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The Vermont Jazz Center Spring Semester 2021

04-30-2021

Presented by Vermont Jazz Center at Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 03 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 04 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 05 @ 5:00 pm + 56 more dates and times

Sat, Mar 06 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 07 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 08 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 09 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 16 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 25 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 01 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 02 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 03 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 04 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 05 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 06 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 07 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 08 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 09 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm - less dates and times

Vermont Jazz Center Spring Classes 2021

The Vermont Jazz Center Spring semester runs 10 weeks, February 15- April 30, 2021.

Work exchange opportunities are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

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Vermont Jazz Center Spring Classes 2021

The Vermont Jazz Center Spring semester runs 10 weeks, February 15- April 30, 2021.

Work exchange opportunities are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Registration questions and work exchange information:  ginger@vtjazz.org

All Other Inquiries: eugene@vtjazz.org

Private Lessons: Send summary of your musical background to vtjazz@gmail.com and we’ll match you with a qualified instructor.

Schedule for Spring Education 2021

Mondays
5:00 - 6:00 pm      Blue Note Ensemble (in-person, begins 2/15/21)

Tuesdays
10:30 am - Noon  Rhythm Lab (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
3:45 - 5:00 pm      Youth Jazz Ensemble (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
5:30 - 7:00 pm      Soubrette Recording Project (on-line, begins 2/16/21)

Wednesdays
3:00 - 4:30 pm     Ear Training Theory (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
4:00 - 5:00 pm     NEW: Electric Bass in a Jazz Context (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
4:30 - 5:30 pm     Latin Jazz Ensemble (Starting date postponed)
7:00 - 8:30 pm     NEW: Music Around the World (on-line, begins 2/17/21)

Thursdays
5:30 - 7:00 pm  Singing the Standards (on-line, begins 2/18/21)
8:00 - 9:00 pm  NEW: Jazz and Spirituality (on-line, begins 2/18/21)

Fridays
4:30 - 5:30 pm   NEW: Hard Bop Plus, History (on-line, begins 2/19/21)

Saturdays
11:00 am - 12:30 pm   NEW: 5 Goals of Jazz Guitar (on-line, begins 2/20/21)

Sundays
7:00 - 8:30 pm    Zoom Tunes (last Sunday of each month)

Tuition:
• $200 per semester for ten 1 hour-long sessions
• $250 per semester for ten 1 ½ hour-long sessions
• Youth Jazz $100 for eight 1 ¼ hour-long sessions
• Zoom Tunes $15 per 1 ½ hour-long session

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Parlor Performances

03-03-2021

Presented by City of Newton Cultural Development at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 03 @ 7:30 pm

As we continue to hunker down this winter, we recognize how important it is to stay connected while staying physically distant. Newton Cultural Development introduces ‘Parlor Performances’ showcasing music from local musicians over 6 weeks...

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As we continue to hunker down this winter, we recognize how important it is to stay connected while staying physically distant. Newton Cultural Development introduces ‘Parlor Performances’ showcasing music from local musicians over 6 weeks from January 27 – March 3. Each performance in the series will be streamed on Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm EST on Newton Cultural Development’s Facebook page.

Join us to stay connected this winter and support your local arts!

The series is organized and hosted by Newton Cultural Development, a department within Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture and funded by Newton Community Pride, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to build community and volunteerism through year round arts, cultural, and beautification programs for all to enjoy.

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Quinn Sullivan

03-19-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 19 @ 8:00 pm

Each era of modern music can be defined by its iconic guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to John Mayer. We are now entering the era of Quinn Sullivan. Raised by the riffs of George Harrison, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton,...

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Each era of modern music can be defined by its iconic guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to John Mayer. We are now entering the era of Quinn Sullivan. Raised by the riffs of George Harrison, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton, Quinn has dedicated his life to developing his own musical mastery and creating a sound all his own. His skills on the fretboard are matched by few, but it is his authentic voice as a songwriter and ability to weave his talents through a variety of styles that sets him apart from his peers.

