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Troubadours 2021

07-31-2021

Presented by Cappella Clausura at Youtube
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jul 30 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

Cappella Clausura is thrilled to bring you a recorded collection of commissioned works honoring female troubadours of the 12th-14th century. Based on the lyrics of ancient songwriters, each piece in "Troubadours 2021" will be given new life by an...

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Cappella Clausura is thrilled to bring you a recorded collection of commissioned works honoring female troubadours of the 12th-14th century. Based on the lyrics of ancient songwriters, each piece in "Troubadours 2021" will be given new life by an eclectic group of modern day composers specializing in everything from jazz and hip hop to medieval, classical, and Bengali music.
This project will be presented as a Youtube playlist and will be available to be experienced at the viewers' convenience until July 31st.

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Yoko Miwa Trio

07-30-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jul 30 @ 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

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

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.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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FREE Feel Good Fridays Concert Series in Coolidge Corner

07-30-2021

Presented by Brookline Music School at Coolidge Corner, Brookline
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm

Brookline Music School presents Feel Good Fridays -- a free outdoor concert series under the Babcock Street tent in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. This Friday, July 30th at 7pm: Gypsy Jazz by the Tomoko Iwamoto Duo featuring Tomoko Iwamoto (violin)...

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Brookline Music School presents Feel Good Fridays -- a free outdoor concert series under the Babcock Street tent in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. This Friday, July 30th at 7pm: Gypsy Jazz by the Tomoko Iwamoto Duo featuring Tomoko Iwamoto (violin) and Bruno Peterson (guitar). BMS violin faculty member Tomoko Iwamoto is a  "jazzy" violinist with a strong classical background who performs jazz, rock, pop, and world music.

Our thanks to Healthworks for collaborating with BMS to bring you this community concert at their tent in Coolidge Corner.

Learn more at bmsmusic.org/calendar/event/6443/

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Boston’s best Jazz, Live, Free, Outdoor Concert, Russ Gershon 4tet

07-31-2021

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Assembly Row at Assembly Square, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm

The Russ Gershon Quartet

Post- Modern / Improv Jazz from Boston:

Russ G - saxes and flute

Rick McLaughlin - bass

Drums - Brooke Sofferman

Tuba – Josiah Reibstein

“…he plays beautifully, with great musicality — as a composer and...

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The Russ Gershon Quartet

Post- Modern / Improv Jazz from Boston:

Russ G - saxes and flute

Rick McLaughlin - bass

Drums - Brooke Sofferman

Tuba – Josiah Reibstein

“…he plays beautifully, with great musicality — as a composer and bandleader sensitive to compositional details and arrangements…”.

https://www.facebook.com/russ.gershon.1

Russ Gershon composer, arranger, educator and the Accurate record company founder has been a force on the Boston music scene for almost 40 years, from early days on the rock scene with the Sex Execs to decades of international touring with his ten-piece Either/Orchestra to today’s assortment of projects including his Trio and the Latin Bugalu band Lookie Lookie.

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George Russell Jr Trio

07-31-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jul 31 @ 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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The Makanda Project at Bartlett Place

08-01-2021

Presented by VISIONS, Inc. at Bartlett Place, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Aug 01 @ 4:00 pm

The 13-piece group, considered by many to be Boston's leading large jazz ensemble, returns to Bartlett Place for a Sunday evening performance. The program will feature compositions by Chico Freeman as well as Makanda Ken McIntyre.
Kurtis Rivers -...

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The 13-piece group, considered by many to be Boston's leading large jazz ensemble, returns to Bartlett Place for a Sunday evening performance. The program will feature compositions by Chico Freeman as well as Makanda Ken McIntyre.
Kurtis Rivers - alto saxophone
Paavo Carey - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
Sean Berry, Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase - baritone saxophone
Jerry Sabatini, Haneef Nelson - trumpet
Alfred Patterson, Sarah Politz - trombone
Bill Lowe - bass trombone
Naledi Masilo - voice
John Kordalewski - piano
Avery Sharpe - bass
Yoron Israel - drums

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Jeri DiMarco Trio

08-01-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Aug 01 @ 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

Jeri DiMarco Bergonzi, piano & voice
Barry Smith, acoustic bass
Bob Kauffman, drums

The swinging sound of Jeri Bergonzi’s piano-vocal trio spans the jazz tradition of the great American songbook and the music of the Blue Note years.

Jeri grew up singing the songs of Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell while listening to the progressive rock bands of the1970’s. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in literature and philosophy she got serious about her piano playing. She studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and followed her newly found career path playing and singing the clubs and hotel venues in Boston. Stints with dance bands, R&B groups and solo piano tours in Europe helped pay the rent while honing her jazz skills. Today she performs with her trio and and teaches at Rivers School Conservatory.

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Jazz in the Park

08-10-2021

Presented by North End Music and Performing Arts Center at Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Aug 03 @ 6:30 pm Tue, Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm

The North End Music & Performing Art Center’s Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series is returning to the Rose Kennedy Greenway with an all-women, Grammy-nominated lineup! Experience a new and unique artist each week! Join us on Tuesday evenings...

