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Daniela Schächter Trio

05-14-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 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.

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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.

Daniela Schächter, piano & voice
John Lockwood, acoustic bass
Mark Walker, drums

Daniela Schächter jazz vocalist, pianist and composer. By her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Tindari 93, Prize for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Kevin Mahogany, Carmen Lundy, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn and Al McKibbon among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several venues in New York and Boston, where she resides.
Her fourth album “Vanheusenism” A Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen was released in October 2016.
Daniela is Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA since 2008.
http://www.danielaschachter.com/

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Online Conversation: Jazz Artist and Activist Terri Lyne Carrington

05-14-2021

Presented by Indian Hill Music at Indian Hill Music School, Littleton
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 14 @ 8:00 pm

Join us live on Zoom as author, composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield leads candid conversations and musical explorations with leading artists from diverse American backgrounds and styles. This online conversation...

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Join us live on Zoom as author, composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield leads candid conversations and musical explorations with leading artists from diverse American backgrounds and styles. This online conversation features NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY-winning jazz drummer, producer, educator, and activist Terri Lyne Carrington, who will share stories of her life and work, clips from live performances, and answer audience questions.

Jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has shared the stage with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Dianne Reeves, John ScofieldDiana Krall, and countless others. Now, with her band, Social Science, and her post as founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, Carrington works to affect long-lasting cultural shifts through jazz, recognizing the role that the art form can play in the larger struggle for gender and racial justice.

 

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Brian Sances - #LiveFromTheSpire

05-15-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 15 @ 8:00 pm

#LiveFromTheSpire Live Streaming Show with a limited in person audience!

Those wishing to attend in-person should purchase a ticket to the show in advance. 

Brian Sances is a singer/songwriter based on Cape Cod, MA. He returns to the Spire...

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#LiveFromTheSpire Live Streaming Show with a limited in person audience!

Those wishing to attend in-person should purchase a ticket to the show in advance. 

Brian Sances is a singer/songwriter based on Cape Cod, MA. He returns to the Spire celebrating the release of his fourth full length album, “Free to Fly”.  Brian plans to perform the album in it’s entirety in a special solo acoustic appearance.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund for this ticket may be issued at the option of the management.

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George Russell Jr. Trio

05-21-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 21 @ 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.

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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.

George Russell Jr., piano
TBA, acoustic bass
TBA, 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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Tim Ray Trio

05-22-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 22 @ 8:00 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.

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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.

Tim Ray, piano
TBA, acoustic bass
TBA, drums

Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 80 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, John Patitucci, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. Tim has also performed repeatedly on national TV and radio broadcasts, including “The Tonight Show”, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and “Austin City Limits”. He has several solo and trio recordings to his credit as a leader - his latest CD release, titled “Windows”, was released on the Whaling City Sounds label in 2016, and features John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums). He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Find more info on Tim and his recordings at www.agitatedcatmusic.com.

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Opening Doors: Alastair Moock w/ Rissi Palmer

05-23-2021

Presented by Opening Doors at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 23 @ 8:00 pm

Opening Doors is a new music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church Anti-Racism Team. The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and...

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Opening Doors is a new music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church Anti-Racism Team. The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion –– within the music industry and beyond. Guest musicians will be paid a guarantee by the church and, additionally, will split online donations with an advocacy/charity organization of their choice. Shows stream live on Facebook and YouTube. More info at https://moockmusic.com/openingdoors/.

Host Alastair Moock is a Boston Music Awards-nominated singer-songwriter, a 2013 Grammy nominee for children’s music, and a well-travelled performer, speaker, and educator for all ages. Moock also a frequent contributor to NPR’s Cognoscenti blog, where his most recent piece speaks to a year of re-examination around allyship, advocacy, and his decision to decline a second Grammy nomination. Moock was inspired to create “Opening Doors” by his new collaborative education program with performer Reggie Harris around race, music, and history. The fruitful conversations he and Reggie have had with kids through the program made Moock think there was room for similar exploration in in the adult realm.

The final guest in this first run of shows is Rissi Palmer. Rissi was recently featured in the New York Times as one of five artists who are “Black, female, and carving out their own path in country music.” She has performed at The White House, the Grand Ole Opry, on Oprah & Friends, and has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, and many more. She is also the host of “Color Me Country Radio,” a show on Apple Music Country that explores the intersection of race and country music with guests like Darius Rucker, The War and Treaty, Brittney Spencer, and Miko Marks. Rissi will donate half of the online proceeds of her show to the Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund.