“My goal as an artist is to be the best singer, songwriter and guitarist I can be.  Music is not meant to be put in a box and labeled this or that. I want to make music that moves people. That is the definition of success for me.”

Quinn is hard at work on the follow up to Midnight Highway, his 2017 homage to his blues roots that firmly established his presence as a formidable solo artist. For his upcoming project, Quinn dives inward to explore personal themes of love, sorrow,  loneliness, and hope, accompanied by tinges of Modern Rock and Americana.

In addition to his work in the studio, Quinn has been a touring musician since the age of 10. He has shared the stage with many of his heroes including Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa, as well as BB King, Billy Gibbons, and Los Lobos. He has also appeared on national TV with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show (with his first appearance at just 6 years old!).  Quinn has  performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, as well as Asia and South America – including at storied venues like The Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival and India’s Mahindra Blues Festival.

Quinn has grown up in the music business, and is fully aware of and dedicated to all that it takes to continue pursuing his passion. “I love everything from the songwriting process to recording and especially touring around the world with my incredible bandmates. I’m fortunate to be able to see the world and meet new people everyday. This what I was born to do.”
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Boston Jazz: A Free Live Outdoor Concert Series beginning 3/20/21

03-20-2021

Presented by The Creative Music Series at SW Corridor Park, Jamaica Plain
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm

Forbes is recognized nationally as premier Jazz musician/trumpeter, sound artist, composer and electronics musician especially the freer forms, but particularly  performing in the metro Boston area for years—He’s often appeared at the...

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Forbes is recognized nationally as premier Jazz musician/trumpeter, sound artist, composer and electronics musician especially the freer forms, but particularly  performing in the metro Boston area for years—He’s often appeared at the Lilypad and Outpost 186 in Cambridge—a force in Jazz that speaks to the creative, exciting and contemporary element of the art that (helps solidify) our scene.

Where & directions: Jamaica Plain, SW Corridor Park, outdoors, between Hall & Rosemary sts, off of Centre Ave., nr the Orange Line Forest Hills Sta.

Covid-19 protocols observed: Masks, distancing!

Free, donations gladly accepted

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Virtual Concert by Elliot Steger to Benefit The Healing Garden

03-21-2021

Presented by The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm

Elliot Steger is a jazz pianist, composer and physician.  To his credit are five CD’s of original music known for their beautiful melodies and creative improvisations.  Local venues where Dr. Steger has performed include Indian Hill, the...

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Elliot Steger is a jazz pianist, composer and physician.  To his credit are five CD’s of original music known for their beautiful melodies and creative improvisations.  Local venues where Dr. Steger has performed include Indian Hill, the Acton Jazz Cafe, and Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. He was the featured artist on WICN’s Jazz New England program. All CD proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  His CD’s are distributed in the US as well as Japan and can be played on Spotify and iTunes. The program will include original tunes as well as jazz standards and songs from Billy Joel. 

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is the premier provider of integrative oncology care in Massachusetts, located on 8 acres of serene woodlands at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, MA. The Healing Garden offers support groups, expressive and integrative therapies, and individual counseling services to optimize the quality of life for all those who are affected by cancer – men, women, and their caregivers – regardless of cancer type, prognosis, or financial ability to pay for services.

Open to the public. Pre-registration required at: https://healinggardensupport.org/concert-at-the-garden/

Registration is free. A donation to support the Healing Garden’s mission is appreciated but not required. Once registered the live stream link will be sent before showtime.

For questions please contact Maddie Phadke, Director of Development, 978-456-3532

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Festival of Learning

03-27-2021

Presented by Brookline Adult & Community Education at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Mar 22 @ 8:30 am Tue, Mar 23 @ 8:30 am Wed, Mar 24 @ 8:30 am + 3 more dates and times

Thu, Mar 25 @ 8:30 am Fri, Mar 26 @ 8:30 am Sat, Mar 27 @ 8:30 am - less dates and times

Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), one of the largest non-credit, public education programs in Massachusetts, is offering a special week of virtual learning, enrichment and discovery that is open to the public-at-large and part of a...