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The North End Music & Performing Art Center’s Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series is returning to the Rose Kennedy Greenway with an all-women, Grammy-nominated lineup! Experience a new and unique artist each week! Join us on Tuesday evenings to enjoy the beautiful and unique harmonies of Sissy Castrogiovanni, the Fabiola Méndez Trio, Debo Ray, and Niu Raza. These powerhouse female artists will unite us to enjoy live music once again on the Greenway. This series is free and open to the public July 20 & 27, and August 3 & 10 (6:30 PM – 8 PM). For more info, please visit our website.

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH & AMERICAN ICONS

08-04-2021

Presented by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplande, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Aug 04 @ 7:00 pm

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sigourney Cook, soprano
Adrian Anantawan, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

George Gershwin Strike Up the Band Overture
Florence Price
Concert Overture No. 2...

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sigourney Cook, soprano
Adrian Anantawan, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

George Gershwin Strike Up the Band Overture
Florence Price
Concert Overture No. 2
William Grant Still
Spirituals: A Medley
Nkeiru Okoye
I am Harriet Tubman, Free Woman
James P. Johnson
Drums
Jules Massenet
Thaïs: Méditation

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins with the most famous notes in history. The symphony moves from despair to joy as if tracing a “hero’s journey.” In America, the journey of Black artists has shaped our national sound. American music grew from the spirituals, blues, R&B, and the dance tunes George Gershwin heard in Harlem.

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Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA

08-26-2021

Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Aug 05 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Thu, Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

Harborwalk sounds is FREE with a ticket to Free Thursday Nights and will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM the morning of the event. Harborwalk sounds will also stream on Vimeo from 6 to 7 PM.

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Harborwalk sounds is FREE with a ticket to Free Thursday Nights and will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM the morning of the event. Harborwalk sounds will also stream on Vimeo from 6 to 7 PM.

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The Sunflower Series

08-06-2021

Presented by Creatives of Color Boston at ONCE at Boynton Yards, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 06 @ 6:00 pm

The Sunflower Series is an annual performance series created by Boston musician, artivist and poet, Genie Santiago, that is aimed at creating a safe space for artists allowing them to experience intimate bonds with their audience using...

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The Sunflower Series is an annual performance series created by Boston musician, artivist and poet, Genie Santiago, that is aimed at creating a safe space for artists allowing them to experience intimate bonds with their audience using performance and storytelling. The series has featured local artists Brandie Blaze, Jazzmyn Red, Dj WhySham, Red Shaydez, Terry Borderline, Payal Kumar, Anais Azul, Ava Sophia, and Tashawn Taylor. Sunflower series is collaborating with Creatives of Color Boston for this summer show. Creatives of Color BOSTON's work is centered around celebrating artists of color in the Greater Boston area and providing intersectional safe spaces for them.

This Sunflower Series event would celebrate the beauty of summer, nature, and reviving the Boston live music scene we all miss and love so much. This event will feature a performance from Billy Dean Thomas, Genie Santiago, Naomi Westwater, Shellz and Amanda Shea. There will also be food, drinks, and BIPOC artist vendors.

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Yoko Miwa Trio

08-06-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 06 @ 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

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

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.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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Cancelled, rain, now 8/7/21: Creative New Music: Boston’s Mimi Rabson and Triarky, Outdoor Concert

08-07-2021

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Watetown Square, Watertown
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 2:00 pm

The Creative Music Series continues with more live, outdoors concertsTriarky is the new ensemble created by Boston’s wonderful violinist Mimi Rabson and tubist David Harris, joined by groove-meister drummer Phil Neighbors. Rabson and Harris...

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The Creative Music Series continues with more live, outdoors concertsTriarky is the new ensemble created by Boston’s wonderful violinist Mimi Rabson and tubist David Harris, joined by groove-meister drummer Phil Neighbors. Rabson and Harris have merged decades of performance and composition credits to form a power trio as no one else could conceive.

Influences for their original compositions include the likes of Hendrix, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, the Skatalites, Fela Kuti, and Nirvana. Equally at home on the stage or in a club, Triarky defies definition and labels. The trio’s massive music vocabulary is garnered from the members’ extensive experiences in world music, funk, rock and jazz.

https://triarky.bandcamp.com/releases

Mimi Rabson has distinguished herself as one of Boston's most creative and versatile musicians. She is a first-prize winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in composition. Her published works include arrangements of music by Duke Ellington, James Brown and Cole Porter as well as her originals. Her music and her articles frequent the pages of Strings Magazine. Her newest book for Hal Leonard/Berklee Press, Arranging for Strings was released in 2018. She co-wrote The Berklee Practice Method for violin and viola with Matt Glaser.

Ms. Rabson is spearheading the creation of a new string ensemble model for high school students that incorporates learning music by ear and instruction in improvisation, arranging and composition. It is called BREO - Berklee's Really Eclectic Orchestra.

