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The Lance Martin Jazz Trio RYLES BRUNCH

04-30-2017

Presented by Ryles Jazz Club at RYLES Jazz Club, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 10:00 am
You come in for a tasty brunch at RYLES Jazz Club, write your request, and we will try to play it. This is our 14th year of fun, and we would also like to thank and invite the great Fred Taylor for his many years of Jazz and support of us... [more+]
You come in for a tasty brunch at RYLES Jazz Club, write your request, and we will try to play it. This is our 14th year of fun, and we would also like to thank and invite the great Fred Taylor for his many years of Jazz and support of us throughout years.  John Baboian on Gutar and Dave Clark on Bass, along with me, Lance Martin on flutes  (Flute, Bass Flute, Eb Flute) I hope you can find the time to make it. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Rhythm On The Rocks

04-30-2017

Presented by Bistro Duet at Bistro Duet, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 11:30 am
We have officially launched our music Series called "Rhythm on the Rocks". It's a series of live music (mostly jazz) and some funk/pop too. We feature great nostalgic cocktails and awesome food!
You can check out the schedule here:
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We have officially launched our music Series called "Rhythm on the Rocks". It's a series of live music (mostly jazz) and some funk/pop too. We feature great nostalgic cocktails and awesome food!
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Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Arlington Jazz Festival, sixth annual featuring master bass player Rufus Reid.

04-30-2017

Presented by Morningside Music Studios at Arlington Jazz Festival (c/o Festival Headquaters: Morningside Music Studio), Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm
The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee.... [more+]
The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee. The Festival also provides an opportunity for fest-goers to explore the nooks and crannies of Arlington which host live music on a regular basis, making the town a go-to destination for music buffs. This year's festival headliner is twice Grammy nominated bass legend Rufus Reid, cited by the "All Music Guide to Jazz" as being "easily one of the top five bassists in modern jazz." His festival trio will include Boston-based pianist Tim Ray and drummer Steve Langone. In addition, Reid will be conducting a master class earlier in the day, which is open to all musicians and other music appreciators, but should not be missed by any aspiring bass players! The jazz fest will also feature performances by vibes master Rich Greenblatt and keyboardist/vocal powerhouse Marlene del Rosario, joined by Dan Fox and several other members of Morningside Music Studio's teaching staff. Arlington neighborhood musical favorites Spy Pond Groove, A-Town Brass Band, and the Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D'Agostino, will round out this full bill of performances. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Paul Ahlstrand Quartet

04-30-2017

Presented by Sally O'Briens at Sally O'brien's , Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Jazz on the Plaza, featuring the Harvard Jazz Band and Yosvany Terry Quintet.

04-30-2017

Presented by Office for the Arts at Harvard at Science Center Plaza, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm
Celebrate International Jazz Day with a free concert under the Tent! Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry directs the Harvard student “Monday” big band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as... [more+]
Celebrate International Jazz Day with a free concert under the Tent! Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry directs the Harvard student “Monday” big band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson and showcasing his powerhouse Quintet from New York: Yosvany Terry, alto & soprano saxophones, chekeré; Michael Rodriquez, trumpet Osmany Paredes, piano; Yunior Terry Cabrera, bass; Ludwig Afonso, drums. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

James Merenda Trio: Thank You Fred Taylor Concert

04-30-2017

Presented by Jon Dreyer at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday April 30 2017. James Merenda, piano and/or saxophone; Jon Dreyer, bass; Miki Matsuki, drums. 3:00 pm at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts auditorium, 1a North Road, Chelmsford MA. Tickets are available! Always active,... [more+]
Sunday April 30 2017. James Merenda, piano and/or saxophone; Jon Dreyer, bass; Miki Matsuki, drums. 3:00 pm at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts auditorium, 1a North Road, Chelmsford MA. Tickets are available! Always active, pianist/saxophonist/bandleader/composer James Merenda has performed with: Ran Blake at the Knitting Factory, the Darmstadt Jazz Festival in Germany and recorded on Hatology Records; with Roswell Rudd and Beat Science, Cameron Brown, Joe McPhee, Joe Hunt, former Ornette Coleman keyboardist Dave Bryant, Grammy Award winning pianist David Maxwell, the Either/Orchestra, the Ardvark Orchestra, the Slip, contemporary guitarists Marc Ribot, David Fiuczynsdi, Dave Tronzo and with drummer Bob Gullotti. James has also performed on Radio France, Radio Europa in Italy and in Holland, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium with Perilous Foil and in Cambridge at the Mandorla Music Series. Bassist Jon Dreyer performs regularly with James Merenda, both as a member of his band TickleJuice and also in more mainstream jazz settings and he has performed extensively with Harvey Diamond. He has also performed with most of the Boston jazz community, including Jason Palmer, Adam Janjigian, Frank Wilkins, Yoko Miwa, Grace Kelly, Phil Grenadier, Joe Hunt and Steve Langone. Drummer Miki Matsuki was born in Matsuyama, Japan, and moved to the United States to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in 1996. A talented musician, Miki’s band received the title ‘Best of Berklee’ in 2000. Thereafter, Miki received a full scholarship to The Longy School Of Music, where she graduated with her MM and GPD in Modern American Music Performance with honors. Over the last 15 years, Miki has performed and recorded in various musical settings, including performances through radio and TV broadcasting, a musical tour of Korea, and soundtrack work. Miki has performed with many great musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Joanne Brackeen, George Garzone, John Tchicai, Darren Barrett, Frank Lacy, Cecil Brooks, Dave Bryant, Stan Strickland and many others. This concert honors Fred Taylor, who may, more than anyone else, deserve credit for the thriving jazz scene in Boston. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Daniela Schächter Trio