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Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), one of the largest non-credit, public education programs in Massachusetts, is offering a special week of virtual learning, enrichment and discovery that is open to the public-at-large and part of a larger fundraising effort.  A Festival of Learning will take place Monday, March 22 through Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to a variety of fun, virtual hour-long courses, the festival will spotlight special guest speakers, including Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger;  Hollywood Actor Pooch Hall; Sports Journalists Bryan Morry and Steve Krasner, who will discuss Hank Aaron’s legacy; popular children’s book author, David A. Kelly of the Ballpark Mystery Series; and author Gary Wolf who wrote a book the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on.

Early-bird registration is now open. Week-long passes will be offered at a reduced rate of $75. The pass allows participants to drop in on any of the 30+ live virtual classes or speaker sessions, held over Zoom, at their convenience and for less than it would cost to sign up for a typical single class. Participants can look forward to classes such as morning Yoga, where they’ll practice a series of gentle postures to achieve a healthy balance of calm and energy. Warm up the winter with new recipes and innovative culinary ideas, such as how to cook a delicious fish chowder or add Indian dishes to your cooking repertoire. Brush up skills in Microsoft Office, discuss living more sustainably and discover actions that will keep the planet more livable. Participants will improve their memory and have fun with improv games, learn to craft a solid financial plan, and bust out hula hoops for some guided entertainment. Listen along as local musicians play instruments, discover ways to build a community, get out those gardening gloves and plan for the spring flowers, learn to identify trees, or join in on an open mic night. Discover astrology and the role it plays in politics, jumpstart your writing, or mediate and journal. There’s something for everyone.

Highlighted speakers, such as former NASA Astronaut, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, will open our minds to other planets and what space travel is like. Hollywood actor, Pooch Hall, will share insights on a newly released movie he appears in, Cherry, and what it is like to act in a series like Ray Donovan or The GameSports Journalists, Bryan Morry and Steve Krasner will reminisce about legendary baseball player Hank Aaron. Children’s author, David A. Kelly, will share the research he did in writing his latest ballpark mystery novel. Finally, Gary Wolf will give a glimpse into his book and the 1988 movie based on it - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This story of a rabbit in love, trying to uncover the truth, is now widely regarded as a 'cult classic'. The film won four Academy Awards and the Hugo Award and grossed one billion dollars.

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John Waite

03-25-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some...

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Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star. VIP option available separately.

Songs, and songwriting keeps me inspired, moving forward. I tend to scribble down notes, lyrics or just random thoughts on pieces of paper, backs of cigarette packs, sometimes on my shirt cuff. Rock n’ roll is closest thing I’ve got to a spiritual power. It’s been the higher voice in my life and it’s never let me down.
- John Waite

Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star.

The ride began when Waite was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with a pair of infections hits, “Isn’t it Time” from the band’s sophomore LP, Broken Heart in 1977 and the monster ballad, “Every Time I Think of You” off 1978’s Head First. But it was the album’s rhythmically aggressive and seductive title track where fans got their first glimpse of the authentic John Waite, a no-holds-barred rock n’ roll performer devoted heart and soul to live performance and making sure every fan in the audience left the concert hall just as elated and exhausted as the band they’d paid to see.

After John Lennon’s assassination, December 9, 1980, a bizarre thing happened during one of those furious Baby’s performances when John was pulled from the stage by an overzealous fan during an encore. The freak event seriously injured his knee and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. From the ashes of the Baby’s, however, rose an abundant and prodigious solo career, ignited by the well-received release, Ignition, that featured the single, “Change,” which rode the AOR charts for weeks in 1982, the year a new cable channel that would alter the course of popular media culture called MTV launched. At the forefront of its early play list was the video for the Holly Knight-penned track that in 1985, was included on the platinum-selling Vision Quest soundtrack.

John’s next solo effort, 1984’s No Brakes, did exactly what the title inferred, barreling at runaway train speed to international acclaim and U.S. platinum success thanks to the smash hit, “Missing You,” which did not stop until it reached Number 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, Album Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts. The following up single, “Tears” was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.

