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Eastern Bank Lobby jazz Series Presents: Mike Iannantuoni Quartet

02-02-2023

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 02 @ 7:30 pm

 

The Quartet will perform selections from their latest CD release “Deja-Vu”. Mike’s bandmates include Dennis Hughes on piano, Scott Tarulli on guitar and Joe Baglione on bass. The group performs an eclectic blend of jazz styles including...

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The Quartet will perform selections from their latest CD release “Deja-Vu”. Mike’s bandmates include Dennis Hughes on piano, Scott Tarulli on guitar and Joe Baglione on bass. The group performs an eclectic blend of jazz styles including Fusion, Latin and African and cover a range of tunes by popular artists including Sting, Peter Gabriel, The Meters, Robbin Ford, Miles Davis, Stanton Moore and David Sanchez.

As a highly in-demand drummer, Mike has worked with numerous artists in the jazz and popular music fields including Jimmy Herring, Steve Oliver, Jeff Berlin, Stan Strickland, Tavares, Little Richard and The Platters!

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Boston Jazz by who’s who Graham, Mela, a new, Agnew, LEAD by a rising voice Brittany Karlson!

02-03-2023

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Arts at the Armory, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Alex @ Creative Music Series,alexlemski@gmail.com, 617/800-7255

https://www.creativemusicseries.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1323458878493933/?

A Somerville debut for Brittany, yet she’s no novice.  Brittany is beyond an...

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Contact: Alex @ Creative Music Series,alexlemski@gmail.com, 617/800-7255

https://www.creativemusicseries.com/

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A Somerville debut for Brittany, yet she’s no novice.  Brittany is beyond an up-and-coming creative bassist from Boston, she’s a young leader in improvised music and Free-Jazz and called by many others to be a part of the scene.

The two trumpets and the “rhythm” section sets the stage for a robust and intricate couple of sets of heretofore never heard before, this quartet of improvised Free Jazz, Free Form!

You’ll also like the setting, the intimate Café at the Arts at the Armory.

Brittany Karlson is a bassist with roots in jazz, folk, and experimental music. Karlson works in freely improvised settings, ranging from solo bass to duos with bassist Ian Kovac to collaborations with musicians like Sam Lisabeth, Jesse Collins, Nick Neuberg, Matt Delligatti, and Jeb Bishop. As a leader and composer, Brittany combines folk-like melodies and improvising impulses in her freely lyrical song project Karl. She is also a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music

The improv of Brittany Karlson defies easy mainstream labeling because it includes influences from the pure forms of avantgarde; yet part of Jazz\\\\\\\'s modern expansion. She also is a Puppeteer, vocalist and performs with folk musicians to influence her outlook . She is a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music

Sample of bassist Brittany Karlson performing at Cambridge’s Lilypad with other improv musician

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htPsaMwqdEs)

Brittany in a bass solo. However, she is also a Puppeteer and this clip shows her WITH the bass doing a puppet routine. The bass solo begins at 3:35.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwpN9exMkOI&t=387s)

A CMS series flyer spotlighting Brittany Karlson’s trio outdoors instead of the restricted indoors, during the Pandemic.

file:///C:/Users/myciber/Documents/Concerts/6-26-21%20Outdoors%20Flyer.pdf

While Miles Davis\\\\\\\' shadow does figure into any jazz past The Birth of Cool, Forbes Graham doesn\\\\\\\'t ignore it. He embraces the blue note and turns it \\\\\\\"magenta haze.\\\\\\\" The Boston-area improviser sputters and attacks the trumpet with shark-attack notes before letting out a haunting whistled horn like a meditative Don Cherry, or a gruffled stutter like a duck being strangled. Essences, then, plays well with the musical-yet-noisy percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who knows the history of his instruments but also understands where they should go.  NPR

Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz\\\\\\\'s elite instrumentalists, including such luminaries as Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Ingrid Laubrock, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Malaby, and the entire Boston Jazz scene regardless of style!  and , among many others, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-arming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.   Born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba, Mela moved to Boston in 2000 and quickly thereafter made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club.

Miranda Agnew is a trumpet player, composer, and improviser entering her final year of the dual degree program between Harvard and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has performed and recorded original compositions with musicians from her hometown Tucson, Arizona, Boston, and Amsterdam, and recently took part in a ten day improvisation centered gathering held at the Institute for the Musical Arts. Miranda has been mentored by musicians such as Kris Davis, Vijay Iyer, Claire Chase, and Jason Palmer, and attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. In addition to performing, she taught at the University of Arizona’s summer jazz workshop and designed an educational project for high schoolers that centers women in the history of Jazz and Creative Music.

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Albert Cummings

02-03-2023

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

In the trajectory of watching great musicians develop, there is no set timetable. Some appear full-blown right from the start, and others can take a whole career to get to that elevated place. Albert Cummings arrived strong right at the beginning...

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In the trajectory of watching great musicians develop, there is no set timetable. Some appear full-blown right from the start, and others can take a whole career to get to that elevated place. Albert Cummings arrived strong right at the beginning and has kept growing over a course of endless tours and nine previous albums, right up to today with the release of the album TEN. It’s the kind of recording that shows exactly why all the accolades and excitement have been deserved. Now, it’s an irrevocable truth that the musician has made his full-on breakthrough. And it comes at exactly the perfect time, when the world is looking into what might be in store past the challenging experience of the pandemic for the last two years. Music, being one of the world’s tried and true joys of life, has always had a way of bringing healing and inspiration to listeners, and at no time in recent decades has it been needed more than now.

“The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does[…]. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.” – Guitar Edge Magazine

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Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

02-04-2023

Presented by Groton Hill Music Center at Groton Hill Music Center, Groton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 04 @ 8:00 pm

With his album selected as the #1 Jazz Album by the New York Times, alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is a rising star on the international jazz scene. He brings his quartet to Meadow Hall on February 4, 2023.

“His sound is most...

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With his album selected as the #1 Jazz Album by the New York Times, alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is a rising star on the international jazz scene. He brings his quartet to Meadow Hall on February 4, 2023.

“His sound is most often silky and lush… with a gorgeous tone and phrasing… but he can shift into a grittier gospel gear or an airier whisper as the art requires.” — PopMatters.com

“… contemporary jazz at its most thrilling.”— MOJO

The music of alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. PopMatters.com says his “impulse is to bring 21st-century creative music forward and reclaim the beating heart of its past without sounding retrospective.” Listeners were introduced to this riveting sound with his acclaimed debut album Omega, which was named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times. The album also introduced his remarkable quartet, which “is willing to push him and follow him, galloping into the musical adventure.”