04-30-2017

Presented by Thelonious Monkfish at The Jazz Baroness Room at Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm
Daniela Schachter, piano & vocals Greg Ryan, acoustic bass Les Harris Jr., drums Daniela Schächter started her musical career early: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After... [more+]
Daniela Schachter, piano & vocals Greg Ryan, acoustic bass Les Harris Jr., drums Daniela Schächter started her musical career early: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After her classical studies she moved to Boston MA as recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and above all with Joanne Brackeen. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Scholarship, the Tindari 93, Prize for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide and also she appeared in the Jazziz magazine collector’s CD (July 2001). She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Henry Mancini Institute for one month; there she met Billy Childs her favorite composer. Daniela has performed at the Brass Group Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Fest, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest with the Rainbow Big Band, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, the Kennedy Center, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Blue Note with The Tiger Okoshi Quartet, the Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and Patti Austin, the Ravinia Jazz Festival with the Count Basie Big Band and the Hollywood Bowl. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn, Al McKibbon and Phil Wilson among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several NYC venues. Her first CD Quintet is available on www.cdbaby.com. Her second CD, “I colori del mare” which features Gene Jackson, Jimmy Greene and Alex Sipiagin among others, was released with the Italian jazz label Splasc Records. Her third CD entitled “Purple Butterfly” was released at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NY (2008). Daniela is Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA since Spring 2008 and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University since Fall 2013. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Dave Rempis & Pandelis Karayorgis: Solos & Duos

04-30-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

UJazz Boston International Jazz Day Concert

04-30-2017

Presented by UMass Boston at UMass Boston Performing Arts - University Hall - Recital Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm
The UJazz Boston Trio performs LIVE on April 30 in celebration of International Jazz Day. Pianist Tony Martin, bassist Domenic Davis, and drummer Brian Hull, all music majors at UMass Boston, share an evening of music celebrating jazz composers... [more+]
The UJazz Boston Trio performs LIVE on April 30 in celebration of International Jazz Day. Pianist Tony Martin, bassist Domenic Davis, and drummer Brian Hull, all music majors at UMass Boston, share an evening of music celebrating jazz composers from the last half century. The Trio is developing compilations and improvisational jazz interpretations of standards and contemporary composers, from Ellington to Prince, from Coltrane to Erikah Baduh, from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea to Kanye West. All are welcome, with free parking on campus, to a families more than welcome. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

International Jazz Day

04-30-2017

Presented by New England Conservatory at NEC's Brown Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm
UNESCO has designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. New England Conservatory celebrates with a performance that will feature NEC faculty and... [more+]
UNESCO has designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. New England Conservatory celebrates with a performance that will feature NEC faculty and students playing music embodying the ongoing dialogue between jazz and musical cultures from throughout the world. Program
Arie: There’s Hope
Dessel: The Unseen Suite
Ozsahin: Instincts
Youmans: Without a Song
Kerns: Song is You
Brynnel: Homeless Artists: Sunniva Brynnel (Voice), Evan Wright (Voice), Nathan Reising (Alto Saxophone), Jesse Beckett-Herbert (Tenor Saxophone), Hunter Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Bobby Lane (Trumpet), Tyler Bonilla (Trombone), Andrew Boudreau (Piano), Yuki Futami (Piano), Engin Ozsahin (Piano), Ravi Sharma (Guitar), James Heazlewood-Dale (Double Bass), Bruce Kang (Double Bass), Seajun Kwon (Double Bass), Chris Mondak (Double Bass), Sebastian Garzon (Drums), Avery Logan (Drums)
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The David Arteaga Quartet + Open Jazz Jam

04-30-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 9:00 pm
Come LISTEN! Come PLAY! Don’t miss the short opening set at 9PM with our spectacular House-Band: Dave Fox – Drums Max Ridley – Bass Plamen Karadonev – Piano David Arteaga – Saxophones The Jam is quite busy lately; it is... [more+]
Come LISTEN! Come PLAY! Don’t miss the short opening set at 9PM with our spectacular House-Band: Dave Fox – Drums Max Ridley – Bass Plamen Karadonev – Piano David Arteaga – Saxophones The Jam is quite busy lately; it is recommended to arrive by 9 PM or a bit before to sign up if you want to play. We started this Jazz Jam at the Lilypad in October 2014. Since that time this event has steadily developed into a vibrant + convivial scene, welcoming to all lovers of this great American Art-form. There is a special feeling of openness + generosity at this Jam Session: creativity thrives in a challenging + supportive atmosphere; this beautiful listening room and the excellent people who fill it every other Sunday provide just such an environment. Come on down and be a part of it! facebook.com/LilypadJazzJam – continuing 1st + 3rd (+5th) SUNDAY of every month at the LILYPAD – 1353 Cambridge St, Inman Sq. Cambridge COME OUT to PLAY or LISTEN!!! Wine + local craft beer available FREE PARKING on Sunday in the Municipal lot on Springfield St. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Learn to dance with Boston Lindy Hop!

06-12-2017

Presented by Boston Lindy Hop at First Church in Cambridge, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Mon, May 01 @ 8:00 pm Mon, May 08 @ 8:00 pm Mon, May 15 @ 8:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Mon, May 22 @ 8:00 pm Mon, May 29 @ 8:00 pm Mon, Jun 05 @ 8:00 pm Mon, Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm - less dates and times

Our Lindy 1 series will get you from zero to dance hero in six weeks. In this beginner-friendly class designed to get you comfortable social dancing, we cover the basics of partner dancing, the fundamental movements and moves of Lindy Hop, and...

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Our Lindy 1 series will get you from zero to dance hero in six weeks. In this beginner-friendly class designed to get you comfortable social dancing, we cover the basics of partner dancing, the fundamental movements and moves of Lindy Hop, and some turns and variations.

Lindy 1 classes are offered throughout the year, and always begin at the beginning of a month. No partner is required.

Do I Need A Partner?

No partner necessary! Because Lindy Hop is a very social dance, we rotate partners throughout the class, so you get to know and dance with everyone.

What Should I Wear?

Shoes that are comfortable and stick to your feet. Sling backs and flip flops are hard to dance in. As far as everything else, wear something comfortable that makes you feel good. You may however want to avoid articles of clothing that a hand on the back could get caught in.

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Vadim Neselovskyi Trio CD Release Get Up And Go

05-02-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 02 @ 7:30 pm
Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton's Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been... [more+]
Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton's Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been working as Gary Burton's pianist and arranger for more than a decade, touring US, Europe and Japan. Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student (fifteen years old) to be accepted into Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, Neselovskyi established himself on the local jazz scene, taking part in the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days. After a few years, he moved to the USA to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was asked to play and compose for a Berklee's promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny, which also featured Esperanza Spalding and Christian Scott. Next education stage took place at the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was awarded a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. During this time, he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington and shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton and Steve Coleman. His solo piano CD Music for September (Sunnyside Records, 2013) was produced by Fred Hersch and received 4-star review in Downbeat. In 2010 German Neue Musik Zeitung (NMZ) included him into "Best Musicians of 2010" list. His compositions have been covered by jazz stars such as Randy Brecker,[19] Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Julian Lage,[ Gary Burton and also by Symphony Orchestras in the US (Spokane Symphony[ and Lancaster Symphony, and Europe (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and INSO Lviv Symphony]). [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Record Ops Showcase

05-02-2017

Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 02 @ 8:00 pm
Ani Johnson's Record Company Operations Class will be hosting a showcase comprised of four Berklee artists and bands. These acts cover a wide range of music, from hard rock, jazz, and pop.
Ani Johnson's Record Company Operations Class will be hosting a showcase comprised of four Berklee artists and bands. These acts cover a wide range of music, from hard rock, jazz, and pop. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Whole Note Wednesdays at the Liberty Hotel with the Blake Newman Group

05-31-2017

Presented by Liberty Hotel at Liberty Hotel, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, May 03 @ 6:00 pm Wed, May 10 @ 6:00 pm Wed, May 17 @ 6:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Wed, May 24 @ 6:00 pm Wed, May 31 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

The Blake Newman Group (Tom West, piano; BN, bass; and Mike Connors, drums) has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of music, with a focus on jazz standards, for years. All three members of the trio are regulars on the Boston music... [more+]
The Blake Newman Group (Tom West, piano; BN, bass; and Mike Connors, drums) has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of music, with a focus on jazz standards, for years. All three members of the trio are regulars on the Boston music scene and bring to the bandstand a hugely diverse musical aesthetic, which is apparent in the wide scope of the group's repertoire. The Blake Newman Group has been playing in the lobby of the Liberty Hotel for four years. The atmosphere is relaxed--food and drink from acclaimed restaurant, Clink, is available. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcomed. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Spring Forward: Berklee Symphonic Winds