Continuing to evolve as both a songwriter and formidable stage presence, Mask of Smiles was released in 1985, possessing a pair of muscular hit melodies, ”Every Step of the Way,” and “If Anybody Had a Heart,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 motion picture, About Last Night starring Demi Moore. John’s fourth solo LP, Rover’s Return, highlighted by the superlative, “These Times Are Hard for Lovers.” The same season that Bon Jovi was urging two lovers to live on a prayer, John delivered an aortal anthem of timeless resonance. “Baby we can make it ‘cause our love will pull us through/ these times are hard for lovers its down to me and you/Nothing’s gonna break us if we hang on to what’s true, these times are hard for lovers, I believe I you.”

“I don’t have a plan and most of the songwriting is a knee jerk reaction of being alive. I try to speak from an honest place where the listener can both hear and feel where I’m coming from; the job is mine, to help them understand me. There’s a real need as an artist to express who you are and where you’re coming from.”

A long and prodigious career often combines composition and interpretation, like in 1990 when John recorded the Martin Page and Bernie Taupin-penned track, “Deal for Life” for the Days of Thunder soundtrack. But two years prior to that cinematic adventure, superbly performing another songwriter’s work led to one of the biggest hits on John Waite’s illustrious resume. In 1988, a reunion with former Baby’s band mates, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips –along with uber-guitarist Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo –resulted in the John Waite fronted supergroup, Bad English. And in 1989, the group’s ballad, “When I See You Smile,” – penned by Grammy-winning songwriter, Diane Warren – went to Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold. The album reached Top Five and sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone. Bad English released two albums before breaking up in 1992.

Since returning to the recording studio and concert trek as a solo artist in 1995, John has produced a string of solid, existentially eccentric, courageously eclectic and blisteringly electric rock n’ roll records, including 1995’s Temple Bar, 1997’s When You Were Mine, 2001’s Figure in a Landscape, 2004’s The Hard Way, 2006’s Downtown: Journey of a Heart and 2010’s In Real Time –an extraordinary live recording that featured burning in-concert realizations of the Baby’s “Change”, “Back on My Feet Again” and “Head First”, not to mention Bad English’s “Best of What I’ve Got” as well as a mind-blowing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” It was this lifelong passion for original Country that inspired John’s sensational 2006 duet with bluegrass legend, Allison Krauss, where the two combined honeysweet vocal forces to remake his international hit, “Missing You.” On February 5, 2007, they performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

John teamed up with Matchbox 20 lead guitarist and songwriter, Kyle Cook in 2011 and their creative chemistry birthed the exhilarating Rough & Tumble, a long form exercise in raucous riffs and bloody truths highlighted by “Further the Sky,” “Shadows of Love” and the Classic Radio chart topping title track, a remarkable feat for any musician to reach number one airplay after three and a half decades in the music business trenches.

All-Access Live hit the streets in 2012 and delivered on all stages of John’s career–solo, The Babys and Bad English. Bearing a dynamic, stripped down sound which shows off his talented three-piece band, Waite demonstrates why he’s considered one of the great rock and roll singers, imbuing the timeless material with saber toothed vitality and kinetic power.

In 2014, Waite returned with Best. Navigating raucous rock, gut bucket blues and country, Waite’s new greatest hits album is a thrilling snapshot representing the inspired artistic breadth of this legendary artist’s entire career tallying more than 40 years on the rock and roll highway featuring re-recorded versions of signature classics, “Back on My Feet Again,” “Isn’t It Time” and “Missing You,” hard-hitting live renditions of “Head First,” “Saturday Night” and “Change” to the more introspective fare of “Suicide Life,” “Downtown” and “Bluebird Café.”

