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Rhythm On The Rocks

04-30-2017

Presented by Bistro Duet at Bistro Duet, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm 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

Brad Shepik: 6×7…a Night of Guitars from NEC

04-27-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
with Max Light, Christian Cahill, Hong Kang, Ravi Sharma, Kenny Cha, Evan Vietorisz and Brad Shepik.
with Max Light, Christian Cahill, Hong Kang, Ravi Sharma, Kenny Cha, Evan Vietorisz and Brad Shepik. [less-]
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: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

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

Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu, Omar Sosa Trio

04-27-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each... [more+]
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each other, and seeking to share this with audiences. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Neil Pearlman and Dylan Sherry - Live at Third Life Studio

04-27-2017

Presented by Third Life Studio at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Neil Pearlman (piano) and Dylan Sherry (saxophones) have had a musical conversation spanning decades and several musical styles. In their latest collaboration, Pearlman and Sherry explore the union of traditional folk music with a jazz... [more+]
Neil Pearlman (piano) and Dylan Sherry (saxophones) have had a musical conversation spanning decades and several musical styles. In their latest collaboration, Pearlman and Sherry explore the union of traditional folk music with a jazz sensibility and an improvisational spirit. Their material ranges from original compositions to arrangements drawn from several sources with which they have had a personal connection, including Scottish and Celtic traditional music, bluegrass, and Klezmer and Yiddish folk. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h5vei1lRns   [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Spotted Tiger

04-27-2017

Presented by Chianti Tuscan Restaurant & Jazz Lounge at Chianti Tuscan Kitchen & Jazz Lounge, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Led by the songwriting of violist Laurence Scudder and guitarist Erik White, Spotted Tiger is rounded out by a malleable all-star combination of Boston area players. Together they play an inspiring variety of originals & hand-picked... [more+]
Led by the songwriting of violist Laurence Scudder and guitarist Erik White, Spotted Tiger is rounded out by a malleable all-star combination of Boston area players. Together they play an inspiring variety of originals & hand-picked covers. Spotted Tiger – sometimes acoustic, always eclectic. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Ron Carter Trio: 80th Birthday Celebration

04-29-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm - less dates and times

RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos... [more+]
RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions. Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has also received four honorary doctorates, from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. Most recently he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award--the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Luciana Souza and Guillermo Klein: World Premiere of Works on Hope

04-28-2017

Presented by Arts at MIT at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Two of South America’s greatest jazz artists, Grammy award winning vocalist Luciana Souza and celebrated composer Guillermo Klein, join the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble in creating innovative new... [more+]
Two of South America’s greatest jazz artists, Grammy award winning vocalist Luciana Souza and celebrated composer Guillermo Klein, join the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble in creating innovative new compositions and arrangements. The performance will represent the culmination of Klein’s and Souza’s MIT residency and a semester-long exploration of their music by the three MIT student ensembles. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works on Hope by Klein for Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Fred Harris. The concert will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. During the 7:30pm pre-concert ArtWeek talk, Vocal Jazz Ensemble director Liz Tobias and select MIT students will discuss collaborating with Souza and Klein, the rationale behind the project, and the challenges and rewards of developing new works remotely and onsite with guest artists. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Luciana Souza and Guillermo Klein

04-28-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works... [more+]
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works on Hope by Klein for Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred Harris.  This performance is the culmination of Klein’s and Souza’s MIT residency and a semester-long exploration of their music by three MIT student ensembles. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Yamaha Artist Yoko Miwa & Her Trio