Wilkins grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. After high school, he moved to New York City in 2015 to attend The Juilliard School. In the city, he met trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire, who mentored Wilkins and helped him navigate the jazz scene. He also met a musician who would change his professional life, Jason Moran, the prominent pianist and composer who took the young saxophonist on tour. In what was one of Wilkins’ biggest gigs to date, he played alto in Moran’s “In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959,” a series of live performances honoring the great legacy of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Wilkins has since worked with a diverse range of artists including Solange Knowles, Gretchen Parlato, Wynton Marsalis, Gerald Clayton, Aaron Parks, and Joel Ross, making a striking appearance on the vibraphonist’s 2019 Blue Note debut KingMaker.

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Jazz Jam Session

02-05-2023

Presented by JazzBoston Artist at ZuZu @ The Middle East, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 05 @ 7:00 pm

With thanks to Noah Preminger, JazzBoston announces a new regular jam session!  There’s a common response from musicians when asked about the jazz scene in Boston: “Where is the hang?!” Now there's a great, bi-weekly spot!

A terrific...

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With thanks to Noah Preminger, JazzBoston announces a new regular jam session!  There’s a common response from musicians when asked about the jazz scene in Boston: “Where is the hang?!” Now there's a great, bi-weekly spot!

A terrific house band with world-renowned improvisers will play an opening set from 7pm-7:45pm, followed by a jam session until 10pm. All ages are welcome, with a full bar, food menu, and free admission for all. Hang and play or hang and listen!! JB is grateful to the John Stites Jazz Awards for their support.

House band this evening:

Noah Preminger – tenor

Alexei Tsiganov – piano

Michael Feinberg – bass

Dor Herskovits – drums

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February – FPAC's First Tuesdays Jazz Jam Hosted by The Johnny Horner Trio

02-07-2023

Presented by Fort Point Arts Community at Assemblage Art Space, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Feb 07 @ 7:00 pm

The Fort Point Arts Community would like to invite artists and patrons to our newest Assemblage programming, First Tuesdays Jazz Jam, hosted by The Johnny Horner Trio! Join John Horner on the piano, Dave Gold on the bass, and Dave Mann on the...

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The Fort Point Arts Community would like to invite artists and patrons to our newest Assemblage programming, First Tuesdays Jazz Jam, hosted by The Johnny Horner Trio! Join John Horner on the piano, Dave Gold on the bass, and Dave Mann on the drums for an evening of jazz and good vibes. The event will begin at 7:00pm and end around 9:30pm. Guest musicians and vocalists welcome! This is a great opportunity to support local musicians as well as a great networking opportunity for Boston artists.

Though not required, registration is encouraged. Suggested donation of $10

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August Wilson's Seven Guitars

03-05-2023

Presented by Actors' Shakespeare Project at Hibernian Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 09 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm + 19 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Mar 01 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Mar 02 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 03 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Mar 04 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Mar 04 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Mar 05 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Actors’ Shakespeare Project returns to Hibernian with a play from one of the great American playwrights: August Wilson.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Seven Guitars is fifth in Wilson’s theatrical saga. Part elegy, part mystery, and...

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Actors’ Shakespeare Project returns to Hibernian with a play from one of the great American playwrights: August Wilson.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Seven Guitars is fifth in Wilson’s theatrical saga. Part elegy, part mystery, and infused with bluesy lyricism, this bawdy comedy takes an intimate look at seven African-American characters and the events leading up to the untimely death of an up-and-coming blues musician. Who or what killed Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton?

Dear friends gather after the funeral to mourn and question the death of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. Set in the backyard of a rooming house in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1948, this tale, told in flashback, chronicles the last days of Floyd. He had returned home after a stint in prison to reconnect with the love of his life, Vera, with the hopes of setting off for Chicago to pursue stardom. What went awry?

Please be aware that this production is intended for mature audiences and has depictions and language of racism, sexuality, physical violence, sexism, and death. Appropriate for ages 15 and over.

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Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Being Alive

02-09-2023

Presented by Zeiterion Performing Arts Center at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer....

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Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. BEING ALIVE is a collection of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget!

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Takuya Kuroda

02-09-2023

Presented by Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater at Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm

Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is an inventive, boundary-pushing musician known for his cross-pollinated mix of post-bop, soul-jazz, and hip-hop. Following his initial emergence playing alongside singer José James in the 2010s, Kuroda garnered buzz...

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Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is an inventive, boundary-pushing musician known for his cross-pollinated mix of post-bop, soul-jazz, and hip-hop. Following his initial emergence playing alongside singer José James in the 2010s, Kuroda garnered buzz with his own ambitious albums like 2014’s James-produced Rising Son and 2016’s Zigzagger.

Born in 1980 in Kobe, Japan, Kuroda followed his older trombonist brother into the local music scene, playing in big bands. After studying music in Japan, he relocated to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he befriended singer José James. From there, he moved to New York City, enrolling in the New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. By the time he graduated in 2006, Kuroda had ensconced himself in the vibrant N.Y.C. jazz scene, performing with such artists as Junior Mance, Greg Tardy, Andy Ezrin, Jiro Yoshida, Akoya Afrobeat, Valery Ponomarev’s big band, and others.

As a leader, Kuroda debuted with a handful of independently produced albums, including 2010’s Bitter & High, 2011’s Edge, and 2012’s Six Aces, all of which found him playing an aggressive style of acoustic hard bop. He also garnered attention with appearances on several of singer James’ albums, including 2010’s Blackmagic and 2014’s No Beginning No End — for which he also wrote the horn arrangements.

Based in part on his work with James, Kuroda signed with Blue Note Records and recorded his third solo album, the James-produced Rising Son. Released in 2014, the record featured a strong soul-jazz and hip-hop influence exemplified by the presence of several Roy Ayers compositions including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” which featured James on vocals.