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Mike Turk Trio

05-29-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 29 @ 8:00 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.

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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.

Mike Turk, chromatic harmonica
Alexei Tsiganov, piano
Barry Smith, acoustic bass

American born, Mike began playing harmonica in 1967 at age 14. Mike’s father, Dick Richards –member local 802 AFM in NYC, was a busy, working Jazz bassist and vocalist from 1940’s to 1970’s. Despite all that, Mike first found the harmonica and gravitated to the sounds of Chicago Blues music, Rhythm & Blues and even the Folk Blues that was surging from the depths of New York’s Greenwich Village night clubs at that time.

In the 1960’s, Mike was profoundly influenced by the playing of Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Little Walter Jacobs.
By the early 1970’s Mike developed his technique on the “blues” or diatonic harmonica and found his way to Boston where he soon became a local figure in the vibrant music scene that was happening there. Turk performed or “sat in” with performers such as Bonnie Raitt, Lowel Fulsom, Hound Dog Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite Band and even Dave Van Ronk and Steve Goodman.
Eventually, Turk landed in the prominent New England Country & Western band of John Lincoln Wright & The Sourmash Boys.

It was this period, in the mid 1970’s that Turk began to explore the possibilities of the chromatic or “Jazz”harmonica.

He left Wright’s Western Swing band after about 1 year, after which, he spent the period from 1978 –1980 at the Berklee College of Music. This, then, afforded Mike the “tools” so to speak to understanding the technique and musical approach of the great jazz phenomenon Jean “Toots” Thielemans.

Although Toots Thielemans was a European, Belgian born, the fire in his playing comes from the profound influences and inspirations of the great American Jazz players such as Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Zoot Sims. Toots’ early albums are American productions accompanied by some of the heaviest Jazz & Bebop players at that time.…” I’ll always think of the music on Thielemans” Columbia and Riverside recordings as amazing American Jazz experiences!” Turk remarks….As Tony Mowad, the well known Pittsburgh jazz radio host and journalist often emphasized,… “ Jazz is the gift that America gave to the world”.

With all this in mind Turk began to formulate his ideas on the Harmonica with an almost purely “American” approach using the technique established by Toots Thielemans. Eventually, Turk’s influences would come from a virtual textbook of Bebop and Modern Jazz written by the likes of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stiit, Dizzy Gillespie, Dextor Gordon, Cannonball Adderly, Lee Morgan, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Milt Jackson, Bill Evans, Lucky Thompson, Hank Mobley…many more, East Coast Bop & West Coast Cool!

In the 1980’s & 1990’s Turk remained in Boston as a working Jazz harmonica musician performing in concerts, clubs and as an “on call” studio musician. Turk traveled to New York City during this period to work on various TV & Radio commercial soundtracks ( see Anthology CD)

In the 1990’s Turk performed and collaborated with great Boston players such as Gray Sargent and Marshall Wood (both presently with Tony Bennett) and had the great honor to play with Dave McKenna from time to time. Other somewhat unsung, top-notch Boston players include Jeff Stout, Dick Johnson, Jon Wheatley, Lou Columbo, Ray Santisi, Paul Schmelling, Paul Broadnax, John Lockwood, Bob Guilloti, the great jazz drummers Joe Hunt and also Alan Dawson…..many more great players not mentioned here!

In Recent years, Turk had the great pleasure of sharing the Scullers Jazz Club concert stage with jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris and her band consisting of Brad Hatfield, Peter Kontrimus and Jim Lattini.

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Suede

06-11-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm

6:00 PM Show

By popular demand, Suede returns after tours including headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sara McLachlan and playing world renowned clubs like NYC’s Birdland and 54 Below; San Francisco’s Feinstein’s; Washington DC’s...

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6:00 PM Show

By popular demand, Suede returns after tours including headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sara McLachlan and playing world renowned clubs like NYC’s Birdland and 54 Below; San Francisco’s Feinstein’s; Washington DC’s Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center and Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, appearing as guest vocalist with the acclaimed DIVA Jazz Orchestra on festival stages (Newport!) and more - as well as multiple benefits for great causes, and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act. Suede is the real deal (said Joan) and is thrilled to return The Spire Center

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The Stompers

06-26-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

The legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. The Stompers played their first live show in 1977. Their music appears in the John Sayles...

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The legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. The Stompers played their first live show in 1977. Their music appears in the John Sayles film,"Return Of The Secaucus Seven," the cult classic, "Fraternity Vacation" and Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2." Their radio hits include, "Never Tell An Angel" from their 1983 Lp on Boardwalk Records, along with "American Fun," "Coast to Coast," "Rock, Jump and Holler," "Eastside Girl" and "One Heart For Sale," from the 1984 Polygram LP.

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Brookline Music School Summer Private Lessons

07-08-2021

Presented by Brookline Music School at Brookline Music School, Brookline
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 01 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Jul 02 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Jul 03 @ 1:00 pm + 5 more dates and times

Sun, Jul 04 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Jul 05 @ 1:00 pm Tue, Jul 06 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Jul 07 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Jul 08 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

For beginners of any age to advanced students, age 6 to adult, Brookline Music School offers private lessons on a wide array of orchestral, jazz, and folk instruments, as well as piano and voice.

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For beginners of any age to advanced students, age 6 to adult, Brookline Music School offers private lessons on a wide array of orchestral, jazz, and folk instruments, as well as piano and voice.

You'll be matched with a teacher based on level, musical interests, and learning style. Our faculty strives to instill excellent technique and musicianship, and to inspire students to practice independently and grow artistically.

Summer private lesson scheduling is flexible, making it easy to fit private instruction into a busy summer schedule. Lessons are in person and online. Tuition varies based on number and length of lessons. bmsmusic.org/summer/private-instruction-summer

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Summer Jazz Improv Lab at Brookline Music School

07-30-2021

Presented by Brookline Music School at Brookline Music School, Brookline
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Jul 26 @ 1:30 pm Tue, Jul 27 @ 1:30 pm Wed, Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm + 2 more dates and times

Thu, Jul 29 @ 1:30 pm Fri, Jul 30 @ 1:30 pm - less dates and times

Delve into the colorful world of improvisation, jazz, and the blues this summer! In-person learning activities will include improvisation games, an original group composition, and team jazz arrangement of popular melodies by students age 10-18....

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Delve into the colorful world of improvisation, jazz, and the blues this summer! In-person learning activities will include improvisation games, an original group composition, and team jazz arrangement of popular melodies by students age 10-18. Our week will end with a performance of standard and original tunes. Enroll now to save your spot! bmsmusic.org/summer/jazz-improvisation-lab

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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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Ricky Duran

09-18-2021

Presented by The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm

American singer, songwriter and musician, Ricky Duran placed as runner up on Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice.” He is known for his blues guitar playing, soulful raspy vocals and unparalleled stage presence. Duran gained international...

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American singer, songwriter and musician, Ricky Duran placed as runner up on Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice.” He is known for his blues guitar playing, soulful raspy vocals and unparalleled stage presence. Duran gained international recognition after getting a four-chair turn and standing ovation for his performance of “River” by Leon Bridges. Each week he wowed the judges with his charismatic aura and incredible stage presence. As the show progressed, he quickly emerged as a rising star.

Duran’s performances on “The Voice” charted high on iTunes, with his original song, "A Woman Like Her,” topping the iTunes Charts in all genres.

Duran was born with music in his blood. Taught by his father at the young age of six, he knew that following a career in music was his destiny. He was awarded a scholarship to pursue a degree in music performance and business at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2011.

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Jazz Fest 2020: Amanda Carr with special guest Elan Trotman

05-06-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 8:00 pm

The musical collaboration between vocal sensation Amanda Carr and saxophone recording and performing artist, Elan Trotman electrifies the stage! Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist, who has gained fans as a global recording and touring...

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The musical collaboration between vocal sensation Amanda Carr and saxophone recording and performing artist, Elan Trotman electrifies the stage! Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist, who has gained fans as a global recording and touring artist. Twice a feature story by respected writer/author Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal, she garnered global exposure as he hailed her, “a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”.

With five jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Carr often melds her rock and soul roots performing as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, Michael Feinstein, James Montgomery, Charlie Farren from the Joe Perry Project and Jeff Baxter from Steely Dan.  Amanda has multiple nominations for Jazz Artist of the Year by the Boston Music and New England Music Awards.

web: amandacarr.com

Elan Trotman is seen as one of the fastest rising stars in jazz with more than 10 Billboard topping radio singles in his career. His latest release pays tribute to Motown legend Marvin Gaye. In addition to a successful solo career, the Berklee College of Music graduate has also worked as a side man with such performers as Roberta Flack, Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Gill, Peabo Bryson, Michael Mcdonald, Jonathan Butler, Sheila E and Earl Klugh. Sports fans may recognize Trotman as a regular national anthem performer for the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics.

web: elantrotman.com

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Jazz Fest 2020: The Mark Whitfield Family Band

05-07-2022

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

In this special performance exclusively for The Spire Center, Jazz Guitarist Mark Whitfield takes the stage along with his son Davis Whitfield on piano and long-time cohorts Eric Wheeler on bass and Kush Abadey on Drums.

Whitfield was born in...

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In this special performance exclusively for The Spire Center, Jazz Guitarist Mark Whitfield takes the stage along with his son Davis Whitfield on piano and long-time cohorts Eric Wheeler on bass and Kush Abadey on Drums.

Whitfield was born in Lindenhurst, New York and graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the institute for the study of Jazz and modern American music, in the Spring of 1987 having studied composition and arranging as well as all styles of guitar performance. Upon graduation, he returned to his native New York to embark on a career as a jazz guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with many artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Carmen McRae, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jack McDuff, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.

In 1990, the New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business” and later that year Warner Bros. released his solo debut, “The Marksman”. The success of this release has led to a recording career that has produced 14 solo projects to date and collaborative efforts with important artists in recent years: Sting, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Lauryn Hill, Sy Smith and Chris Botti.

In September 2005, Mark Whitfield accepted the invitation to join the faculty at his alma mater, teaming up with Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson, Danilo Perez and Terri Lyne Carrington as “Artists in Residence” at Berklee. While maintaining a teaching schedule that requires his presence on campus 1 day a week for 14 weeks/per semester, and a touring schedule that includes at least 100 concert dates/per year with trumpeter Chris Botti, Whitfield still manages to remain very active as a solo and collaborative artist.

web: www.markwhitfield.com

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Daniela Schächter Trio

05-14-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 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.

Daniela...

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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.

Daniela Schächter, piano & voice
John Lockwood, acoustic bass
Mark Walker, drums

Daniela Schächter jazz vocalist, pianist and composer. By her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Tindari 93, Prize for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Kevin Mahogany, Carmen Lundy, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn and Al McKibbon among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several venues in New York and Boston, where she resides.
Her fourth album “Vanheusenism” A Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen was released in October 2016.
Daniela is Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA since 2008.
http://www.danielaschachter.com/

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Online Conversation: Jazz Artist and Activist Terri Lyne Carrington

05-14-2021

Presented by Indian Hill Music at Indian Hill Music School, Littleton
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 14 @ 8:00 pm

Join us live on Zoom as author, composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield leads candid conversations and musical explorations with leading artists from diverse American backgrounds and styles. This online conversation...

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Join us live on Zoom as author, composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield leads candid conversations and musical explorations with leading artists from diverse American backgrounds and styles. This online conversation features NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY-winning jazz drummer, producer, educator, and activist Terri Lyne Carrington, who will share stories of her life and work, clips from live performances, and answer audience questions.

Jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has shared the stage with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Dianne Reeves, John ScofieldDiana Krall, and countless others. Now, with her band, Social Science, and her post as founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, Carrington works to affect long-lasting cultural shifts through jazz, recognizing the role that the art form can play in the larger struggle for gender and racial justice.

 

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Brian Sances - #LiveFromTheSpire

05-15-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 15 @ 8:00 pm

#LiveFromTheSpire Live Streaming Show with a limited in person audience!

Those wishing to attend in-person should purchase a ticket to the show in advance. 

Brian Sances is a singer/songwriter based on Cape Cod, MA. He returns to the Spire...

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#LiveFromTheSpire Live Streaming Show with a limited in person audience!

Those wishing to attend in-person should purchase a ticket to the show in advance. 

Brian Sances is a singer/songwriter based on Cape Cod, MA. He returns to the Spire celebrating the release of his fourth full length album, “Free to Fly”.  Brian plans to perform the album in it’s entirety in a special solo acoustic appearance.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund for this ticket may be issued at the option of the management.

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George Russell Jr. Trio

05-21-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 21 @ 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.

George Russell...

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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.

George Russell Jr., piano
TBA, acoustic bass
TBA, 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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Tim Ray Trio

05-22-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 22 @ 8:00 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.

Tim Ray,...

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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.

Tim Ray, piano
TBA, acoustic bass
TBA, drums

Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 80 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, John Patitucci, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. Tim has also performed repeatedly on national TV and radio broadcasts, including “The Tonight Show”, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and “Austin City Limits”. He has several solo and trio recordings to his credit as a leader - his latest CD release, titled “Windows”, was released on the Whaling City Sounds label in 2016, and features John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums). He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Find more info on Tim and his recordings at www.agitatedcatmusic.com.

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Opening Doors: Alastair Moock w/ Rissi Palmer

05-23-2021

Presented by Opening Doors at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 23 @ 8:00 pm

Opening Doors is a new music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church Anti-Racism Team. The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and...

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Opening Doors is a new music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church Anti-Racism Team. The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion –– within the music industry and beyond. Guest musicians will be paid a guarantee by the church and, additionally, will split online donations with an advocacy/charity organization of their choice. Shows stream live on Facebook and YouTube. More info at https://moockmusic.com/openingdoors/.

Host Alastair Moock is a Boston Music Awards-nominated singer-songwriter, a 2013 Grammy nominee for children’s music, and a well-travelled performer, speaker, and educator for all ages. Moock also a frequent contributor to NPR’s Cognoscenti blog, where his most recent piece speaks to a year of re-examination around allyship, advocacy, and his decision to decline a second Grammy nomination. Moock was inspired to create “Opening Doors” by his new collaborative education program with performer Reggie Harris around race, music, and history. The fruitful conversations he and Reggie have had with kids through the program made Moock think there was room for similar exploration in in the adult realm.

The final guest in this first run of shows is Rissi Palmer. Rissi was recently featured in the New York Times as one of five artists who are “Black, female, and carving out their own path in country music.” She has performed at The White House, the Grand Ole Opry, on Oprah & Friends, and has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, and many more. She is also the host of “Color Me Country Radio,” a show on Apple Music Country that explores the intersection of race and country music with guests like Darius Rucker, The War and Treaty, Brittney Spencer, and Miko Marks. Rissi will donate half of the online proceeds of her show to the Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund.

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Mike Turk Trio

05-29-2021

Presented by The Mad Monkfish at The Mad Monkfish, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 29 @ 8:00 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.

Mike Turk,...

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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.

Mike Turk, chromatic harmonica
Alexei Tsiganov, piano
Barry Smith, acoustic bass

American born, Mike began playing harmonica in 1967 at age 14. Mike’s father, Dick Richards –member local 802 AFM in NYC, was a busy, working Jazz bassist and vocalist from 1940’s to 1970’s. Despite all that, Mike first found the harmonica and gravitated to the sounds of Chicago Blues music, Rhythm & Blues and even the Folk Blues that was surging from the depths of New York’s Greenwich Village night clubs at that time.

In the 1960’s, Mike was profoundly influenced by the playing of Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Little Walter Jacobs.
By the early 1970’s Mike developed his technique on the “blues” or diatonic harmonica and found his way to Boston where he soon became a local figure in the vibrant music scene that was happening there. Turk performed or “sat in” with performers such as Bonnie Raitt, Lowel Fulsom, Hound Dog Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite Band and even Dave Van Ronk and Steve Goodman.
Eventually, Turk landed in the prominent New England Country & Western band of John Lincoln Wright & The Sourmash Boys.

It was this period, in the mid 1970’s that Turk began to explore the possibilities of the chromatic or “Jazz”harmonica.

He left Wright’s Western Swing band after about 1 year, after which, he spent the period from 1978 –1980 at the Berklee College of Music. This, then, afforded Mike the “tools” so to speak to understanding the technique and musical approach of the great jazz phenomenon Jean “Toots” Thielemans.

Although Toots Thielemans was a European, Belgian born, the fire in his playing comes from the profound influences and inspirations of the great American Jazz players such as Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Zoot Sims. Toots’ early albums are American productions accompanied by some of the heaviest Jazz & Bebop players at that time.…” I’ll always think of the music on Thielemans” Columbia and Riverside recordings as amazing American Jazz experiences!” Turk remarks….As Tony Mowad, the well known Pittsburgh jazz radio host and journalist often emphasized,… “ Jazz is the gift that America gave to the world”.

With all this in mind Turk began to formulate his ideas on the Harmonica with an almost purely “American” approach using the technique established by Toots Thielemans. Eventually, Turk’s influences would come from a virtual textbook of Bebop and Modern Jazz written by the likes of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stiit, Dizzy Gillespie, Dextor Gordon, Cannonball Adderly, Lee Morgan, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Milt Jackson, Bill Evans, Lucky Thompson, Hank Mobley…many more, East Coast Bop & West Coast Cool!

In the 1980’s & 1990’s Turk remained in Boston as a working Jazz harmonica musician performing in concerts, clubs and as an “on call” studio musician. Turk traveled to New York City during this period to work on various TV & Radio commercial soundtracks ( see Anthology CD)

In the 1990’s Turk performed and collaborated with great Boston players such as Gray Sargent and Marshall Wood (both presently with Tony Bennett) and had the great honor to play with Dave McKenna from time to time. Other somewhat unsung, top-notch Boston players include Jeff Stout, Dick Johnson, Jon Wheatley, Lou Columbo, Ray Santisi, Paul Schmelling, Paul Broadnax, John Lockwood, Bob Guilloti, the great jazz drummers Joe Hunt and also Alan Dawson…..many more great players not mentioned here!

In Recent years, Turk had the great pleasure of sharing the Scullers Jazz Club concert stage with jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris and her band consisting of Brad Hatfield, Peter Kontrimus and Jim Lattini.

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Suede

06-11-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm

6:00 PM Show

By popular demand, Suede returns after tours including headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sara McLachlan and playing world renowned clubs like NYC’s Birdland and 54 Below; San Francisco’s Feinstein’s; Washington DC’s...

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6:00 PM Show

By popular demand, Suede returns after tours including headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sara McLachlan and playing world renowned clubs like NYC’s Birdland and 54 Below; San Francisco’s Feinstein’s; Washington DC’s Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center and Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, appearing as guest vocalist with the acclaimed DIVA Jazz Orchestra on festival stages (Newport!) and more - as well as multiple benefits for great causes, and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act. Suede is the real deal (said Joan) and is thrilled to return The Spire Center

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The Stompers

06-26-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

The legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. The Stompers played their first live show in 1977. Their music appears in the John Sayles...

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The legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. The Stompers played their first live show in 1977. Their music appears in the John Sayles film,"Return Of The Secaucus Seven," the cult classic, "Fraternity Vacation" and Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2." Their radio hits include, "Never Tell An Angel" from their 1983 Lp on Boardwalk Records, along with "American Fun," "Coast to Coast," "Rock, Jump and Holler," "Eastside Girl" and "One Heart For Sale," from the 1984 Polygram LP.

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Brookline Music School Summer Private Lessons

07-08-2021

Presented by Brookline Music School at Brookline Music School, Brookline
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jul 01 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Jul 02 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Jul 03 @ 1:00 pm + 5 more dates and times

Sun, Jul 04 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Jul 05 @ 1:00 pm Tue, Jul 06 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Jul 07 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Jul 08 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

For beginners of any age to advanced students, age 6 to adult, Brookline Music School offers private lessons on a wide array of orchestral, jazz, and folk instruments, as well as piano and voice.

You'll be matched with a teacher based on level,...

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For beginners of any age to advanced students, age 6 to adult, Brookline Music School offers private lessons on a wide array of orchestral, jazz, and folk instruments, as well as piano and voice.

You'll be matched with a teacher based on level, musical interests, and learning style. Our faculty strives to instill excellent technique and musicianship, and to inspire students to practice independently and grow artistically.

Summer private lesson scheduling is flexible, making it easy to fit private instruction into a busy summer schedule. Lessons are in person and online. Tuition varies based on number and length of lessons. bmsmusic.org/summer/private-instruction-summer

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Summer Jazz Improv Lab at Brookline Music School

07-30-2021

Presented by Brookline Music School at Brookline Music School, Brookline
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Jul 26 @ 1:30 pm Tue, Jul 27 @ 1:30 pm Wed, Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm + 2 more dates and times

Thu, Jul 29 @ 1:30 pm Fri, Jul 30 @ 1:30 pm - less dates and times

Delve into the colorful world of improvisation, jazz, and the blues this summer! In-person learning activities will include improvisation games, an original group composition, and team jazz arrangement of popular melodies by students age 10-18....

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Delve into the colorful world of improvisation, jazz, and the blues this summer! In-person learning activities will include improvisation games, an original group composition, and team jazz arrangement of popular melodies by students age 10-18. Our week will end with a performance of standard and original tunes. Enroll now to save your spot! bmsmusic.org/summer/jazz-improvisation-lab

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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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Ricky Duran

09-18-2021

Presented by The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm

American singer, songwriter and musician, Ricky Duran placed as runner up on Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice.” He is known for his blues guitar playing, soulful raspy vocals and unparalleled stage presence. Duran gained international...

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American singer, songwriter and musician, Ricky Duran placed as runner up on Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice.” He is known for his blues guitar playing, soulful raspy vocals and unparalleled stage presence. Duran gained international recognition after getting a four-chair turn and standing ovation for his performance of “River” by Leon Bridges. Each week he wowed the judges with his charismatic aura and incredible stage presence. As the show progressed, he quickly emerged as a rising star.

Duran’s performances on “The Voice” charted high on iTunes, with his original song, "A Woman Like Her,” topping the iTunes Charts in all genres.

Duran was born with music in his blood. Taught by his father at the young age of six, he knew that following a career in music was his destiny. He was awarded a scholarship to pursue a degree in music performance and business at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2011.

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Jazz Fest 2020: Amanda Carr with special guest Elan Trotman

05-06-2022

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 8:00 pm

The musical collaboration between vocal sensation Amanda Carr and saxophone recording and performing artist, Elan Trotman electrifies the stage! Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist, who has gained fans as a global recording and touring...

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The musical collaboration between vocal sensation Amanda Carr and saxophone recording and performing artist, Elan Trotman electrifies the stage! Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist, who has gained fans as a global recording and touring artist. Twice a feature story by respected writer/author Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal, she garnered global exposure as he hailed her, “a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”.

With five jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Carr often melds her rock and soul roots performing as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, Michael Feinstein, James Montgomery, Charlie Farren from the Joe Perry Project and Jeff Baxter from Steely Dan.  Amanda has multiple nominations for Jazz Artist of the Year by the Boston Music and New England Music Awards.

web: amandacarr.com

Elan Trotman is seen as one of the fastest rising stars in jazz with more than 10 Billboard topping radio singles in his career. His latest release pays tribute to Motown legend Marvin Gaye. In addition to a successful solo career, the Berklee College of Music graduate has also worked as a side man with such performers as Roberta Flack, Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Gill, Peabo Bryson, Michael Mcdonald, Jonathan Butler, Sheila E and Earl Klugh. Sports fans may recognize Trotman as a regular national anthem performer for the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics.

web: elantrotman.com

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Jazz Fest 2020: The Mark Whitfield Family Band

05-07-2022

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

In this special performance exclusively for The Spire Center, Jazz Guitarist Mark Whitfield takes the stage along with his son Davis Whitfield on piano and long-time cohorts Eric Wheeler on bass and Kush Abadey on Drums.

Whitfield was born in...

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In this special performance exclusively for The Spire Center, Jazz Guitarist Mark Whitfield takes the stage along with his son Davis Whitfield on piano and long-time cohorts Eric Wheeler on bass and Kush Abadey on Drums.

Whitfield was born in Lindenhurst, New York and graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the institute for the study of Jazz and modern American music, in the Spring of 1987 having studied composition and arranging as well as all styles of guitar performance. Upon graduation, he returned to his native New York to embark on a career as a jazz guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with many artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Carmen McRae, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jack McDuff, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.

In 1990, the New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business” and later that year Warner Bros. released his solo debut, “The Marksman”. The success of this release has led to a recording career that has produced 14 solo projects to date and collaborative efforts with important artists in recent years: Sting, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Lauryn Hill, Sy Smith and Chris Botti.

In September 2005, Mark Whitfield accepted the invitation to join the faculty at his alma mater, teaming up with Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson, Danilo Perez and Terri Lyne Carrington as “Artists in Residence” at Berklee. While maintaining a teaching schedule that requires his presence on campus 1 day a week for 14 weeks/per semester, and a touring schedule that includes at least 100 concert dates/per year with trumpeter Chris Botti, Whitfield still manages to remain very active as a solo and collaborative artist.

web: www.markwhitfield.com

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