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Joe Fiedler Quintet

03-23-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
JOE FIEDLER (Trombone) JEFF LEDERER (Saxophones) PETE MCCANN (Guitar) ROB JOST (Bass) MICHAEL SARIN (Drums) “The versatile Joe Fiedler has often been associated with the avant-garde . . . [but he] proves that he’s also a master of swing and... [more+]
JOE FIEDLER (Trombone) JEFF LEDERER (Saxophones) PETE MCCANN (Guitar) ROB JOST (Bass) MICHAEL SARIN (Drums) “The versatile Joe Fiedler has often been associated with the avant-garde . . . [but he] proves that he’s also a master of swing and blues-based music . . . he uses superb technique, which includes playing chords (multiphonics), and a wit worthy of trombonist Ray Anderson to invigorate straight ahead jazz, paying indirect tributes to tradition while simultaneously turning the music inside out” - Jazziz Magazine The imaginative and adventurous trio of trombonist, composer, bandleader Joe Fiedler, bassist Rob Jost and drummer Michael Sarin just accomplished the near-impossible; with the addition of saxophonist Jeff Lederer and guitarist Pete McCann they have broadened their melodic and harmonic range, and expanded rhythmically, becoming even more awe-inspiring. The Quintet is featured in all its splendor on Fiedler’s new recording, Like, Strange. After thirteen years of leading his trio (documented on I’m In, Plays The Music of Albert Mangelsdorff, The Crab and Sacred Chrome Orb), and that format being his primary creative outlet, Fiedler felt the urge to expand. He explains, “after more than a decade of playing trio I still love it, but I found myself wanting to branch out and bring different colors and textures to my music. Thus I thought that it was time to add some people who were both unique soloists and great interpreters of music in general.” Like, Strange, in many ways, is a continuation of the music from Fiedler’s previous critically acclaimed recording, I’m In (which also features bassist Jost and drummer Sarin). “In general, and similar to my previous recording, the compositions are more traditional forms and variations of traditional chord progressions, yet still pliable and able to handle both inside and outside playing. For my ears, adding Pete and Jeff turned out to be the perfect way to expand the trio and give it an added, richer depth of color and sound,” said Fiedler.   [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Vinicius Cantuária Plays Jobim

03-23-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is currently touring one of the finest musical ensembles around. Drawing from the rich history of Brazilian music and integrating it with jazz, avant-garde and pop, Vinicius Cantuária's... [more+]
Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is currently touring one of the finest musical ensembles around. Drawing from the rich history of Brazilian music and integrating it with jazz, avant-garde and pop, Vinicius Cantuária's music is like a rolling rhythmic whisper filled with dramatic turns and stunning sonic ideas. His current concert program is drawn from his recent recording "Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim" (Sunnyside, 2015). The music of Brazil has left a treasure trove of unparalleled compositional gems, and none are as beloved as the catalog of Antonio Carlos Jobim. A genius in utilizing the cool of jazz, the seduction of Brazil and the tongue of a poet, Jobim has left a wake that has rocked the musical world with the spawning of the bossa nova movement. It is only natural that Cantuária, one of the most important Brazilian voices of the past two decades, will be performing a tribute to Jobim. On "Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim", Cantuária performs both solo and with the help of some truly amazing co-conspirators, including guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, vocalist and MPB legend Joyce and jazz-pop sensation Melody Gardot. With critically acclaimed concert performances at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Jazz A Vienne (France), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), the Vancouver Jazz Festival (Canada), Blue Note New York (U.S.A.), SF Jazz (U.S.A), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), The Barbican (UK) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK), he continues to wow audiences throughout the world. [less-]
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Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: A Concert Performance

03-26-2017

Presented by ArtsEmerson at Emerson/Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

In this genre-defying work of concert performance featuring a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of Black music to give musical life to... [more+]
In this genre-defying work of concert performance featuring a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of Black music to give musical life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name. Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization. Parable of the Sower tells the story of young Lauren Olamina, who lives in a not-so-distant America, where climate change has driven society to violence and the brink of extinction. When she loses both family and home, Lauren ventures out unprotected. What begins as a desperate flight for survival leads to something much more – a startling vision of human destiny which births “Earthseed,” a new faith based on the idea that “God is Change”. [less-]
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Boston Brass: "and the nominees are. . . "

03-23-2017

Presented by The Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College at Rogers Center for the Arts, North Andover
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
Boston Brass, the acclaimed quintet that has been a fan favorite for years, is turning over the keys to you in and the nominees are.... During the first half of this concert, the group plays some of its favorites, mixing classical, jazz and the... [more+]
Boston Brass, the acclaimed quintet that has been a fan favorite for years, is turning over the keys to you in and the nominees are.... During the first half of this concert, the group plays some of its favorites, mixing classical, jazz and the best of its repertoire. But after intermission, you'll have a chance to state your case and get your favorite song on the program. See democracy in action during this unique concert showcase. [less-]
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FRED HERSCH TRIO