In 2016, Kuroda returned with his fifth solo album, and first for Concord, Zigzagger. Producing on his own, the trumpeter expanded upon his funk-, fusion-, and hip-hop-influenced sound with another set of mostly original compositions. Included on the album was a collaboration with New York Afro-beat ensemble Antibalas on a reworking on Donald Byrd’s song “Think Twice.” He then continued his creative association with James, supplying horn parts for the singer’s 2018 album Lean on Me. Kuroda’s Fly Moon Die Soon arrived in August 2020 and found him exploring an even more expansive cross-over sound. Recorded in Brooklyn with producer Todd Carder, the album featured guest vocals by Corey King and Alina Engibaryan and included covers of Ohio Players’ “Sweet Sticky Thing” and Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me a Bedtime Story.”

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Fridays in the Rose – Student Showcase

02-10-2023

Presented by Endicott College at Manninen Center for the Arts, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm

Endicott student performers who study voice sing songs from Broadway, Jazz, Classical traditions in this eclectic concert. Students are majors or minors in music and study with Professor Jan Zimmerman. Songs will include “Mister Cellophane”...

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Endicott student performers who study voice sing songs from Broadway, Jazz, Classical traditions in this eclectic concert. Students are majors or minors in music and study with Professor Jan Zimmerman. Songs will include “Mister Cellophane” from Chicago, the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves,” “Being Alive” from Company, and many more.

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Matthew Whitaker Quintet

02-11-2023

Presented by Groton Hill Music Center at Groton Hill Music Center, Groton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm

“Whitaker doesn’t just play music, he plays with it. Twisting melodies, crafting complex harmonies and improvising at lightning speed.” — 60 Minutes, CBS News

This R&B/jazz artist brings his strong yet soulful piano style to our stage,...

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“Whitaker doesn’t just play music, he plays with it. Twisting melodies, crafting complex harmonies and improvising at lightning speed.” — 60 Minutes, CBS News

This R&B/jazz artist brings his strong yet soulful piano style to our stage, blending unique stylings with a robust band and a Hammond B3 organ! Blind since birth and hailed as a prodigy, he opened for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame in 2011, performs at world-renowned venues, and has appeared on multiple national television programs.

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3 after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Matthew has toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world-renowned stages, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain, Morocco, and South Korea.​

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Arts Wayland Presents: An Afternoon of Jazz Standards

02-12-2023

Presented by Arts Wayland Foundation, INC at First Parish In Wayland, Wayland
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm

Join Arts Wayland on February 12, 2023 at the First Parish Church of Wayland at 3 pm for a jazz concert featuring vocalist Dominique Eade, with Neil Olmstead (piano) and Barry Smith (bass). Drawing from the American Songbook this subtle trio of...

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Join Arts Wayland on February 12, 2023 at the First Parish Church of Wayland at 3 pm for a jazz concert featuring vocalist Dominique Eade, with Neil Olmstead (piano) and Barry Smith (bass). Drawing from the American Songbook this subtle trio of Berklee professors blend the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis in a gentle jazz format of melodies and improvisations. Dominique’s unique lyricism is supported by rich harmonic piano accompaniment lying atop a deeply supportive bass. The interplay between artists is at the core of this experiential trio. Please stay after the concert for a reception!

Tickets are $15. Purchase in advance here: https://artswayland.com/pages/arts-wayland-presents-an-afternoon-of-jazz-standards

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Valentine's Day with Shawnn Monteiro

02-14-2023

Presented by Shawnn Monteiro -Scullers at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm

The Valentine\'s Day Tradition Continues at Scullers featuring vocalist Shawnn Montiero

Shawnn Monteiro-vocals, Tim Ray-piano, Dave Zinno-bass and Yoron Israel-drums

\"Her voice finds the loveliness between the notes, the subtleties of a lyric,...

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The Valentine\'s Day Tradition Continues at Scullers featuring vocalist Shawnn Montiero

Shawnn Monteiro-vocals, Tim Ray-piano, Dave Zinno-bass and Yoron Israel-drums

\"Her voice finds the loveliness between the notes, the subtleties of a lyric, the sincerity and passion of a song or a couplet or a simple line that comes straight from the soul, with a warm embrace.\" - allaboutjazz.com

Ms. Monteiro has delighted audiences from the USA to Europe with her highly popular jazz repertoire laced with blues-oriented improvisations and the American Songbook. The true quality of Shawnn\'s voice is best experienced in the ultimate setting of the club dates where her warm charisma can be personally felt by those fortunate enough to spend an evening with her,

Percussion great and latin/jazz impressario Mongo Santamaria discovered Shawnn working in a club in San Jose, California and signed her on the spot to tour with his band. Shawnn electrified audiences as his only vocalist and female percussionist during that two-year circuit where she shared the stage with such greats as Stan Kenton, Celia Cruz, the Fania All-Stars, and Weather Report.

Since then, Shawnn has shared the stage with a prestigious list of notables jazz names: Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster and the Basie Band, Nat Adderly, Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Bobby Durham, James Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Keter Betts, Stanley Jordan, Ed Thigpen, Johnny Griffin, and Benny Golson....to name a few.

Shawnn Monteiro will make your Valentine\'s Day a night to remember!

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Third Thursdays w/host D. Bryant, J.K. Jones, G. Hopkins, G. Moltoni, R. McLaughlin.

02-16-2023

Presented by Dave Bryant Music at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm

Harmolodic jazz keyboardist Dave Bryant, a protégé of harmolodic jazz genius Ornette Coleman and the host of the ongoing "Third Thursdays" jazz series, has a very special musical rapport with his fellow Prime Time group colleagues. That can...

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Harmolodic jazz keyboardist Dave Bryant, a protégé of harmolodic jazz genius Ornette Coleman and the host of the ongoing "Third Thursdays" jazz series, has a very special musical rapport with his fellow Prime Time group colleagues. That can certainly be said when it comes to the musical kinship that he has with James Kamal Jones, a masterful, driving, and intuitive drummer and a past member of Coleman’s Prime Time.

This February’s “Third Thursdays” concert will feature Jones, joined by fellow local artists Greg Hopkins (trumpet), Giovanni Moltoni (guitar), and Rick McLaughlin (bass).

Bryant notes that February’s concert “will feature Prime Time member James Kamal Jones in a well-deserved and long overdue showcase, along with some of his favorite musicians ……...”

Also happening Feb 1: Dave Bryant will co-host and feature his musical selections as well as material from his live “Third Thursdays” concert series on JazzBoston’s “Hot Club Jazz Listening Sessions, including his November concert fusing jazz and Indian music.” Join the session at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82555457223?pwd=ell5U2dUa05PMk00T2hLZk1wY0lTUT09.

“Third Thursdays” performances and interviews have been documented at dbryantmusic.com/third-thursdays. Performance videos and interviews with former Coleman colleagues are also available at youtube.com/@davebryantmusic/videos. Also visit https://www.prlog.org/12948744 for further info. on this ongoing series.

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La Vie En Rose

02-17-2023

Presented by Skylark at First Parish Church in Weston, Weston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm

Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en...

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Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en Rose will allow our Skylark artists to showcase their remarkable versatility as vocal soloists. From beautiful chansons by Debussy and Ravel, to jazz classics from American songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to French singers Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and perhaps even a touch of Broadway, La Vie en Rose promises to be a charming musical bon bon for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters

02-17-2023

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at Berklee Performance Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm

Brilliant pianist, composer, and multimedia artist Jason Moran turns his boundless creativity and curiosity to a celebration of the life of often-overlooked African American musical pioneer James Reese Europe.

Europe was already a key figure in...

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Brilliant pianist, composer, and multimedia artist Jason Moran turns his boundless creativity and curiosity to a celebration of the life of often-overlooked African American musical pioneer James Reese Europe.

Europe was already a key figure in the development of jazz as a genre, when, during his service in the First World War, he established a band that would change the course of music history. As the bandleader for the 369th Infantry Regiment (the “Harlem Hellfighters”), Europe is credited with introducing jazz music to the European continent and helping spread African American culture across the world.

For this program, entitled James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin, Moran and his Bandwagon bandmates augment their numbers with a seven-piece horn section. Moran shares archival photos, recordings, and original multimedia creations to help build his musical monument to a truly transformational artist.

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La Vie En Rose

02-18-2023

Presented by Skylark at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport, Newburyport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm

Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en...

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Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en Rose will allow our Skylark artists to showcase their remarkable versatility as vocal soloists. From beautiful chansons by Debussy and Ravel, to jazz classics from American songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to French singers Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and perhaps even a touch of Broadway, La Vie en Rose promises to be a charming musical bon bon for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Isabel Stover Trio

02-18-2023

Presented by The Joy Nest at The Joy Nest, Newburyport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm

Come join Isabel Stover at this new, hip speakeasy which serves up the most amazing Thai cuisine and boozy cocktails along with live music several nights a week. With Doug Johnson on Piano and Blake Newman on Bass. Reservations strongly...

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Come join Isabel Stover at this new, hip speakeasy which serves up the most amazing Thai cuisine and boozy cocktails along with live music several nights a week. With Doug Johnson on Piano and Blake Newman on Bass. Reservations strongly recommended upstairs in the music lounge.

“Elegant.” “An amazing range.” “Continually evolving.” These are just a few of the ways audiences describe Isabel Stover. She uses her richly textured vocals and mastery of phrasing thoughtfully and purposely as a way of delivering an authentic and heartfelt experience, fearlessly deconstructing musical compositions to their emotional core.

At its heart, singing is storytelling with structure. It makes sense, then, that Stover, a vocalist with both a Master’s degree in architecture and credits on a national radio storytelling show, would be skilled at choosing stories to tell and at setting them in the right arrangements.

A consummate professional, Stover is a skilled entertainer and arranger with an ear for unlocking the full potential of jazz and Brazilian standards and beyond. Her debut album, Her Own Sweet World, went to #1 on the charts in the first week of its release.

Stover’s passion for jazz was ignited after landing a spot in the Oakland Jazz Choir, a 30-voice vocal big band in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she began her studies at the California Jazz Conservatory. After moving East to Boston, she continued her education at the New England Conservatory and Berklee School of Music and developed her chops playing professionally amongst New England’s most talented musicians.

Stover delights in building new structures for songs. As a lover of architecture and history, she recalls one of her favorite performances — in the courtyard at Boston Public Library — where the incredible sonic experience created from the music enveloped in the surrounding buildings elevated their breathtaking beauty.

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Mardi Gras Party w/Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, joined by Amadee Castenell and Henri Smith.

02-18-2023

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm

Labeled "explosive" by the Boston Globe, the two-time New England Music Award nominee Revolutionary Snake Ensemble brings what has become their traditional Boston-area Mardi Gras Party, this time to Scullers Jazz Club. RSE’s rousing...

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Labeled "explosive" by the Boston Globe, the two-time New England Music Award nominee Revolutionary Snake Ensemble brings what has become their traditional Boston-area Mardi Gras Party, this time to Scullers Jazz Club. RSE’s rousing performances have become a local Mardi Gras custom, with shows that have repeatedly sold out, and rousing performances that are guaranteed to "beat the band".

RSE will be joined by New Orleans veteran saxophonist Amadee Castenell, whose numerous credits include Dr. John, The Neville Bros, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, and many others. Also joining the band will be electrifying vocalist and New Orleans legend Henri Smith.

RSE, led by co-founder Ken Field (saxophone), also includes Jerry Sabatini (trumpet), Dave Harris (trombone & tuba), Blake Newman (bass), and Phil Neighbors (drums).

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Upstairs on Main: Headlands

02-18-2023

Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

The Upstairs on Main music series features the wealth of local musical talent we have here on the North Shore. Compared to our concerts in the main hall, these shows on the third floor have a more casual, lounge-like atmosphere. Both beer and...

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The Upstairs on Main music series features the wealth of local musical talent we have here on the North Shore. Compared to our concerts in the main hall, these shows on the third floor have a more casual, lounge-like atmosphere. Both beer and wine are available and dancing is encouraged. Limited table seating is available (as well as standing room only tickets).

Rockport’s own beloved Americana band! With their exciting three-part vocals that put their stamp on whichever musical genre they choose, HEADLANDS has been playing at clubs, restaurants, outdoor festivals and private events since 2017.

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La Vie En Rose

02-19-2023

Presented by Skylark at Simon Center for the Arts at Falmouth Academy, Falmouth
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm

Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en...

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Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en Rose will allow our Skylark artists to showcase their remarkable versatility as vocal soloists. From beautiful chansons by Debussy and Ravel, to jazz classics from American songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to French singers Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and perhaps even a touch of Broadway, La Vie en Rose promises to be a charming musical bon bon for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Eastern Bank Lobby jazz Series Presents: Mike Iannantuoni Quartet

02-02-2023

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 02 @ 7:30 pm

 

The Quartet will perform selections from their latest CD release “Deja-Vu”. Mike’s bandmates include Dennis Hughes on piano, Scott Tarulli on guitar and Joe Baglione on bass. The group performs an eclectic blend of jazz styles including...

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The Quartet will perform selections from their latest CD release “Deja-Vu”. Mike’s bandmates include Dennis Hughes on piano, Scott Tarulli on guitar and Joe Baglione on bass. The group performs an eclectic blend of jazz styles including Fusion, Latin and African and cover a range of tunes by popular artists including Sting, Peter Gabriel, The Meters, Robbin Ford, Miles Davis, Stanton Moore and David Sanchez.

As a highly in-demand drummer, Mike has worked with numerous artists in the jazz and popular music fields including Jimmy Herring, Steve Oliver, Jeff Berlin, Stan Strickland, Tavares, Little Richard and The Platters!

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Boston Jazz by who’s who Graham, Mela, a new, Agnew, LEAD by a rising voice Brittany Karlson!

02-03-2023

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Arts at the Armory, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Alex @ Creative Music Series,alexlemski@gmail.com, 617/800-7255

https://www.creativemusicseries.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1323458878493933/?

A Somerville debut for Brittany, yet she’s no novice.  Brittany is beyond an...

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Contact: Alex @ Creative Music Series,alexlemski@gmail.com, 617/800-7255

https://www.creativemusicseries.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1323458878493933/?

A Somerville debut for Brittany, yet she’s no novice.  Brittany is beyond an up-and-coming creative bassist from Boston, she’s a young leader in improvised music and Free-Jazz and called by many others to be a part of the scene.

The two trumpets and the “rhythm” section sets the stage for a robust and intricate couple of sets of heretofore never heard before, this quartet of improvised Free Jazz, Free Form!

You’ll also like the setting, the intimate Café at the Arts at the Armory.

Brittany Karlson is a bassist with roots in jazz, folk, and experimental music. Karlson works in freely improvised settings, ranging from solo bass to duos with bassist Ian Kovac to collaborations with musicians like Sam Lisabeth, Jesse Collins, Nick Neuberg, Matt Delligatti, and Jeb Bishop. As a leader and composer, Brittany combines folk-like melodies and improvising impulses in her freely lyrical song project Karl. She is also a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music

The improv of Brittany Karlson defies easy mainstream labeling because it includes influences from the pure forms of avantgarde; yet part of Jazz\\\\\\\'s modern expansion. She also is a Puppeteer, vocalist and performs with folk musicians to influence her outlook . She is a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music

Sample of bassist Brittany Karlson performing at Cambridge’s Lilypad with other improv musician

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htPsaMwqdEs)

Brittany in a bass solo. However, she is also a Puppeteer and this clip shows her WITH the bass doing a puppet routine. The bass solo begins at 3:35.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwpN9exMkOI&t=387s)

A CMS series flyer spotlighting Brittany Karlson’s trio outdoors instead of the restricted indoors, during the Pandemic.

file:///C:/Users/myciber/Documents/Concerts/6-26-21%20Outdoors%20Flyer.pdf

While Miles Davis\\\\\\\' shadow does figure into any jazz past The Birth of Cool, Forbes Graham doesn\\\\\\\'t ignore it. He embraces the blue note and turns it \\\\\\\"magenta haze.\\\\\\\" The Boston-area improviser sputters and attacks the trumpet with shark-attack notes before letting out a haunting whistled horn like a meditative Don Cherry, or a gruffled stutter like a duck being strangled. Essences, then, plays well with the musical-yet-noisy percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who knows the history of his instruments but also understands where they should go.  NPR

Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz\\\\\\\'s elite instrumentalists, including such luminaries as Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Ingrid Laubrock, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Malaby, and the entire Boston Jazz scene regardless of style!  and , among many others, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-arming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.   Born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba, Mela moved to Boston in 2000 and quickly thereafter made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club.

Miranda Agnew is a trumpet player, composer, and improviser entering her final year of the dual degree program between Harvard and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has performed and recorded original compositions with musicians from her hometown Tucson, Arizona, Boston, and Amsterdam, and recently took part in a ten day improvisation centered gathering held at the Institute for the Musical Arts. Miranda has been mentored by musicians such as Kris Davis, Vijay Iyer, Claire Chase, and Jason Palmer, and attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. In addition to performing, she taught at the University of Arizona’s summer jazz workshop and designed an educational project for high schoolers that centers women in the history of Jazz and Creative Music.

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Albert Cummings

02-03-2023

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

In the trajectory of watching great musicians develop, there is no set timetable. Some appear full-blown right from the start, and others can take a whole career to get to that elevated place. Albert Cummings arrived strong right at the beginning...

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In the trajectory of watching great musicians develop, there is no set timetable. Some appear full-blown right from the start, and others can take a whole career to get to that elevated place. Albert Cummings arrived strong right at the beginning and has kept growing over a course of endless tours and nine previous albums, right up to today with the release of the album TEN. It’s the kind of recording that shows exactly why all the accolades and excitement have been deserved. Now, it’s an irrevocable truth that the musician has made his full-on breakthrough. And it comes at exactly the perfect time, when the world is looking into what might be in store past the challenging experience of the pandemic for the last two years. Music, being one of the world’s tried and true joys of life, has always had a way of bringing healing and inspiration to listeners, and at no time in recent decades has it been needed more than now.

“The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does[…]. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.” – Guitar Edge Magazine

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Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

02-04-2023

Presented by Groton Hill Music Center at Groton Hill Music Center, Groton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 04 @ 8:00 pm

With his album selected as the #1 Jazz Album by the New York Times, alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is a rising star on the international jazz scene. He brings his quartet to Meadow Hall on February 4, 2023.

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With his album selected as the #1 Jazz Album by the New York Times, alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is a rising star on the international jazz scene. He brings his quartet to Meadow Hall on February 4, 2023.

“His sound is most often silky and lush… with a gorgeous tone and phrasing… but he can shift into a grittier gospel gear or an airier whisper as the art requires.” — PopMatters.com

“… contemporary jazz at its most thrilling.”— MOJO

The music of alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. PopMatters.com says his “impulse is to bring 21st-century creative music forward and reclaim the beating heart of its past without sounding retrospective.” Listeners were introduced to this riveting sound with his acclaimed debut album Omega, which was named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times. The album also introduced his remarkable quartet, which “is willing to push him and follow him, galloping into the musical adventure.”

Wilkins grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. After high school, he moved to New York City in 2015 to attend The Juilliard School. In the city, he met trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire, who mentored Wilkins and helped him navigate the jazz scene. He also met a musician who would change his professional life, Jason Moran, the prominent pianist and composer who took the young saxophonist on tour. In what was one of Wilkins’ biggest gigs to date, he played alto in Moran’s “In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959,” a series of live performances honoring the great legacy of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Wilkins has since worked with a diverse range of artists including Solange Knowles, Gretchen Parlato, Wynton Marsalis, Gerald Clayton, Aaron Parks, and Joel Ross, making a striking appearance on the vibraphonist’s 2019 Blue Note debut KingMaker.

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Jazz Jam Session

02-05-2023

Presented by JazzBoston Artist at ZuZu @ The Middle East, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 05 @ 7:00 pm

With thanks to Noah Preminger, JazzBoston announces a new regular jam session!  There’s a common response from musicians when asked about the jazz scene in Boston: “Where is the hang?!” Now there's a great, bi-weekly spot!

A terrific...

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With thanks to Noah Preminger, JazzBoston announces a new regular jam session!  There’s a common response from musicians when asked about the jazz scene in Boston: “Where is the hang?!” Now there's a great, bi-weekly spot!

A terrific house band with world-renowned improvisers will play an opening set from 7pm-7:45pm, followed by a jam session until 10pm. All ages are welcome, with a full bar, food menu, and free admission for all. Hang and play or hang and listen!! JB is grateful to the John Stites Jazz Awards for their support.

House band this evening:

Noah Preminger – tenor

Alexei Tsiganov – piano

Michael Feinberg – bass

Dor Herskovits – drums

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February – FPAC's First Tuesdays Jazz Jam Hosted by The Johnny Horner Trio

02-07-2023

Presented by Fort Point Arts Community at Assemblage Art Space, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Feb 07 @ 7:00 pm

The Fort Point Arts Community would like to invite artists and patrons to our newest Assemblage programming, First Tuesdays Jazz Jam, hosted by The Johnny Horner Trio! Join John Horner on the piano, Dave Gold on the bass, and Dave Mann on the...

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The Fort Point Arts Community would like to invite artists and patrons to our newest Assemblage programming, First Tuesdays Jazz Jam, hosted by The Johnny Horner Trio! Join John Horner on the piano, Dave Gold on the bass, and Dave Mann on the drums for an evening of jazz and good vibes. The event will begin at 7:00pm and end around 9:30pm. Guest musicians and vocalists welcome! This is a great opportunity to support local musicians as well as a great networking opportunity for Boston artists.

Though not required, registration is encouraged. Suggested donation of $10

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August Wilson's Seven Guitars

03-05-2023

Presented by Actors' Shakespeare Project at Hibernian Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 09 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm + 19 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Mar 01 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Mar 02 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 03 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Mar 04 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Mar 04 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Mar 05 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Actors’ Shakespeare Project returns to Hibernian with a play from one of the great American playwrights: August Wilson.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Seven Guitars is fifth in Wilson’s theatrical saga. Part elegy, part mystery, and...

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Actors’ Shakespeare Project returns to Hibernian with a play from one of the great American playwrights: August Wilson.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Seven Guitars is fifth in Wilson’s theatrical saga. Part elegy, part mystery, and infused with bluesy lyricism, this bawdy comedy takes an intimate look at seven African-American characters and the events leading up to the untimely death of an up-and-coming blues musician. Who or what killed Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton?

Dear friends gather after the funeral to mourn and question the death of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. Set in the backyard of a rooming house in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1948, this tale, told in flashback, chronicles the last days of Floyd. He had returned home after a stint in prison to reconnect with the love of his life, Vera, with the hopes of setting off for Chicago to pursue stardom. What went awry?

Please be aware that this production is intended for mature audiences and has depictions and language of racism, sexuality, physical violence, sexism, and death. Appropriate for ages 15 and over.

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Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Being Alive

02-09-2023

Presented by Zeiterion Performing Arts Center at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer....

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Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. BEING ALIVE is a collection of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget!

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Takuya Kuroda

02-09-2023

Presented by Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater at Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm

Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is an inventive, boundary-pushing musician known for his cross-pollinated mix of post-bop, soul-jazz, and hip-hop. Following his initial emergence playing alongside singer José James in the 2010s, Kuroda garnered buzz...

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Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is an inventive, boundary-pushing musician known for his cross-pollinated mix of post-bop, soul-jazz, and hip-hop. Following his initial emergence playing alongside singer José James in the 2010s, Kuroda garnered buzz with his own ambitious albums like 2014’s James-produced Rising Son and 2016’s Zigzagger.

Born in 1980 in Kobe, Japan, Kuroda followed his older trombonist brother into the local music scene, playing in big bands. After studying music in Japan, he relocated to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he befriended singer José James. From there, he moved to New York City, enrolling in the New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. By the time he graduated in 2006, Kuroda had ensconced himself in the vibrant N.Y.C. jazz scene, performing with such artists as Junior Mance, Greg Tardy, Andy Ezrin, Jiro Yoshida, Akoya Afrobeat, Valery Ponomarev’s big band, and others.

As a leader, Kuroda debuted with a handful of independently produced albums, including 2010’s Bitter & High, 2011’s Edge, and 2012’s Six Aces, all of which found him playing an aggressive style of acoustic hard bop. He also garnered attention with appearances on several of singer James’ albums, including 2010’s Blackmagic and 2014’s No Beginning No End — for which he also wrote the horn arrangements.

Based in part on his work with James, Kuroda signed with Blue Note Records and recorded his third solo album, the James-produced Rising Son. Released in 2014, the record featured a strong soul-jazz and hip-hop influence exemplified by the presence of several Roy Ayers compositions including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” which featured James on vocals.

In 2016, Kuroda returned with his fifth solo album, and first for Concord, Zigzagger. Producing on his own, the trumpeter expanded upon his funk-, fusion-, and hip-hop-influenced sound with another set of mostly original compositions. Included on the album was a collaboration with New York Afro-beat ensemble Antibalas on a reworking on Donald Byrd’s song “Think Twice.” He then continued his creative association with James, supplying horn parts for the singer’s 2018 album Lean on Me. Kuroda’s Fly Moon Die Soon arrived in August 2020 and found him exploring an even more expansive cross-over sound. Recorded in Brooklyn with producer Todd Carder, the album featured guest vocals by Corey King and Alina Engibaryan and included covers of Ohio Players’ “Sweet Sticky Thing” and Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me a Bedtime Story.”

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Fridays in the Rose – Student Showcase

02-10-2023

Presented by Endicott College at Manninen Center for the Arts, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm

Endicott student performers who study voice sing songs from Broadway, Jazz, Classical traditions in this eclectic concert. Students are majors or minors in music and study with Professor Jan Zimmerman. Songs will include “Mister Cellophane”...

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Endicott student performers who study voice sing songs from Broadway, Jazz, Classical traditions in this eclectic concert. Students are majors or minors in music and study with Professor Jan Zimmerman. Songs will include “Mister Cellophane” from Chicago, the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves,” “Being Alive” from Company, and many more.

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Matthew Whitaker Quintet

02-11-2023

Presented by Groton Hill Music Center at Groton Hill Music Center, Groton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm

“Whitaker doesn’t just play music, he plays with it. Twisting melodies, crafting complex harmonies and improvising at lightning speed.” — 60 Minutes, CBS News

This R&B/jazz artist brings his strong yet soulful piano style to our stage,...

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“Whitaker doesn’t just play music, he plays with it. Twisting melodies, crafting complex harmonies and improvising at lightning speed.” — 60 Minutes, CBS News

This R&B/jazz artist brings his strong yet soulful piano style to our stage, blending unique stylings with a robust band and a Hammond B3 organ! Blind since birth and hailed as a prodigy, he opened for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame in 2011, performs at world-renowned venues, and has appeared on multiple national television programs.

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3 after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Matthew has toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world-renowned stages, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain, Morocco, and South Korea.​

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Arts Wayland Presents: An Afternoon of Jazz Standards

02-12-2023

Presented by Arts Wayland Foundation, INC at First Parish In Wayland, Wayland
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm

Join Arts Wayland on February 12, 2023 at the First Parish Church of Wayland at 3 pm for a jazz concert featuring vocalist Dominique Eade, with Neil Olmstead (piano) and Barry Smith (bass). Drawing from the American Songbook this subtle trio of...

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Join Arts Wayland on February 12, 2023 at the First Parish Church of Wayland at 3 pm for a jazz concert featuring vocalist Dominique Eade, with Neil Olmstead (piano) and Barry Smith (bass). Drawing from the American Songbook this subtle trio of Berklee professors blend the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis in a gentle jazz format of melodies and improvisations. Dominique’s unique lyricism is supported by rich harmonic piano accompaniment lying atop a deeply supportive bass. The interplay between artists is at the core of this experiential trio. Please stay after the concert for a reception!

Tickets are $15. Purchase in advance here: https://artswayland.com/pages/arts-wayland-presents-an-afternoon-of-jazz-standards

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Valentine's Day with Shawnn Monteiro

02-14-2023

Presented by Shawnn Monteiro -Scullers at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm

The Valentine\'s Day Tradition Continues at Scullers featuring vocalist Shawnn Montiero

Shawnn Monteiro-vocals, Tim Ray-piano, Dave Zinno-bass and Yoron Israel-drums

\"Her voice finds the loveliness between the notes, the subtleties of a lyric,...

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The Valentine\'s Day Tradition Continues at Scullers featuring vocalist Shawnn Montiero

Shawnn Monteiro-vocals, Tim Ray-piano, Dave Zinno-bass and Yoron Israel-drums

\"Her voice finds the loveliness between the notes, the subtleties of a lyric, the sincerity and passion of a song or a couplet or a simple line that comes straight from the soul, with a warm embrace.\" - allaboutjazz.com

Ms. Monteiro has delighted audiences from the USA to Europe with her highly popular jazz repertoire laced with blues-oriented improvisations and the American Songbook. The true quality of Shawnn\'s voice is best experienced in the ultimate setting of the club dates where her warm charisma can be personally felt by those fortunate enough to spend an evening with her,

Percussion great and latin/jazz impressario Mongo Santamaria discovered Shawnn working in a club in San Jose, California and signed her on the spot to tour with his band. Shawnn electrified audiences as his only vocalist and female percussionist during that two-year circuit where she shared the stage with such greats as Stan Kenton, Celia Cruz, the Fania All-Stars, and Weather Report.

Since then, Shawnn has shared the stage with a prestigious list of notables jazz names: Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster and the Basie Band, Nat Adderly, Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Bobby Durham, James Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Keter Betts, Stanley Jordan, Ed Thigpen, Johnny Griffin, and Benny Golson....to name a few.

Shawnn Monteiro will make your Valentine\'s Day a night to remember!

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Third Thursdays w/host D. Bryant, J.K. Jones, G. Hopkins, G. Moltoni, R. McLaughlin.

02-16-2023

Presented by Dave Bryant Music at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm

Harmolodic jazz keyboardist Dave Bryant, a protégé of harmolodic jazz genius Ornette Coleman and the host of the ongoing "Third Thursdays" jazz series, has a very special musical rapport with his fellow Prime Time group colleagues. That can...

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Harmolodic jazz keyboardist Dave Bryant, a protégé of harmolodic jazz genius Ornette Coleman and the host of the ongoing "Third Thursdays" jazz series, has a very special musical rapport with his fellow Prime Time group colleagues. That can certainly be said when it comes to the musical kinship that he has with James Kamal Jones, a masterful, driving, and intuitive drummer and a past member of Coleman’s Prime Time.

This February’s “Third Thursdays” concert will feature Jones, joined by fellow local artists Greg Hopkins (trumpet), Giovanni Moltoni (guitar), and Rick McLaughlin (bass).

Bryant notes that February’s concert “will feature Prime Time member James Kamal Jones in a well-deserved and long overdue showcase, along with some of his favorite musicians ……...”

Also happening Feb 1: Dave Bryant will co-host and feature his musical selections as well as material from his live “Third Thursdays” concert series on JazzBoston’s “Hot Club Jazz Listening Sessions, including his November concert fusing jazz and Indian music.” Join the session at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82555457223?pwd=ell5U2dUa05PMk00T2hLZk1wY0lTUT09.

“Third Thursdays” performances and interviews have been documented at dbryantmusic.com/third-thursdays. Performance videos and interviews with former Coleman colleagues are also available at youtube.com/@davebryantmusic/videos. Also visit https://www.prlog.org/12948744 for further info. on this ongoing series.

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La Vie En Rose

02-17-2023

Presented by Skylark at First Parish Church in Weston, Weston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm

Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en...

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Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en Rose will allow our Skylark artists to showcase their remarkable versatility as vocal soloists. From beautiful chansons by Debussy and Ravel, to jazz classics from American songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to French singers Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and perhaps even a touch of Broadway, La Vie en Rose promises to be a charming musical bon bon for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters

02-17-2023

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at Berklee Performance Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm

Brilliant pianist, composer, and multimedia artist Jason Moran turns his boundless creativity and curiosity to a celebration of the life of often-overlooked African American musical pioneer James Reese Europe.

Europe was already a key figure in...

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Brilliant pianist, composer, and multimedia artist Jason Moran turns his boundless creativity and curiosity to a celebration of the life of often-overlooked African American musical pioneer James Reese Europe.

Europe was already a key figure in the development of jazz as a genre, when, during his service in the First World War, he established a band that would change the course of music history. As the bandleader for the 369th Infantry Regiment (the “Harlem Hellfighters”), Europe is credited with introducing jazz music to the European continent and helping spread African American culture across the world.

For this program, entitled James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin, Moran and his Bandwagon bandmates augment their numbers with a seven-piece horn section. Moran shares archival photos, recordings, and original multimedia creations to help build his musical monument to a truly transformational artist.

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La Vie En Rose

02-18-2023

Presented by Skylark at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport, Newburyport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm

Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en...

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Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en Rose will allow our Skylark artists to showcase their remarkable versatility as vocal soloists. From beautiful chansons by Debussy and Ravel, to jazz classics from American songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to French singers Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and perhaps even a touch of Broadway, La Vie en Rose promises to be a charming musical bon bon for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Isabel Stover Trio

02-18-2023

Presented by The Joy Nest at The Joy Nest, Newburyport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm

Come join Isabel Stover at this new, hip speakeasy which serves up the most amazing Thai cuisine and boozy cocktails along with live music several nights a week. With Doug Johnson on Piano and Blake Newman on Bass. Reservations strongly...

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Come join Isabel Stover at this new, hip speakeasy which serves up the most amazing Thai cuisine and boozy cocktails along with live music several nights a week. With Doug Johnson on Piano and Blake Newman on Bass. Reservations strongly recommended upstairs in the music lounge.

“Elegant.” “An amazing range.” “Continually evolving.” These are just a few of the ways audiences describe Isabel Stover. She uses her richly textured vocals and mastery of phrasing thoughtfully and purposely as a way of delivering an authentic and heartfelt experience, fearlessly deconstructing musical compositions to their emotional core.

At its heart, singing is storytelling with structure. It makes sense, then, that Stover, a vocalist with both a Master’s degree in architecture and credits on a national radio storytelling show, would be skilled at choosing stories to tell and at setting them in the right arrangements.

A consummate professional, Stover is a skilled entertainer and arranger with an ear for unlocking the full potential of jazz and Brazilian standards and beyond. Her debut album, Her Own Sweet World, went to #1 on the charts in the first week of its release.

Stover’s passion for jazz was ignited after landing a spot in the Oakland Jazz Choir, a 30-voice vocal big band in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she began her studies at the California Jazz Conservatory. After moving East to Boston, she continued her education at the New England Conservatory and Berklee School of Music and developed her chops playing professionally amongst New England’s most talented musicians.

Stover delights in building new structures for songs. As a lover of architecture and history, she recalls one of her favorite performances — in the courtyard at Boston Public Library — where the incredible sonic experience created from the music enveloped in the surrounding buildings elevated their breathtaking beauty.

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Mardi Gras Party w/Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, joined by Amadee Castenell and Henri Smith.

02-18-2023

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm

Labeled "explosive" by the Boston Globe, the two-time New England Music Award nominee Revolutionary Snake Ensemble brings what has become their traditional Boston-area Mardi Gras Party, this time to Scullers Jazz Club. RSE’s rousing...

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Labeled "explosive" by the Boston Globe, the two-time New England Music Award nominee Revolutionary Snake Ensemble brings what has become their traditional Boston-area Mardi Gras Party, this time to Scullers Jazz Club. RSE’s rousing performances have become a local Mardi Gras custom, with shows that have repeatedly sold out, and rousing performances that are guaranteed to "beat the band".

RSE will be joined by New Orleans veteran saxophonist Amadee Castenell, whose numerous credits include Dr. John, The Neville Bros, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, and many others. Also joining the band will be electrifying vocalist and New Orleans legend Henri Smith.

RSE, led by co-founder Ken Field (saxophone), also includes Jerry Sabatini (trumpet), Dave Harris (trombone & tuba), Blake Newman (bass), and Phil Neighbors (drums).

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Upstairs on Main: Headlands

02-18-2023

Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

The Upstairs on Main music series features the wealth of local musical talent we have here on the North Shore. Compared to our concerts in the main hall, these shows on the third floor have a more casual, lounge-like atmosphere. Both beer and...

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The Upstairs on Main music series features the wealth of local musical talent we have here on the North Shore. Compared to our concerts in the main hall, these shows on the third floor have a more casual, lounge-like atmosphere. Both beer and wine are available and dancing is encouraged. Limited table seating is available (as well as standing room only tickets).

Rockport’s own beloved Americana band! With their exciting three-part vocals that put their stamp on whichever musical genre they choose, HEADLANDS has been playing at clubs, restaurants, outdoor festivals and private events since 2017.

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La Vie En Rose

02-19-2023

Presented by Skylark at Simon Center for the Arts at Falmouth Academy, Falmouth
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm

Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en...

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Few cities inspire the romantic imagination like the City of Lights. Join a chamber group of Skylarks to celebrate romantic music inspired by the French capital. In our first collaboration with GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joy Schreier, La Vie en Rose will allow our Skylark artists to showcase their remarkable versatility as vocal soloists. From beautiful chansons by Debussy and Ravel, to jazz classics from American songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to French singers Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and perhaps even a touch of Broadway, La Vie en Rose promises to be a charming musical bon bon for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Tags:   Jazz / Blues

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