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George Russell Jr Trio

05-27-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 27 @ 7:00 pm

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show:...

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For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

George Russell Jr., piano

Winston McCow, bass

Sean Skeete, drums

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Inspirational Jazz Pianist George W. Russell, Jr. is a performer, a composer, and an educator. George began taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Along with studying formally, he had the fortune of growing up playing at his local church. There was no written music at church, so he was given the opportunity to develop his ear. As George continued studying music in college, he discovered jazz and the harmonies that were used in jazz. It was then that he began to understand, from a theoretical viewpoint, what exactly he was playing, both in church and from his classical repertoire. In that period of time, George’s unique fusion of Gospel and Jazz was beginning to form. His performances range from a solo piano, to a groove- oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding larger ensemble that arouses the listener’s intellect and, most importantly, touches their soul. His playing is filled with passion, fire, soul and, most of all, spirit. George will often refer to himself as “a drummer who happens to plays the piano.” This is made clear when you hear the strong sense of rhythm that envelops each and every performance.

George began teaching private piano lessons at the age of 16. This love for teaching encouraged George to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Duquesne University and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory.

While in grad school, George taught at local community music schools and eventually acquired a job as a piano instructor at Tufts University. He then went on to Chair the Jazz department at the New England Conservatory Extension Division. He also served as the Chair of the Jazz Department at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts for over 20 years.

Currently George is the Chair of the Harmony Department at the Berklee College of Music. Prior to becoming Chair, He served as a Professor of Harmony and Piano at Berklee. George has been awarded the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division. George has also been recognized with the highest award that Berklee gives to faculty, the Most Distinguished Faculty Award.

http://www.georgewrusselljr.com/

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Larry McCray

05-27-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 27 @ 8:00 pm

River Kittens opening the show!

Larry McCray first emerged on the international stage with his debut release on Point Blank/Virgin in 1990. Through the 1990’s and behind 4 albums on that label, he quickly ascended the hierarchy of the blues...

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River Kittens opening the show!

Larry McCray first emerged on the international stage with his debut release on Point Blank/Virgin in 1990. Through the 1990’s and behind 4 albums on that label, he quickly ascended the hierarchy of the blues and roots world, not just as a guitarist who could slay but also as an impassioned singer who could knock out audiences with his soulful, barrel-chested vocals.

Over the past three decades of nonstop touring and recording, Larry has played and shared the stage with such blues and rock greats as BB KingBuddy GuyAlbert KingJohn Mayall, Johnny WinterRobert CrayKeb MoJonny LangJoe WalshLevon HelmKenny Wayne ShepherdBobby “Blue” Bland, Albert Collins, and Joe Bonamassa. No stranger to the deep and endless world of the jam band universe either, Larry is beloved by and has performed with many of the greats in that world, including touring with The Allman Brothers BandWarren HaynesGov’t Mule, Phil LeshChris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and countless others.

Now, with the release of his new album Blues Without You (March 25, 2022), Larry McCray is poised to re-emerge as one our great American roots and blues performers. The new album is a masterful, genre busting 12-track release that touches on country, jazz, gospel…and of course the blues. Recorded on famed guitarist Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive label with producer Josh Smith, the breadth of McCray’s songwriting talents are on full display, found on tracks such as the classic blues shuffle Arkansas, the retro soul of Breaking News and the poignant ballad Down To The Bottom (featuring Warren Haynes).

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After-Hours with Andy Voelker (Jam Session)

05-27-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 27 @ 10:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Jef Charland, acoustic bass
Steve Langone, drums

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Donna Byrne Quartet

05-28-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish!

"IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS . . . ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG JAZZ SINGERS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. SHE'S THE REAL MCCOY."  - TONY BENNETT

Donna has been invited by none other than Tony Bennett...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish!

"IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS . . . ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG JAZZ SINGERS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. SHE'S THE REAL MCCOY."  - TONY BENNETT

Donna has been invited by none other than Tony Bennett to open several of his shows both in the U.S. and abroad.