The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology Volume 1 and Volume 2, released in 2015 and 2017, respectively, found Waite exploring yet another dimension to his artistry, his deep rooted appreciation of acoustic flavored music. “The Wooden Heart thing was something I’d wanted to attempt since I started making records. I wrote just about anything that was any good on the acoustic; I always had an acoustic with me wherever I went. It’s actually more of a surprise that I didn’t do something like this sooner.” Framed against stark and stripped down production showcasing only vocals and acoustic guitar, the Wooden Heart records highlighted the core essence of the songs themselves, threading newly penned original compositions, reworkings of some of Waite’s favorite material from his solo career and The Babys alongside smartly chosen covers by the likes of Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), Donovan (“Catch The Wind”) and Richard Thompson, into an authentic and soul stirring musical statement. “The first release (Volume 1) was done on the spot, a day of recording and a day of mixing. It just happened! I didn’t stop to think too much about anything but feel. It’s what I do best. It was the most natural I’d felt in a recording studio. Two years later, I wanted to record Volume 2 but this time touch on the past. We were playing Wooden Heart shows across America to sold out crowds and I wanted the new release to reflect that with songs like “Isn’t It Time” to In “God’s Shadow” and “Downtown.” I included some of the original masters to make it what it became, an anthology. The Donovan song, “Catch The Wind” was recorded in a converted cowshed in deep winter in Wales five years ago; Hawkwind’s bass player turned it into Foal Studios. The studio was miles from anywhere at the end of a lane so that’s another song I always wanted to try. The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology will continue. There’s endless possibilities to it now the ice is broken.”

With more live shows and new music in the offing, John Waite continues to forge his own singularly personal path, celebrating the present and engaged by the promise of the future. The story is far from over for the Lancaster, England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller who was inspired onto his musical path by blues, soul and country along with a deep connection to the Celtic folk music of his homeland.

web: www.johnwaiteworldwide.com

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The Friends of Robbins Library Present: Tim Hall, Trust the Process

03-28-2021

Presented by Robbins Library at Robbins Library, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 28 @ 3:00 pm

Tim Hall brings you Trust The Process - performance about creative expression, self love, and artistic exploration. Tim Hall is an award winning musician and performance poet from Detroit, MI, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration...

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Tim Hall brings you Trust The Process - performance about creative expression, self love, and artistic exploration. Tim Hall is an award winning musician and performance poet from Detroit, MI, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration from his lived experiences - charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He’s an Assistant Professor in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music, won Session Musician of the Year by the Boston Music Awards 2020, received a 2019 Artist Luminary Award from local youth arts non-profit Zumix, and was honored by WBUR’s Artery 25 as 1 of 25 millennials of color impacting Arts and Culture in Boston. Hall’s virtual performance will be followed by a live Q&A.  

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Liz Longley POSTPONED TO 4/3/21

04-03-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 03 @ 8:00 pm

Kim Moberg opens the show. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the...

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Kim Moberg opens the show. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on TV shows such as ABC’s “Beauty & The Beast”, Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, and MTV’s “Scream”.

Her self-titled debut album received critical acclaim, being described as “a thing of beauty” (Pop Dose) and “packed with instantly memorable pop rock songs…” (Popmatters) Her follow up album Weightless, released in 2016, was praised as “stunning” (HuffPost) and “something more; a cleverness, a wit and a mix of musical styles” (Dallas Morning News).

The Berklee College of Music graduate worked alongside 5-time Grammy-nominated producer, Paul Moak, on her much awaited sixth album, Funeral For my Past. The record was funded by a loyal fanbase on the Kickstarter platform, raising over $150,000. The remarkable fan support made Longley the #4 most funded female musician in Kickstarter history - a story covered by Billboard. Set to release in 2020, the album will be Liz’s first release after her new found independence.

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Tinsley Ellis

04-10-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm

Ever since he first hit the road 40 years ago, blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful vocalist and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis has grown his worldwide audience one scorching performance at a time.

Armed with blazing, every-note-matters guitar...

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Ever since he first hit the road 40 years ago, blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful vocalist and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis has grown his worldwide audience one scorching performance at a time.

Armed with blazing, every-note-matters guitar skills and scores of instantly memorable original songs, Ellis has traveled enough miles, he says, “to get to the moon and back six times.” He’s released 17 previous solo albums, and has earned his place at the top of the blues-rock world. When asked if he’d consider himself a “blue-collar” bluesman, Ellis, in his trademark wit, quips, “No. I’m part of the no-collar crowd.” His imaginative songs tell stories of common, shared experiences in uncommon ways, all fueled by his high-octane, infectious, hard-rocking guitar playing. Live, Ellis has captivated and amazed fans in all 50 United States, as well as in Canada, all across Europe, Australia and South America. Vintage Guitar says, “He delivers blistering blues-rock, soul romps, minor-key blues, and shuffles—and it all sounds great.” The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.”

Ellis considers his new album, Ice Cream In Hell, the most raw-sounding, guitar-drenched album of his career. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and his longtime co-producer Kevin McKendree (John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton), Ice Cream In Hell is a cathartic blast of blues-rock power. Though inspired by all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie), as well by Carlos Santana, Hound Dog Taylor and others, Ice Cream In Hell is pure, unadulterated Tinsley Ellis. The 11 Ellis originals range from the nod to Stax-era Albert King, Last One To Know, to the Peter Green-flavored Everything And Everyone to the Hound Dog Taylor-esqe romp Sit Tight Mama before ending with the hair-raising, slow-burning ballad, Your Love’s Like Heroin. Throughout the album, Ellis’ deeply emotional, lyrical guitar solos perfectly match his fervent vocals

On Ice Cream In Hell, says Ellis, “there’s more guitar than ever.” His main axe during recording was his cherry red Freddie King ES-345 reissue. One of only 200 made in 2018, it instantly became Elllis’ go-to guitar. In addition, he used his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, 1967 Gibson ES-345, 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, 1983 Gibson Moderne and his 1969 Martin D-35. Rolling Stone says Ellis plays “feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”

In addition to his legions of fans, Ellis is also revered by his fellow guitarists, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. He’s recently toured with Alligator label mates Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya. Additionally, Ellis shared stages with late blues legends including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. But no matter where or with whom he performs, Ellis always plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion.

web: www.tinsleyellis.com

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Darrell Scott

04-16-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm

Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moments, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. The words...

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Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moments, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever chase it, and why it is held sacred.

There is an absence of light, before the light.  A simple bare stage in the waning gloaming, and I can see Darrell make his way to a lone microphone.  He is here to shine that light on matters of the heart─the grit, grease, gristle, and most importantly, the marrow beneath the breastbone.

And what is the path that shapes us as we go along, those true defining moments without which we would be hollow versions of our current selves?  For Darrell, it was coming from a musical family with a father who had him smitten with guitars by the age of 4, alongside a brother who played Jerry Reed style as well.  From there, things only ramped up with literature and poetry endeavors while a student at Tufts University, along with playing his way through life.  This would never change.

When those hands of his make their way across the strings and fretboard, there is palpable loss of air in the theater, as the listeners, our feet and bodies firmly on the ground, watch his sonic wings take him upwards in flight, and realize we are as along for the ride through the skies as he is.  Inevitably, to feel this being channeled, privy to this shared physical space, is both heady and inspiring.  Small are the number of things in life which allow us to be so deeply immersed and mesmerized by a moment that we are unable to even be aware of the rest of the world humming and whirring away outside.  This is Darrell Scott terra firma, where he takes us, with these otherworldly gifts.

The wordsmithing and craftsmanship of the songs that become timeless─although a lost cause for many who try to write them─ is far from a dying art, thanks to Darrell’s work.  He is more so existing creatively at levels we just don’t fathom anymore.  He mines and cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating.  The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever chase it, and why it is held sacred.

2017 and 2018 Darrell opened for and performing with the Zac Brown Band, these days find him roaming his Tennessee wilderness acreage hiking along the small river, playing music, or sharing each day with the woman he loves, also an artist in her own right.   He often leads songwriting workshops to help people tell their own truths with their stories, and is as busy as always writing, producing, performing, and just plain fully immersing himself at the hips in life.