05-03-2017

Presented by Berklee College of Music at Berklee Performance Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, May 03 @ 8:00 pm
The Berklee Symphonic Winds present a concert for stage and screen, featuring the music of Eric Coates, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin.
The Berklee Symphonic Winds present a concert for stage and screen, featuring the music of Eric Coates, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. [less-]
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Christian Sands

05-04-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 04 @ 8:00 pm
This young Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy Award nominee has taken his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force, bringing a fresh look to the entire language of jazz. Christian’s music is characterized by his infectious energy and... [more+]
This young Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy Award nominee has taken his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force, bringing a fresh look to the entire language of jazz. Christian’s music is characterized by his infectious energy and spirit. That same spirit is what caught the attention of Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride, with whom Christian has toured throughout the world’s finest venues for more than six years. Christian will perform the new music he composed for his Mack Avenue Records debut CD, Reach. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Scott Samenfeld, Willie Sordillo, Zoe Krohne, Karen Gruber in Concert

05-05-2017

Presented by Research & Educational Collaborative with Al Quds University at Edwards Hall at Edwards Church, Framingham
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 05 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us as we welcome in Spring!

Friday May 5, 2017, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

EDWARDS HALL at EDWARDS CHURCH

39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA 01701

JAZZ SHOW FEATURING SCOTT SAMENFELD & KAREN GRUBER OF MUSE STEW & WILLIE SORDILLO & ZOE KROHNE...

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Please join us as we welcome in Spring!

Friday May 5, 2017, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

EDWARDS HALL at EDWARDS CHURCH

39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA 01701

JAZZ SHOW FEATURING SCOTT SAMENFELD & KAREN GRUBER OF MUSE STEW & WILLIE SORDILLO & ZOE KROHNE OF RPS BAND

CASUAL MIDDLE EASTERN BUFFET DINNER PROVIDED

Raffle prizes

Sponsored by: Research & Educational Collaborative with Al Quds University This promises to be a lively evening. ALL ARE WELCOME. RSVP: susanmassad@gmail.com or ananfareed@hotmail.com Handicap accessible Suggested donation: $20-$50 or whatever you can afford* All proceeds will be used toward purchasing equipment for our sports nutrition lab at Al Quds University School of Public Health

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Jazz in the Square "Mood Swings Orchestra"

05-05-2017

Presented by Jazz in the Square at Roslindale Congregational Church, Roslindale
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 05 @ 7:30 pm
The Mood Swings Orchestra was founded in 2004 and is comprised of 20 women from Boston and the surrounding area. Members represent many generations of professional and amateur musicians and singers.
The Mood Swings Orchestra was founded in 2004 and is comprised of 20 women from Boston and the surrounding area. Members represent many generations of professional and amateur musicians and singers. [less-]
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Billy Childs Quartet

05-05-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 05 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 05 @ 10:00 pm
Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career's worth of jazz originals that can swing... [more+]
Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career's worth of jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch you with direct simplicity, or mesmerize with crystalline lyricism. On his new Mack Avenue debut album "Rebirth", Childs reaches back to the start of his almost astoundingly varied musical experience--leading a small jazz band of state-of-the-art musicians with his piano playing. At his musical core, Childs is an improvising pianist. He has the ability to equally distill the harmonic and rhythmic languages of classical music and jazz into his playing. The wide-ranging vocabulary on the taut track "Tightrope" begs the question of Childs' love of classical music; "I'm not just jazz," he stresses. His insistent pulse and melodically probing introduction to song is a key to the Childs' musical identity: open to extended harmonic possibilities as they come along, taking a flexible approach to time and leaving an open door for input from his bandmates. A Los Angeles native, Childs grew up in a home hearing his parents' musical tastes: Bach, Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Swingle Singers. As Childs developed, he was deeply touched by the music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Laura Nyro, among other contemporary musicians. "Rebirth" touches the combustible intimacy that Childs knew in the Hubbard and Johnson bands, and has instilled it into his own ensembles. So is Childs returning to an instrumental posture that he once knew or is he coming to the small ensemble with new perspectives? "A little of both, actually," he offers. "I'm revisiting some familiar ground with different musical eyes. My playing is more evolved now--influenced by newer musical trends." "You're hearing something on this album that I love doing but that I haven't done a lot of lately: having musical conversations as a member of a group. That's what I love." [less-]
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The Lance Martin Jazz Trio RYLES BRUNCH