04-28-2017

Presented by Thelonious Monkfish at The Jazz Baroness Room at Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
Yoka Miwa, piano   Scott Goulding, percussion Brad Barrett, bass “Miwa plays with the confidence and fluidity of a seasoned jazz musician. She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and...
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Yoka Miwa, piano   Scott Goulding, percussion Brad Barrett, bass “Miwa plays with the confidence and fluidity of a seasoned jazz musician. She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and spontaneity…” -Wilbert Sostre, JazzTimes “Simply a first class, straight up, straight ahead player whose sole mission is to step up and deliver the goods,…” –Midwest Record Review Critically acclaimed pianist and JVC Victor Entertainment Recording Artist Yoko Miwa has spent the past decade honing one of the most musical trio sounds on the jazz scene. Miwa is an artist with a unique sound, style and meaning to her fans. In addition to being voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll, The Yoko Miwa Trio made their Blue Note NYC debut in 2014 to rave reviews. “Miwa had just as much fun sending the rhythm section away and swinging by herself as she did engaging in a tightly spiraling, interlocking web of melody…pensively spacious minor-key blues, a scampering right hand against a stern left, tension and release around a central tone, intricately conversational interplay with the guys in her fantastic trio…She’s fun to watch and just as tuneful.” — The New York Music Daily. The Yoko Miwa Trio released their major label debut CD in Japan titled Act Naturally on the JVC Victor Entertainment label in 2012 and she toured Japan with her trio that same year to rave reviews. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. She was appointed an Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music in 2011. She has played sold out shows in NYC and Boston, and she was chosen to play a special concert, Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Live at Scullers Jazz Club, her trio’s fifth and most accomplished CD, was released in 2011. It was described as “picture perfect” by Marc Myers on JazzWax, who goes on to say, “Also worth noting are Miwa’s originals Mr. B.G. and Silent Promise which build with passion and grace.” The CD was chosen as among the Best CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. Miwa, a native of Kobe, Japan, was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs. Miwa has recorded six CDs to date. The first of four discs on Japanese labels followed: 2000’s In the Mist of Time, with a guest appearance by tenor saxophonist Tim Mayer; 2002’s Fadeless Flower; 2004’s Canopy of StarsThe Day We Said Goodbye, recorded live at the studios of WGBH-FM in 2006; 2011’s Live at Scullers; and 2012’s Act Naturally. On each CD you hear Miwa’s distinct and powerful musical personality. Her performance and recording credits include Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lynne Carrington, Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood, and Johnathan Blake.
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Tags:  Jazz / Blues

James Merenda's TickleJuice at the Outpost

04-28-2017

Presented by Jon Dreyer at Outpost 186, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
Life-changing original music in an Inman Square Hideaway: http://www.ticklejuicemusic.com
Life-changing original music in an Inman Square Hideaway: http://www.ticklejuicemusic.com [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Bob Ockenden & Jon Taubman Duo

04-28-2017

Presented by JazzBoston at White Rose Coffeehouse, Lynn
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Bob Ockenden/Jon Taubman Guitar Duo delivers hard bop, bebop and blues in original arrangements of popular titles from artists like; Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheney, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and more. Bob Ockenden studied at... [more+]
The Bob Ockenden/Jon Taubman Guitar Duo delivers hard bop, bebop and blues in original arrangements of popular titles from artists like; Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheney, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and more. Bob Ockenden studied at Southwest Guitar Conservatory and at The Wisconsin Conservatory of music. Among notable teachers are Jack Grassel, and Larry Coryell. He has performed with organist Jack McDuff, pianist Melvyn Rhyne and frequently with Jack Grassel, with whom he recorded a cd, “Bob and Jack, What we do” which received airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the Midwest. Jon Taubman has a degree in music composition and jazz studies from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. Playing in a wide variety of bands over the years as an experienced lead player, Jon covers many genres including; jazz, R&B, Brazilian, progressive rock and folk. Currently performing as a soloist and as part of the Bob Ockenden/Jon Taubman Jazz Duo. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Jared Sims 'Change of Address' CD Release Concert

04-28-2017

Presented by Mandorla Music Series at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
A longtime fixture on Boston's jazz and funk scenes, saxophonist Jared Sims is now Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University. I'm thrilled to host the Boston-area celebration of the release of his new Ropeadope CD, 'Change of Address.'... [more+]
A longtime fixture on Boston's jazz and funk scenes, saxophonist Jared Sims is now Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University. I'm thrilled to host the Boston-area celebration of the release of his new Ropeadope CD, 'Change of Address.' This show will feature the same top-shelf band that joined Jared and his bari sax on the record: Steve Fell on guitar, Nina Ott on organ, Chris Lopes on bass and Jared Seabrook on drums. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

The Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling

04-28-2017

Presented by Spectacle Management at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong... [more+]
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. “The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable,” Marsalis admits. “But we have serious musical debates as well.” One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling that Marsalis Music is releasing via OKeh Records on June 10, 2016.   [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Nate n' Dave Dynamic Duo plays Jazz Lunch!