Ms. Rabson is the leader of the Strings Theory Trio - an ensemble that explores the fine lines between compositions and improvisation.

Ms. Rabson is the newest composer/member of the Jazz Composers Alliance, a big band dedicated to the creation of new works.

Ms. Rabson created RESQ - the Really Eclectic String Quartet that plays her compositions and arrangements of jazz, funk, fusion, gospel and Latin music. That group produced two recordings

Ms. Rabson was a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band

David Harris has distinguished himself on tuba, trombone, and as a composer/arranger in a multitude of musical styles.  Born in University City, MO., a 1981 graduate of New England Conservatory as a classical trombonist, and a freelance-artist in the Boston area since 1980, Mr. Harris is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in the Harmony department.

As a jazz composer, he has won the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Music Composition 3 times, most recently in 2015. David is longtime trombonist, co-leader, and composer/arranger for the avant garde big band Jazz Composers’ Alliance. He is trombonist and tubist in the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.

David was the founding trombonist for the Klezmer Conservatory Band, as well as trombonist/arranger for the klezmer music ensemble Shirim, noted for their “Klezmer Nutcracker” and klezmer version of Peter and the Wolf- “Pinkus and the Pig”, both of which he co-arranged.

Phil Neighbors has been playing music since his teens where he gained experience playing in shows, Dixieland groups, and German bands. Phil studied Percussion, Jazz, and Composition at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Since college, Phil has played with a host of different bands in many genres both in Cincinnati and in Boston. Since moving to Boston in 1995, he has performed and/or recorded with groups as diverse as The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Dave Birkin's Hot Shots, the Sam Davis group, The Coots, the Jeff Robinson Trio, and the Funky White Honkies, to name a few.

The Creative Music Series is proud to support these musicians and live music!

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April Hall Quintet

08-07-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 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

April Hall, vocals

Joe "Sonny" Barbato, piano

John Pierce, acoustic bass

Les Harris Jr, drums

Special Guest: Tom Hall, tenor saxophone

April Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times Magazine

Hall an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s latest release, “Room for Two”, was named one of the top 100 Jazz Records by Jazz Times Magazine for 2012.

https://www.aprilhall.com/

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Grace Kelly

08-07-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 8:00 pm

Grace Kelly is the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song “Feels like Home”! An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out...

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Grace Kelly is the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song “Feels like Home”! An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration at age 16 and at 14 as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 900 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and Moscow Symphony Hall and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. Touted for her scorching saxophone stylings and purring vocals, Kelly has performed and recorded with renowned artists including Lin Manuel- Miranda, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Questlove, and Wynton Marsalis.

As the Winner of “Song of the Year” for her single “Feels Like Home” in the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Kelly has also won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, multiple DOWNBEAT music awards, International Songwriting Awards. She has also appeared as a featured performer in films and television, including acclaimed documentary “Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story”, Amazon’s Emmy-nominated original series “Bosch”, and featured in the 2017 Emmy-winning Yamaha production “The Right Note”

Featured by Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Kelly’s state-of-the-art brand of electro jazz-pop and inventive digital content are pushing her to the forefront of the fusion scene, alongside names like Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry, Robert Glasper, Jon Batiste, and Too Many Zooz.

“The GO TiME: Brooklyn album was a turning point in my career as a performer who loves connecting with audiences,” Kelly says. “Because we were able to use technology to capture the visual aspect and live energy of the show in a new way, I could really bring my whole dancing, furry-pink-boa-wearing self to the project – and the response was incredible. After over a decade of performing internationally and releasing albums, I’ve found that I grow so much as an artist when I focus on helping my fans feel the same exhilaration and joy that I do when I perform for them.”

Kelly’s live performance is offering a unique musical journey and contagious exuberance on stage and will captivate audiences as she performs new songs from this new album GO TiME: Live in LA: her 13th CD and the third video album in the GO TiME series. The new release continues her innovative video album concept for fans by incorporating special guests and adding her own inventive dance moves while playing. Performing her fresh, playful musical stylings with great panache, Grace’s infectious positivity and charismatic stage presence brings a smile to everyone.

Aside from thrilling audiences in concert, Kelly’s stardom reaches the acclaim of her audiences online. The millennial artist has developed a new paradigm to exhibit her remarkable talent and unparalleled showmanship with the masses, curating an immersive user experience for her fans across multiple social media platforms. Kelly’s dedication to posting engaging content and offering insight into her daily life has deepened her brand, bringing thousands upon thousands of eager fans into her world and gaining millions of views online, allowing the artist to bridge the gap between virtuosic musician and cultural phenomenon.

Grace Kelly is a Yamaha and Vandoren artist. She plays the 82Z Alto Saxophone and the YBS Baritone Sax along with the Vandoren Alto V16 A8 S+ mouthpiece, Alto Java Green Box 2.5 strength reeds and Alto & Soprano sax M/O gold plated Ligature.

web: www.gracekellymusic.com

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“The Samba Jazz Project"

08-07-2021

Presented by Arlington Jazz Festival at Town Tavern, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 9:00 pm

Arlington Jazz is excited to partner again with Town Tavern to present The Samba Jazz Project as part of a fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Research. Dan Fox, the group’s leader, is also the director of ArlingtonJazz.org and owner of...

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Arlington Jazz is excited to partner again with Town Tavern to present The Samba Jazz Project as part of a fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Research. Dan Fox, the group’s leader, is also the director of ArlingtonJazz.org and owner of Arlington's Morningside Music Studio. The group features drummer and Rio native Rafael Barata, who has performed with the top names in Brazilian music including Hermeto Pascoal and Eliane Elias. Also joining Fox will be local heavy hitters including Alexei Tsiganov on piano and Paquito D’Rivera’s bassist Oscar Stagnaro, professors at New England Conservatory and Berklee respectively.

This fun concert and fundraiser will occur on Saturday, August 7, from 9:00–11:00 PM. To donate to the fundraiser, visit this site. For further info., please contact: arlingtonjazzfestival@gmail.com, (617) 909-7776.

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Spajazzy in Concert

08-12-2021

Presented by Old Schwamb Mill at Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm

Spajazzy is best described as “electric jazz with an Italian flare.” The music employs world rhythms and Mediterranean melodies with a funk edge. Founded in 1998 by Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino, Spajazzy is a musical project where...

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Spajazzy is best described as “electric jazz with an Italian flare.” The music employs world rhythms and Mediterranean melodies with a funk edge. Founded in 1998 by Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino, Spajazzy is a musical project where labels find no meaning. Together, these musicians felt the urge to incorporate the melodic music background of their native country of Italy with the idioms of jazz rhythms and harmonies they were learning in North America. Whether playing an original composition or a rendition of a classic, they strive to make sure the melody remains the center of what carries the rhythm, the harmony and all the colors in between these elements. Musicians Sergio Bellotti, Tino D’Agostino, and special guest John Baboian, will be performing.

Sergio Bellotti (Drums, Vocals) is an international artist and Renaissance man. As a powerful and tremendously gifted drummer, he’s played with some of the world’s finest musicians. Sabatino D'Agostino (Bass) is the Director of Instrumental Music at Arlington High School, where he began teaching in 1999. And special guest John Baboian (Guitar) is a renowned guitarist, composer, and educator, who  has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music since 1980.

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Follies for Boston

08-12-2021

Presented by The Boston She Party Productions at Big Night Live , Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm

The Boston She Party Ltd’s production of #FolliesForBoston is a “liberating” cabaret experience.

live band….gorgeous dancers…..beautiful venue…..BIG SHOW!!!

#Follies for Boston is a historical review where you learn almost nothing...

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The Boston She Party Ltd’s production of #FolliesForBoston is a “liberating” cabaret experience.

live band….gorgeous dancers…..beautiful venue…..BIG SHOW!!!

#Follies for Boston is a historical review where you learn almost nothing except how to have a great time. This intimate (75 min) performance hovers on the edge of naughty and nice, bringing together Boston’s best dancers with world class musicians.

It’s Rebellious

It’s Bold

It’s Liberating

It’s Delicious

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Yoko Miwa Trio

08-13-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 13 @ 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

Yoko Miwa, piano
Greg Ryan, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

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.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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Jeff Stout Quartet

08-14-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 14 @ 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

Jeff Stout, trumpet

Ben Cook, piano

John Lockwood, bass

Jim Gwin, drums

Jeff Stout has played solo trumpet and recorded with the great “Buddy Rich Band” Gary Burton and has appeared with such jazz greats as Mel Torme’, Buddy Tate, James Williams, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Lovano, Curtis Fuller, John Scofield and Kurt Elling - to name a few. He also tours with Al Kooper - of “Blood, Sweat & Tears” fame.

In addition to his teaching schedule as a long time Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he often performs and teaches internationally.

A local favorite, he is among the busiest, freelance jazz trumpeters in the New England area.

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Johnny O'Neal - Solo Jazz Piano and Vocals

08-15-2021

Presented by Falmouth Jazz at West Falmouth Library, West Falmouth
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm

He never learned to read music. Yet he has a repertoire of some 1500 songs. Pianist/vocalist Johnny O’Neal is known for his light touch on the keys and prodigious swing technique. Mr. O’Neal sings scat, and his raspy voice turns ballads into...

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He never learned to read music. Yet he has a repertoire of some 1500 songs. Pianist/vocalist Johnny O’Neal is known for his light touch on the keys and prodigious swing technique. Mr. O’Neal sings scat, and his raspy voice turns ballads into heart-warming experiences.  His performance will include jazz standards, the Great American Songbook and interpretations of pop songs.

The concert takes place in the 125-year-old beautifully restored West Falmouth Library. Co-sponsored by Falmouth Jazz and West Falmouth Library.

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Troubadours 2021

07-31-2021

Presented by Cappella Clausura at Youtube
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jul 30 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

Cappella Clausura is thrilled to bring you a recorded collection of commissioned works honoring female troubadours of the 12th-14th century. Based on the lyrics of ancient songwriters, each piece in "Troubadours 2021" will be given new life by an...

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Cappella Clausura is thrilled to bring you a recorded collection of commissioned works honoring female troubadours of the 12th-14th century. Based on the lyrics of ancient songwriters, each piece in "Troubadours 2021" will be given new life by an eclectic group of modern day composers specializing in everything from jazz and hip hop to medieval, classical, and Bengali music.
This project will be presented as a Youtube playlist and will be available to be experienced at the viewers' convenience until July 31st.

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Yoko Miwa Trio

07-30-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jul 30 @ 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

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

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.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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FREE Feel Good Fridays Concert Series in Coolidge Corner

07-30-2021

Presented by Brookline Music School at Coolidge Corner, Brookline
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm

Brookline Music School presents Feel Good Fridays -- a free outdoor concert series under the Babcock Street tent in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. This Friday, July 30th at 7pm: Gypsy Jazz by the Tomoko Iwamoto Duo featuring Tomoko Iwamoto (violin)...

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Brookline Music School presents Feel Good Fridays -- a free outdoor concert series under the Babcock Street tent in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. This Friday, July 30th at 7pm: Gypsy Jazz by the Tomoko Iwamoto Duo featuring Tomoko Iwamoto (violin) and Bruno Peterson (guitar). BMS violin faculty member Tomoko Iwamoto is a  "jazzy" violinist with a strong classical background who performs jazz, rock, pop, and world music.

Our thanks to Healthworks for collaborating with BMS to bring you this community concert at their tent in Coolidge Corner.

Learn more at bmsmusic.org/calendar/event/6443/

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Boston’s best Jazz, Live, Free, Outdoor Concert, Russ Gershon 4tet

07-31-2021

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Assembly Row at Assembly Square, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm

The Russ Gershon Quartet

Post- Modern / Improv Jazz from Boston:

Russ G - saxes and flute

Rick McLaughlin - bass

Drums - Brooke Sofferman

Tuba – Josiah Reibstein

“…he plays beautifully, with great musicality — as a composer and...

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The Russ Gershon Quartet

Post- Modern / Improv Jazz from Boston:

Russ G - saxes and flute

Rick McLaughlin - bass

Drums - Brooke Sofferman

Tuba – Josiah Reibstein

“…he plays beautifully, with great musicality — as a composer and bandleader sensitive to compositional details and arrangements…”.

https://www.facebook.com/russ.gershon.1

Russ Gershon composer, arranger, educator and the Accurate record company founder has been a force on the Boston music scene for almost 40 years, from early days on the rock scene with the Sex Execs to decades of international touring with his ten-piece Either/Orchestra to today’s assortment of projects including his Trio and the Latin Bugalu band Lookie Lookie.

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George Russell Jr Trio

07-31-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jul 31 @ 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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The Makanda Project at Bartlett Place

08-01-2021

Presented by VISIONS, Inc. at Bartlett Place, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Aug 01 @ 4:00 pm

The 13-piece group, considered by many to be Boston's leading large jazz ensemble, returns to Bartlett Place for a Sunday evening performance. The program will feature compositions by Chico Freeman as well as Makanda Ken McIntyre.
Kurtis Rivers -...

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The 13-piece group, considered by many to be Boston's leading large jazz ensemble, returns to Bartlett Place for a Sunday evening performance. The program will feature compositions by Chico Freeman as well as Makanda Ken McIntyre.
Kurtis Rivers - alto saxophone
Paavo Carey - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
Sean Berry, Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase - baritone saxophone
Jerry Sabatini, Haneef Nelson - trumpet
Alfred Patterson, Sarah Politz - trombone
Bill Lowe - bass trombone
Naledi Masilo - voice
John Kordalewski - piano
Avery Sharpe - bass
Yoron Israel - drums

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Jeri DiMarco Trio

08-01-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Aug 01 @ 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

Jeri DiMarco Bergonzi, piano & voice
Barry Smith, acoustic bass
Bob Kauffman, drums

The swinging sound of Jeri Bergonzi’s piano-vocal trio spans the jazz tradition of the great American songbook and the music of the Blue Note years.

Jeri grew up singing the songs of Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell while listening to the progressive rock bands of the1970’s. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in literature and philosophy she got serious about her piano playing. She studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and followed her newly found career path playing and singing the clubs and hotel venues in Boston. Stints with dance bands, R&B groups and solo piano tours in Europe helped pay the rent while honing her jazz skills. Today she performs with her trio and and teaches at Rivers School Conservatory.

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Jazz in the Park

08-10-2021

Presented by North End Music and Performing Arts Center at Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Aug 03 @ 6:30 pm Tue, Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm

The North End Music & Performing Art Center’s Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series is returning to the Rose Kennedy Greenway with an all-women, Grammy-nominated lineup! Experience a new and unique artist each week! Join us on Tuesday evenings...

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The North End Music & Performing Art Center’s Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series is returning to the Rose Kennedy Greenway with an all-women, Grammy-nominated lineup! Experience a new and unique artist each week! Join us on Tuesday evenings to enjoy the beautiful and unique harmonies of Sissy Castrogiovanni, the Fabiola Méndez Trio, Debo Ray, and Niu Raza. These powerhouse female artists will unite us to enjoy live music once again on the Greenway. This series is free and open to the public July 20 & 27, and August 3 & 10 (6:30 PM – 8 PM). For more info, please visit our website.

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH & AMERICAN ICONS

08-04-2021

Presented by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplande, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Aug 04 @ 7:00 pm

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sigourney Cook, soprano
Adrian Anantawan, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

George Gershwin Strike Up the Band Overture
Florence Price
Concert Overture No. 2...

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sigourney Cook, soprano
Adrian Anantawan, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

George Gershwin Strike Up the Band Overture
Florence Price
Concert Overture No. 2
William Grant Still
Spirituals: A Medley
Nkeiru Okoye
I am Harriet Tubman, Free Woman
James P. Johnson
Drums
Jules Massenet
Thaïs: Méditation

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins with the most famous notes in history. The symphony moves from despair to joy as if tracing a “hero’s journey.” In America, the journey of Black artists has shaped our national sound. American music grew from the spirituals, blues, R&B, and the dance tunes George Gershwin heard in Harlem.

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Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA

08-26-2021

Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Aug 05 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Thu, Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

Harborwalk sounds is FREE with a ticket to Free Thursday Nights and will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM the morning of the event. Harborwalk sounds will also stream on Vimeo from 6 to 7 PM.

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Harborwalk sounds is FREE with a ticket to Free Thursday Nights and will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM the morning of the event. Harborwalk sounds will also stream on Vimeo from 6 to 7 PM.

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The Sunflower Series

08-06-2021

Presented by Creatives of Color Boston at ONCE at Boynton Yards, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 06 @ 6:00 pm

The Sunflower Series is an annual performance series created by Boston musician, artivist and poet, Genie Santiago, that is aimed at creating a safe space for artists allowing them to experience intimate bonds with their audience using...

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The Sunflower Series is an annual performance series created by Boston musician, artivist and poet, Genie Santiago, that is aimed at creating a safe space for artists allowing them to experience intimate bonds with their audience using performance and storytelling. The series has featured local artists Brandie Blaze, Jazzmyn Red, Dj WhySham, Red Shaydez, Terry Borderline, Payal Kumar, Anais Azul, Ava Sophia, and Tashawn Taylor. Sunflower series is collaborating with Creatives of Color Boston for this summer show. Creatives of Color BOSTON's work is centered around celebrating artists of color in the Greater Boston area and providing intersectional safe spaces for them.

This Sunflower Series event would celebrate the beauty of summer, nature, and reviving the Boston live music scene we all miss and love so much. This event will feature a performance from Billy Dean Thomas, Genie Santiago, Naomi Westwater, Shellz and Amanda Shea. There will also be food, drinks, and BIPOC artist vendors.

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Yoko Miwa Trio

08-06-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 06 @ 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

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

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.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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Cancelled, rain, now 8/7/21: Creative New Music: Boston’s Mimi Rabson and Triarky, Outdoor Concert

08-07-2021

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Watetown Square, Watertown
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 2:00 pm

The Creative Music Series continues with more live, outdoors concertsTriarky is the new ensemble created by Boston’s wonderful violinist Mimi Rabson and tubist David Harris, joined by groove-meister drummer Phil Neighbors. Rabson and Harris...

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The Creative Music Series continues with more live, outdoors concertsTriarky is the new ensemble created by Boston’s wonderful violinist Mimi Rabson and tubist David Harris, joined by groove-meister drummer Phil Neighbors. Rabson and Harris have merged decades of performance and composition credits to form a power trio as no one else could conceive.

Influences for their original compositions include the likes of Hendrix, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, the Skatalites, Fela Kuti, and Nirvana. Equally at home on the stage or in a club, Triarky defies definition and labels. The trio’s massive music vocabulary is garnered from the members’ extensive experiences in world music, funk, rock and jazz.

https://triarky.bandcamp.com/releases

Mimi Rabson has distinguished herself as one of Boston's most creative and versatile musicians. She is a first-prize winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in composition. Her published works include arrangements of music by Duke Ellington, James Brown and Cole Porter as well as her originals. Her music and her articles frequent the pages of Strings Magazine. Her newest book for Hal Leonard/Berklee Press, Arranging for Strings was released in 2018. She co-wrote The Berklee Practice Method for violin and viola with Matt Glaser.

Ms. Rabson is spearheading the creation of a new string ensemble model for high school students that incorporates learning music by ear and instruction in improvisation, arranging and composition. It is called BREO - Berklee's Really Eclectic Orchestra.