Donna Byrne is a jazz singer at the top of her game. With sultry good looks and a quick wit, Donna is not only a masterful singer, but also a true entertainer. She has performed with such renowned artists as: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Frank Wess, Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Bill Cunliffe, Harry Allen, Gray Sargent, Carmen Cicero, Dave Frishberg, Eddie Higgins, James Williams and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. She has opened for such performers as Lou Rawls, Bob Newhart and the great Tony Bennett on his national tour (the “thrill of a lifetime” for Donna). Her unforgettable performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing audiences at such venues as: Blue Note Jazz Club, Tavern on the Green, Blues Alley, Scullers, Regattabar, Jazz Bakery, The Rainbow Room, and London’s Pizza on the Park. She’s also toured Florida, performing with Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna and Ruby Braff. Her audiences have been filled with such luminaries as the legendary Margaret Whiting, who “thoroughly enjoyed Donna's performance,” and Tony Bennett, who dropped in for his birthday just to hear Donna sing his classic “It Was Me.” Mr. Bennett became an ardent fan, once flying home early from the Super Bowl just to catch Donna perform.
https://www.donnabyrne.com/

Featuring:

Donna Byrne, vocals
Tim Ray, piano
Marshall Wood, acoustic bass
Steve Langone, drums

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CATHEDRAL: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF VAN HALEN FEATURING TYLER MORRIS

05-28-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 28 @ 8:00 pm

Tyler Morris is a 21 year old musician from Boston, Massachusetts who has released and supported four internationally acclaimed albums to date. Morris developed an affinity for many genres of music at a young age and guitar became his primary...

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Tyler Morris is a 21 year old musician from Boston, Massachusetts who has released and supported four internationally acclaimed albums to date. Morris developed an affinity for many genres of music at a young age and guitar became his primary passion. Along the way, he became a strong, prolific songwriter and an incendiary performer. Morris has enjoyed live performance ever since he first came onstage as an 11-year-old at the invitation of Gary King, musical director at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Morris became a regular guest player at the club and began his performing career thereafter, having a great grasp of Blues music history and style at a young age. Morris has performed with music industry notables including Sammy Hagar, Steve Vai, Walter Trout, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Ronnie Earl, Yngwie Malmsteen, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Ronnie Montrose and many others.

Morris is an endorsed artist by Gibson Guitars, Marshall Amps, Fishman and many other companies, aiding them in promotion and design of new innovative musical products. Furthermore, Morris has been working with Vintage Guitar Magazine for over five years and has his own exclusive video series with the media outlet. One of Morris’ exclusive videos, a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, received much notoriety, leading him to start a touring tribute to Van Halen’s 40th anniversary, which is regularly selling out at many theatres. In addition to performance and composition, Morris is also an Electrical Engineer, and has designed audio effects for the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Conan O’Brien, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Brian May (Queen), Warren Haynes and others. Tyler Morris Designs (TMD) just released their consumer line of pedals with press releases from Premier Guitar, Guitar World and Music Radar.

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The Monkfish Jazz Orchestra led by Pete Kenagy

05-29-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 29 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! Peter Kenagy is a jazz trumpet player and composer based in Boston. His music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own. His first...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! Peter Kenagy is a jazz trumpet player and composer based in Boston. His music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own. His first release was Little Machines (Fresh Sound/New Talent, 2005) and his most recent album is Standard Model.

Featuring:

Pete Kenagy, trumpet
Dan Rosenthal, trumpet
Randy Pingrey, trombone
Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Kathy Olson, baritone saxophone
Rich Greenblatt, vibraphone
Mark Shilansky, piano
Greg Ryan, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums

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Zoom Tunes- May 29, 2022 virtual jam session

05-29-2022

Presented by Vermont Jazz Center at Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 29 @ 7:00 pm

Presented by the Vermont Jazz Center

7-8:30 pm

Welcome to a new year of Zoom Tunes. It seems so strange that we are entering 2022 with so few occasions to play live music in safe environments.

Zoom Tunes continues to provide an opportunity to...

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Presented by the Vermont Jazz Center

7-8:30 pm

Welcome to a new year of Zoom Tunes. It seems so strange that we are entering 2022 with so few occasions to play live music in safe environments.

Zoom Tunes continues to provide an opportunity to learn new tunes and maintain relationships with musician-friends in a supportive atmosphere.

The Zoom Tune for May 29, 2022 is ‘Barbados’.

https://vtjazz.org/barbados/

ON-LINE; $15 per session

HOSTS:
We have three hosts – Malik McLaurine, Ben Barnett and Franz Robert. Eugene and Ginger will also be present.

TO PREPARE:
Beforehand - try playing the tune of the month along with the backing track mp3 found on the VJC’s website. You can use any other backing track you like, including iReal Pro or you can play the tune solo.

WHEN & WHAT:
On the last Sunday of each month
from 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST

Malik, Ben and Franz will be online to listen with other VJC community members to everyone’s version. Be sure to have your backing track cued up and ready to go.
Each person will play the melody and then launch into their solo improvisation. After you have finished your improv, play the melody once more to complete your session.

AND THEN...
Malik, Franz, and Ben will guide us in a short conversation about your interpretation of the tune. Community participation in this process is encouraged. Focus topics could include positive comments about the performance as well as suggestions regarding style, improvisational options and helpful tips.

Please join us by sharing your music with our online community!