04-29-2017

Presented by Nate Aronow Nextet at Middle East Corner Bar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm
The Dynamic Duo of Nate (piano) and Reed Butler filling in for Dave McQ (bass), the brawn behind the Nate Aronow Nextet, play Jazz Lunch at the Middle East Corner Bar in Central Square Cambridge Saturday from 1-3pm. Groovy jazzy ambient sounds... [more+]
The Dynamic Duo of Nate (piano) and Reed Butler filling in for Dave McQ (bass), the brawn behind the Nate Aronow Nextet, play Jazz Lunch at the Middle East Corner Bar in Central Square Cambridge Saturday from 1-3pm. Groovy jazzy ambient sounds will surround you as you enjoy the Zuzu restaurant's great selection of brunch and lunch fare, both American and Middle Eastern. Very tasty and inexpensive. And no cover charge! [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Nathaniel Braddock + Balla Kouyate

04-29-2017

Presented by JazzBoston at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm
Musician and composer Nathaniel Braddock tours internationally and performs an array of different musical styles in venues as disparate as underground arts spaces and Lincoln Center. Based for years in Chicago, Braddock relocated to Sydney,... [more+]
Musician and composer Nathaniel Braddock tours internationally and performs an array of different musical styles in venues as disparate as underground arts spaces and Lincoln Center. Based for years in Chicago, Braddock relocated to Sydney, Australia, in 2014, and to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016. Nathaniel leads the acclaimed Central African soukous group the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, a collaboration between American, Ghanaian, Zambian, and Congolese musicians including the great Samba Mapangala  and members of Ghana’s acclaimed Western Diamonds.  Nathaniel has performed and recorded with a number of indie rock bands, including Tobin Summerfield’s gigantic band “Never Enough Hope”,  The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), Ancientgreeks (Flameshovel), Edith Frost (Drag City) and others. He also played for years in the Butcher Shop Quartet,performing electric guitar arrangements of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Springand other 20th century classical works.  Braddock leads an eight-piece electric guitar ensemble that plays his original compositions.  He has twice been featured in Guitar Player Magazine. Balla Kouyaté: Originally from Mali, West Africa, Balla is a djeli, a musician and oral historian in Malian society. He learned his instrument, the balafon, from his father, who is the guardian of the world’s first balafon, which dates from the 13th Century and is recognized by UNESCO as one of the 19 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here, he plays Sunjata, an epic song of praise for King Sunjata, the builder of the Mali empire. Balla is available for main-stage concerts as well as educational programming. Balla is widely considered to be among the greatest balafon players today in the world. A virtuoso, he plays two instruments to get a chromatic scale, allowing him to play any genre of music in any key. His speed is astounding as he moves effortlessly between the two balafons, delivering his signature roulements and complex improvisations. Balla has been featured on at least 45 albums, including Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy-nominated “Oyo” and Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning “Sounds of Joy and Peace,” and has collaborated with Mamadou Diabate, Susan McKeown, Vusi Mahlasela, Roswell Rudd’s MALIcool ensemble, and Schlicht’s Tempore.   [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Pittson Family Band at The Lily Pad

04-29-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Pittson Family Band brings together three accomplished performers with a forward-looking view into the future of jazz music. Vocalist Suzanne Pittson is widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking albums of the music of John Coltrane and... [more+]
The Pittson Family Band brings together three accomplished performers with a forward-looking view into the future of jazz music. Vocalist Suzanne Pittson is widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking albums of the music of John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard. Multi-keyboardist Jeff Pittson brings solid skills honed thru playing with such artists as Maynard Ferguson, Ruth Brown, Larry Coryell and many others. Evan Pittson presents a modern direction for the post-Coltrane language on the Electric Viola, with influences including Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Brecker. The Pittson Family Band presents an eclectic array of material that explores a diverse spectrum of sonic colors. For more about the group’s collective process and approach, read this article by Andrew Gilbert promoting our performance at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, on August 6th, 2016:  berkeleyside.com/pittson   Suzanne Pittson – Vocals  Evan Pittson – Electric Viola Jeff Pittson – Piano and Keyboards Dave Zox – Bass Dave Meade – Drums   suzannepittson.com/pittsonband facebook.com/pittsonband [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

The Italian Tenors

04-29-2017

Presented by Thelonious Monkfish at The Jazz Baroness Room at Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
Jerry Bergonzi, tenor saxophone George Garzone, tenor saxophone Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone Dave Zinno, acoustic bass Bob Gullotti, drums
Jerry Bergonzi, tenor saxophone George Garzone, tenor saxophone Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone Dave Zinno, acoustic bass Bob Gullotti, drums [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Rhythm On The Rocks