Ms. Rabson is the leader of the Strings Theory Trio - an ensemble that explores the fine lines between compositions and improvisation.

Ms. Rabson is the newest composer/member of the Jazz Composers Alliance, a big band dedicated to the creation of new works.

Ms. Rabson created RESQ - the Really Eclectic String Quartet that plays her compositions and arrangements of jazz, funk, fusion, gospel and Latin music. That group produced two recordings

Ms. Rabson was a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band

David Harris has distinguished himself on tuba, trombone, and as a composer/arranger in a multitude of musical styles.  Born in University City, MO., a 1981 graduate of New England Conservatory as a classical trombonist, and a freelance-artist in the Boston area since 1980, Mr. Harris is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in the Harmony department.

As a jazz composer, he has won the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Music Composition 3 times, most recently in 2015. David is longtime trombonist, co-leader, and composer/arranger for the avant garde big band Jazz Composers’ Alliance. He is trombonist and tubist in the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.

David was the founding trombonist for the Klezmer Conservatory Band, as well as trombonist/arranger for the klezmer music ensemble Shirim, noted for their “Klezmer Nutcracker” and klezmer version of Peter and the Wolf- “Pinkus and the Pig”, both of which he co-arranged.

Phil Neighbors has been playing music since his teens where he gained experience playing in shows, Dixieland groups, and German bands. Phil studied Percussion, Jazz, and Composition at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Since college, Phil has played with a host of different bands in many genres both in Cincinnati and in Boston. Since moving to Boston in 1995, he has performed and/or recorded with groups as diverse as The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Dave Birkin's Hot Shots, the Sam Davis group, The Coots, the Jeff Robinson Trio, and the Funky White Honkies, to name a few.

The Creative Music Series is proud to support these musicians and live music!

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April Hall Quintet

08-07-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 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

April Hall, vocals

Joe "Sonny" Barbato, piano

John Pierce, acoustic bass

Les Harris Jr, drums

Special Guest: Tom Hall, tenor saxophone

April Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times Magazine

Hall an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s latest release, “Room for Two”, was named one of the top 100 Jazz Records by Jazz Times Magazine for 2012.

https://www.aprilhall.com/

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Grace Kelly

08-07-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 8:00 pm

Grace Kelly is the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song “Feels like Home”! An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out...

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Grace Kelly is the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song “Feels like Home”! An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration at age 16 and at 14 as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 900 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and Moscow Symphony Hall and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. Touted for her scorching saxophone stylings and purring vocals, Kelly has performed and recorded with renowned artists including Lin Manuel- Miranda, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Questlove, and Wynton Marsalis.

As the Winner of “Song of the Year” for her single “Feels Like Home” in the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Kelly has also won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, multiple DOWNBEAT music awards, International Songwriting Awards. She has also appeared as a featured performer in films and television, including acclaimed documentary “Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story”, Amazon’s Emmy-nominated original series “Bosch”, and featured in the 2017 Emmy-winning Yamaha production “The Right Note”

Featured by Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Kelly’s state-of-the-art brand of electro jazz-pop and inventive digital content are pushing her to the forefront of the fusion scene, alongside names like Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry, Robert Glasper, Jon Batiste, and Too Many Zooz.

“The GO TiME: Brooklyn album was a turning point in my career as a performer who loves connecting with audiences,” Kelly says. “Because we were able to use technology to capture the visual aspect and live energy of the show in a new way, I could really bring my whole dancing, furry-pink-boa-wearing self to the project – and the response was incredible. After over a decade of performing internationally and releasing albums, I’ve found that I grow so much as an artist when I focus on helping my fans feel the same exhilaration and joy that I do when I perform for them.”

Kelly’s live performance is offering a unique musical journey and contagious exuberance on stage and will captivate audiences as she performs new songs from this new album GO TiME: Live in LA: her 13th CD and the third video album in the GO TiME series. The new release continues her innovative video album concept for fans by incorporating special guests and adding her own inventive dance moves while playing. Performing her fresh, playful musical stylings with great panache, Grace’s infectious positivity and charismatic stage presence brings a smile to everyone.

Aside from thrilling audiences in concert, Kelly’s stardom reaches the acclaim of her audiences online. The millennial artist has developed a new paradigm to exhibit her remarkable talent and unparalleled showmanship with the masses, curating an immersive user experience for her fans across multiple social media platforms. Kelly’s dedication to posting engaging content and offering insight into her daily life has deepened her brand, bringing thousands upon thousands of eager fans into her world and gaining millions of views online, allowing the artist to bridge the gap between virtuosic musician and cultural phenomenon.

Grace Kelly is a Yamaha and Vandoren artist. She plays the 82Z Alto Saxophone and the YBS Baritone Sax along with the Vandoren Alto V16 A8 S+ mouthpiece, Alto Java Green Box 2.5 strength reeds and Alto & Soprano sax M/O gold plated Ligature.

web: www.gracekellymusic.com

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“The Samba Jazz Project"

08-07-2021

Presented by Arlington Jazz Festival at Town Tavern, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 07 @ 9:00 pm

Arlington Jazz is excited to partner again with Town Tavern to present The Samba Jazz Project as part of a fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Research. Dan Fox, the group’s leader, is also the director of ArlingtonJazz.org and owner of...

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Arlington Jazz is excited to partner again with Town Tavern to present The Samba Jazz Project as part of a fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Research. Dan Fox, the group’s leader, is also the director of ArlingtonJazz.org and owner of Arlington's Morningside Music Studio. The group features drummer and Rio native Rafael Barata, who has performed with the top names in Brazilian music including Hermeto Pascoal and Eliane Elias. Also joining Fox will be local heavy hitters including Alexei Tsiganov on piano and Paquito D’Rivera’s bassist Oscar Stagnaro, professors at New England Conservatory and Berklee respectively.

This fun concert and fundraiser will occur on Saturday, August 7, from 9:00–11:00 PM. To donate to the fundraiser, visit this site. For further info., please contact: arlingtonjazzfestival@gmail.com, (617) 909-7776.

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Spajazzy in Concert

08-12-2021

Presented by Old Schwamb Mill at Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm

Spajazzy is best described as “electric jazz with an Italian flare.” The music employs world rhythms and Mediterranean melodies with a funk edge. Founded in 1998 by Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino, Spajazzy is a musical project where...

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Spajazzy is best described as “electric jazz with an Italian flare.” The music employs world rhythms and Mediterranean melodies with a funk edge. Founded in 1998 by Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino, Spajazzy is a musical project where labels find no meaning. Together, these musicians felt the urge to incorporate the melodic music background of their native country of Italy with the idioms of jazz rhythms and harmonies they were learning in North America. Whether playing an original composition or a rendition of a classic, they strive to make sure the melody remains the center of what carries the rhythm, the harmony and all the colors in between these elements. Musicians Sergio Bellotti, Tino D’Agostino, and special guest John Baboian, will be performing.

Sergio Bellotti (Drums, Vocals) is an international artist and Renaissance man. As a powerful and tremendously gifted drummer, he’s played with some of the world’s finest musicians. Sabatino D'Agostino (Bass) is the Director of Instrumental Music at Arlington High School, where he began teaching in 1999. And special guest John Baboian (Guitar) is a renowned guitarist, composer, and educator, who  has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music since 1980.

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Follies for Boston

08-12-2021

Presented by The Boston She Party Productions at Big Night Live , Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm

The Boston She Party Ltd’s production of #FolliesForBoston is a “liberating” cabaret experience.

live band….gorgeous dancers…..beautiful venue…..BIG SHOW!!!

#Follies for Boston is a historical review where you learn almost nothing...

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The Boston She Party Ltd’s production of #FolliesForBoston is a “liberating” cabaret experience.

live band….gorgeous dancers…..beautiful venue…..BIG SHOW!!!

#Follies for Boston is a historical review where you learn almost nothing except how to have a great time. This intimate (75 min) performance hovers on the edge of naughty and nice, bringing together Boston’s best dancers with world class musicians.

It’s Rebellious

It’s Bold

It’s Liberating

It’s Delicious

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Yoko Miwa Trio

08-13-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 13 @ 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

Yoko Miwa, piano
Greg Ryan, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

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.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

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Jeff Stout Quartet

08-14-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 14 @ 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

Jeff Stout, trumpet

Ben Cook, piano

John Lockwood, bass

Jim Gwin, drums

Jeff Stout has played solo trumpet and recorded with the great “Buddy Rich Band” Gary Burton and has appeared with such jazz greats as Mel Torme’, Buddy Tate, James Williams, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Lovano, Curtis Fuller, John Scofield and Kurt Elling - to name a few. He also tours with Al Kooper - of “Blood, Sweat & Tears” fame.

In addition to his teaching schedule as a long time Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he often performs and teaches internationally.

A local favorite, he is among the busiest, freelance jazz trumpeters in the New England area.

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Johnny O'Neal - Solo Jazz Piano and Vocals

08-15-2021

Presented by Falmouth Jazz at West Falmouth Library, West Falmouth
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm

He never learned to read music. Yet he has a repertoire of some 1500 songs. Pianist/vocalist Johnny O’Neal is known for his light touch on the keys and prodigious swing technique. Mr. O’Neal sings scat, and his raspy voice turns ballads into...

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He never learned to read music. Yet he has a repertoire of some 1500 songs. Pianist/vocalist Johnny O’Neal is known for his light touch on the keys and prodigious swing technique. Mr. O’Neal sings scat, and his raspy voice turns ballads into heart-warming experiences.  His performance will include jazz standards, the Great American Songbook and interpretations of pop songs.

The concert takes place in the 125-year-old beautifully restored West Falmouth Library. Co-sponsored by Falmouth Jazz and West Falmouth Library.

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