international venues --Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz club, Mezzrow Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, to name a few--. His ensemble has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Cuba, Panama, Italy, Denmark, Peru, Israel, and the USA. As a leader, Kevin has released five albums. DownBeat defines some of Harris’ compositions as “overall smart, lyrical and engrossing”, and The Phoenix highlights “the tight/loose elasticity, the tension between form and freedom that was the hallmark of so many Miles Davis sessions with Shorter and Herbie Hancock . . . calm and collected, but also loose and full of surprises." Harris is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he has taught piano, jazz ensembles, and summer theory classes; he is also a MIT affiliated artist. Committed to the community and to getting youth involved in music, Kevin has also conducted local and international clinics in both public and private schools throughout the Europe, South America, Middle East, and the USA. Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance always involves interacting with the audience that in turn inspires a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation,” Harris says, "is what keeps our souls alive.
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Rockport New Year's Eve

01-01-2017

Presented by Rockport New Year's Eve at Downtown Rockport, Rockport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 31 @ 6:00pm
This year marks a milestone: Rockport's 20th annual New Year's Eve event!  Rockport New Year's Eve is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, Massachusetts. Events take place at 15 venues, all [more+]
This year marks a milestone: Rockport's 20th annual New Year's Eve event!  Rockport New Year's Eve is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, Massachusetts. Events take place at 15 venues, all within easy walking distance of one another. Most of the venues are handicap accessible. Admission to most events requires the purchase of an inexpensive button, and a few events are free. Performances include all kinds of music, story telling, puppet shows, and much more. Activities conclude with a midnight ball drop. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Second Sunday Jazz Jam

01-08-2017

Presented by Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 08 @ 4:00pm
The Cabaret Cafe @ Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to host our ongoing Second Sunday Jazz Jams, each hosted by individual players or groups. A full set performed by the hosts is followed by an open jam that participants are welcome to sign [more+]
The Cabaret Cafe @ Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to host our ongoing Second Sunday Jazz Jams, each hosted by individual players or groups. A full set performed by the hosts is followed by an open jam that participants are welcome to sign up and perform. This is a very popular local event with top-notch music, come share the experience, whether as a listener or sitting in as a performer. [less-]
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Fat Tuesday Blues Jam

05-09-2017

Presented by Winchester Community Music School at Winchester Community Music School, Winchester
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jan 17 @ 7:00pm
Join WCMS for a fun, casual Blues Jam with our house band of professional musicians on the second Tuesday of each month during the 2016-2017 school year (except January, which will be the third Tuesday). These jam [more+]
Join WCMS for a fun, casual Blues Jam with our house band of professional musicians on the second Tuesday of each month during the 2016-2017 school year (except January, which will be the third Tuesday). These jam sessions are a great way to experiment with new techniques and skills in the company of fellow musicians. For all levels of players, all instruments & vocalists welcome! Amps, pianos, drums, and PA system provided. $10 for participants; free for audience. For more information, call 781-721-2950 or visit www.winchestermusic.org. 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester. [less-]
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What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow and Kyle Athayde Dance Party

01-20-2017

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 20 @ 8:00pm
From Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo to Wynton Marsalis' Big Train, the everyday, ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American [more+]
From Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo to Wynton Marsalis' Big Train, the everyday, ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American culture and deeply connected to the world of working musicians criss-crossing the country. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, this installment of What Makes it Great? features Rob Kapilow and the Kyle Athayde Dance Party as they examine and perform iconic jazz classics inspired by trains and composed by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Wynton Marsalis. [less-]
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Fika Sound Series: Piatruba

01-28-2017

Presented by Scandinavian Cultural Center at Scandinavian Cultural Center, West Newton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 28 @ 1:00pm
Piatruba is coming to the Scandinavian Cultural Center for the very first time! The Swedish trio plays music from [more+]
Piatruba is coming to the Scandinavian Cultural Center for the very first time! The Swedish trio plays music from Oskar Stenmark’s ancestors in Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia. Polskas, waltzes and walking tunes have been passed on for many generations, some melodies are traced back to the 18th century. Piatruba mixes these songs with a contemporary expression, adding improvisation to tell old stories in a new way. The result is an exciting show where tradition meets the future. Featuring: Oskar Stenmark – Flugelhorn Robin Skarin – Piano Linus Fredin – Upright bass [less-]
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Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion

12-08-2016

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 08 @ 8:00pm
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over thirty years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo [more+]
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over thirty years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Chaka Khan, Blues Traveler, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Merchant and countless others. He has also co-produced several albums, most notably the Cuban a cappella group Vocal Sampling. His band, Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion, is one of the most exciting in jazz today.  Known for their exciting performances, enhanced by Sammy's ebullient humor, the band has recorded two albums, 'And Sammy Walked in' and 'The Magician,' both honored with the Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album "Mongo's gone, Ray's gone, Tito's gone - who's left to inherit the crown?  Sammy is the Man!" - El Tiempo [less-]
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Trio Now CD Release Concert/Party

12-09-2016

Presented by Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 09 @ 7:30pm
Join Steve Hunt, piano; Bruce Gertz, bass; and Jack Diefendorf, drums, to celebrate the release of their newest CD. CDs will be available for purchase.
Join Steve Hunt, piano; Bruce Gertz, bass; and Jack Diefendorf, drums, to celebrate the release of their newest CD. CDs will be available for purchase. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

12-18-2016

Presented by National Center of Afro-American Artists at Emerson/Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 09 @ 8:00pm Sat, Dec 10 @ 3:30pm Sat, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm + 5 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 11 @ 3:30pm Fri, Dec 16 @ 8:00pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 3:30pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 8:00pm Sun, Dec 18 @ 3:30pm - less dates and times

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is a joyous account of a miraculous event of 2000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music, and [more+]
Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is a joyous account of a miraculous event of 2000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music, and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all. This legendary Christmas event, the Black community’s Christmas gift to the world, is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory, and liberation. Boston’s captivating production is the longest-running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world. Run time is 85 minutes with no intermission. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

The Melting Pot

12-09-2016

Presented by Third Life Studio at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 09 @ 9:00pm
Bring your free-spirited dancing self to experience this jazzadelic original band with Boston's hottest players! Join the dancing or just sit and listen to this great music. . . Gabriela [more+]
Bring your free-spirited dancing self to experience this jazzadelic original band with Boston's hottest players! Join the dancing or just sit and listen to this great music. . . Gabriela Martina vocals Stan Strickland woodwinds, vocals Jeff Lockhart guitar Josh Rosen keyboards Paul Johnson bass Giuseppe Paradiso drums [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra To Perform 44th Annual Christmas Concert

12-10-2016

Presented by Americas Musicworks at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 7:30pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will hold its 44th Annual Christmas Concert on December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston.  The concert will feature Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, [more+]
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will hold its 44th Annual Christmas Concert on December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston.  The concert will feature Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, healing and joy, together with jazz carols and selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic.  Proceeds will benefit the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), an organization of multiple faiths and cultures that provides support to individuals and families who have been uprooted by violence.
 Tickets:  $20 at the door. Information:  617-776-8778 or 617-452-3205.   
“Exhilarating…ebullient…Aardvark and Ellington are an ideal couple.  (Allaboutjazz.com)

Led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra gave its first concert December 23, 1973 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston as a benefit for the Chelsea Fire Fund.  Every year since then, the band has held a Christmas concert to support a deserving cause.  Past beneficiaries have included Doctors Without Borders, American Friends Service Committee, Rosie’s Place, Pine Street Inn, and dozens more.  Guest artists at Aardvark’s Christmas Concerts have included Sheila Jordan, Howard McGhee, Semenya McCord, Joe Carroll, Ron Gill, Jack Powers, Kip Tiernan, Brother Blue and other notables.

Aardvark performs original compositions by Mark Harvey, as well as classics from the jazz tradition, American music, and world music, including collaborations with film, dance, choral groups and symphony orchestras.  The orchestra has premiered more than 175 works and appears on 14 CDs.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dylan Sherry/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Trumpeter/composer Mark Harvey has almost 200 compositions in his catalogue, has performed internationally and recorded with esteemed jazz artists, teaches jazz history and composition at MIT, and was named Boston Jazz Hero 2015 for his social activism and advocacy in the jazz community spanning more than four decades.  He is a retired Methodist minister.

Founded in 1986, Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) has brought volunteers together from many cultures and faiths to provide community-based services to uprooted and often isolated persons.    RIM’s programs include spiritual care, English classes, job placement assistance, and community-based resettlement.  RIM provides friendship, acculturation opportunities and support for clients, at the most vulnerable time of their lives, helping clients to prepare for employment and make the cultural adaptation necessary for success.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778 or email delamotte-amw@comcast.net

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Cape Ann Big Band

12-10-2016

Presented by Chevalier Theatre at Chevalier Theatre, Medford
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm
The Cape Ann Big Band returns to Chevalier Theatre for its annual holiday show featuring Big Band holiday classics, pop favorites and swingin’ hits.  Led by talented director and saxophone player Carlos Menezes Jr., the diverse, 17-piece Cape Ann [more+]
The Cape Ann Big Band returns to Chevalier Theatre for its annual holiday show featuring Big Band holiday classics, pop favorites and swingin’ hits.  Led by talented director and saxophone player Carlos Menezes Jr., the diverse, 17-piece Cape Ann Big Band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll. [less-]
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Jacob Collier at MIT—Imagination Off The Charts

12-10-2016

Presented by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm
Hailed by The Guardian as “Jazz’s New Messiah,” 22-year- old ground-breaking British musician Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, composer, producer, music-video creator and a unique creative force with [more+]
Hailed by The Guardian as “Jazz’s New Messiah,” 22-year- old ground-breaking British musician Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, composer, producer, music-video creator and a unique creative force with limitless potential. With musical interests ranging from the Renaissance to the present—and everything in between—this young artist epitomizes Ellington’s phrase, “Beyond Category,” which the Duke reserved for only the greatest musicians. Collier’s music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, world, contemporary classical, pop, gospel, R&B and soul. He is well known for his viral YouTube videos, which have turned numerous legendary artists into fans, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, David Crosby, Jamie Cullum, Take 6 and Quincy Jones—now his manager/mentor. In 2014, he began working with MIT’s Ben Bloomberg (a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab) who helped transform Collier’s video productions into live one-man-show performances. Bloomberg also designed and created a custom unique Vocal Harmonizer, which has provided Collier a vehicle to simultaneously combine his vocal and keyboard talents live. Performing a number of compositions from Collier’s 2016 debut recording “In My Room,” the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE), Collier and others will premiere arrangements of “Down the Line,” “Saviour,” (created by Jamshied Sharifi) and “Hajanga,” arranged for big band and orchestra by Collier himself. The concert also includes performances by Collier in a cappella, small combo and solo settings. The concert will feature a newly created experimental improvisation system developed by Bloomberg and collaborators, allowing Collier to communicate with members of the FJE in real time, sending fragments of musical notation, articulation and other directions to mobile devices of the musicians. This concert will be the first time Bloomberg and Collier explore how such a system may be used to generate spontaneous large-scale arrangements, with the goal of allowing both the performers and Collier to be more emotionally connected to each other and the audience. [less-]
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Second Sunday Holiday Jazz Jam

12-11-2016

Presented by Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 11 @ 4:00pm
The Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to sponsor our ongoing monthly event every second Saturday in our Cabaret Cafe. This months' Holiday Jazz Jam is hosted by bassist John Dreyer. A set performed by the monthly house band is followed by an [more+]
The Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to sponsor our ongoing monthly event every second Saturday in our Cabaret Cafe. This months' Holiday Jazz Jam is hosted by bassist John Dreyer. A set performed by the monthly house band is followed by an open session in which musicians are welcome to sign up and sit in. Come and play, or enjoy listening! [less-]
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The David Haas Group: A Coalition of the Willing

12-11-2016

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 11 @ 6:00pm
David Haas, piano Kevin Frenette, guitar Scott Getchell, trumpets Todd Brunel, clarinet Glenn Dickson, clarinet Joe Musacchia, drums Kit Demos, bass & modular synthesizer
David Haas, piano Kevin Frenette, guitar Scott Getchell, trumpets Todd Brunel, clarinet Glenn Dickson, clarinet Joe Musacchia, drums Kit Demos, bass & modular synthesizer [less-]
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Vance Gilbert at Mandarava