If one really opens their eyes and sees how incomparably varied in surreal depth and breadth the musical territory he is both delving into and setting the high water mark with,  it leaves the rest in a bewildered wash of gravel road dust and fading taillights.  For good luck finding that two-legged soul who walks around among us who can keep up with him─aint gonna happen.

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate~

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Jazz Fest 2020: Amanda Carr with special guest Elan Trotman

05-07-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 07 @ 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

05-08-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 08 @ 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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Grace Kelly

08-07-2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

web: www.gracekellymusic.com

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The Vermont Jazz Center Spring Semester 2021

04-30-2021

Presented by Vermont Jazz Center at Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 03 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 04 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 05 @ 5:00 pm + 56 more dates and times

Sat, Mar 06 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 07 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 08 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 09 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 16 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Mar 25 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 01 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 02 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 03 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 04 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 05 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 06 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 07 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 08 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 09 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm Thu, Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm - less dates and times

Vermont Jazz Center Spring Classes 2021

The Vermont Jazz Center Spring semester runs 10 weeks, February 15- April 30, 2021.

Work exchange opportunities are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Registration questions and...

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Vermont Jazz Center Spring Classes 2021

The Vermont Jazz Center Spring semester runs 10 weeks, February 15- April 30, 2021.

Work exchange opportunities are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Registration questions and work exchange information:  ginger@vtjazz.org

All Other Inquiries: eugene@vtjazz.org

Private Lessons: Send summary of your musical background to vtjazz@gmail.com and we’ll match you with a qualified instructor.

Schedule for Spring Education 2021

Mondays
5:00 - 6:00 pm      Blue Note Ensemble (in-person, begins 2/15/21)

Tuesdays
10:30 am - Noon  Rhythm Lab (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
3:45 - 5:00 pm      Youth Jazz Ensemble (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
5:30 - 7:00 pm      Soubrette Recording Project (on-line, begins 2/16/21)

Wednesdays
3:00 - 4:30 pm     Ear Training Theory (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
4:00 - 5:00 pm     NEW: Electric Bass in a Jazz Context (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
4:30 - 5:30 pm     Latin Jazz Ensemble (Starting date postponed)
7:00 - 8:30 pm     NEW: Music Around the World (on-line, begins 2/17/21)

Thursdays
5:30 - 7:00 pm  Singing the Standards (on-line, begins 2/18/21)
8:00 - 9:00 pm  NEW: Jazz and Spirituality (on-line, begins 2/18/21)

Fridays
4:30 - 5:30 pm   NEW: Hard Bop Plus, History (on-line, begins 2/19/21)

Saturdays
11:00 am - 12:30 pm   NEW: 5 Goals of Jazz Guitar (on-line, begins 2/20/21)

Sundays
7:00 - 8:30 pm    Zoom Tunes (last Sunday of each month)

Tuition:
• $200 per semester for ten 1 hour-long sessions
• $250 per semester for ten 1 ½ hour-long sessions
• Youth Jazz $100 for eight 1 ¼ hour-long sessions
• Zoom Tunes $15 per 1 ½ hour-long session

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Parlor Performances

03-03-2021

Presented by City of Newton Cultural Development at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 03 @ 7:30 pm

As we continue to hunker down this winter, we recognize how important it is to stay connected while staying physically distant. Newton Cultural Development introduces ‘Parlor Performances’ showcasing music from local musicians over 6 weeks...

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As we continue to hunker down this winter, we recognize how important it is to stay connected while staying physically distant. Newton Cultural Development introduces ‘Parlor Performances’ showcasing music from local musicians over 6 weeks from January 27 – March 3. Each performance in the series will be streamed on Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm EST on Newton Cultural Development’s Facebook page.

Join us to stay connected this winter and support your local arts!

The series is organized and hosted by Newton Cultural Development, a department within Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture and funded by Newton Community Pride, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to build community and volunteerism through year round arts, cultural, and beautification programs for all to enjoy.

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Quinn Sullivan

03-19-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 19 @ 8:00 pm

Each era of modern music can be defined by its iconic guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to John Mayer. We are now entering the era of Quinn Sullivan. