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Lockwood, Ray and Walker in Concert

02-29-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

On February 29, John Lockwood, Tim Ray and Mark Walker come together for a special Leap Year Jazz Event beginning at 6 pm.

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz and Art Farmer.

Drummer, composer and educator Mark Walker has been one of the most respected names on the jazz scene for four decades. He has performed on five continents with some of the best musicians in the world and appears on over 75 recordings, including two Grammy® Award-winning albums, four Latin Grammy®-winning albums, seven Grammy®-nominated albums and one Latin Grammy®-nominated album.

Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Ray served as music director and pianist for the legendary Tony Bennett from 2016 until the singer's retirement in 2021. Before that, he performed on the road with singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, touring for more than 15 years. Appearing on over 100 recordings, Ray has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop-music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry, and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Kurt Elling, George Garzone, Dave Douglas, Lewis Nash ,and Brian Blade, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with the Boston Pops, Gunther Schuller, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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George Coleman

03-02-2024

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 01 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Mar 02 @ 7:00 pm
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Dan Fox

03-02-2024

Presented by Winchester Community Music School at Winchester Community Music School, Winchester
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 02 @ 3:00 pm

Participants in this workshop will learn about the art of improvisation from trombonist Dan Fox. Dan is the director of the Arlington Jazz Festival and has had a prolific, international performing career in modern and traditional jazz as well as...

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Participants in this workshop will learn about the art of improvisation from trombonist Dan Fox. Dan is the director of the Arlington Jazz Festival and has had a prolific, international performing career in modern and traditional jazz as well as big band. In this workshop for woodwind, brass, and percussion players, Dan will share techniques to help participants develop their own improvisation skills and artistry. $15 general public (free for WCMS students). Open to musicians with at least two years of playing experience. Visit www.winchestermusic.org or call 781-721-2950 for more information. 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester.

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The Makanda Project featuring Charles Tolliver

03-02-2024

Presented by The Makanda Project at Boston Public Library: Roxbury Branch, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 02 @ 7:00 pm

One of the great trumpeters, bandleaders, and composer/arrangers in modern jazz history, Charles Tolliver, will be joining the Makanda Project for their first concert of 2024. The program will include some of his glorious big band compositions...

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One of the great trumpeters, bandleaders, and composer/arrangers in modern jazz history, Charles Tolliver, will be joining the Makanda Project for their first concert of 2024. The program will include some of his glorious big band compositions and arrangements.

Space is limited so reservations are recommended. Seats remain for the 8:30 show. To make reservations email jsnjk@verizon.net and specify which show and how many people.

Charles Tolliver - trumpet, conductor

Kurtis Rivers - alto saxophone

Lee Odom - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet

Sean Berry - tenor saxophone

Temidayo Balogun -tenor saxophone, flute

Charlie Kohlhase - baritone saxophone

Mike Peipman - trumpet

Jerry Sabatini - trumpet

Haneef Nelson - trumpet

Sarah Uyar - trumpet

Alfred Patterson - trombone

Sarah Politz - trombone

Richard Harper - trombone

Bill Lowe - bass trombone

John Kordalewski - piano

Avery Sharpe - bass

Yoron Israel - drums

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Vox One

03-03-2024

Presented by Arts Wayland Foundation, Inc. at First Parish In Wayland, Wayland
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 03 @ 3:00 pm

Vox One, the internationally acclaimed, jazz vocal quintet from Boston is back on the scene. Combining elements of jazz, blues, funk and folk, the award-winning a-cappella group re-imagines the traditional landscape of jazz singing in a truly...

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Vox One, the internationally acclaimed, jazz vocal quintet from Boston is back on the scene. Combining elements of jazz, blues, funk and folk, the award-winning a-cappella group re-imagines the traditional landscape of jazz singing in a truly unique fashion. They'll perform selections from their five albums and new material reframed with the unique vocal percussion and electronic effect that brings an eclectic edge to their pure lyricism. Join Vox One at Arts Wayland Jazz Series (under Artistic Director, Neil Olmstead) at First Parish Church, Wayland, Sunday, March 3 - 3pm. Buy tickets here: https://artswayland.com/pages/vox-one

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Gonzalo Grau + Plural in Concert

03-07-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 07 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

Thursday, March 7 at 6 PM is when Gonzalo Grau + Plural will take the stage at Long Live Roxbury Brewery & Tap Room. The band will include:

Gonzalo Grau, piano, vocals
Alex Alvear, bass, vocals
Amir Milstein, flute
Ernesto Diaz, percussion
Manolo Mairena, vocals, percussion
Angel Subero, trombone

Ingredients:

3 packed tablespoons of J.S. Bach, 1 1/2 cups of Fania, 1 whole packet of Camarón and Paco de Lucía, a pinch of Guaco, 1 large bag of choral music, 3 whole sticks of Venezuelan folklore, 10 pounds of Venezuela's National Youth Orchestra (a.k.a. "el sistema"), 1 infusion of Maroa and Banda Sigilosa, 1 3/4 teaspoons of early music, 8 drops of Chick Corea, 1/2 gallon of Timba Cubana, 1 cello, 1 Venezuelan cuatro, 1 piano, 1 viola da gamba, lots of percussion, a little bit of voice and a small box of "Grau-Palacios" DNA.

Gonzalo Grau began his musical studies at the age of three in Caracas. Along his musical journey he developed skills in many instruments, from the viola da gamba and the cello to the flamenco cajón and his principal instrument, the piano.

A Berklee Suma Cum Laude graduate, Gonzalo has established himself as a multi-instrumentalist and his varied credits include performances with Venezuelan music projects like Maroa, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Camerata de Caracas and the Simón Bolivar National Youth Orchestra, jazz icon Maria Schneider and the Latin jazz giant Timbalaye. As music director, he leads two projects of his own, "Plural" (Latin jazz-Flamenco-Venezuelan fusion) and "La Clave Secreta" (salsa fusion), nominated for the 2008 Grammys in the Best Tropical Album category. As a recording artist, Grau has participated in over eighty productions that bridge both classical and popular music worlds.

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Portrait of the 90's

03-07-2024

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 07 @ 7:30 pm

Mark Zaleski & Co. reimagine the punk, R&B, metal and Top 40 hits that defined a decade through the lens of jazz.

Mark Zaleski & Co. reimagine the punk, R&B, metal and Top 40 hits that defined a decade through the lens of jazz.

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Taylor Eigsti Quintet

03-08-2024

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 08 @ 7:00 pm

GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was four years old. Growing up in Menlo Park, CA, Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and has since released 8 albums as a bandleader, in addition to...

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GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was four years old. Growing up in Menlo Park, CA, Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and has since released 8 albums as a bandleader, in addition to appearing on over 60 albums as a sideman. Eigsti recently won a 2022 GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his most recent album “Tree Falls”, released in 2021 on GSI Records. In addition to this recent honor, Eigsti has garnered 3 individual GRAMMY® nominations over the years for his work as a recording artist and composer, including Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

Eigsti has performed, toured, or recorded with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Sting, Joshua Redman, Joshua Bell, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Botti, John Mayer, Vanessa Williams, James Moody, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dianne Reeves, Vince Mendoza, Gretchen Parlato, Julian Lage, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, and Frederica Von Stade, among many others over the years, and is a regular touring member of Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective and a duo collaboration with vocalist Lisa Fischer.

Eigsti has travelled internationally quite extensively over the years both as a sideman and with his trio and quartet, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Royal Festival Hall, Olympia Hall, Massey Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Salle Pleyel, and many top festivals throughout the world throughout six continents, in addition to performing as a soloist and collaborator with many of the top symphony orchestras in the world, including the New York Pops, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many others. Eigsti will be releasing his 9th album as a bandleader in the Spring of 2024.

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Mango Blue

03-09-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 09 @ 7:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial presents Mango Blue at Long Live Roxbury on Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm.  The venue is home to a new brewery and taproom known as Long Live Roxbury. Mango Blue is a celebrated Boston-based Latin band lead by Alex Alvear who now...

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Feldman Geospatial presents Mango Blue at Long Live Roxbury on Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm.  The venue is home to a new brewery and taproom known as Long Live Roxbury. Mango Blue is a celebrated Boston-based Latin band lead by Alex Alvear who now lives in his homeland of Ecuador.   The band features these musicians:

Alex Alvear, composer/arranger, bass, vocals
Rebecca Cline, keyboards
Ernesto Díaz, congas
Gonzalo Grau, vocals, percussion
Bertram Lahmann, drums
Manolo Mairena, vocals, timbales
Felipe Salles, tenor sax
Jonathan Suazo, alto sax

Mango Blue blends an exciting mixture of musical styles to create a refreshing Afro-Latin/world music sound, featuring songs of celebration and social conscience.

Mango Blue is a high-powered, all-original music ensemble led by Alvear who is an Ecuadorian composer, bassist and singer. The band's stylistic fusion creates music that transcends ethnic boundaries, providing a new color in the Latin music palette. Band members come from all over, including Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and the United States.

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Faculty Jazz Concert: “It Might As Well Be Spring”

03-09-2024

Presented by Winchester Community Music School at Winchester Community Music School, Winchester
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 09 @ 7:30 pm

Let’s warm things up and dream of spring with some great jazz! This concert will feature standard jazz favorites along with special arrangements by our faculty performers: Valerie Walton, saxophone; Dan Teager, trumpet; Seth Hamlin, trombone; Tad...

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Let’s warm things up and dream of spring with some great jazz! This concert will feature standard jazz favorites along with special arrangements by our faculty performers: Valerie Walton, saxophone; Dan Teager, trumpet; Seth Hamlin, trombone; Tad Hitchcock, guitar; Mark Pucci, double bass; and Carl Puglisi, drums. Free admission; the program will be held in-person at WCMS and also streamed live on our YouTube and Facebook pages. Visit www.winchestermusic.org or call 781-721-2950 for more information.

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Mike Zito

03-09-2024

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 09 @ 8:00 pm

Mike Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today and rightfully so, but for him, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered...

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Mike Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today and rightfully so, but for him, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.”

Naturally, patience and perseverance have been Zito’s stock and trade since the beginning. He began playing guitar at the age of five, and by the time he reached his late teens, he was already a fixture on the local St. Louis music scene. He initially released his music independently and then signed with Eclecto Groove Records in 2008. “Pearl River,” the title track of his 2009 album for the label, won Song of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and marked his first collaboration with Cyril Neville, with whom he’d later work in the Royal Southern Brotherhood. A steady succession of critically acclaimed albums followed, culminating in 2011’s Greyhound, which was nominated for Best Rock Blues Album at that year’s Blue Music Awards ceremony in Memphis. Two years later, he signed with Ruf Records and released Gone to Texas, the story of how he gained his sobriety, offered an emotional homage to the state that left an indelible imprint on his entire life. It also marked the debut of his band, The Wheel.

From 2010 to 2014, Zito also played an integral role in the super group of sorts, Royal Southern Brotherhood. The group released two albums and a DVD, Songs from the Road – Live in Germany, winner of the year’s Blues Music Award for Best DVD. He also made his mark behind the boards by producing albums for Samantha Fish, Albert Castiglia, Ally Venable, Jeremiah Johnson, Jimmy Carpenter, and many others.

Meanwhile, the accolades kept coming. His album, Make Blues Not War, debuted on the Billboard Blues Album Chart at number one and garnered him recognition as the 2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards. First Class Life followed suit, also entering the charts at number one. Alternate Root magazine insisted that “The First Class Life that Mike Zito titles his upcoming album can be heard in the sweet sound of Blue Soul rising like heat waves from his guitar and his vocal.” American Blues Scene said, “Mike Zito’s return to the blues is, in a word, triumphant!” No Depression declared, “Once again, Zito has delivered the goods, a first class package with no postage due.”

In 2019, Zito released a tribute album of fellow St. Louis native and rock ‘n’ roll legend, Chuck Berry, and featured an array of guest guitarists ranging from Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Eric Gales, to Robben Ford, Luther Dickinson and Sonny Landreth, as well as Berry’s own grandson. Rock ’n Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry debuted on the Billboard Blues Album Chart at number 1 and remained on the chart for several weeks. Rock ’N Roll won the Blues Music Award for Blues Rock Album of the year and Mike also received the Blues Music Award for Blues Rock artist.

At about the same time, Mike Zito partnered with Guy Hale to form the new record label Gulf Coast Records. Gulf Coast Records is based in Nederland, TX with a focus on Regional Roots, Blues and Americana genres. The mutual passion of the founders is to lift up artists and help them get their music out to the world.

Quarantine Blues, was recorded during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic and served as a healing love letter to his fans around the world that heralded better days ahead if we’d all just stick together. In 2021, Mike released Resurrection on his record label Gulf Coast Records. The new disc was produced by the celebrated Grammy-winner David Z, best known for his long-standing work with Prince, and who has contributed to albums by Etta James, Billy Idol, BoDeans, Buddy Guy and John Mayall, among many others.

“I have songs in me and musical ideas all of the time,” volunteers Mike Zito about the new album’s genesis. “I write what I can, when I can and try to save it all for posterity. Some of the songs are just songs and they don’t always have meaning for me, and some of them become very personal. For me to sing songs and feel them with real emotion, they need to be somewhat personal. Even songs I did not write, I need to feel they explain a part of my thinking or how I am feeling about love, sex, life, death, the world…. Resurrection is an album of feelings, emotions, and is very personal. The title track is how I once almost lost my love, but it came back stronger than ever. I have had this song in me for years, but it only makes sense now to share it with the world. After the year we have had on planet Earth, I believe we all need a rebirth. This rebirth has given me an opportunity to be who I want to be musically and artistically.”

Resurrection was a critic and fan favorite and later won the Blues Music Award for the 2022 Blues Rock Album of the year.

In 2022, Zito released the double live album Blues for the Southside. Recorded on November 26, 2021, at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, Missouri, and produced by Mike Zito, Blues for the Southside showcases Zito (guitar, vocals) and his stellar band in full fury with special guests Tony Campanella, Dave Kalz and guitar wizard Eric Gales. After the release of Blues for the Southside, Zito joined forces with Gulf Coast Records label mate Albert Castiglia and created the Blood Brothers tour.

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This Music Series First “Club” Jazz date!

03-11-2024

Presented by This Music Series at The Jungle Community Music Club, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Mar 11 @ 9:45 pm

This Music Series: An Appetite for adventure continues…Presenting:

The Founders Quintet:

Isao, guitar

Martin Gohary, keyboard

Eric Van Dam, saxophones

Evan Palmer, bass

John Dalton, drums

A way to extend your weekend, liven up any...

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This Music Series: An Appetite for adventure continues…Presenting:

The Founders Quintet:

Isao, guitar

Martin Gohary, keyboard

Eric Van Dam, saxophones

Evan Palmer, bass

John Dalton, drums

A way to extend your weekend, liven up any blue-Monday.

Discover a (funky) club scene (in a more lively Union Sq.).

And the next generation musicians making waves.

They are years beyond 21, in age and music maturity, growing, creating!

 

Expect no-holds-bar improvisations from, through and about the freedoms of Jazz and New Music!

 

It’s a formal, marketed entry into the Somerville community—individually, some in the group have played in Union Sq, the Lilypad, out-of-town—with the TM series expanding beyond Cambridge.

Join the new scene!

 

 

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The Fringe

03-14-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

The Fringe will perform on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 6 pm.  Free admission.  Free parking.

Boston’s legendary jazz group The Fringe was formed in 1971 by tenor saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chair of the Bass Department at Berklee and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.

With the passing of drummer Bob Gullotti in 2020, Francisco Mela has taken over the drum seat for the group.

George Garzone is the founding member of the Fringe. The group has released several albums and Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. Garzone toured Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performed with Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Rachel Z, Bob Weir and Ratdog. Garzone is also on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He pioneered the triadic chromatic approach. In 1995 he recorded a tribute to Stan Getz on NYC Records called Alone. Four’s and Two’s followed a year later with Joe Lovano and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in the summer of 2000.

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz and Art Farmer.

Francisco Mela was born in Bayamo, Cuba. Mela studied at the Music School of Arts El Yarey as a teenager before furthering his studies at the National School of Arts for Teachers, el CENCEA. He taught at Rafael’s Cabrera Conservatory of Music and played with some of the country’s top Latin jazz musicians, as well as leading his group, MelaSon Latin Jazz Band, that toured throughout Mexico. In 2000, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and was invited to join the percussion faculty there. He also became the house drummer at the Wally’s Café. It was there that he developed the concept for what would later be his own group.

In 2005, Mela joined a quartet led by saxophonist Joe Lovano. Of particular note was the group’s 2008 album on Blue Note entitled Folk Art. Later that year, Mela was approached by McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Mela was also named the Twin Cities Jazz Festival’s first artistic director in 2014, and before appointment, he served as artistic director for the Xalapa Jazz Festival in Veracruz, Mexico (2010-2013). In late 2016, Mela was part of an inaugural ensemble that joined Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and saxophonist Joe Lovano for an international tour throughout Europe and North America. He also leads his own group, The Crash Trio.

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Deep Inside The Blues: Holly Harris Interviews Author/Photographer Margo Cooper

03-14-2024

Presented by Arlington Center for the Arts at Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm

Arlington Center for the Arts presents Deep Inside The Blues: Holly Harris Interviews Author/Photographer Margo Cooper on Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7-8:30pm in their Shaira Ali Gallery. This talk is free and open to the general public.

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Arlington Center for the Arts presents Deep Inside The Blues: Holly Harris Interviews Author/Photographer Margo Cooper on Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7-8:30pm in their Shaira Ali Gallery. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Join ACA as we celebrate local author Margo Cooper's acclaimed new book, Deep Inside the Blues. In a lively conversation with WUMB's Spinning the Blues host, Holly Harris, Ms. Cooper will share slides and recount details of her unique project featuring 30-years of interviews and original photographs that document the lives of blues musicians, their families and homes, neighborhoods, festivals, and gigs. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at this event.

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Nicholas Payton

03-15-2024

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm

Grammy® award winning trumpeter, keyboardist and composer Nicholas Paytonwill perform at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, March 15 with two shows at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets from $40 to $115 (includes VIP seating and dinner) are on sale...

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Grammy® award winning trumpeter, keyboardist and composer Nicholas Paytonwill perform at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, March 15 with two shows at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets from $40 to $115 (includes VIP seating and dinner) are on sale now HERE.

Scullers Jazz Club is located in the DoubleTree Suites Boston/Cambridge hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Allston, MA 02134. Parking is available on site.

Payton will perform on trumpet and keyboards with Braylon Lacy on bass and Corey Fonville on drums.

Payton unveiled a new album in September 2023 on his own label, Paytone Records. It's entitled "Drip," and it's a new take on six previously recorded original compositions.

About Nicholas Payton:

As a leading voice in American popular music, the Grammy® Award-winning Nicholas Payton is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, essayist, and social activist who defies musical and artistic categories. All the while, he honors the tradition of what he terms “postmodern New Orleans music,” as well as the spirit of Black American Music, of which he states, “There are no fields, per se. There are lineages.”

The New Orleans-born Payton has followed his calling since growing up under the tutelage of his parents — acclaimed bassist Walter Payton and Maria Payton, a pianist and vocalist. Already a prodigy before entering the first grade, he began playing trumpet at age four and started performing professionally at age 10. Before the age of 20, he was already in demand by everyone from Danny Barker and Clark Terry to Elvin Jones and Marcus Roberts. Payton released his first album, From this Moment, in 1995 on the famed Verve label. He received his first Grammy® nomination in 1997 for the album Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton, and for the category of Best Instrumental Solo, which found him winning the award that year.

As a leader, Payton’s seminal writings and discussions on the problematics of the term and associations of “jazz” have inspired musicians, researchers, music listeners, and thinkers alike. As such, he termed Black American Music, or #BAM for short, to represent the breadth of improvisational musical creations created by Black people in the U.S., regardless of genre. His introduction of #BAM into the lexicon of popular music discourse landed him an entry in the New York Times‘ “The Decade in Jazz: 10 Definitive Moments” in 2019.

“(Black American Music) is . . . a liberation music, it is our first global recognition in humanizing, if you will, a class of people who were systematically dehumanized for centuries,” Payton says. “The concern for me is to draw from the wellspring of all the great Black ancestors who inspired me to play this music in the first place. And to hopefully keep that energy, that spirit.”

Through his mission-driven work and art, Payton continues to creatively move boundaries, while inspiring and remaining inspired by the pioneering lineage of Black American Music, of which he is a part.

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Jazz Pianist Tatiana Castro Mejia, joined again by two vital other Jazz creatives.

03-16-2024

Presented by This Music Series at The Lilypad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 7:45 pm

The Creative Music Series presents

7:45PM, doors: 7:15 $18, $15 seniors, students, cash, venmo

Lead by Tatiana Castro Mejia, pianist, and poet who moved here just before the Pandemic, she brings her personal and cultural improv and free Jazz to...

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The Creative Music Series presents

7:45PM, doors: 7:15 $18, $15 seniors, students, cash, venmo

Lead by Tatiana Castro Mejia, pianist, and poet who moved here just before the Pandemic, she brings her personal and cultural improv and free Jazz to Boston to express a unique “hemispheric” language of improvisation through Free-Jazz.

“…from her creative need to express from the music and from the word: Find(ing) paths that explore beyond the song. Explore in narration, storyteller. Let the word recite next to the music. Play with it from improvisation, and let it interact with the sound. Music and text. Text and music”. And Castro Mejia carries it out from three different perspectives: compositions with music and words, instrumental (with the music suggesting poetic figures) and narrated (where the voice is expressed musically)”. - El Intruo

From a very young age she always had an interest, a curiosity for the creative, to assemble and disassemble, mostly from the sound, but at times touching other languages: dance, writing, dramaturgy. Today, more than 20 years after having decided to dedicate her life to music, she walks a path where improvisation plays a leading role and she seeks to cross lines with dance and theater, with writing and poetry. She studied at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) where she graduated obtaining the title of  \\\"Master of Music with Emphasis in Jazz\\\". Between 2005 and 2006 she studied with the Argentine pianist Ernesto Jodos in Buenos Aires, thanks to a scholarship granted by the Fernando Sor School of Music in Bogotá and the Buenos Aires School of Contemporary Music where she was a teacher (www.escuelademusica. org). Her professional artistic life began in Bogotá, but she has had a strong development in Buenos Aires, where she has lived for 15 years.

Tatiana Castro Mejía was born in Colombia. In 2004, she earned a scholarship to study with Ernesto Jodos and Rodrigo Domínguez. She played in Mair, Tekeye, Bogotaires and Proyecto de Música Contemporánea. She released Ciclos, her first album. She co-directs a music and dance collective improvisation project with dancer Aleema Curri. She leads a quintet that plays the music of Eric Dolphy.

Piano & Guitar (w/ Gonzalo Muruaga) (Buenos Aires, 2016): youtube.com/tcm1January 2019, Voice & piano duo (Improv): youtube.com/tcm2March 8, 2020, Piano solo (Sound intervention to a poem): youtube.com/tcm3

Evan Palmer (they/he) is an improviser, bassist, oboist, English hornist, composer and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He specializes in music in the Black American tradition, particularly improvised music. Evan is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he receiveded a Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance, studying with John Lockwood, Billy Kilson, Bruno Räberg and many more. He has performed and recorded with many artists including Francisco Mela, Phil Grenadier, Jim Robitaille, Leo Blanco, Shinya Lin, Mark Walker, and John Dalton. Evan's band performs their own improvisations and compositions as well as music by Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, and other great composers. Evan is currently a private lesson instructor for the Hopkinton Music Association, Note-Worthy Experiences and Karen Amlaw Music.

John Dalton is a graduate of the U of Mass Dartmouth where he received a diverse musical education, especially in his studies with Chris Poudrier and Jim Robitaille, developeing fluency in a variety of styles as both an improvising musician and composer. He is also a published scholar in journals such as The Peer Review. John has performed with Jim Robitaille, Jing Wang, Dino Govoni, Amanda Monaco, Barry Altschul, Ricky Ford, Jerome Harris and others. John’s modular ensemble “Spheres of Influence” performs original compositions, standards, as well as arrangements of well-known repertoire.

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Wayfaring (Katie Ernst & James Falzone)

03-16-2024

Presented by Mandorla Music at Peabody Hall at All Saints Church, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is the duo project of bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. Together, they make deep, spacious, haunting, soulful music, drawing inspiration from varied sources:...

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Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is the duo project of bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. Together, they make deep, spacious, haunting, soulful music, drawing inspiration from varied sources: the jazz tradition, hymns, folk songs, and original compositions. Wayfaring has toured extensively in the US and Canada and has been featured at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago and the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Their debut recording, I Move, You Move, was released in Fall 2017 on the Allos Documents label to much critical acclaim. Their second release, Intermezzo, came out last month.

 

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Ally Venable Band

03-16-2024

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable has made her fiery presence known around the world since the release of her debut album at 16. Now, with her fifth solo effort Real Gone! dropping on Ruf Records March 10th,...

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Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable has made her fiery presence known around the world since the release of her debut album at 16. Now, with her fifth solo effort Real Gone! dropping on Ruf Records March 10th, 2023, Venable has come of age.

At 23, Venable is already an important artist in the roots music world. Her name has grown in stature with each new album and high-energy gig. She’s an absolutely ripping guitar player with style and tone for days, a commanding singer, and a songwriter with the power to make blues music that speaks to contemporary fans. The new record, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi), features guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa and living legend Buddy Guy.

Venable is that rare musician who can take her old-school influences like Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan and create music that brings their spirits to today’s listeners where they live. Together with Isaac Pulido (drums) EJ Bedford (bass), she gives audiences an entertaining show packed with musical muscle and relatable songs about living, growing, and evolving. When asked where her songs emerge from, Ally replied “I try to write about what goes on in my life, or try to write about something I know others can relate to. We all go through things and it’s okay to have feelings about something going on in your life.”

The first single from Real Gone! is “Texas Louisiana,” which is a crackling duet with the one-and-only Buddy Guy. Ally and Buddy are an absolute dream team together, intertwining their guitars and voices into one without either losing any identity or impact. The title track “Real Gone” is a straight-up, body-moving rocker that will also be a single. Venable shouts down the microphone like a star while her guitar snarls and sings.

On the soulful ballad “Next Time I See You,” Ally downshifts her vocals and shows every dynamic degree of her impressive range. Her guitar work here is equally lyrical and emotive, displaying a gift for phrasing that few players ever attain. The grinding slow jam “Blues Is My Best Friend” lays out the ups and downs of the guitar lifestyle in no uncertain terms and features some of Venable’s most intense playing and singing on the entire set. Ally’s deep, cliche-free authenticity is the common thread running through every song on Real Gone!. She speaks her mind without hesitation or apology, turning each track into an honest statement of purpose.

In 2022, Guitar World Magazine named Ally one of the Top 15 ‘Young Guns’ Making the Gibson Les Paul Cool Again and she also received the Road Warrior Award from the Independent Blues Music Awards. She performed as a featured artist on the Experience Hendrix Show in Austin, TX and appeared alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zack Wilde, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, and other luminaries.

With 2019’s Texas Honey and 2021’s Heart of Fire, Venable found herself topping the Billboard charts. Early releases No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) created her fanbase, charted on radio, and won several East Texas Music Awards. Venable’s acclaimed performances on Ruf Records’ European Blues Caravan tour brought her international recognition. She has toured the U.S. with Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Canada with Colin James.

This year, Ally will be opening for Buddy Guy on his farewell tour, rocking Europe again on the Blues Caravan Tour, and doing her own headline shows domestically and abroad. She’s had a rapid rise to fame but gives off the vibe of someone who loves her life and is ok with it all.

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Melodies for a Movement

03-17-2024

Presented by Boston Gay Men's Chorus at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm

"Melodies for a Movement" – a concert not just in remembrance of Tyler Clementi, but a celebration of his life and a resounding declaration against cyber-harassment and bullying endured by LGBTQ+ youth. Through the stirring composition of...

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"Melodies for a Movement" – a concert not just in remembrance of Tyler Clementi, but a celebration of his life and a resounding declaration against cyber-harassment and bullying endured by LGBTQ+ youth. Through the stirring composition of "Tyler’s Suite" and the mesmerizing performance by Ann Hampton Callaway, our aim is clear: to evoke empathy, foster understanding, and promote acceptance.

This transformative concert is more than just notes on a page; it's a call to action. We invite you to join us in creating a world that is safe, inclusive, and respectful in every facet of life – from schools to workplaces to faith communities.

Expect an unforgettable experience that blends the transformative power of music with the fervor of social activism. Through "Melodies for a Movement," we honor Tyler Clementi's memory while igniting the flame of positive change. Together, let's build a world where every individual is cherished for exactly who they are.

Together, we can pave the way for a tomorrow that is more compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic.

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The Nick Isherwood Trio

03-21-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

“It has always been my dream to bring high quality jazz and world music to our building in Roxbury, and by making it free to all we are hoping to continue to create a community space for food, drinks, arts and culture for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Feldman, Chief Executive Officer of Feldman Geospatial.

Nick Isherwood, bass
Jude Poorten, guitar
Andre Sudol, drums

THURSDAY | MARCH 21 | 6 PM

In 2019, Nick Isherwood, a jazz bassist from Medical Lake, Washington, was named the 23rd recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition award. Isherwood was presented with the award at the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival, where he performed with faculty saxophonist George Garzone and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors.

Isherwood's introduction to music was through classical guitar, which he studied throughout middle and high school, gaining statewide recognition and awards. He later shifted his focus to the bass guitar, and then eventually to the upright bass. Some of his most influential early musical experiences occurred at Eastern Washington University’s summer jazz camp, where he was able to study with renowned jazz musicians and educators including Jenny Kellogg, Vern Sielert, Dru Heller and Michael Waldrop. In 2016, he was selected as the top bassist out of six competing states to perform with the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Jazz Band.

After high school, Isherwood received a scholarship to attend the University of Northern Colorado as a jazz studies major. There, he studied with nationally acclaimed bassists Erik Applegate and Nicholas Recuber, and performed with multiple jazz combos and big bands, including the UNC Lab Band II under the direction of drummer Jim White. He has played on multiple DownBeat Student Music Award–winning recordings, and was chosen as the bassist for the modern jazz septet Boundless, whose new album will be released by Fresh Sound Records in late 2019.

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The Nick Isherwood Trio

03-21-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

The trio features:

Nick Isherwood, bass
Jude Poorten, guitar
Andre Sudol, drums

In 2019, Nick Isherwood, a jazz bassist from Medical Lake, Washington, was named the 23rd recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition award. Isherwood was presented with the award at the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival, where he performed with faculty saxophonist George Garzone and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors.

Isherwood's introduction to music was through classical guitar, which he studied throughout middle and high school, gaining statewide recognition and awards. He later shifted his focus to the bass guitar, and then eventually to the upright bass. Some of his most influential early musical experiences occurred at Eastern Washington University’s summer jazz camp, where he was able to study with renowned jazz musicians and educators including Jenny Kellogg, Vern Sielert, Dru Heller and Michael Waldrop. In 2016, he was selected as the top bassist out of six competing states to perform with the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Jazz Band.

After high school, Isherwood received a scholarship to attend the University of Northern Colorado as a jazz studies major. There, he studied with nationally acclaimed bassists Erik Applegate and Nicholas Recuber, and performed with multiple jazz combos and big bands, including the UNC Lab Band II under the direction of drummer Jim White. He has played on multiple DownBeat Student Music Award–winning recordings, and was chosen as the bassist for the modern jazz septet Boundless, whose new album will be released by Fresh Sound Records in late 2019.

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Lockwood, Ray and Walker in Concert

02-29-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

On February 29, John Lockwood, Tim Ray and Mark Walker come together for a special Leap Year Jazz Event beginning at 6 pm.

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz and Art Farmer.

Drummer, composer and educator Mark Walker has been one of the most respected names on the jazz scene for four decades. He has performed on five continents with some of the best musicians in the world and appears on over 75 recordings, including two Grammy® Award-winning albums, four Latin Grammy®-winning albums, seven Grammy®-nominated albums and one Latin Grammy®-nominated album.

Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Ray served as music director and pianist for the legendary Tony Bennett from 2016 until the singer's retirement in 2021. Before that, he performed on the road with singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, touring for more than 15 years. Appearing on over 100 recordings, Ray has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop-music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry, and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Kurt Elling, George Garzone, Dave Douglas, Lewis Nash ,and Brian Blade, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with the Boston Pops, Gunther Schuller, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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George Coleman

03-02-2024

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 01 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Mar 02 @ 7:00 pm
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Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Dan Fox

03-02-2024

Presented by Winchester Community Music School at Winchester Community Music School, Winchester
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 02 @ 3:00 pm

Participants in this workshop will learn about the art of improvisation from trombonist Dan Fox. Dan is the director of the Arlington Jazz Festival and has had a prolific, international performing career in modern and traditional jazz as well as...

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Participants in this workshop will learn about the art of improvisation from trombonist Dan Fox. Dan is the director of the Arlington Jazz Festival and has had a prolific, international performing career in modern and traditional jazz as well as big band. In this workshop for woodwind, brass, and percussion players, Dan will share techniques to help participants develop their own improvisation skills and artistry. $15 general public (free for WCMS students). Open to musicians with at least two years of playing experience. Visit www.winchestermusic.org or call 781-721-2950 for more information. 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester.

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The Makanda Project featuring Charles Tolliver

03-02-2024

Presented by The Makanda Project at Boston Public Library: Roxbury Branch, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 02 @ 7:00 pm

One of the great trumpeters, bandleaders, and composer/arrangers in modern jazz history, Charles Tolliver, will be joining the Makanda Project for their first concert of 2024. The program will include some of his glorious big band compositions...

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One of the great trumpeters, bandleaders, and composer/arrangers in modern jazz history, Charles Tolliver, will be joining the Makanda Project for their first concert of 2024. The program will include some of his glorious big band compositions and arrangements.

Space is limited so reservations are recommended. Seats remain for the 8:30 show. To make reservations email jsnjk@verizon.net and specify which show and how many people.

Charles Tolliver - trumpet, conductor

Kurtis Rivers - alto saxophone

Lee Odom - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet

Sean Berry - tenor saxophone

Temidayo Balogun -tenor saxophone, flute

Charlie Kohlhase - baritone saxophone

Mike Peipman - trumpet

Jerry Sabatini - trumpet

Haneef Nelson - trumpet

Sarah Uyar - trumpet

Alfred Patterson - trombone

Sarah Politz - trombone

Richard Harper - trombone

Bill Lowe - bass trombone

John Kordalewski - piano

Avery Sharpe - bass

Yoron Israel - drums

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Vox One

03-03-2024

Presented by Arts Wayland Foundation, Inc. at First Parish In Wayland, Wayland
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 03 @ 3:00 pm

Vox One, the internationally acclaimed, jazz vocal quintet from Boston is back on the scene. Combining elements of jazz, blues, funk and folk, the award-winning a-cappella group re-imagines the traditional landscape of jazz singing in a truly...

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Vox One, the internationally acclaimed, jazz vocal quintet from Boston is back on the scene. Combining elements of jazz, blues, funk and folk, the award-winning a-cappella group re-imagines the traditional landscape of jazz singing in a truly unique fashion. They'll perform selections from their five albums and new material reframed with the unique vocal percussion and electronic effect that brings an eclectic edge to their pure lyricism. Join Vox One at Arts Wayland Jazz Series (under Artistic Director, Neil Olmstead) at First Parish Church, Wayland, Sunday, March 3 - 3pm. Buy tickets here: https://artswayland.com/pages/vox-one

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Gonzalo Grau + Plural in Concert

03-07-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 07 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

Thursday, March 7 at 6 PM is when Gonzalo Grau + Plural will take the stage at Long Live Roxbury Brewery & Tap Room. The band will include:

Gonzalo Grau, piano, vocals
Alex Alvear, bass, vocals
Amir Milstein, flute
Ernesto Diaz, percussion
Manolo Mairena, vocals, percussion
Angel Subero, trombone

Ingredients:

3 packed tablespoons of J.S. Bach, 1 1/2 cups of Fania, 1 whole packet of Camarón and Paco de Lucía, a pinch of Guaco, 1 large bag of choral music, 3 whole sticks of Venezuelan folklore, 10 pounds of Venezuela's National Youth Orchestra (a.k.a. "el sistema"), 1 infusion of Maroa and Banda Sigilosa, 1 3/4 teaspoons of early music, 8 drops of Chick Corea, 1/2 gallon of Timba Cubana, 1 cello, 1 Venezuelan cuatro, 1 piano, 1 viola da gamba, lots of percussion, a little bit of voice and a small box of "Grau-Palacios" DNA.

Gonzalo Grau began his musical studies at the age of three in Caracas. Along his musical journey he developed skills in many instruments, from the viola da gamba and the cello to the flamenco cajón and his principal instrument, the piano.

A Berklee Suma Cum Laude graduate, Gonzalo has established himself as a multi-instrumentalist and his varied credits include performances with Venezuelan music projects like Maroa, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Camerata de Caracas and the Simón Bolivar National Youth Orchestra, jazz icon Maria Schneider and the Latin jazz giant Timbalaye. As music director, he leads two projects of his own, "Plural" (Latin jazz-Flamenco-Venezuelan fusion) and "La Clave Secreta" (salsa fusion), nominated for the 2008 Grammys in the Best Tropical Album category. As a recording artist, Grau has participated in over eighty productions that bridge both classical and popular music worlds.

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Portrait of the 90's

03-07-2024

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 07 @ 7:30 pm

Mark Zaleski & Co. reimagine the punk, R&B, metal and Top 40 hits that defined a decade through the lens of jazz.

Mark Zaleski & Co. reimagine the punk, R&B, metal and Top 40 hits that defined a decade through the lens of jazz.

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Taylor Eigsti Quintet

03-08-2024

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 08 @ 7:00 pm

GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was four years old. Growing up in Menlo Park, CA, Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and has since released 8 albums as a bandleader, in addition to...

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GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was four years old. Growing up in Menlo Park, CA, Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and has since released 8 albums as a bandleader, in addition to appearing on over 60 albums as a sideman. Eigsti recently won a 2022 GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his most recent album “Tree Falls”, released in 2021 on GSI Records. In addition to this recent honor, Eigsti has garnered 3 individual GRAMMY® nominations over the years for his work as a recording artist and composer, including Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

Eigsti has performed, toured, or recorded with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Sting, Joshua Redman, Joshua Bell, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Botti, John Mayer, Vanessa Williams, James Moody, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dianne Reeves, Vince Mendoza, Gretchen Parlato, Julian Lage, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, and Frederica Von Stade, among many others over the years, and is a regular touring member of Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective and a duo collaboration with vocalist Lisa Fischer.

Eigsti has travelled internationally quite extensively over the years both as a sideman and with his trio and quartet, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Royal Festival Hall, Olympia Hall, Massey Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Salle Pleyel, and many top festivals throughout the world throughout six continents, in addition to performing as a soloist and collaborator with many of the top symphony orchestras in the world, including the New York Pops, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many others. Eigsti will be releasing his 9th album as a bandleader in the Spring of 2024.

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Mango Blue

03-09-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 09 @ 7:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial presents Mango Blue at Long Live Roxbury on Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm.  The venue is home to a new brewery and taproom known as Long Live Roxbury. Mango Blue is a celebrated Boston-based Latin band lead by Alex Alvear who now...

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Feldman Geospatial presents Mango Blue at Long Live Roxbury on Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm.  The venue is home to a new brewery and taproom known as Long Live Roxbury. Mango Blue is a celebrated Boston-based Latin band lead by Alex Alvear who now lives in his homeland of Ecuador.   The band features these musicians:

Alex Alvear, composer/arranger, bass, vocals
Rebecca Cline, keyboards
Ernesto Díaz, congas
Gonzalo Grau, vocals, percussion
Bertram Lahmann, drums
Manolo Mairena, vocals, timbales
Felipe Salles, tenor sax
Jonathan Suazo, alto sax

Mango Blue blends an exciting mixture of musical styles to create a refreshing Afro-Latin/world music sound, featuring songs of celebration and social conscience.

Mango Blue is a high-powered, all-original music ensemble led by Alvear who is an Ecuadorian composer, bassist and singer. The band's stylistic fusion creates music that transcends ethnic boundaries, providing a new color in the Latin music palette. Band members come from all over, including Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and the United States.

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Faculty Jazz Concert: “It Might As Well Be Spring”

03-09-2024

Presented by Winchester Community Music School at Winchester Community Music School, Winchester
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 09 @ 7:30 pm

Let’s warm things up and dream of spring with some great jazz! This concert will feature standard jazz favorites along with special arrangements by our faculty performers: Valerie Walton, saxophone; Dan Teager, trumpet; Seth Hamlin, trombone; Tad...

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Let’s warm things up and dream of spring with some great jazz! This concert will feature standard jazz favorites along with special arrangements by our faculty performers: Valerie Walton, saxophone; Dan Teager, trumpet; Seth Hamlin, trombone; Tad Hitchcock, guitar; Mark Pucci, double bass; and Carl Puglisi, drums. Free admission; the program will be held in-person at WCMS and also streamed live on our YouTube and Facebook pages. Visit www.winchestermusic.org or call 781-721-2950 for more information.

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Mike Zito

03-09-2024

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 09 @ 8:00 pm

Mike Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today and rightfully so, but for him, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered...

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Mike Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today and rightfully so, but for him, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.”

Naturally, patience and perseverance have been Zito’s stock and trade since the beginning. He began playing guitar at the age of five, and by the time he reached his late teens, he was already a fixture on the local St. Louis music scene. He initially released his music independently and then signed with Eclecto Groove Records in 2008. “Pearl River,” the title track of his 2009 album for the label, won Song of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and marked his first collaboration with Cyril Neville, with whom he’d later work in the Royal Southern Brotherhood. A steady succession of critically acclaimed albums followed, culminating in 2011’s Greyhound, which was nominated for Best Rock Blues Album at that year’s Blue Music Awards ceremony in Memphis. Two years later, he signed with Ruf Records and released Gone to Texas, the story of how he gained his sobriety, offered an emotional homage to the state that left an indelible imprint on his entire life. It also marked the debut of his band, The Wheel.

From 2010 to 2014, Zito also played an integral role in the super group of sorts, Royal Southern Brotherhood. The group released two albums and a DVD, Songs from the Road – Live in Germany, winner of the year’s Blues Music Award for Best DVD. He also made his mark behind the boards by producing albums for Samantha Fish, Albert Castiglia, Ally Venable, Jeremiah Johnson, Jimmy Carpenter, and many others.

Meanwhile, the accolades kept coming. His album, Make Blues Not War, debuted on the Billboard Blues Album Chart at number one and garnered him recognition as the 2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards. First Class Life followed suit, also entering the charts at number one. Alternate Root magazine insisted that “The First Class Life that Mike Zito titles his upcoming album can be heard in the sweet sound of Blue Soul rising like heat waves from his guitar and his vocal.” American Blues Scene said, “Mike Zito’s return to the blues is, in a word, triumphant!” No Depression declared, “Once again, Zito has delivered the goods, a first class package with no postage due.”

In 2019, Zito released a tribute album of fellow St. Louis native and rock ‘n’ roll legend, Chuck Berry, and featured an array of guest guitarists ranging from Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Eric Gales, to Robben Ford, Luther Dickinson and Sonny Landreth, as well as Berry’s own grandson. Rock ’n Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry debuted on the Billboard Blues Album Chart at number 1 and remained on the chart for several weeks. Rock ’N Roll won the Blues Music Award for Blues Rock Album of the year and Mike also received the Blues Music Award for Blues Rock artist.

At about the same time, Mike Zito partnered with Guy Hale to form the new record label Gulf Coast Records. Gulf Coast Records is based in Nederland, TX with a focus on Regional Roots, Blues and Americana genres. The mutual passion of the founders is to lift up artists and help them get their music out to the world.

Quarantine Blues, was recorded during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic and served as a healing love letter to his fans around the world that heralded better days ahead if we’d all just stick together. In 2021, Mike released Resurrection on his record label Gulf Coast Records. The new disc was produced by the celebrated Grammy-winner David Z, best known for his long-standing work with Prince, and who has contributed to albums by Etta James, Billy Idol, BoDeans, Buddy Guy and John Mayall, among many others.

“I have songs in me and musical ideas all of the time,” volunteers Mike Zito about the new album’s genesis. “I write what I can, when I can and try to save it all for posterity. Some of the songs are just songs and they don’t always have meaning for me, and some of them become very personal. For me to sing songs and feel them with real emotion, they need to be somewhat personal. Even songs I did not write, I need to feel they explain a part of my thinking or how I am feeling about love, sex, life, death, the world…. Resurrection is an album of feelings, emotions, and is very personal. The title track is how I once almost lost my love, but it came back stronger than ever. I have had this song in me for years, but it only makes sense now to share it with the world. After the year we have had on planet Earth, I believe we all need a rebirth. This rebirth has given me an opportunity to be who I want to be musically and artistically.”

Resurrection was a critic and fan favorite and later won the Blues Music Award for the 2022 Blues Rock Album of the year.

In 2022, Zito released the double live album Blues for the Southside. Recorded on November 26, 2021, at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, Missouri, and produced by Mike Zito, Blues for the Southside showcases Zito (guitar, vocals) and his stellar band in full fury with special guests Tony Campanella, Dave Kalz and guitar wizard Eric Gales. After the release of Blues for the Southside, Zito joined forces with Gulf Coast Records label mate Albert Castiglia and created the Blood Brothers tour.

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This Music Series First “Club” Jazz date!

03-11-2024

Presented by This Music Series at The Jungle Community Music Club, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Mar 11 @ 9:45 pm

This Music Series: An Appetite for adventure continues…Presenting:

The Founders Quintet:

Isao, guitar

Martin Gohary, keyboard

Eric Van Dam, saxophones

Evan Palmer, bass

John Dalton, drums

A way to extend your weekend, liven up any...

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This Music Series: An Appetite for adventure continues…Presenting:

The Founders Quintet:

Isao, guitar

Martin Gohary, keyboard

Eric Van Dam, saxophones

Evan Palmer, bass

John Dalton, drums

A way to extend your weekend, liven up any blue-Monday.

Discover a (funky) club scene (in a more lively Union Sq.).

And the next generation musicians making waves.

They are years beyond 21, in age and music maturity, growing, creating!

 

Expect no-holds-bar improvisations from, through and about the freedoms of Jazz and New Music!

 

It’s a formal, marketed entry into the Somerville community—individually, some in the group have played in Union Sq, the Lilypad, out-of-town—with the TM series expanding beyond Cambridge.

Join the new scene!

 

 

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The Fringe

03-14-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

The Fringe will perform on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 6 pm.  Free admission.  Free parking.

Boston’s legendary jazz group The Fringe was formed in 1971 by tenor saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chair of the Bass Department at Berklee and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.

With the passing of drummer Bob Gullotti in 2020, Francisco Mela has taken over the drum seat for the group.

George Garzone is the founding member of the Fringe. The group has released several albums and Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. Garzone toured Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performed with Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Rachel Z, Bob Weir and Ratdog. Garzone is also on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He pioneered the triadic chromatic approach. In 1995 he recorded a tribute to Stan Getz on NYC Records called Alone. Four’s and Two’s followed a year later with Joe Lovano and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in the summer of 2000.

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz and Art Farmer.

Francisco Mela was born in Bayamo, Cuba. Mela studied at the Music School of Arts El Yarey as a teenager before furthering his studies at the National School of Arts for Teachers, el CENCEA. He taught at Rafael’s Cabrera Conservatory of Music and played with some of the country’s top Latin jazz musicians, as well as leading his group, MelaSon Latin Jazz Band, that toured throughout Mexico. In 2000, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and was invited to join the percussion faculty there. He also became the house drummer at the Wally’s Café. It was there that he developed the concept for what would later be his own group.

In 2005, Mela joined a quartet led by saxophonist Joe Lovano. Of particular note was the group’s 2008 album on Blue Note entitled Folk Art. Later that year, Mela was approached by McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Mela was also named the Twin Cities Jazz Festival’s first artistic director in 2014, and before appointment, he served as artistic director for the Xalapa Jazz Festival in Veracruz, Mexico (2010-2013). In late 2016, Mela was part of an inaugural ensemble that joined Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and saxophonist Joe Lovano for an international tour throughout Europe and North America. He also leads his own group, The Crash Trio.

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Deep Inside The Blues: Holly Harris Interviews Author/Photographer Margo Cooper

03-14-2024

Presented by Arlington Center for the Arts at Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm

Arlington Center for the Arts presents Deep Inside The Blues: Holly Harris Interviews Author/Photographer Margo Cooper on Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7-8:30pm in their Shaira Ali Gallery. This talk is free and open to the general public.

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Arlington Center for the Arts presents Deep Inside The Blues: Holly Harris Interviews Author/Photographer Margo Cooper on Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7-8:30pm in their Shaira Ali Gallery. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Join ACA as we celebrate local author Margo Cooper's acclaimed new book, Deep Inside the Blues. In a lively conversation with WUMB's Spinning the Blues host, Holly Harris, Ms. Cooper will share slides and recount details of her unique project featuring 30-years of interviews and original photographs that document the lives of blues musicians, their families and homes, neighborhoods, festivals, and gigs. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at this event.

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Nicholas Payton

03-15-2024

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm

Grammy® award winning trumpeter, keyboardist and composer Nicholas Paytonwill perform at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, March 15 with two shows at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets from $40 to $115 (includes VIP seating and dinner) are on sale...

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Grammy® award winning trumpeter, keyboardist and composer Nicholas Paytonwill perform at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, March 15 with two shows at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets from $40 to $115 (includes VIP seating and dinner) are on sale now HERE.

Scullers Jazz Club is located in the DoubleTree Suites Boston/Cambridge hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Allston, MA 02134. Parking is available on site.

Payton will perform on trumpet and keyboards with Braylon Lacy on bass and Corey Fonville on drums.

Payton unveiled a new album in September 2023 on his own label, Paytone Records. It's entitled "Drip," and it's a new take on six previously recorded original compositions.

About Nicholas Payton:

As a leading voice in American popular music, the Grammy® Award-winning Nicholas Payton is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, essayist, and social activist who defies musical and artistic categories. All the while, he honors the tradition of what he terms “postmodern New Orleans music,” as well as the spirit of Black American Music, of which he states, “There are no fields, per se. There are lineages.”

The New Orleans-born Payton has followed his calling since growing up under the tutelage of his parents — acclaimed bassist Walter Payton and Maria Payton, a pianist and vocalist. Already a prodigy before entering the first grade, he began playing trumpet at age four and started performing professionally at age 10. Before the age of 20, he was already in demand by everyone from Danny Barker and Clark Terry to Elvin Jones and Marcus Roberts. Payton released his first album, From this Moment, in 1995 on the famed Verve label. He received his first Grammy® nomination in 1997 for the album Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton, and for the category of Best Instrumental Solo, which found him winning the award that year.

As a leader, Payton’s seminal writings and discussions on the problematics of the term and associations of “jazz” have inspired musicians, researchers, music listeners, and thinkers alike. As such, he termed Black American Music, or #BAM for short, to represent the breadth of improvisational musical creations created by Black people in the U.S., regardless of genre. His introduction of #BAM into the lexicon of popular music discourse landed him an entry in the New York Times‘ “The Decade in Jazz: 10 Definitive Moments” in 2019.

“(Black American Music) is . . . a liberation music, it is our first global recognition in humanizing, if you will, a class of people who were systematically dehumanized for centuries,” Payton says. “The concern for me is to draw from the wellspring of all the great Black ancestors who inspired me to play this music in the first place. And to hopefully keep that energy, that spirit.”

Through his mission-driven work and art, Payton continues to creatively move boundaries, while inspiring and remaining inspired by the pioneering lineage of Black American Music, of which he is a part.

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Jazz Pianist Tatiana Castro Mejia, joined again by two vital other Jazz creatives.

03-16-2024

Presented by This Music Series at The Lilypad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 7:45 pm

The Creative Music Series presents

7:45PM, doors: 7:15 $18, $15 seniors, students, cash, venmo

Lead by Tatiana Castro Mejia, pianist, and poet who moved here just before the Pandemic, she brings her personal and cultural improv and free Jazz to...

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The Creative Music Series presents

7:45PM, doors: 7:15 $18, $15 seniors, students, cash, venmo

Lead by Tatiana Castro Mejia, pianist, and poet who moved here just before the Pandemic, she brings her personal and cultural improv and free Jazz to Boston to express a unique “hemispheric” language of improvisation through Free-Jazz.

“…from her creative need to express from the music and from the word: Find(ing) paths that explore beyond the song. Explore in narration, storyteller. Let the word recite next to the music. Play with it from improvisation, and let it interact with the sound. Music and text. Text and music”. And Castro Mejia carries it out from three different perspectives: compositions with music and words, instrumental (with the music suggesting poetic figures) and narrated (where the voice is expressed musically)”. - El Intruo

From a very young age she always had an interest, a curiosity for the creative, to assemble and disassemble, mostly from the sound, but at times touching other languages: dance, writing, dramaturgy. Today, more than 20 years after having decided to dedicate her life to music, she walks a path where improvisation plays a leading role and she seeks to cross lines with dance and theater, with writing and poetry. She studied at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) where she graduated obtaining the title of  \\\"Master of Music with Emphasis in Jazz\\\". Between 2005 and 2006 she studied with the Argentine pianist Ernesto Jodos in Buenos Aires, thanks to a scholarship granted by the Fernando Sor School of Music in Bogotá and the Buenos Aires School of Contemporary Music where she was a teacher (www.escuelademusica. org). Her professional artistic life began in Bogotá, but she has had a strong development in Buenos Aires, where she has lived for 15 years.

Tatiana Castro Mejía was born in Colombia. In 2004, she earned a scholarship to study with Ernesto Jodos and Rodrigo Domínguez. She played in Mair, Tekeye, Bogotaires and Proyecto de Música Contemporánea. She released Ciclos, her first album. She co-directs a music and dance collective improvisation project with dancer Aleema Curri. She leads a quintet that plays the music of Eric Dolphy.

Piano & Guitar (w/ Gonzalo Muruaga) (Buenos Aires, 2016): youtube.com/tcm1January 2019, Voice & piano duo (Improv): youtube.com/tcm2March 8, 2020, Piano solo (Sound intervention to a poem): youtube.com/tcm3

Evan Palmer (they/he) is an improviser, bassist, oboist, English hornist, composer and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He specializes in music in the Black American tradition, particularly improvised music. Evan is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he receiveded a Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance, studying with John Lockwood, Billy Kilson, Bruno Räberg and many more. He has performed and recorded with many artists including Francisco Mela, Phil Grenadier, Jim Robitaille, Leo Blanco, Shinya Lin, Mark Walker, and John Dalton. Evan's band performs their own improvisations and compositions as well as music by Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, and other great composers. Evan is currently a private lesson instructor for the Hopkinton Music Association, Note-Worthy Experiences and Karen Amlaw Music.

John Dalton is a graduate of the U of Mass Dartmouth where he received a diverse musical education, especially in his studies with Chris Poudrier and Jim Robitaille, developeing fluency in a variety of styles as both an improvising musician and composer. He is also a published scholar in journals such as The Peer Review. John has performed with Jim Robitaille, Jing Wang, Dino Govoni, Amanda Monaco, Barry Altschul, Ricky Ford, Jerome Harris and others. John’s modular ensemble “Spheres of Influence” performs original compositions, standards, as well as arrangements of well-known repertoire.

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Wayfaring (Katie Ernst & James Falzone)

03-16-2024

Presented by Mandorla Music at Peabody Hall at All Saints Church, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is the duo project of bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. Together, they make deep, spacious, haunting, soulful music, drawing inspiration from varied sources:...

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Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is the duo project of bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. Together, they make deep, spacious, haunting, soulful music, drawing inspiration from varied sources: the jazz tradition, hymns, folk songs, and original compositions. Wayfaring has toured extensively in the US and Canada and has been featured at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago and the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Their debut recording, I Move, You Move, was released in Fall 2017 on the Allos Documents label to much critical acclaim. Their second release, Intermezzo, came out last month.

 

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Ally Venable Band

03-16-2024

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable has made her fiery presence known around the world since the release of her debut album at 16. Now, with her fifth solo effort Real Gone! dropping on Ruf Records March 10th,...

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Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable has made her fiery presence known around the world since the release of her debut album at 16. Now, with her fifth solo effort Real Gone! dropping on Ruf Records March 10th, 2023, Venable has come of age.

At 23, Venable is already an important artist in the roots music world. Her name has grown in stature with each new album and high-energy gig. She’s an absolutely ripping guitar player with style and tone for days, a commanding singer, and a songwriter with the power to make blues music that speaks to contemporary fans. The new record, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi), features guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa and living legend Buddy Guy.

Venable is that rare musician who can take her old-school influences like Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan and create music that brings their spirits to today’s listeners where they live. Together with Isaac Pulido (drums) EJ Bedford (bass), she gives audiences an entertaining show packed with musical muscle and relatable songs about living, growing, and evolving. When asked where her songs emerge from, Ally replied “I try to write about what goes on in my life, or try to write about something I know others can relate to. We all go through things and it’s okay to have feelings about something going on in your life.”

The first single from Real Gone! is “Texas Louisiana,” which is a crackling duet with the one-and-only Buddy Guy. Ally and Buddy are an absolute dream team together, intertwining their guitars and voices into one without either losing any identity or impact. The title track “Real Gone” is a straight-up, body-moving rocker that will also be a single. Venable shouts down the microphone like a star while her guitar snarls and sings.

On the soulful ballad “Next Time I See You,” Ally downshifts her vocals and shows every dynamic degree of her impressive range. Her guitar work here is equally lyrical and emotive, displaying a gift for phrasing that few players ever attain. The grinding slow jam “Blues Is My Best Friend” lays out the ups and downs of the guitar lifestyle in no uncertain terms and features some of Venable’s most intense playing and singing on the entire set. Ally’s deep, cliche-free authenticity is the common thread running through every song on Real Gone!. She speaks her mind without hesitation or apology, turning each track into an honest statement of purpose.

In 2022, Guitar World Magazine named Ally one of the Top 15 ‘Young Guns’ Making the Gibson Les Paul Cool Again and she also received the Road Warrior Award from the Independent Blues Music Awards. She performed as a featured artist on the Experience Hendrix Show in Austin, TX and appeared alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zack Wilde, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, and other luminaries.

With 2019’s Texas Honey and 2021’s Heart of Fire, Venable found herself topping the Billboard charts. Early releases No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) created her fanbase, charted on radio, and won several East Texas Music Awards. Venable’s acclaimed performances on Ruf Records’ European Blues Caravan tour brought her international recognition. She has toured the U.S. with Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Canada with Colin James.

This year, Ally will be opening for Buddy Guy on his farewell tour, rocking Europe again on the Blues Caravan Tour, and doing her own headline shows domestically and abroad. She’s had a rapid rise to fame but gives off the vibe of someone who loves her life and is ok with it all.

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Melodies for a Movement

03-17-2024

Presented by Boston Gay Men's Chorus at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm

"Melodies for a Movement" – a concert not just in remembrance of Tyler Clementi, but a celebration of his life and a resounding declaration against cyber-harassment and bullying endured by LGBTQ+ youth. Through the stirring composition of...

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"Melodies for a Movement" – a concert not just in remembrance of Tyler Clementi, but a celebration of his life and a resounding declaration against cyber-harassment and bullying endured by LGBTQ+ youth. Through the stirring composition of "Tyler’s Suite" and the mesmerizing performance by Ann Hampton Callaway, our aim is clear: to evoke empathy, foster understanding, and promote acceptance.

This transformative concert is more than just notes on a page; it's a call to action. We invite you to join us in creating a world that is safe, inclusive, and respectful in every facet of life – from schools to workplaces to faith communities.

Expect an unforgettable experience that blends the transformative power of music with the fervor of social activism. Through "Melodies for a Movement," we honor Tyler Clementi's memory while igniting the flame of positive change. Together, let's build a world where every individual is cherished for exactly who they are.

Together, we can pave the way for a tomorrow that is more compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic.

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The Nick Isherwood Trio

03-21-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

“It has always been my dream to bring high quality jazz and world music to our building in Roxbury, and by making it free to all we are hoping to continue to create a community space for food, drinks, arts and culture for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Feldman, Chief Executive Officer of Feldman Geospatial.

Nick Isherwood, bass
Jude Poorten, guitar
Andre Sudol, drums

THURSDAY | MARCH 21 | 6 PM

In 2019, Nick Isherwood, a jazz bassist from Medical Lake, Washington, was named the 23rd recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition award. Isherwood was presented with the award at the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival, where he performed with faculty saxophonist George Garzone and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors.

Isherwood's introduction to music was through classical guitar, which he studied throughout middle and high school, gaining statewide recognition and awards. He later shifted his focus to the bass guitar, and then eventually to the upright bass. Some of his most influential early musical experiences occurred at Eastern Washington University’s summer jazz camp, where he was able to study with renowned jazz musicians and educators including Jenny Kellogg, Vern Sielert, Dru Heller and Michael Waldrop. In 2016, he was selected as the top bassist out of six competing states to perform with the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Jazz Band.

After high school, Isherwood received a scholarship to attend the University of Northern Colorado as a jazz studies major. There, he studied with nationally acclaimed bassists Erik Applegate and Nicholas Recuber, and performed with multiple jazz combos and big bands, including the UNC Lab Band II under the direction of drummer Jim White. He has played on multiple DownBeat Student Music Award–winning recordings, and was chosen as the bassist for the modern jazz septet Boundless, whose new album will be released by Fresh Sound Records in late 2019.

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The Nick Isherwood Trio

03-21-2024

Presented by Feldman Geospatial at Long Live Roxbury, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm

Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift...

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Feldman Geospatial has created a superb 'critic's choice' jazz and Latin music series at Long Live Roxbury, a new and hip craft brewery and taproom located at 152 Hampden Street in Boston. And all of it is FREE of charge. It's a beautiful gift from Feldman Geospatial to the neighborhood communities who love great live music in Boston and beyond.

The trio features:

Nick Isherwood, bass
Jude Poorten, guitar
Andre Sudol, drums

In 2019, Nick Isherwood, a jazz bassist from Medical Lake, Washington, was named the 23rd recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition award. Isherwood was presented with the award at the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival, where he performed with faculty saxophonist George Garzone and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors.

Isherwood's introduction to music was through classical guitar, which he studied throughout middle and high school, gaining statewide recognition and awards. He later shifted his focus to the bass guitar, and then eventually to the upright bass. Some of his most influential early musical experiences occurred at Eastern Washington University’s summer jazz camp, where he was able to study with renowned jazz musicians and educators including Jenny Kellogg, Vern Sielert, Dru Heller and Michael Waldrop. In 2016, he was selected as the top bassist out of six competing states to perform with the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Jazz Band.

After high school, Isherwood received a scholarship to attend the University of Northern Colorado as a jazz studies major. There, he studied with nationally acclaimed bassists Erik Applegate and Nicholas Recuber, and performed with multiple jazz combos and big bands, including the UNC Lab Band II under the direction of drummer Jim White. He has played on multiple DownBeat Student Music Award–winning recordings, and was chosen as the bassist for the modern jazz septet Boundless, whose new album will be released by Fresh Sound Records in late 2019.

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