03-23-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm
A select member of jazz´s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music´s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording... [more+]
A select member of jazz´s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music´s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. An eight-time Grammy Award nominee, he continues to earn jazz´s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Proclaimed "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade" by Vanity Fair, Hersch has long defined jazz´s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and exploratory duos to his extraordinary trios and innovative chamber settings. With some three dozen albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch consistently wins an international array of awards and lavish critical praise for his albums. [less-]
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Joan Watson-Jones and Friends at Ryles Jazz Club

03-23-2017

Presented by Ryles Jazz Club at Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm
…their experience and chops sell a song like few others have the knack to do. CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Midwest Record ".....Absolutely gorgeous voice that caresses each melody like satin.. Thank you for being a Singer's Singer"... [more+]
…their experience and chops sell a song like few others have the knack to do. CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Midwest Record ".....Absolutely gorgeous voice that caresses each melody like satin.. Thank you for being a Singer's Singer" John Segars- Jazz and More WUCF Orlando Fl. An equally passionate jazz vocalist and advocate for the music, Joan Watson-Jones is well known throughout New England as both a singer and the creative force behind her own popular jazz shows. She produces and hosts the cable television program “The Jazz Room Live” seen in Boston and the internet based radio program “The Jazz Room”- her 1/2 hour show on http://www.cyberstationusa.com Joan Watson-Jones is a very expressive vocalist who burns quietly with inner intensity when she sings. She has deep understanding of the words she interprets, and has a natural sense of swing. She brings an energy to her Jazz that would appeal to new listeners and long time jazz fans. An evening to remember! http://www.joanwatsonjones.com End [less-]
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Paradise City Arts Festival - Spring Marlborough

03-26-2017

Presented by Paradise City Arts Festivals at Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 10:00 am Sat, Mar 25 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 26 @ 11:00 am
"An Art Lover's Heaven!" writes the Boston Globe: this show and sale offers a wide range of fine furniture, lighting, glass, landscape-scale and pedestal-size sculpture, art quilts, ceramic dinnerware, wearable art, playful and elegant jewelry... [more+]
"An Art Lover's Heaven!" writes the Boston Globe: this show and sale offers a wide range of fine furniture, lighting, glass, landscape-scale and pedestal-size sculpture, art quilts, ceramic dinnerware, wearable art, playful and elegant jewelry and remarkable paintings and photography. With 175 nationally juried exhibitors, live music, demonstrations and the special exhibit "Birds of Paradise" in the Sculpture Café. Free parking, just 30 minutes from Boston. [less-]
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Alex Alvear & Mango Blue

03-24-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 24 @ 10:00 pm
Before arriving to the US in 1986, Alvear co-founded and co-lead two ground-breaking musical projects, which left an imprint on the musical landscape of Ecuador; the "Urban Folklore" ensemble Promesas Temporales, considered to be a milestone in... [more+]
Before arriving to the US in 1986, Alvear co-founded and co-lead two ground-breaking musical projects, which left an imprint on the musical landscape of Ecuador; the "Urban Folklore" ensemble Promesas Temporales, considered to be a milestone in the development of new and original music in Ecuador and, Rumbasón, Ecuador's first Cuban music ensemble, which in addition to performing in sold-out performances for thousands of people, it opened the doors for the creation of radio shows and clubs dedicated to Salsa in the city of Quito. Upon his arrival to study Jazz Composition and Arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Alvear began to work as an arranger, bassist and singer with numerous Latin music bands in the city, to later begin developing personal projects. He currently leads Alex Alvear & Mango Blue, an award-winning Afro-Latin music ensemble performing his original compositions and arrangements. Alex Alvear & Mango Bluehas performed extensively throughout the US and internationally for the past fifteen years and has been featured in 65 Public Television affiliate stations nationally. In 1997 Alvear released "Equatorial", a critically-acclaimed CD of his original compositions and arrangements, inspired by and based on traditional Ecuadorian music. For over a decade, Alvear has worked with K-12 schools, community organizations and universities, offering educational programs with Mango Blue's off-shoot, Manguito (little mango), as an independent agent and as member of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts roster. Alvear composed the music for "Blak Mama", a feature film released in Ecuador in March 2009 which was selected to represent Ecuador in the 2013 Vienna Art Biennale. He has participated in numerous recordings and performed extensively in concert series, festivals and clubs throughout New York and the New England region, as well as nationally and internationally. He has worked in numerous and diverse musical projects, as well as performing with luminaries such as Celia Cruz, Orlando "Puntilla" Ríos, Israel "Cachao" López, Osvaldo Golijov, Francisco Aguabella, Isaac Delgado and Paquito D'Rivera, to name a few. A CD recording Alvear participated with the latter, "Paquito D'Rivera Presents: Las Hermanas Márquez" was nominated for the 2006 Latin Grammys. Lastly, Alvear participated in Gonzalo Grau's "Frutero Moderno" CD which was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Awards. Currently Alex Alvear splits his time residing between Boston, MA and his native Quito Ecuador. He continues to compose and develop new projects. Besides leading Mango Blue, Alvear has also been actively participating in the collaboration, Ñawi, which means vision in the native Kichwa language of Ecuador. This is an alliance with the Ecuadorean group Yarina (a celebrated band of siblings from Otavalo, Ecuador who preserve and share the culture of the indigenous people of the Andes through their music). Together they are combining and sharing various styles of traditional Ecuadorean Music and keeping them alive for current and future generations. [less-]
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Ken Clark Organ Trio