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Global Jazz Club Presents: Global Jazz Womxn

06-01-2022

Presented by Global Jazz Club at @CROMA Venue of the Arlington Street Church, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 6:30 pm

Meet the musicians: Global Jazz Womxn is an all-female ensemble from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute led by Patricia Zarate Perez, assistant professor of music and social activism. This ensemble presents original music and arrangements of...

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Meet the musicians: Global Jazz Womxn is an all-female ensemble from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute led by Patricia Zarate Perez, assistant professor of music and social activism. This ensemble presents original music and arrangements of female musicians from all over the world that meet and collaborate on and off the stage!

*Please bring your vaccination card, or a photo of your vaccination card, to show at the entrance. If you do not have a vaccination card, you may show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to the event.

For more information go to globaljazzclub.com

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HENRY ACKER TRIO

06-01-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 7:30 pm

Henry Acker is a seventeen-year-old jazz guitarist who performs in the style of Django Reinhardt. A child prodigy who began playing at age 8 and performing professionally at age 9, his talent and abilities have developed into nothing short of...

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Henry Acker is a seventeen-year-old jazz guitarist who performs in the style of Django Reinhardt. A child prodigy who began playing at age 8 and performing professionally at age 9, his talent and abilities have developed into nothing short of astonishing. Henry has already shared the stage with jazz greats Bucky
Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Bireli Lagrene and Vic Juris as well as Gypsy Jazz legends Samson Schmitt, Mozes Rosenberg, Adrien Moignard and Joscho Stephane. He is the winner of the 2017 Djangofest Northwest Saga Award and a four time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Student Award for jazz guitar soloist. Based In Boston, MA, he also dazzles audiences at Jazz Festivals across the United States and Europe. He performs with his father, jazz guitarist Victor Acker and his Uncle Dana Acker on the double bass. He can also be seen performing with virtuoso violinist Jason Anick's Rhythm Future Quartet. Henry’s career is in full swing and red hot.

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Yoko Miwa Trio

06-03-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 7:00 pm

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at...

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Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

Featuring:

Yoko Miwa, piano
Brad Barrett, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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Marcia Ball

06-03-2022

Presented by The Center for Arts in Natick at The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 8:00 pm

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans...

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“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”

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After-Hours with Andy Voelker (Jam Session)

06-03-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00 pm Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Greg Toro, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums

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Andy Voelker Quartet

06-04-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
TBA, piano
Jef Charland, acoustic bass
Luther Gray, drums

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The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman

06-04-2022

Presented by The Makanda Project at Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 7:00 pm

The Makanda Project, Boston's acclaimed creative big band, again joins forces with renowned saxophonist Chico Freeman, with whom they toured Europe in summer 2021. The program will include some of Mr. Freeman's compositions, arranged by Makanda...

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The Makanda Project, Boston's acclaimed creative big band, again joins forces with renowned saxophonist Chico Freeman, with whom they toured Europe in summer 2021. The program will include some of Mr. Freeman's compositions, arranged by Makanda Project leader John Kordalewski, as well as compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre. Kurtis Rivers, Paavo Carey, Chico Freeman, Sean Berry, Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones; Jerry Sabatini, Haneef Nelson - trumpets; Alfred Patterson, Sarah Politz, Bill Lowe - trombone; John Kordalewski - piano; Avery Sharpe - bass; Anton Kot - drums.

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The Jon Butcher Axis w/special guest The Willie J. Laws Band

06-05-2022

Presented by Rockin' 4 Vets at Kowloon, Saugus
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 05 @ 3:00 pm

Join the JON BUTCHER AXIS as they come to Kowloon, in Saugus, MA on Sun June 5, to perform on the spacious outdoor stage.
Boston rock legend and Grammy nominee Jon Butcher brings his AXIS show to Kowloon kicking off the 2022 Home Grown Rock...

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Join the JON BUTCHER AXIS as they come to Kowloon, in Saugus, MA on Sun June 5, to perform on the spacious outdoor stage.
Boston rock legend and Grammy nominee Jon Butcher brings his AXIS show to Kowloon kicking off the 2022 Home Grown Rock Benefit Concert Series featuring The Willie J. Laws Band "Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues". one of the regions notable Blues acts possessing a modern funky style that’s uniquely its own.

This is the series kick-off for  Rockin' 4 Vets summer series "Home Grown Rock" for New England Vets.

You'll hear Axis hits, the music of Jimi Hendrix, rockin', funky blues and much more!

Don't miss two great guitarist on this double-bill!!

General admission is First Come; First Seated. $37.50 in advance; $40 at the gate (if available)
VIP packages include reserved table seating in the front row, pre-show Meet & Greet, photo-op, and an autographed concert poster.