12-11-2016

Presented by Mandarava at Mandarava, Newburyport
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30pm
Folk musician, Vance Gilbert, is slated to perform an intimate acoustic concert on December 11th, 2016 at Mandarava in Newburyport, Mass. The Chicago Tribune says 'Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense [more+]
Folk musician, Vance Gilbert, is slated to perform an intimate acoustic concert on December 11th, 2016 at Mandarava in Newburyport, Mass. The Chicago Tribune says 'Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense of humor, and an astonishingly smooth, pure tenor voice. But that proved to be more than enough.' Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s toured with the Milk Carton Kids. Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. [less-]
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Vocalist Dominique Eade

12-13-2016

Presented by Jocko's Jazz at Sahara Restaurant & Club, Methuen
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 13 @ 7:30pm
Vocalist Dominique Eade with Jon Wheatley on guitar and John Lockwood on bass.
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Nut/Cracked

12-18-2016

Presented by Peter DiMuro / Public Displays of Motion at BCA Plaza Black Box, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 15 @ 7:30pm Fri, Dec 16 @ 8:30pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 8:30pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 18 @ 4:00pm - less dates and times

It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girl’s favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and [more+]
It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girl’s favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing, and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nut/Cracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous waves of rhythm. Nut/Cracked runs in repertory with Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle. [less-]
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Urban Nutcracker

12-31-2016

Presented by Tony Williams Dance Center at John Hancock Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 16 @ 7:30pm Sat, Dec 17 @ 11:00am Sat, Dec 17 @ 3:00pm + 10 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 18 @ 11:00am Sun, Dec 18 @ 3:00pm Thu, Dec 22 @ 7:30pm Fri, Dec 23 @ 7:30pm Sat, Dec 24 @ 11:00am Sat, Dec 24 @ 3:00pm Thu, Dec 29 @ 7:30pm Fri, Dec 30 @ 1:30pm Fri, Dec 30 @ 7:30pm Sat, Dec 31 @ 3:00pm - less dates and times

A true Boston story, local dance legend Tony Williams reimagined the classic holiday tale to become a Boston inner-city story with a neon-buzz, blending the rhythms of Duke Ellington with the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Annually, 150 performers [more+]
A true Boston story, local dance legend Tony Williams reimagined the classic holiday tale to become a Boston inner-city story with a neon-buzz, blending the rhythms of Duke Ellington with the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Annually, 150 performers – including professional ballet dancers – take the stage to showcase a broad diversity of dance forms celebrating multicultural Boston. Join heroine Clarice as she explores iconic Boston scenes such as Make Way for Ducklings, Top of the Hub, Chinatown, and the Boston Public Garden. The delightful story continues by following the magical journey of Clarice and her Nutcracker guide through classical ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, folklorico, flamenco, and more. "A Nutcracker with real soul" — Boston Metro "You really don’t get more “original” that Williams’ version of The Nutcracker that features people who reflect the increasingly diverse neighborhoods of Boston and, frankly, many other metro areas in the United States." — The Boston Globe [less-]
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Leap of Faith - Optimizations

12-17-2016

Presented by Evil Clown at Outpost 186, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 17 @ 8:00pm
Small format Leap of Faith improvisation featuring: PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice Zach Bartolomei - clarinets, saxophones Bob Moores - trumpet John Baylies - electric tuba Yuri Zbitnov - [more+]
Small format Leap of Faith improvisation featuring: PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice Zach Bartolomei - clarinets, saxophones Bob Moores - trumpet John Baylies - electric tuba Yuri Zbitnov - percussion [less-]
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Jazz at the Arsenal: Featuring Berklee faculty artists, A Jazzy Christmas w/The Kevin Harris Project