03-24-2017

Presented by Unity on the River Spiritual Center at Unity on the RIver, Amesbury
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm
Fri. March 24 at 7:30pm- Please join Unity on the River in Amesbury, MA for an evening of eternal funk and soulful jazz by the Ken Clark Organ Trio. Well known to the Unity community, Ken Clark returns with new songs and classy compositions. ... [more+]
Fri. March 24 at 7:30pm- Please join Unity on the River in Amesbury, MA for an evening of eternal funk and soulful jazz by the Ken Clark Organ Trio. Well known to the Unity community, Ken Clark returns with new songs and classy compositions. Tickets are $15 at the door or presale on Sundays in the Unity bookstore. Originally from South Hero, Vermont, (and now residing in Beverly, Ma.) Clark began playing the organ at an early age through the influence of his mother, a gifted pianist in her own right. Yes, Clark's dexterous footwork is clearly evident throughout his music. While attending Berkley School Of Music in Boston, Clark met guitarist Mike Mele, who had moved to Boston from New York in the mid 80's to study with jazz greats Charlie Banacos and Garrison Fewell. While at school they also met drummer Steve Chaggaris, who has degrees from both Berklee and the New England Conservatory Of Music. They formed the Ken Clark Trio, producing a deep and soulful groove which shines brightly on their new release Eternal Funk on the Severn jazz label. Their approach combines a sound and feel that shows class and elegance, while at the same time finding a groove that evokes this smokey jazz bar vibe. Clark has also appeared on blueswoman Michelle Wilson's CD Wake Up Call and as a sideman on Green Street with the John Stein Trio, who Clark also met at Berklee. For more information on ticket sales, etc please visit unityontheriver.org or call 978 834 7830. [less-]
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Duo Duo: Jussi Reijonen & Giuseppe Paradiso and Adam Janjigian & Jamie Stewardson

03-24-2017

Presented by Mandorla Music Series at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
I'm happy to announce the latest of Mandorla Music's occasional 'Duo Duo' events. On Fri 3/24 at Third Life Studio, I'll welcome two exciting pairs: Giuseppe Paradiso & Jussi Reijonen and Adam Janjigian & Jamie Stewardson. The cosmopolitan duo... [more+]
I'm happy to announce the latest of Mandorla Music's occasional 'Duo Duo' events. On Fri 3/24 at Third Life Studio, I'll welcome two exciting pairs: Giuseppe Paradiso & Jussi Reijonen and Adam Janjigian & Jamie Stewardson. The cosmopolitan duo of Jussi Reijonen (guitars & oud) and Giuseppe Paradiso (drums & percussion) performs original compositions and improvisation drawing on elements from African, Middle Eastern, European and American traditions. They'll be joined by pianist Adam Janjigian & guitarist Jamie Stewardson. Both are well known to Boston jazz audience and come together for their first duo performance in several years. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Chris Botti

03-24-2017

Presented by Spectacle Management at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Botti has sold more than three million albums and has thoroughly established himself as one of the most important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. In 2012, Botti released his latest studio album... [more+]
A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Botti has sold more than three million albums and has thoroughly established himself as one of the most important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. In 2012, Botti released his latest studio album - Impressions. Focusing on his love of melody, Impressions features Botti collaborating with such artists as jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, guitarist Mark Knopfler, country singer Vince Gill, composer/pianist/producer David Foster, and more. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Buster Williams "Something More" Quartet

03-25-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy Award winner Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Betty Carter,  Branford and Wynton Marsalis and... [more+]
Grammy Award winner Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Betty Carter,  Branford and Wynton Marsalis and many others. Williams tours frequently with his own group, "Something More" and Scullers is pleased to present this edition of his band. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Raul Midón Record Release Show

03-25-2017

Presented by Berklee College of Music at David Friend Recital Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has...
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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind, A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."
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Raul Midón Record Release Show

03-25-2017

Presented by Berklee College of Music at David Friend Recital Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has... [more+]
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of MindA World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category." [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Stanley Sagov & Remembering The Future Jazz Band “Playing in the Zone"

03-25-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm
Stanley Sagov is a dazzling jazz pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who is also skilled with surgical instruments, as he simultaneously has a full time career as a medical doctor. He constantly amazes his colleagues in both music and in... [more+]
Stanley Sagov is a dazzling jazz pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who is also skilled with surgical instruments, as he simultaneously has a full time career as a medical doctor. He constantly amazes his colleagues in both music and in medicine with his ability to lead such an intense dual life. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1944 to a Jewish family that had immigrated there to escape the chaos and anti-Semitism that followed the Russian Revolution, the young Sagov grew up in the midst of the horrid South African regime of Apartheid and its resulting police state. Sagov was born with Gordon's Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder which can cause club feet, cleft palate, dysplasia of the hip and also thumb in palm deformity. He was the white, Jewish teenager growing up in Cape Town, learning to play rock 'n' roll (and then jazz) in illegal, racially integrated jam sessions. He was the sickly youth in leg braces, repeatedly traveling to London, New York, and Boston for a series of 16 complicated surgeries to correct skeletal deformities. He was the medical student who worked in the black townships of South Africa by day and played in the clubs by night. Upon landing in the United States in the late 1960s, he worked in New York City's Bellevue Hospital and also sat in with musical luminaries like Ornette Coleman before moving to Boston to study jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music. He graduated with dual specialties in piano and oboe, and being making his way as a bandleader. Offered the chance to go on the road with his band, Sagov declined, choosing a career practicing medicine instead of a life of ceaseless touring. It's now been about seven years since Sagov formed a new band and returned to gigging. Since re-emerging musically, Sagov has released 11 albums with his new outfit, the Remembering the Future Jazz Band, which is stocked with well-credentialed members of the region's jazz scene. Mostly culled from live recordings cut at the Regattabar, this body of work represents a blizzard of activity after decades of relative quiet. [less-]
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Wendee Glick & Friends at the Colonial Inn

03-25-2017

Presented by Jazzy Plus Productions at Concord Colonial Inn, Concord
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s... [more+]
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s as well. The songs you know from long ago, and perhaps some new ones too. Wendee’s amusing style and stories about the songs will have you laughing, learning something new, and loving the music… An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune, even over a full big band orchestra. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a "bell-like" quality. She has graced the stages of many a New England jazz club, and large venues such as Boston's Fleet Center and Hatch Shell, and has recently ventured out to NYC and St Louis, always performing with top-notch musicians. [less-]
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Eliane Elias

03-25-2017

Presented by World Music/CRASHarts at Berklee Performance Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style, which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz and compositional... [more+]
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style, which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz and compositional skills. With 25 recordings to date, Elias has sold over 2 million albums and won a Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy for her most recent release, Made in Brazil. Elias will be touring in support of her greatly anticipated new album, due to be released just in time for her concert. [less-]
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The Weight Band Concert

03-25-2017

Presented by The Cabot at The Cabot, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm
Performing songs of The Band, The Weight Band is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. Come and take a... [more+]
Performing songs of The Band, The Weight Band is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. Come and take a load off. Doors open at 7 PM at The Cabot Theater- 286 Cabot Street, Beverly MA [less-]
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The Eclectics: Vanishing Circus Tour

03-26-2017

Presented by Nate Aronow Nextet at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm
Elements of the legendary Nate Aronow Nextet join forces with the Mike Swinchoski’s secret "Synthesis" project to form the Eclectics: the Vanishing Circus Tour. Original new jazz embracing both attitude and beauty, along with heartfelt songs... [more+]
Elements of the legendary Nate Aronow Nextet join forces with the Mike Swinchoski’s secret "Synthesis" project to form the Eclectics: the Vanishing Circus Tour. Original new jazz embracing both attitude and beauty, along with heartfelt songs you can relate to about life in the post-modern world. Join the Eclectics as they integrate the gamut of contemporary styles into their varied musical experiences to forge new material that will leave you wondering “where have these guys been?”. A fine selection of beer and wine is available for sale, and band invites attendees to nibble on some snacks and mingle after the show! The Eclectics are: Nate Aronow – piano, compositions and vocals Mike Swinchoski – vocals and songwriting Stan Johnson – trumpet Celia Shneider – violin Steve Lamb - guitar Dave Mercure – bass Mark Fairweather – drums [less-]
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Joe Hunt Jazz Quartet featuring NYC trumpet great, John Eckert

03-26-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 26 @ 8:30 pm
John Eckert is one of the busiest trumpeters in Manhattan, playing with The Monday Night Village Vanguard orchestra, among other top NYC jazz groups. His first Cambridge appearance will be at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA 8:30 Sunday evening... [more+]
John Eckert is one of the busiest trumpeters in Manhattan, playing with The Monday Night Village Vanguard orchestra, among other top NYC jazz groups. His first Cambridge appearance will be at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA 8:30 Sunday evening March 26. Joe Hunt will be on drums along with saxophonist Andy Voelker and bassist John Lockwood. John Eckert and Joe are old friends from the '60's when they  played together with fellow New Yorkers, Lew Tabakin, Don Friedman, Bobby Porcelli, Benny Aranov, Mike Abene, Cris Swansen and others.  This will be a special one time only jazz performance, not to be missed by serious jazz fans and musicians. [less-]
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Joe Fiedler Quintet