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Eliot Schoolyard Concert: Shaw Pong Liu & Brian Friedland

06-05-2022

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 05 @ 4:00 pm

Two dynamic composers create an afternoon combining free improvisation and compositions by each. Shaw Pong Liu (violin) engages communities in conversations through musical collaboration. Her work has addressed birdsong and healing, sunlight and...

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Two dynamic composers create an afternoon combining free improvisation and compositions by each. Shaw Pong Liu (violin) engages communities in conversations through musical collaboration. Her work has addressed birdsong and healing, sunlight and warmth, healing and homicide, racism, and the police. Brian Friedland (piano) writes music that reflects his love of collaboration and musical diversity.
This is part of the Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series, 15 live events, Sundays at 4pm, June through September in the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain. For this opening concert of the series, ice cream is provided by JP Licks.

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Maxim Lubarsky Trio

06-05-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 05 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. 1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

Maxim...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. 1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

Maxim Lubarsky, piano

Max Ridley, acoustic bass

Bertram Lehmann, drums

A native of Odessa Ukraine, Maxim Lubarsky is a virtuoso at the piano. A vivid performer, blending together various musical styles, Maxim takes you on a journey that mergers Jazz creativity with European lyricism and rhythms of South America. Maxim’s performances are known for the spirited and captivating improvisations, interplay and spontaneity. When not performing locally, he tours nationally and internationally with concerts and master classes.

“Here you have a marvelously endowed talent. This is the musicianship and artistic sensitivity at its highest level. Of such ingredients are great musical memories made and lives enriched thereby”  – Joyce Miller (The Item, Sumter, SC)

For more information visit www.maximlubarsky.com

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Yoko Miwa Trio

06-10-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at...

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Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

Featuring:

Yoko Miwa, piano
Brad Barrett, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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After-Hours with Andy Voelker (Jam Session)

06-10-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 10 @ 10:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums

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Alain Mallet Quartet

06-11-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show:...

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For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

Alain Mallet, piano

Jacques Schwartz-Bart, tenor saxophone

Peter Slavov, bass

Julian Miltenberger, drums

Here’s your rare chance to hear this quartet of certified and upcoming heavyweights of jazz! Led by Grammy award winning pianist Alain Mallet who was born in France and moved to the States at the age of 21 to attend Berklee College of Music where he is now a professor in the ensemble and piano departments.

He has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Pop including Phil Woods, Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Marc Johnson and Madeleine Peyroux. He is a critically acclaimed producer, particularly for his work with Jonatha Brooke. His original compositions have been recorded by jazz greats such as Gary Burton, Dave Samuels and Paquito D'Rivera and published in the European Real Book (Sher Music).

His first solo recording titled Mutt Slang (2018) was received with rave reviews. The follow up titled “A wake of sorrows engulfed in rage”
(2020) is out now on Origin records. Alain won a Grammy in "Surround Sound Album" category in 2021.

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Seth Walker

06-11-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm

Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s
a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched,
Southern-inflected voice with...

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Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s
a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched,
Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His new studio album, I Hope
I Know, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, and a string of singles, including “We Got This,” “Spirits
Moving” and a cover of Van Morrison’s classic “Warm Love” further build upon this reputation.
In 2021, Walker added published author to his oeuvre with his first memoir, ‘Your Van Is On Fire.’ A riotous
and charming melange of a touring musician’s life, the book is comprised of many short essays, poems and
paintings he'd accumulated over a near 30-year career. Written during the pandemic lockdown, Walker offers
a first hand account of an artist in perpetual motion who’s dedicated his life to chasing the muse wherever it
may lead.
Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth Walker played
cello long before discovering the guitar in his 20s. When his introduction to the blues came via his Uncle
Landon Walker, who was both a musician and disc jockey, his fate was forever sealed. Instantaneously, Seth
was looking to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration.
The rest is history. He's released ten albums, broken into the Top 20 of the Americana Radio Charts, reached
No. 2 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression
and Relix, among others.
In addition to extensive recording and songwriting pursuits, Seth is consistently touring and performing at
venues and festivals around the world. Along with headline shows, he's been invited to open for The
Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Seth Walker is currently based in Asheville, NC after previously residing in Austin, New Orleans and Nashville.
He’s used those experiences wisely, soaking up the sounds and absorbing the musical lineage of these varied
places. With a bluesman’s respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful
melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth sublimely incorporates a range of styles with warmth and grace.
Perhaps Country Standard Time said it best: “If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth
Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.”

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George Russell Jr Trio

05-27-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 27 @ 7:00 pm

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show:...

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For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

George Russell Jr., piano

Winston McCow, bass

Sean Skeete, drums

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Inspirational Jazz Pianist George W. Russell, Jr. is a performer, a composer, and an educator. George began taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Along with studying formally, he had the fortune of growing up playing at his local church. There was no written music at church, so he was given the opportunity to develop his ear. As George continued studying music in college, he discovered jazz and the harmonies that were used in jazz. It was then that he began to understand, from a theoretical viewpoint, what exactly he was playing, both in church and from his classical repertoire. In that period of time, George’s unique fusion of Gospel and Jazz was beginning to form. His performances range from a solo piano, to a groove- oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding larger ensemble that arouses the listener’s intellect and, most importantly, touches their soul. His playing is filled with passion, fire, soul and, most of all, spirit. George will often refer to himself as “a drummer who happens to plays the piano.” This is made clear when you hear the strong sense of rhythm that envelops each and every performance.

George began teaching private piano lessons at the age of 16. This love for teaching encouraged George to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Duquesne University and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory.

While in grad school, George taught at local community music schools and eventually acquired a job as a piano instructor at Tufts University. He then went on to Chair the Jazz department at the New England Conservatory Extension Division. He also served as the Chair of the Jazz Department at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts for over 20 years.

Currently George is the Chair of the Harmony Department at the Berklee College of Music. Prior to becoming Chair, He served as a Professor of Harmony and Piano at Berklee. George has been awarded the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division. George has also been recognized with the highest award that Berklee gives to faculty, the Most Distinguished Faculty Award.

http://www.georgewrusselljr.com/

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Larry McCray

05-27-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 27 @ 8:00 pm

River Kittens opening the show!

Larry McCray first emerged on the international stage with his debut release on Point Blank/Virgin in 1990. Through the 1990’s and behind 4 albums on that label, he quickly ascended the hierarchy of the blues...

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River Kittens opening the show!

Larry McCray first emerged on the international stage with his debut release on Point Blank/Virgin in 1990. Through the 1990’s and behind 4 albums on that label, he quickly ascended the hierarchy of the blues and roots world, not just as a guitarist who could slay but also as an impassioned singer who could knock out audiences with his soulful, barrel-chested vocals.

Over the past three decades of nonstop touring and recording, Larry has played and shared the stage with such blues and rock greats as BB KingBuddy GuyAlbert KingJohn Mayall, Johnny WinterRobert CrayKeb MoJonny LangJoe WalshLevon HelmKenny Wayne ShepherdBobby “Blue” Bland, Albert Collins, and Joe Bonamassa. No stranger to the deep and endless world of the jam band universe either, Larry is beloved by and has performed with many of the greats in that world, including touring with The Allman Brothers BandWarren HaynesGov’t Mule, Phil LeshChris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and countless others.

Now, with the release of his new album Blues Without You (March 25, 2022), Larry McCray is poised to re-emerge as one our great American roots and blues performers. The new album is a masterful, genre busting 12-track release that touches on country, jazz, gospel…and of course the blues. Recorded on famed guitarist Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive label with producer Josh Smith, the breadth of McCray’s songwriting talents are on full display, found on tracks such as the classic blues shuffle Arkansas, the retro soul of Breaking News and the poignant ballad Down To The Bottom (featuring Warren Haynes).

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After-Hours with Andy Voelker (Jam Session)

05-27-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 27 @ 10:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

[more+]

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Jef Charland, acoustic bass
Steve Langone, drums

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Donna Byrne Quartet

05-28-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish!

"IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS . . . ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG JAZZ SINGERS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. SHE'S THE REAL MCCOY."  - TONY BENNETT

Donna has been invited by none other than Tony Bennett...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish!

"IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS . . . ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG JAZZ SINGERS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. SHE'S THE REAL MCCOY."  - TONY BENNETT

Donna has been invited by none other than Tony Bennett to open several of his shows both in the U.S. and abroad.

Donna Byrne is a jazz singer at the top of her game. With sultry good looks and a quick wit, Donna is not only a masterful singer, but also a true entertainer. She has performed with such renowned artists as: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Frank Wess, Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Bill Cunliffe, Harry Allen, Gray Sargent, Carmen Cicero, Dave Frishberg, Eddie Higgins, James Williams and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. She has opened for such performers as Lou Rawls, Bob Newhart and the great Tony Bennett on his national tour (the “thrill of a lifetime” for Donna). Her unforgettable performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing audiences at such venues as: Blue Note Jazz Club, Tavern on the Green, Blues Alley, Scullers, Regattabar, Jazz Bakery, The Rainbow Room, and London’s Pizza on the Park. She’s also toured Florida, performing with Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna and Ruby Braff. Her audiences have been filled with such luminaries as the legendary Margaret Whiting, who “thoroughly enjoyed Donna's performance,” and Tony Bennett, who dropped in for his birthday just to hear Donna sing his classic “It Was Me.” Mr. Bennett became an ardent fan, once flying home early from the Super Bowl just to catch Donna perform.
https://www.donnabyrne.com/

Featuring:

Donna Byrne, vocals
Tim Ray, piano
Marshall Wood, acoustic bass
Steve Langone, drums

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CATHEDRAL: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF VAN HALEN FEATURING TYLER MORRIS

05-28-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 28 @ 8:00 pm

Tyler Morris is a 21 year old musician from Boston, Massachusetts who has released and supported four internationally acclaimed albums to date. Morris developed an affinity for many genres of music at a young age and guitar became his primary...

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Tyler Morris is a 21 year old musician from Boston, Massachusetts who has released and supported four internationally acclaimed albums to date. Morris developed an affinity for many genres of music at a young age and guitar became his primary passion. Along the way, he became a strong, prolific songwriter and an incendiary performer. Morris has enjoyed live performance ever since he first came onstage as an 11-year-old at the invitation of Gary King, musical director at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Morris became a regular guest player at the club and began his performing career thereafter, having a great grasp of Blues music history and style at a young age. Morris has performed with music industry notables including Sammy Hagar, Steve Vai, Walter Trout, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Ronnie Earl, Yngwie Malmsteen, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Ronnie Montrose and many others.

Morris is an endorsed artist by Gibson Guitars, Marshall Amps, Fishman and many other companies, aiding them in promotion and design of new innovative musical products. Furthermore, Morris has been working with Vintage Guitar Magazine for over five years and has his own exclusive video series with the media outlet. One of Morris’ exclusive videos, a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, received much notoriety, leading him to start a touring tribute to Van Halen’s 40th anniversary, which is regularly selling out at many theatres. In addition to performance and composition, Morris is also an Electrical Engineer, and has designed audio effects for the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Conan O’Brien, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Brian May (Queen), Warren Haynes and others. Tyler Morris Designs (TMD) just released their consumer line of pedals with press releases from Premier Guitar, Guitar World and Music Radar.

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The Monkfish Jazz Orchestra led by Pete Kenagy

05-29-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 29 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! Peter Kenagy is a jazz trumpet player and composer based in Boston. His music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own. His first...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! Peter Kenagy is a jazz trumpet player and composer based in Boston. His music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own. His first release was Little Machines (Fresh Sound/New Talent, 2005) and his most recent album is Standard Model.

Featuring:

Pete Kenagy, trumpet
Dan Rosenthal, trumpet
Randy Pingrey, trombone
Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Kathy Olson, baritone saxophone
Rich Greenblatt, vibraphone
Mark Shilansky, piano
Greg Ryan, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums

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Zoom Tunes- May 29, 2022 virtual jam session

05-29-2022

Presented by Vermont Jazz Center at Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 29 @ 7:00 pm

Presented by the Vermont Jazz Center

7-8:30 pm

Welcome to a new year of Zoom Tunes. It seems so strange that we are entering 2022 with so few occasions to play live music in safe environments.

Zoom Tunes continues to provide an opportunity to...

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Presented by the Vermont Jazz Center

7-8:30 pm

Welcome to a new year of Zoom Tunes. It seems so strange that we are entering 2022 with so few occasions to play live music in safe environments.

Zoom Tunes continues to provide an opportunity to learn new tunes and maintain relationships with musician-friends in a supportive atmosphere.

The Zoom Tune for May 29, 2022 is ‘Barbados’.

https://vtjazz.org/barbados/

ON-LINE; $15 per session

HOSTS:
We have three hosts – Malik McLaurine, Ben Barnett and Franz Robert. Eugene and Ginger will also be present.

TO PREPARE:
Beforehand - try playing the tune of the month along with the backing track mp3 found on the VJC’s website. You can use any other backing track you like, including iReal Pro or you can play the tune solo.

WHEN & WHAT:
On the last Sunday of each month
from 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST

Malik, Ben and Franz will be online to listen with other VJC community members to everyone’s version. Be sure to have your backing track cued up and ready to go.
Each person will play the melody and then launch into their solo improvisation. After you have finished your improv, play the melody once more to complete your session.

AND THEN...
Malik, Franz, and Ben will guide us in a short conversation about your interpretation of the tune. Community participation in this process is encouraged. Focus topics could include positive comments about the performance as well as suggestions regarding style, improvisational options and helpful tips.

Please join us by sharing your music with our online community!

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Global Jazz Club Presents: Global Jazz Womxn

06-01-2022

Presented by Global Jazz Club at @CROMA Venue of the Arlington Street Church, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 6:30 pm

Meet the musicians: Global Jazz Womxn is an all-female ensemble from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute led by Patricia Zarate Perez, assistant professor of music and social activism. This ensemble presents original music and arrangements of...

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Meet the musicians: Global Jazz Womxn is an all-female ensemble from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute led by Patricia Zarate Perez, assistant professor of music and social activism. This ensemble presents original music and arrangements of female musicians from all over the world that meet and collaborate on and off the stage!

*Please bring your vaccination card, or a photo of your vaccination card, to show at the entrance. If you do not have a vaccination card, you may show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to the event.

For more information go to globaljazzclub.com

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HENRY ACKER TRIO

06-01-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 7:30 pm

Henry Acker is a seventeen-year-old jazz guitarist who performs in the style of Django Reinhardt. A child prodigy who began playing at age 8 and performing professionally at age 9, his talent and abilities have developed into nothing short of...

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Henry Acker is a seventeen-year-old jazz guitarist who performs in the style of Django Reinhardt. A child prodigy who began playing at age 8 and performing professionally at age 9, his talent and abilities have developed into nothing short of astonishing. Henry has already shared the stage with jazz greats Bucky
Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Bireli Lagrene and Vic Juris as well as Gypsy Jazz legends Samson Schmitt, Mozes Rosenberg, Adrien Moignard and Joscho Stephane. He is the winner of the 2017 Djangofest Northwest Saga Award and a four time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Student Award for jazz guitar soloist. Based In Boston, MA, he also dazzles audiences at Jazz Festivals across the United States and Europe. He performs with his father, jazz guitarist Victor Acker and his Uncle Dana Acker on the double bass. He can also be seen performing with virtuoso violinist Jason Anick's Rhythm Future Quartet. Henry’s career is in full swing and red hot.

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Yoko Miwa Trio

06-03-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 7:00 pm

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at...

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Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

Featuring:

Yoko Miwa, piano
Brad Barrett, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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Marcia Ball

06-03-2022

Presented by The Center for Arts in Natick at The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 8:00 pm

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans...

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“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”

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After-Hours with Andy Voelker (Jam Session)

06-03-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00 pm Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

[more+]

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Greg Toro, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums

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Andy Voelker Quartet

06-04-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
TBA, piano
Jef Charland, acoustic bass
Luther Gray, drums

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The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman

06-04-2022

Presented by The Makanda Project at Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 7:00 pm

The Makanda Project, Boston's acclaimed creative big band, again joins forces with renowned saxophonist Chico Freeman, with whom they toured Europe in summer 2021. The program will include some of Mr. Freeman's compositions, arranged by Makanda...

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The Makanda Project, Boston's acclaimed creative big band, again joins forces with renowned saxophonist Chico Freeman, with whom they toured Europe in summer 2021. The program will include some of Mr. Freeman's compositions, arranged by Makanda Project leader John Kordalewski, as well as compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre. Kurtis Rivers, Paavo Carey, Chico Freeman, Sean Berry, Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones; Jerry Sabatini, Haneef Nelson - trumpets; Alfred Patterson, Sarah Politz, Bill Lowe - trombone; John Kordalewski - piano; Avery Sharpe - bass; Anton Kot - drums.

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The Jon Butcher Axis w/special guest The Willie J. Laws Band

06-05-2022

Presented by Rockin' 4 Vets at Kowloon, Saugus
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 05 @ 3:00 pm

Join the JON BUTCHER AXIS as they come to Kowloon, in Saugus, MA on Sun June 5, to perform on the spacious outdoor stage.
Boston rock legend and Grammy nominee Jon Butcher brings his AXIS show to Kowloon kicking off the 2022 Home Grown Rock...

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Join the JON BUTCHER AXIS as they come to Kowloon, in Saugus, MA on Sun June 5, to perform on the spacious outdoor stage.
Boston rock legend and Grammy nominee Jon Butcher brings his AXIS show to Kowloon kicking off the 2022 Home Grown Rock Benefit Concert Series featuring The Willie J. Laws Band "Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues". one of the regions notable Blues acts possessing a modern funky style that’s uniquely its own.

This is the series kick-off for  Rockin' 4 Vets summer series "Home Grown Rock" for New England Vets.

You'll hear Axis hits, the music of Jimi Hendrix, rockin', funky blues and much more!

Don't miss two great guitarist on this double-bill!!

General admission is First Come; First Seated. $37.50 in advance; $40 at the gate (if available)
VIP packages include reserved table seating in the front row, pre-show Meet & Greet, photo-op, and an autographed concert poster.

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Eliot Schoolyard Concert: Shaw Pong Liu & Brian Friedland

06-05-2022

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 05 @ 4:00 pm

Two dynamic composers create an afternoon combining free improvisation and compositions by each. Shaw Pong Liu (violin) engages communities in conversations through musical collaboration. Her work has addressed birdsong and healing, sunlight and...

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Two dynamic composers create an afternoon combining free improvisation and compositions by each. Shaw Pong Liu (violin) engages communities in conversations through musical collaboration. Her work has addressed birdsong and healing, sunlight and warmth, healing and homicide, racism, and the police. Brian Friedland (piano) writes music that reflects his love of collaboration and musical diversity.
This is part of the Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series, 15 live events, Sundays at 4pm, June through September in the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain. For this opening concert of the series, ice cream is provided by JP Licks.

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Maxim Lubarsky Trio

06-05-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 05 @ 7:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. 1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

Maxim...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. 1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

Maxim Lubarsky, piano

Max Ridley, acoustic bass

Bertram Lehmann, drums

A native of Odessa Ukraine, Maxim Lubarsky is a virtuoso at the piano. A vivid performer, blending together various musical styles, Maxim takes you on a journey that mergers Jazz creativity with European lyricism and rhythms of South America. Maxim’s performances are known for the spirited and captivating improvisations, interplay and spontaneity. When not performing locally, he tours nationally and internationally with concerts and master classes.

“Here you have a marvelously endowed talent. This is the musicianship and artistic sensitivity at its highest level. Of such ingredients are great musical memories made and lives enriched thereby”  – Joyce Miller (The Item, Sumter, SC)

For more information visit www.maximlubarsky.com

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Yoko Miwa Trio

06-10-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at...

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Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

Featuring:

Yoko Miwa, piano
Brad Barrett, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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After-Hours with Andy Voelker (Jam Session)

06-10-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 10 @ 10:00 pm

Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of...

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Live music is back on stage at The Mad Monkfish! House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Featuring:

Andy Voelker, tenor saxophone
Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums

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Alain Mallet Quartet

06-11-2022

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show:...

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For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please specify that you want a table in the Jazz Baroness Room.
1st Show: 7:00-8:15pm   and   2nd Show: 8:45-10:00pm

Alain Mallet, piano

Jacques Schwartz-Bart, tenor saxophone

Peter Slavov, bass

Julian Miltenberger, drums

Here’s your rare chance to hear this quartet of certified and upcoming heavyweights of jazz! Led by Grammy award winning pianist Alain Mallet who was born in France and moved to the States at the age of 21 to attend Berklee College of Music where he is now a professor in the ensemble and piano departments.

He has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Pop including Phil Woods, Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Marc Johnson and Madeleine Peyroux. He is a critically acclaimed producer, particularly for his work with Jonatha Brooke. His original compositions have been recorded by jazz greats such as Gary Burton, Dave Samuels and Paquito D'Rivera and published in the European Real Book (Sher Music).

His first solo recording titled Mutt Slang (2018) was received with rave reviews. The follow up titled “A wake of sorrows engulfed in rage”
(2020) is out now on Origin records. Alain won a Grammy in "Surround Sound Album" category in 2021.

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Seth Walker

06-11-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm

Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s
a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched,
Southern-inflected voice with...

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Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s
a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched,
Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His new studio album, I Hope
I Know, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, and a string of singles, including “We Got This,” “Spirits
Moving” and a cover of Van Morrison’s classic “Warm Love” further build upon this reputation.
In 2021, Walker added published author to his oeuvre with his first memoir, ‘Your Van Is On Fire.’ A riotous
and charming melange of a touring musician’s life, the book is comprised of many short essays, poems and
paintings he'd accumulated over a near 30-year career. Written during the pandemic lockdown, Walker offers
a first hand account of an artist in perpetual motion who’s dedicated his life to chasing the muse wherever it
may lead.
Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth Walker played
cello long before discovering the guitar in his 20s. When his introduction to the blues came via his Uncle
Landon Walker, who was both a musician and disc jockey, his fate was forever sealed. Instantaneously, Seth
was looking to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration.
The rest is history. He's released ten albums, broken into the Top 20 of the Americana Radio Charts, reached
No. 2 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression
and Relix, among others.
In addition to extensive recording and songwriting pursuits, Seth is consistently touring and performing at
venues and festivals around the world. Along with headline shows, he's been invited to open for The
Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Seth Walker is currently based in Asheville, NC after previously residing in Austin, New Orleans and Nashville.
He’s used those experiences wisely, soaking up the sounds and absorbing the musical lineage of these varied
places. With a bluesman’s respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful
melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth sublimely incorporates a range of styles with warmth and grace.
Perhaps Country Standard Time said it best: “If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth
Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.”

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