04-30-2017

Presented by Bistro Duet at Bistro Duet, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm 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:
[more+]
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

Brad Shepik: 6×7…a Night of Guitars from NEC

04-27-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
with Max Light, Christian Cahill, Hong Kang, Ravi Sharma, Kenny Cha, Evan Vietorisz and Brad Shepik.
with Max Light, Christian Cahill, Hong Kang, Ravi Sharma, Kenny Cha, Evan Vietorisz and Brad Shepik. [less-]
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: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

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

Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu, Omar Sosa Trio

04-27-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each... [more+]
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each other, and seeking to share this with audiences. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Neil Pearlman and Dylan Sherry - Live at Third Life Studio

04-27-2017

Presented by Third Life Studio at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Neil Pearlman (piano) and Dylan Sherry (saxophones) have had a musical conversation spanning decades and several musical styles. In their latest collaboration, Pearlman and Sherry explore the union of traditional folk music with a jazz... [more+]
Neil Pearlman (piano) and Dylan Sherry (saxophones) have had a musical conversation spanning decades and several musical styles. In their latest collaboration, Pearlman and Sherry explore the union of traditional folk music with a jazz sensibility and an improvisational spirit. Their material ranges from original compositions to arrangements drawn from several sources with which they have had a personal connection, including Scottish and Celtic traditional music, bluegrass, and Klezmer and Yiddish folk. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h5vei1lRns   [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Spotted Tiger

04-27-2017

Presented by Chianti Tuscan Restaurant & Jazz Lounge at Chianti Tuscan Kitchen & Jazz Lounge, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Led by the songwriting of violist Laurence Scudder and guitarist Erik White, Spotted Tiger is rounded out by a malleable all-star combination of Boston area players. Together they play an inspiring variety of originals & hand-picked... [more+]
Led by the songwriting of violist Laurence Scudder and guitarist Erik White, Spotted Tiger is rounded out by a malleable all-star combination of Boston area players. Together they play an inspiring variety of originals & hand-picked covers. Spotted Tiger – sometimes acoustic, always eclectic. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Ron Carter Trio: 80th Birthday Celebration

04-29-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm - less dates and times

RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos... [more+]
RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions. Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has also received four honorary doctorates, from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. Most recently he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award--the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever. [less-]
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Luciana Souza and Guillermo Klein: World Premiere of Works on Hope

04-28-2017

Presented by Arts at MIT at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Two of South America’s greatest jazz artists, Grammy award winning vocalist Luciana Souza and celebrated composer Guillermo Klein, join the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble in creating innovative new... [more+]
Two of South America’s greatest jazz artists, Grammy award winning vocalist Luciana Souza and celebrated composer Guillermo Klein, join the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble in creating innovative new compositions and arrangements. The performance will represent the culmination of Klein’s and Souza’s MIT residency and a semester-long exploration of their music by the three MIT student ensembles. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works on Hope by Klein for Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble under the direction of Fred Harris. The concert will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. During the 7:30pm pre-concert ArtWeek talk, Vocal Jazz Ensemble director Liz Tobias and select MIT students will discuss collaborating with Souza and Klein, the rationale behind the project, and the challenges and rewards of developing new works remotely and onsite with guest artists. [less-]
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Luciana Souza and Guillermo Klein

04-28-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works... [more+]
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works on Hope by Klein for Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred Harris.  This performance is the culmination of Klein’s and Souza’s MIT residency and a semester-long exploration of their music by three MIT student ensembles. [less-]
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Yamaha Artist Yoko Miwa & Her Trio