03-23-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
JOE FIEDLER (Trombone) JEFF LEDERER (Saxophones) PETE MCCANN (Guitar) ROB JOST (Bass) MICHAEL SARIN (Drums) “The versatile Joe Fiedler has often been associated with the avant-garde . . . [but he] proves that he’s also a master of swing and... [more+]
JOE FIEDLER (Trombone) JEFF LEDERER (Saxophones) PETE MCCANN (Guitar) ROB JOST (Bass) MICHAEL SARIN (Drums) “The versatile Joe Fiedler has often been associated with the avant-garde . . . [but he] proves that he’s also a master of swing and blues-based music . . . he uses superb technique, which includes playing chords (multiphonics), and a wit worthy of trombonist Ray Anderson to invigorate straight ahead jazz, paying indirect tributes to tradition while simultaneously turning the music inside out” - Jazziz Magazine The imaginative and adventurous trio of trombonist, composer, bandleader Joe Fiedler, bassist Rob Jost and drummer Michael Sarin just accomplished the near-impossible; with the addition of saxophonist Jeff Lederer and guitarist Pete McCann they have broadened their melodic and harmonic range, and expanded rhythmically, becoming even more awe-inspiring. The Quintet is featured in all its splendor on Fiedler’s new recording, Like, Strange. After thirteen years of leading his trio (documented on I’m In, Plays The Music of Albert Mangelsdorff, The Crab and Sacred Chrome Orb), and that format being his primary creative outlet, Fiedler felt the urge to expand. He explains, “after more than a decade of playing trio I still love it, but I found myself wanting to branch out and bring different colors and textures to my music. Thus I thought that it was time to add some people who were both unique soloists and great interpreters of music in general.” Like, Strange, in many ways, is a continuation of the music from Fiedler’s previous critically acclaimed recording, I’m In (which also features bassist Jost and drummer Sarin). “In general, and similar to my previous recording, the compositions are more traditional forms and variations of traditional chord progressions, yet still pliable and able to handle both inside and outside playing. For my ears, adding Pete and Jeff turned out to be the perfect way to expand the trio and give it an added, richer depth of color and sound,” said Fiedler.   [less-]
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Vinicius Cantuária Plays Jobim

03-23-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is currently touring one of the finest musical ensembles around. Drawing from the rich history of Brazilian music and integrating it with jazz, avant-garde and pop, Vinicius Cantuária's... [more+]
Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is currently touring one of the finest musical ensembles around. Drawing from the rich history of Brazilian music and integrating it with jazz, avant-garde and pop, Vinicius Cantuária's music is like a rolling rhythmic whisper filled with dramatic turns and stunning sonic ideas. His current concert program is drawn from his recent recording "Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim" (Sunnyside, 2015). The music of Brazil has left a treasure trove of unparalleled compositional gems, and none are as beloved as the catalog of Antonio Carlos Jobim. A genius in utilizing the cool of jazz, the seduction of Brazil and the tongue of a poet, Jobim has left a wake that has rocked the musical world with the spawning of the bossa nova movement. It is only natural that Cantuária, one of the most important Brazilian voices of the past two decades, will be performing a tribute to Jobim. On "Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim", Cantuária performs both solo and with the help of some truly amazing co-conspirators, including guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, vocalist and MPB legend Joyce and jazz-pop sensation Melody Gardot. With critically acclaimed concert performances at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Jazz A Vienne (France), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), the Vancouver Jazz Festival (Canada), Blue Note New York (U.S.A.), SF Jazz (U.S.A), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), The Barbican (UK) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK), he continues to wow audiences throughout the world. [less-]
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Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: A Concert Performance

03-26-2017

Presented by ArtsEmerson at Emerson/Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

In this genre-defying work of concert performance featuring a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of Black music to give musical life to... [more+]
In this genre-defying work of concert performance featuring a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of Black music to give musical life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name. Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization. Parable of the Sower tells the story of young Lauren Olamina, who lives in a not-so-distant America, where climate change has driven society to violence and the brink of extinction. When she loses both family and home, Lauren ventures out unprotected. What begins as a desperate flight for survival leads to something much more – a startling vision of human destiny which births “Earthseed,” a new faith based on the idea that “God is Change”. [less-]
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Boston Brass: "and the nominees are. . . "

03-23-2017

Presented by The Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College at Rogers Center for the Arts, North Andover
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm
Boston Brass, the acclaimed quintet that has been a fan favorite for years, is turning over the keys to you in and the nominees are.... During the first half of this concert, the group plays some of its favorites, mixing classical, jazz and the... [more+]
Boston Brass, the acclaimed quintet that has been a fan favorite for years, is turning over the keys to you in and the nominees are.... During the first half of this concert, the group plays some of its favorites, mixing classical, jazz and the best of its repertoire. But after intermission, you'll have a chance to state your case and get your favorite song on the program. See democracy in action during this unique concert showcase. [less-]
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FRED HERSCH TRIO