12-21-2016

Presented by Arsenal Center for the Arts at Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, Watertown
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 21 @ 7:30pm
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one
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When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who “plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self- awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully.” One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality". Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Yoron Israel, Tommy Campbell, Dezron Douglas, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Harris performs at renowned national and international venues --Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz club, Mezzrow Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, to name a few--. His ensemble has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Cuba, Panama, Italy, Denmark, Peru, Israel, and the USA. As a leader, Kevin has released five albums. DownBeat defines some of Harris’ compositions as “overall smart, lyrical and engrossing”, and The Phoenix highlights “the tight/loose elasticity, the tension between form and freedom that was the hallmark of so many Miles Davis sessions with Shorter and Herbie Hancock . . . calm and collected, but also loose and full of surprises." Harris is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he has taught piano, jazz ensembles, and summer theory classes; he is also a MIT affiliated artist. Committed to the community and to getting youth involved in music, Kevin has also conducted local and international clinics in both public and private schools throughout the Europe, South America, Middle East, and the USA. Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance always involves interacting with the audience that in turn inspires a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation,” Harris says, "is what keeps our souls alive.
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Rockport New Year's Eve

01-01-2017

Presented by Rockport New Year's Eve at Downtown Rockport, Rockport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 31 @ 6:00pm
This year marks a milestone: Rockport's 20th annual New Year's Eve event!  Rockport New Year's Eve is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, Massachusetts. Events take place at 15 venues, all [more+]
This year marks a milestone: Rockport's 20th annual New Year's Eve event!  Rockport New Year's Eve is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, Massachusetts. Events take place at 15 venues, all within easy walking distance of one another. Most of the venues are handicap accessible. Admission to most events requires the purchase of an inexpensive button, and a few events are free. Performances include all kinds of music, story telling, puppet shows, and much more. Activities conclude with a midnight ball drop. [less-]
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Second Sunday Jazz Jam

01-08-2017

Presented by Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 08 @ 4:00pm
The Cabaret Cafe @ Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to host our ongoing Second Sunday Jazz Jams, each hosted by individual players or groups. A full set performed by the hosts is followed by an open jam that participants are welcome to sign [more+]
The Cabaret Cafe @ Chelmsford Center for the Arts is proud to host our ongoing Second Sunday Jazz Jams, each hosted by individual players or groups. A full set performed by the hosts is followed by an open jam that participants are welcome to sign up and perform. This is a very popular local event with top-notch music, come share the experience, whether as a listener or sitting in as a performer. [less-]
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Fat Tuesday Blues Jam

05-09-2017

Presented by Winchester Community Music School at Winchester Community Music School, Winchester
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jan 17 @ 7:00pm
Join WCMS for a fun, casual Blues Jam with our house band of professional musicians on the second Tuesday of each month during the 2016-2017 school year (except January, which will be the third Tuesday). These jam [more+]
Join WCMS for a fun, casual Blues Jam with our house band of professional musicians on the second Tuesday of each month during the 2016-2017 school year (except January, which will be the third Tuesday). These jam sessions are a great way to experiment with new techniques and skills in the company of fellow musicians. For all levels of players, all instruments & vocalists welcome! Amps, pianos, drums, and PA system provided. $10 for participants; free for audience. For more information, call 781-721-2950 or visit www.winchestermusic.org. 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester. [less-]
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What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow and Kyle Athayde Dance Party

01-20-2017

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 20 @ 8:00pm
From Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo to Wynton Marsalis' Big Train, the everyday, ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American [more+]
From Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo to Wynton Marsalis' Big Train, the everyday, ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American culture and deeply connected to the world of working musicians criss-crossing the country. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, this installment of What Makes it Great? features Rob Kapilow and the Kyle Athayde Dance Party as they examine and perform iconic jazz classics inspired by trains and composed by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Wynton Marsalis. [less-]
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Fika Sound Series: Piatruba

01-28-2017

Presented by Scandinavian Cultural Center at Scandinavian Cultural Center, West Newton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 28 @ 1:00pm
Piatruba is coming to the Scandinavian Cultural Center for the very first time! The Swedish trio plays music from [more+]
Piatruba is coming to the Scandinavian Cultural Center for the very first time! The Swedish trio plays music from Oskar Stenmark’s ancestors in Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia. Polskas, waltzes and walking tunes have been passed on for many generations, some melodies are traced back to the 18th century. Piatruba mixes these songs with a contemporary expression, adding improvisation to tell old stories in a new way. The result is an exciting show where tradition meets the future. Featuring: Oskar Stenmark – Flugelhorn Robin Skarin – Piano Linus Fredin – Upright bass [less-]
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