04-30-2017

Presented by Ryles Jazz Club at RYLES Jazz Club, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 10:00 am
You come in for a tasty brunch at RYLES Jazz Club, write your request, and we will try to play it. This is our 14th year of fun, and we would also like to thank and invite the great Fred Taylor for his many years of Jazz and support of us... [more+]
You come in for a tasty brunch at RYLES Jazz Club, write your request, and we will try to play it. This is our 14th year of fun, and we would also like to thank and invite the great Fred Taylor for his many years of Jazz and support of us throughout years.  John Baboian on Gutar and Dave Clark on Bass, along with me, Lance Martin on flutes  (Flute, Bass Flute, Eb Flute) I hope you can find the time to make it. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Rhythm On The Rocks

04-30-2017

Presented by Bistro Duet at Bistro Duet, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 11:30 am
We have officially launched our music Series called "Rhythm on the Rocks". It's a series of live music (mostly jazz) and some funk/pop too. We feature great nostalgic cocktails and awesome food!
You can check out the schedule here:
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We have officially launched our music Series called "Rhythm on the Rocks". It's a series of live music (mostly jazz) and some funk/pop too. We feature great nostalgic cocktails and awesome food!
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Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Arlington Jazz Festival, sixth annual featuring master bass player Rufus Reid.

04-30-2017

Presented by Morningside Music Studios at Arlington Jazz Festival (c/o Festival Headquaters: Morningside Music Studio), Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm
The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee.... [more+]
The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee. The Festival also provides an opportunity for fest-goers to explore the nooks and crannies of Arlington which host live music on a regular basis, making the town a go-to destination for music buffs. This year's festival headliner is twice Grammy nominated bass legend Rufus Reid, cited by the "All Music Guide to Jazz" as being "easily one of the top five bassists in modern jazz." His festival trio will include Boston-based pianist Tim Ray and drummer Steve Langone. In addition, Reid will be conducting a master class earlier in the day, which is open to all musicians and other music appreciators, but should not be missed by any aspiring bass players! The jazz fest will also feature performances by vibes master Rich Greenblatt and keyboardist/vocal powerhouse Marlene del Rosario, joined by Dan Fox and several other members of Morningside Music Studio's teaching staff. Arlington neighborhood musical favorites Spy Pond Groove, A-Town Brass Band, and the Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D'Agostino, will round out this full bill of performances. [less-]
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Paul Ahlstrand Quartet

04-30-2017

Presented by Sally O'Briens at Sally O'brien's , Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Jazz on the Plaza, featuring the Harvard Jazz Band and Yosvany Terry Quintet.

04-30-2017

Presented by Office for the Arts at Harvard at Science Center Plaza, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm
Celebrate International Jazz Day with a free concert under the Tent! Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry directs the Harvard student “Monday” big band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as... [more+]
Celebrate International Jazz Day with a free concert under the Tent! Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry directs the Harvard student “Monday” big band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson and showcasing his powerhouse Quintet from New York: Yosvany Terry, alto & soprano saxophones, chekeré; Michael Rodriquez, trumpet Osmany Paredes, piano; Yunior Terry Cabrera, bass; Ludwig Afonso, drums. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

James Merenda Trio: Thank You Fred Taylor Concert

04-30-2017

Presented by Jon Dreyer at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday April 30 2017. James Merenda, piano and/or saxophone; Jon Dreyer, bass; Miki Matsuki, drums. 3:00 pm at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts auditorium, 1a North Road, Chelmsford MA. Tickets are available! Always active,... [more+]
Sunday April 30 2017. James Merenda, piano and/or saxophone; Jon Dreyer, bass; Miki Matsuki, drums. 3:00 pm at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts auditorium, 1a North Road, Chelmsford MA. Tickets are available! Always active, pianist/saxophonist/bandleader/composer James Merenda has performed with: Ran Blake at the Knitting Factory, the Darmstadt Jazz Festival in Germany and recorded on Hatology Records; with Roswell Rudd and Beat Science, Cameron Brown, Joe McPhee, Joe Hunt, former Ornette Coleman keyboardist Dave Bryant, Grammy Award winning pianist David Maxwell, the Either/Orchestra, the Ardvark Orchestra, the Slip, contemporary guitarists Marc Ribot, David Fiuczynsdi, Dave Tronzo and with drummer Bob Gullotti. James has also performed on Radio France, Radio Europa in Italy and in Holland, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium with Perilous Foil and in Cambridge at the Mandorla Music Series. Bassist Jon Dreyer performs regularly with James Merenda, both as a member of his band TickleJuice and also in more mainstream jazz settings and he has performed extensively with Harvey Diamond. He has also performed with most of the Boston jazz community, including Jason Palmer, Adam Janjigian, Frank Wilkins, Yoko Miwa, Grace Kelly, Phil Grenadier, Joe Hunt and Steve Langone. Drummer Miki Matsuki was born in Matsuyama, Japan, and moved to the United States to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in 1996. A talented musician, Miki’s band received the title ‘Best of Berklee’ in 2000. Thereafter, Miki received a full scholarship to The Longy School Of Music, where she graduated with her MM and GPD in Modern American Music Performance with honors. Over the last 15 years, Miki has performed and recorded in various musical settings, including performances through radio and TV broadcasting, a musical tour of Korea, and soundtrack work. Miki has performed with many great musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Joanne Brackeen, George Garzone, John Tchicai, Darren Barrett, Frank Lacy, Cecil Brooks, Dave Bryant, Stan Strickland and many others. This concert honors Fred Taylor, who may, more than anyone else, deserve credit for the thriving jazz scene in Boston. [less-]
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Daniela Schächter Trio