03-23-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm
A select member of jazz´s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music´s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording... [more+]
A select member of jazz´s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music´s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. An eight-time Grammy Award nominee, he continues to earn jazz´s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Proclaimed "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade" by Vanity Fair, Hersch has long defined jazz´s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and exploratory duos to his extraordinary trios and innovative chamber settings. With some three dozen albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch consistently wins an international array of awards and lavish critical praise for his albums. [less-]
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Joan Watson-Jones and Friends at Ryles Jazz Club

03-23-2017

Presented by Ryles Jazz Club at Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm
…their experience and chops sell a song like few others have the knack to do. CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Midwest Record ".....Absolutely gorgeous voice that caresses each melody like satin.. Thank you for being a Singer's Singer"... [more+]
…their experience and chops sell a song like few others have the knack to do. CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Midwest Record ".....Absolutely gorgeous voice that caresses each melody like satin.. Thank you for being a Singer's Singer" John Segars- Jazz and More WUCF Orlando Fl. An equally passionate jazz vocalist and advocate for the music, Joan Watson-Jones is well known throughout New England as both a singer and the creative force behind her own popular jazz shows. She produces and hosts the cable television program “The Jazz Room Live” seen in Boston and the internet based radio program “The Jazz Room”- her 1/2 hour show on http://www.cyberstationusa.com Joan Watson-Jones is a very expressive vocalist who burns quietly with inner intensity when she sings. She has deep understanding of the words she interprets, and has a natural sense of swing. She brings an energy to her Jazz that would appeal to new listeners and long time jazz fans. An evening to remember! http://www.joanwatsonjones.com End [less-]
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Paradise City Arts Festival - Spring Marlborough

03-26-2017

Presented by Paradise City Arts Festivals at Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 10:00 am Sat, Mar 25 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 26 @ 11:00 am
"An Art Lover's Heaven!" writes the Boston Globe: this show and sale offers a wide range of fine furniture, lighting, glass, landscape-scale and pedestal-size sculpture, art quilts, ceramic dinnerware, wearable art, playful and elegant jewelry... [more+]
"An Art Lover's Heaven!" writes the Boston Globe: this show and sale offers a wide range of fine furniture, lighting, glass, landscape-scale and pedestal-size sculpture, art quilts, ceramic dinnerware, wearable art, playful and elegant jewelry and remarkable paintings and photography. With 175 nationally juried exhibitors, live music, demonstrations and the special exhibit "Birds of Paradise" in the Sculpture Café. Free parking, just 30 minutes from Boston. [less-]
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Alex Alvear & Mango Blue

03-24-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 24 @ 10:00 pm
Before arriving to the US in 1986, Alvear co-founded and co-lead two ground-breaking musical projects, which left an imprint on the musical landscape of Ecuador; the "Urban Folklore" ensemble Promesas Temporales, considered to be a milestone in... [more+]
Before arriving to the US in 1986, Alvear co-founded and co-lead two ground-breaking musical projects, which left an imprint on the musical landscape of Ecuador; the "Urban Folklore" ensemble Promesas Temporales, considered to be a milestone in the development of new and original music in Ecuador and, Rumbasón, Ecuador's first Cuban music ensemble, which in addition to performing in sold-out performances for thousands of people, it opened the doors for the creation of radio shows and clubs dedicated to Salsa in the city of Quito. Upon his arrival to study Jazz Composition and Arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Alvear began to work as an arranger, bassist and singer with numerous Latin music bands in the city, to later begin developing personal projects. He currently leads Alex Alvear & Mango Blue, an award-winning Afro-Latin music ensemble performing his original compositions and arrangements. Alex Alvear & Mango Bluehas performed extensively throughout the US and internationally for the past fifteen years and has been featured in 65 Public Television affiliate stations nationally. In 1997 Alvear released "Equatorial", a critically-acclaimed CD of his original compositions and arrangements, inspired by and based on traditional Ecuadorian music. For over a decade, Alvear has worked with K-12 schools, community organizations and universities, offering educational programs with Mango Blue's off-shoot, Manguito (little mango), as an independent agent and as member of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts roster. Alvear composed the music for "Blak Mama", a feature film released in Ecuador in March 2009 which was selected to represent Ecuador in the 2013 Vienna Art Biennale. He has participated in numerous recordings and performed extensively in concert series, festivals and clubs throughout New York and the New England region, as well as nationally and internationally. He has worked in numerous and diverse musical projects, as well as performing with luminaries such as Celia Cruz, Orlando "Puntilla" Ríos, Israel "Cachao" López, Osvaldo Golijov, Francisco Aguabella, Isaac Delgado and Paquito D'Rivera, to name a few. A CD recording Alvear participated with the latter, "Paquito D'Rivera Presents: Las Hermanas Márquez" was nominated for the 2006 Latin Grammys. Lastly, Alvear participated in Gonzalo Grau's "Frutero Moderno" CD which was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Awards. Currently Alex Alvear splits his time residing between Boston, MA and his native Quito Ecuador. He continues to compose and develop new projects. Besides leading Mango Blue, Alvear has also been actively participating in the collaboration, Ñawi, which means vision in the native Kichwa language of Ecuador. This is an alliance with the Ecuadorean group Yarina (a celebrated band of siblings from Otavalo, Ecuador who preserve and share the culture of the indigenous people of the Andes through their music). Together they are combining and sharing various styles of traditional Ecuadorean Music and keeping them alive for current and future generations. [less-]
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Ken Clark Organ Trio

03-24-2017

Presented by Unity on the River Spiritual Center at Unity on the RIver, Amesbury
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm
Fri. March 24 at 7:30pm- Please join Unity on the River in Amesbury, MA for an evening of eternal funk and soulful jazz by the Ken Clark Organ Trio. Well known to the Unity community, Ken Clark returns with new songs and classy compositions. ... [more+]
Fri. March 24 at 7:30pm- Please join Unity on the River in Amesbury, MA for an evening of eternal funk and soulful jazz by the Ken Clark Organ Trio. Well known to the Unity community, Ken Clark returns with new songs and classy compositions. Tickets are $15 at the door or presale on Sundays in the Unity bookstore. Originally from South Hero, Vermont, (and now residing in Beverly, Ma.) Clark began playing the organ at an early age through the influence of his mother, a gifted pianist in her own right. Yes, Clark's dexterous footwork is clearly evident throughout his music. While attending Berkley School Of Music in Boston, Clark met guitarist Mike Mele, who had moved to Boston from New York in the mid 80's to study with jazz greats Charlie Banacos and Garrison Fewell. While at school they also met drummer Steve Chaggaris, who has degrees from both Berklee and the New England Conservatory Of Music. They formed the Ken Clark Trio, producing a deep and soulful groove which shines brightly on their new release Eternal Funk on the Severn jazz label. Their approach combines a sound and feel that shows class and elegance, while at the same time finding a groove that evokes this smokey jazz bar vibe. Clark has also appeared on blueswoman Michelle Wilson's CD Wake Up Call and as a sideman on Green Street with the John Stein Trio, who Clark also met at Berklee. For more information on ticket sales, etc please visit unityontheriver.org or call 978 834 7830. [less-]
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Duo Duo: Jussi Reijonen & Giuseppe Paradiso and Adam Janjigian & Jamie Stewardson

03-24-2017

Presented by Mandorla Music Series at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
I'm happy to announce the latest of Mandorla Music's occasional 'Duo Duo' events. On Fri 3/24 at Third Life Studio, I'll welcome two exciting pairs: Giuseppe Paradiso & Jussi Reijonen and Adam Janjigian & Jamie Stewardson. The cosmopolitan duo... [more+]
I'm happy to announce the latest of Mandorla Music's occasional 'Duo Duo' events. On Fri 3/24 at Third Life Studio, I'll welcome two exciting pairs: Giuseppe Paradiso & Jussi Reijonen and Adam Janjigian & Jamie Stewardson. The cosmopolitan duo of Jussi Reijonen (guitars & oud) and Giuseppe Paradiso (drums & percussion) performs original compositions and improvisation drawing on elements from African, Middle Eastern, European and American traditions. They'll be joined by pianist Adam Janjigian & guitarist Jamie Stewardson. Both are well known to Boston jazz audience and come together for their first duo performance in several years. [less-]
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Chris Botti

03-24-2017

Presented by Spectacle Management at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Botti has sold more than three million albums and has thoroughly established himself as one of the most important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. In 2012, Botti released his latest studio album... [more+]
A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Botti has sold more than three million albums and has thoroughly established himself as one of the most important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. In 2012, Botti released his latest studio album - Impressions. Focusing on his love of melody, Impressions features Botti collaborating with such artists as jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, guitarist Mark Knopfler, country singer Vince Gill, composer/pianist/producer David Foster, and more. [less-]
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Buster Williams "Something More" Quartet

03-25-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy Award winner Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Betty Carter,  Branford and Wynton Marsalis and... [more+]
Grammy Award winner Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Betty Carter,  Branford and Wynton Marsalis and many others. Williams tours frequently with his own group, "Something More" and Scullers is pleased to present this edition of his band. [less-]
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Raul Midón Record Release Show

03-25-2017

Presented by Berklee College of Music at David Friend Recital Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has...
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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind, A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."
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Raul Midón Record Release Show

03-25-2017

Presented by Berklee College of Music at David Friend Recital Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has... [more+]
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of MindA World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category." [less-]
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Stanley Sagov & Remembering The Future Jazz Band “Playing in the Zone"

03-25-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm
Stanley Sagov is a dazzling jazz pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who is also skilled with surgical instruments, as he simultaneously has a full time career as a medical doctor. He constantly amazes his colleagues in both music and in... [more+]
Stanley Sagov is a dazzling jazz pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who is also skilled with surgical instruments, as he simultaneously has a full time career as a medical doctor. He constantly amazes his colleagues in both music and in medicine with his ability to lead such an intense dual life. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1944 to a Jewish family that had immigrated there to escape the chaos and anti-Semitism that followed the Russian Revolution, the young Sagov grew up in the midst of the horrid South African regime of Apartheid and its resulting police state. Sagov was born with Gordon's Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder which can cause club feet, cleft palate, dysplasia of the hip and also thumb in palm deformity. He was the white, Jewish teenager growing up in Cape Town, learning to play rock 'n' roll (and then jazz) in illegal, racially integrated jam sessions. He was the sickly youth in leg braces, repeatedly traveling to London, New York, and Boston for a series of 16 complicated surgeries to correct skeletal deformities. He was the medical student who worked in the black townships of South Africa by day and played in the clubs by night. Upon landing in the United States in the late 1960s, he worked in New York City's Bellevue Hospital and also sat in with musical luminaries like Ornette Coleman before moving to Boston to study jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music. He graduated with dual specialties in piano and oboe, and being making his way as a bandleader. Offered the chance to go on the road with his band, Sagov declined, choosing a career practicing medicine instead of a life of ceaseless touring. It's now been about seven years since Sagov formed a new band and returned to gigging. Since re-emerging musically, Sagov has released 11 albums with his new outfit, the Remembering the Future Jazz Band, which is stocked with well-credentialed members of the region's jazz scene. Mostly culled from live recordings cut at the Regattabar, this body of work represents a blizzard of activity after decades of relative quiet. [less-]
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Wendee Glick & Friends at the Colonial Inn

03-25-2017

Presented by Jazzy Plus Productions at Concord Colonial Inn, Concord
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s... [more+]
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s as well. The songs you know from long ago, and perhaps some new ones too. Wendee’s amusing style and stories about the songs will have you laughing, learning something new, and loving the music… An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune, even over a full big band orchestra. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a "bell-like" quality. She has graced the stages of many a New England jazz club, and large venues such as Boston's Fleet Center and Hatch Shell, and has recently ventured out to NYC and St Louis, always performing with top-notch musicians. [less-]
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Eliane Elias

03-25-2017

Presented by World Music/CRASHarts at Berklee Performance Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style, which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz and compositional... [more+]
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style, which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz and compositional skills. With 25 recordings to date, Elias has sold over 2 million albums and won a Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy for her most recent release, Made in Brazil. Elias will be touring in support of her greatly anticipated new album, due to be released just in time for her concert. [less-]
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The Weight Band Concert

03-25-2017

Presented by The Cabot at The Cabot, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm
Performing songs of The Band, The Weight Band is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. Come and take a... [more+]
Performing songs of The Band, The Weight Band is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. Come and take a load off. Doors open at 7 PM at The Cabot Theater- 286 Cabot Street, Beverly MA [less-]
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The Eclectics: Vanishing Circus Tour

03-26-2017

Presented by Nate Aronow Nextet at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm
Elements of the legendary Nate Aronow Nextet join forces with the Mike Swinchoski’s secret "Synthesis" project to form the Eclectics: the Vanishing Circus Tour. Original new jazz embracing both attitude and beauty, along with heartfelt songs... [more+]
Elements of the legendary Nate Aronow Nextet join forces with the Mike Swinchoski’s secret "Synthesis" project to form the Eclectics: the Vanishing Circus Tour. Original new jazz embracing both attitude and beauty, along with heartfelt songs you can relate to about life in the post-modern world. Join the Eclectics as they integrate the gamut of contemporary styles into their varied musical experiences to forge new material that will leave you wondering “where have these guys been?”. A fine selection of beer and wine is available for sale, and band invites attendees to nibble on some snacks and mingle after the show! The Eclectics are: Nate Aronow – piano, compositions and vocals Mike Swinchoski – vocals and songwriting Stan Johnson – trumpet Celia Shneider – violin Steve Lamb - guitar Dave Mercure – bass Mark Fairweather – drums [less-]
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Joe Hunt Jazz Quartet featuring NYC trumpet great, John Eckert

03-26-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 26 @ 8:30 pm
John Eckert is one of the busiest trumpeters in Manhattan, playing with The Monday Night Village Vanguard orchestra, among other top NYC jazz groups. His first Cambridge appearance will be at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA 8:30 Sunday evening... [more+]
John Eckert is one of the busiest trumpeters in Manhattan, playing with The Monday Night Village Vanguard orchestra, among other top NYC jazz groups. His first Cambridge appearance will be at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA 8:30 Sunday evening March 26. Joe Hunt will be on drums along with saxophonist Andy Voelker and bassist John Lockwood. John Eckert and Joe are old friends from the '60's when they  played together with fellow New Yorkers, Lew Tabakin, Don Friedman, Bobby Porcelli, Benny Aranov, Mike Abene, Cris Swansen and others.  This will be a special one time only jazz performance, not to be missed by serious jazz fans and musicians. [less-]
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