04-28-2017

Presented by Thelonious Monkfish at The Jazz Baroness Room at Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
Yoka Miwa, piano   Scott Goulding, percussion Brad Barrett, bass “Miwa plays with the confidence and fluidity of a seasoned jazz musician. She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and...
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Yoka Miwa, piano   Scott Goulding, percussion Brad Barrett, bass “Miwa plays with the confidence and fluidity of a seasoned jazz musician. She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and spontaneity…” -Wilbert Sostre, JazzTimes “Simply a first class, straight up, straight ahead player whose sole mission is to step up and deliver the goods,…” –Midwest Record Review Critically acclaimed pianist and JVC Victor Entertainment Recording Artist Yoko Miwa has spent the past decade honing one of the most musical trio sounds on the jazz scene. Miwa is an artist with a unique sound, style and meaning to her fans. In addition to being voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll, The Yoko Miwa Trio made their Blue Note NYC debut in 2014 to rave reviews. “Miwa had just as much fun sending the rhythm section away and swinging by herself as she did engaging in a tightly spiraling, interlocking web of melody…pensively spacious minor-key blues, a scampering right hand against a stern left, tension and release around a central tone, intricately conversational interplay with the guys in her fantastic trio…She’s fun to watch and just as tuneful.” — The New York Music Daily. The Yoko Miwa Trio released their major label debut CD in Japan titled Act Naturally on the JVC Victor Entertainment label in 2012 and she toured Japan with her trio that same year to rave reviews. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. She was appointed an Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music in 2011. She has played sold out shows in NYC and Boston, and she was chosen to play a special concert, Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Live at Scullers Jazz Club, her trio’s fifth and most accomplished CD, was released in 2011. It was described as “picture perfect” by Marc Myers on JazzWax, who goes on to say, “Also worth noting are Miwa’s originals Mr. B.G. and Silent Promise which build with passion and grace.” The CD was chosen as among the Best CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. Miwa, a native of Kobe, Japan, was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs. Miwa has recorded six CDs to date. The first of four discs on Japanese labels followed: 2000’s In the Mist of Time, with a guest appearance by tenor saxophonist Tim Mayer; 2002’s Fadeless Flower; 2004’s Canopy of StarsThe Day We Said Goodbye, recorded live at the studios of WGBH-FM in 2006; 2011’s Live at Scullers; and 2012’s Act Naturally. On each CD you hear Miwa’s distinct and powerful musical personality. Her performance and recording credits include Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lynne Carrington, Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood, and Johnathan Blake.
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James Merenda's TickleJuice at the Outpost

04-28-2017

Presented by Jon Dreyer at Outpost 186, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
Life-changing original music in an Inman Square Hideaway: http://www.ticklejuicemusic.com
Life-changing original music in an Inman Square Hideaway: http://www.ticklejuicemusic.com [less-]
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Bob Ockenden & Jon Taubman Duo

04-28-2017

Presented by JazzBoston at White Rose Coffeehouse, Lynn
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Bob Ockenden/Jon Taubman Guitar Duo delivers hard bop, bebop and blues in original arrangements of popular titles from artists like; Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheney, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and more. Bob Ockenden studied at... [more+]
The Bob Ockenden/Jon Taubman Guitar Duo delivers hard bop, bebop and blues in original arrangements of popular titles from artists like; Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheney, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and more. Bob Ockenden studied at Southwest Guitar Conservatory and at The Wisconsin Conservatory of music. Among notable teachers are Jack Grassel, and Larry Coryell. He has performed with organist Jack McDuff, pianist Melvyn Rhyne and frequently with Jack Grassel, with whom he recorded a cd, “Bob and Jack, What we do” which received airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the Midwest. Jon Taubman has a degree in music composition and jazz studies from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. Playing in a wide variety of bands over the years as an experienced lead player, Jon covers many genres including; jazz, R&B, Brazilian, progressive rock and folk. Currently performing as a soloist and as part of the Bob Ockenden/Jon Taubman Jazz Duo. [less-]
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Jared Sims 'Change of Address' CD Release Concert

04-28-2017

Presented by Mandorla Music Series at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
A longtime fixture on Boston's jazz and funk scenes, saxophonist Jared Sims is now Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University. I'm thrilled to host the Boston-area celebration of the release of his new Ropeadope CD, 'Change of Address.'... [more+]
A longtime fixture on Boston's jazz and funk scenes, saxophonist Jared Sims is now Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University. I'm thrilled to host the Boston-area celebration of the release of his new Ropeadope CD, 'Change of Address.' This show will feature the same top-shelf band that joined Jared and his bari sax on the record: Steve Fell on guitar, Nina Ott on organ, Chris Lopes on bass and Jared Seabrook on drums. [less-]
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The Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling

04-28-2017

Presented by Spectacle Management at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong... [more+]
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. “The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable,” Marsalis admits. “But we have serious musical debates as well.” One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling that Marsalis Music is releasing via OKeh Records on June 10, 2016.   [less-]
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Nate n' Dave Dynamic Duo plays Jazz Lunch!