04-30-2017

Presented by Thelonious Monkfish at The Jazz Baroness Room at Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm
Daniela Schachter, piano & vocals Greg Ryan, acoustic bass Les Harris Jr., drums Daniela Schächter started her musical career early: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After... [more+]
Daniela Schachter, piano & vocals Greg Ryan, acoustic bass Les Harris Jr., drums Daniela Schächter started her musical career early: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After her classical studies she moved to Boston MA as recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and above all with Joanne Brackeen. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Scholarship, the Tindari 93, Prize for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide and also she appeared in the Jazziz magazine collector’s CD (July 2001). She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Henry Mancini Institute for one month; there she met Billy Childs her favorite composer. Daniela has performed at the Brass Group Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Fest, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest with the Rainbow Big Band, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, the Kennedy Center, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Blue Note with The Tiger Okoshi Quartet, the Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and Patti Austin, the Ravinia Jazz Festival with the Count Basie Big Band and the Hollywood Bowl. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn, Al McKibbon and Phil Wilson among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several NYC venues. Her first CD Quintet is available on www.cdbaby.com. Her second CD, “I colori del mare” which features Gene Jackson, Jimmy Greene and Alex Sipiagin among others, was released with the Italian jazz label Splasc Records. Her third CD entitled “Purple Butterfly” was released at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NY (2008). Daniela is Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA since Spring 2008 and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University since Fall 2013. [less-]
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Dave Rempis & Pandelis Karayorgis: Solos & Duos

04-30-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm
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UJazz Boston International Jazz Day Concert

04-30-2017

Presented by UMass Boston at UMass Boston Performing Arts - University Hall - Recital Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm
The UJazz Boston Trio performs LIVE on April 30 in celebration of International Jazz Day. Pianist Tony Martin, bassist Domenic Davis, and drummer Brian Hull, all music majors at UMass Boston, share an evening of music celebrating jazz composers... [more+]
The UJazz Boston Trio performs LIVE on April 30 in celebration of International Jazz Day. Pianist Tony Martin, bassist Domenic Davis, and drummer Brian Hull, all music majors at UMass Boston, share an evening of music celebrating jazz composers from the last half century. The Trio is developing compilations and improvisational jazz interpretations of standards and contemporary composers, from Ellington to Prince, from Coltrane to Erikah Baduh, from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea to Kanye West. All are welcome, with free parking on campus, to a families more than welcome. [less-]
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International Jazz Day

04-30-2017

Presented by New England Conservatory at NEC's Brown Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm
UNESCO has designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. New England Conservatory celebrates with a performance that will feature NEC faculty and... [more+]
UNESCO has designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. New England Conservatory celebrates with a performance that will feature NEC faculty and students playing music embodying the ongoing dialogue between jazz and musical cultures from throughout the world. Program
Arie: There’s Hope
Dessel: The Unseen Suite
Ozsahin: Instincts
Youmans: Without a Song
Kerns: Song is You
Brynnel: Homeless Artists: Sunniva Brynnel (Voice), Evan Wright (Voice), Nathan Reising (Alto Saxophone), Jesse Beckett-Herbert (Tenor Saxophone), Hunter Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Bobby Lane (Trumpet), Tyler Bonilla (Trombone), Andrew Boudreau (Piano), Yuki Futami (Piano), Engin Ozsahin (Piano), Ravi Sharma (Guitar), James Heazlewood-Dale (Double Bass), Bruce Kang (Double Bass), Seajun Kwon (Double Bass), Chris Mondak (Double Bass), Sebastian Garzon (Drums), Avery Logan (Drums)
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The David Arteaga Quartet + Open Jazz Jam

04-30-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 30 @ 9:00 pm
Come LISTEN! Come PLAY! Don’t miss the short opening set at 9PM with our spectacular House-Band: Dave Fox – Drums Max Ridley – Bass Plamen Karadonev – Piano David Arteaga – Saxophones The Jam is quite busy lately; it is... [more+]
Come LISTEN! Come PLAY! Don’t miss the short opening set at 9PM with our spectacular House-Band: Dave Fox – Drums Max Ridley – Bass Plamen Karadonev – Piano David Arteaga – Saxophones The Jam is quite busy lately; it is recommended to arrive by 9 PM or a bit before to sign up if you want to play. We started this Jazz Jam at the Lilypad in October 2014. Since that time this event has steadily developed into a vibrant + convivial scene, welcoming to all lovers of this great American Art-form. There is a special feeling of openness + generosity at this Jam Session: creativity thrives in a challenging + supportive atmosphere; this beautiful listening room and the excellent people who fill it every other Sunday provide just such an environment. Come on down and be a part of it! facebook.com/LilypadJazzJam – continuing 1st + 3rd (+5th) SUNDAY of every month at the LILYPAD – 1353 Cambridge St, Inman Sq. Cambridge COME OUT to PLAY or LISTEN!!! Wine + local craft beer available FREE PARKING on Sunday in the Municipal lot on Springfield St. [less-]
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Learn to dance with Boston Lindy Hop!

06-12-2017

Presented by Boston Lindy Hop at First Church in Cambridge, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Mon, May 01 @ 8:00 pm Mon, May 08 @ 8:00 pm Mon, May 15 @ 8:00 pm + 4 more dates and times

Mon, May 22 @ 8:00 pm Mon, May 29 @ 8:00 pm Mon, Jun 05 @ 8:00 pm Mon, Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm - less dates and times

Our Lindy 1 series will get you from zero to dance hero in six weeks. In this beginner-friendly class designed to get you comfortable social dancing, we cover the basics of partner dancing, the fundamental movements and moves of Lindy Hop, and...

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Our Lindy 1 series will get you from zero to dance hero in six weeks. In this beginner-friendly class designed to get you comfortable social dancing, we cover the basics of partner dancing, the fundamental movements and moves of Lindy Hop, and some turns and variations.

Lindy 1 classes are offered throughout the year, and always begin at the beginning of a month. No partner is required.

Do I Need A Partner?

No partner necessary! Because Lindy Hop is a very social dance, we rotate partners throughout the class, so you get to know and dance with everyone.

What Should I Wear?

Shoes that are comfortable and stick to your feet. Sling backs and flip flops are hard to dance in. As far as everything else, wear something comfortable that makes you feel good. You may however want to avoid articles of clothing that a hand on the back could get caught in.

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Vadim Neselovskyi Trio CD Release Get Up And Go

05-02-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 02 @ 7:30 pm
Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton's Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been... [more+]
Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton's Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been working as Gary Burton's pianist and arranger for more than a decade, touring US, Europe and Japan. Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student (fifteen years old) to be accepted into Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, Neselovskyi established himself on the local jazz scene, taking part in the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days. After a few years, he moved to the USA to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was asked to play and compose for a Berklee's promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny, which also featured Esperanza Spalding and Christian Scott. Next education stage took place at the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was awarded a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. During this time, he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington and shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton and Steve Coleman. His solo piano CD Music for September (Sunnyside Records, 2013) was produced by Fred Hersch and received 4-star review in Downbeat. In 2010 German Neue Musik Zeitung (NMZ) included him into "Best Musicians of 2010" list. His compositions have been covered by jazz stars such as Randy Brecker,[19] Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Julian Lage,[ Gary Burton and also by Symphony Orchestras in the US (Spokane Symphony[ and Lancaster Symphony, and Europe (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and INSO Lviv Symphony]). [less-]
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Record Ops Showcase

05-02-2017

Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 02 @ 8:00 pm
Ani Johnson's Record Company Operations Class will be hosting a showcase comprised of four Berklee artists and bands. These acts cover a wide range of music, from hard rock, jazz, and pop.
Ani Johnson's Record Company Operations Class will be hosting a showcase comprised of four Berklee artists and bands. These acts cover a wide range of music, from hard rock, jazz, and pop. [less-]
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Whole Note Wednesdays at the Liberty Hotel with the Blake Newman Group

05-31-2017

Presented by Liberty Hotel at Liberty Hotel, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, May 03 @ 6:00 pm Wed, May 10 @ 6:00 pm Wed, May 17 @ 6:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Wed, May 24 @ 6:00 pm Wed, May 31 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

The Blake Newman Group (Tom West, piano; BN, bass; and Mike Connors, drums) has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of music, with a focus on jazz standards, for years. All three members of the trio are regulars on the Boston music... [more+]
The Blake Newman Group (Tom West, piano; BN, bass; and Mike Connors, drums) has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of music, with a focus on jazz standards, for years. All three members of the trio are regulars on the Boston music scene and bring to the bandstand a hugely diverse musical aesthetic, which is apparent in the wide scope of the group's repertoire. The Blake Newman Group has been playing in the lobby of the Liberty Hotel for four years. The atmosphere is relaxed--food and drink from acclaimed restaurant, Clink, is available. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcomed. [less-]
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Spring Forward: Berklee Symphonic Winds

05-03-2017

Presented by Berklee College of Music at Berklee Performance Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, May 03 @ 8:00 pm
The Berklee Symphonic Winds present a concert for stage and screen, featuring the music of Eric Coates, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin.
The Berklee Symphonic Winds present a concert for stage and screen, featuring the music of Eric Coates, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. [less-]
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Christian Sands

05-04-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 04 @ 8:00 pm
This young Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy Award nominee has taken his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force, bringing a fresh look to the entire language of jazz. Christian’s music is characterized by his infectious energy and... [more+]
This young Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy Award nominee has taken his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force, bringing a fresh look to the entire language of jazz. Christian’s music is characterized by his infectious energy and spirit. That same spirit is what caught the attention of Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride, with whom Christian has toured throughout the world’s finest venues for more than six years. Christian will perform the new music he composed for his Mack Avenue Records debut CD, Reach. [less-]
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Scott Samenfeld, Willie Sordillo, Zoe Krohne, Karen Gruber in Concert

05-05-2017

Presented by Research & Educational Collaborative with Al Quds University at Edwards Hall at Edwards Church, Framingham
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 05 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us as we welcome in Spring!

Friday May 5, 2017, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

EDWARDS HALL at EDWARDS CHURCH

39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA 01701

JAZZ SHOW FEATURING SCOTT SAMENFELD & KAREN GRUBER OF MUSE STEW & WILLIE SORDILLO & ZOE KROHNE...

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Please join us as we welcome in Spring!

Friday May 5, 2017, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

EDWARDS HALL at EDWARDS CHURCH

39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA 01701

JAZZ SHOW FEATURING SCOTT SAMENFELD & KAREN GRUBER OF MUSE STEW & WILLIE SORDILLO & ZOE KROHNE OF RPS BAND

CASUAL MIDDLE EASTERN BUFFET DINNER PROVIDED

Raffle prizes

Sponsored by: Research & Educational Collaborative with Al Quds University This promises to be a lively evening. ALL ARE WELCOME. RSVP: susanmassad@gmail.com or ananfareed@hotmail.com Handicap accessible Suggested donation: $20-$50 or whatever you can afford* All proceeds will be used toward purchasing equipment for our sports nutrition lab at Al Quds University School of Public Health

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Jazz in the Square "Mood Swings Orchestra"

05-05-2017

Presented by Jazz in the Square at Roslindale Congregational Church, Roslindale
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 05 @ 7:30 pm
The Mood Swings Orchestra was founded in 2004 and is comprised of 20 women from Boston and the surrounding area. Members represent many generations of professional and amateur musicians and singers.
The Mood Swings Orchestra was founded in 2004 and is comprised of 20 women from Boston and the surrounding area. Members represent many generations of professional and amateur musicians and singers. [less-]
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Billy Childs Quartet

05-05-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 05 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 05 @ 10:00 pm
Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career's worth of jazz originals that can swing... [more+]
Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career's worth of jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch you with direct simplicity, or mesmerize with crystalline lyricism. On his new Mack Avenue debut album "Rebirth", Childs reaches back to the start of his almost astoundingly varied musical experience--leading a small jazz band of state-of-the-art musicians with his piano playing. At his musical core, Childs is an improvising pianist. He has the ability to equally distill the harmonic and rhythmic languages of classical music and jazz into his playing. The wide-ranging vocabulary on the taut track "Tightrope" begs the question of Childs' love of classical music; "I'm not just jazz," he stresses. His insistent pulse and melodically probing introduction to song is a key to the Childs' musical identity: open to extended harmonic possibilities as they come along, taking a flexible approach to time and leaving an open door for input from his bandmates. A Los Angeles native, Childs grew up in a home hearing his parents' musical tastes: Bach, Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Swingle Singers. As Childs developed, he was deeply touched by the music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Laura Nyro, among other contemporary musicians. "Rebirth" touches the combustible intimacy that Childs knew in the Hubbard and Johnson bands, and has instilled it into his own ensembles. So is Childs returning to an instrumental posture that he once knew or is he coming to the small ensemble with new perspectives? "A little of both, actually," he offers. "I'm revisiting some familiar ground with different musical eyes. My playing is more evolved now--influenced by newer musical trends." "You're hearing something on this album that I love doing but that I haven't done a lot of lately: having musical conversations as a member of a group. That's what I love." [less-]
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