04-29-2017

Presented by Nate Aronow Nextet at Middle East Corner Bar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm
The Dynamic Duo of Nate (piano) and Reed Butler filling in for Dave McQ (bass), the brawn behind the Nate Aronow Nextet, play Jazz Lunch at the Middle East Corner Bar in Central Square Cambridge Saturday from 1-3pm. Groovy jazzy ambient sounds... [more+]
The Dynamic Duo of Nate (piano) and Reed Butler filling in for Dave McQ (bass), the brawn behind the Nate Aronow Nextet, play Jazz Lunch at the Middle East Corner Bar in Central Square Cambridge Saturday from 1-3pm. Groovy jazzy ambient sounds will surround you as you enjoy the Zuzu restaurant's great selection of brunch and lunch fare, both American and Middle Eastern. Very tasty and inexpensive. And no cover charge! [less-]
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Nathaniel Braddock + Balla Kouyate

04-29-2017

Presented by JazzBoston at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm
Musician and composer Nathaniel Braddock tours internationally and performs an array of different musical styles in venues as disparate as underground arts spaces and Lincoln Center. Based for years in Chicago, Braddock relocated to Sydney,... [more+]
Musician and composer Nathaniel Braddock tours internationally and performs an array of different musical styles in venues as disparate as underground arts spaces and Lincoln Center. Based for years in Chicago, Braddock relocated to Sydney, Australia, in 2014, and to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016. Nathaniel leads the acclaimed Central African soukous group the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, a collaboration between American, Ghanaian, Zambian, and Congolese musicians including the great Samba Mapangala  and members of Ghana’s acclaimed Western Diamonds.  Nathaniel has performed and recorded with a number of indie rock bands, including Tobin Summerfield’s gigantic band “Never Enough Hope”,  The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), Ancientgreeks (Flameshovel), Edith Frost (Drag City) and others. He also played for years in the Butcher Shop Quartet,performing electric guitar arrangements of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Springand other 20th century classical works.  Braddock leads an eight-piece electric guitar ensemble that plays his original compositions.  He has twice been featured in Guitar Player Magazine. Balla Kouyaté: Originally from Mali, West Africa, Balla is a djeli, a musician and oral historian in Malian society. He learned his instrument, the balafon, from his father, who is the guardian of the world’s first balafon, which dates from the 13th Century and is recognized by UNESCO as one of the 19 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here, he plays Sunjata, an epic song of praise for King Sunjata, the builder of the Mali empire. Balla is available for main-stage concerts as well as educational programming. Balla is widely considered to be among the greatest balafon players today in the world. A virtuoso, he plays two instruments to get a chromatic scale, allowing him to play any genre of music in any key. His speed is astounding as he moves effortlessly between the two balafons, delivering his signature roulements and complex improvisations. Balla has been featured on at least 45 albums, including Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy-nominated “Oyo” and Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning “Sounds of Joy and Peace,” and has collaborated with Mamadou Diabate, Susan McKeown, Vusi Mahlasela, Roswell Rudd’s MALIcool ensemble, and Schlicht’s Tempore.   [less-]
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Pittson Family Band at The Lily Pad

04-29-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Pittson Family Band brings together three accomplished performers with a forward-looking view into the future of jazz music. Vocalist Suzanne Pittson is widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking albums of the music of John Coltrane and... [more+]
The Pittson Family Band brings together three accomplished performers with a forward-looking view into the future of jazz music. Vocalist Suzanne Pittson is widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking albums of the music of John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard. Multi-keyboardist Jeff Pittson brings solid skills honed thru playing with such artists as Maynard Ferguson, Ruth Brown, Larry Coryell and many others. Evan Pittson presents a modern direction for the post-Coltrane language on the Electric Viola, with influences including Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Brecker. The Pittson Family Band presents an eclectic array of material that explores a diverse spectrum of sonic colors. For more about the group’s collective process and approach, read this article by Andrew Gilbert promoting our performance at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, on August 6th, 2016:  berkeleyside.com/pittson   Suzanne Pittson – Vocals  Evan Pittson – Electric Viola Jeff Pittson – Piano and Keyboards Dave Zox – Bass Dave Meade – Drums   suzannepittson.com/pittsonband facebook.com/pittsonband [less-]
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The Italian Tenors

04-29-2017

Presented by Thelonious Monkfish at The Jazz Baroness Room at Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
Jerry Bergonzi, tenor saxophone George Garzone, tenor saxophone Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone Dave Zinno, acoustic bass Bob Gullotti, drums
Jerry Bergonzi, tenor saxophone George Garzone, tenor saxophone Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone Dave Zinno, acoustic bass Bob Gullotti, drums [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues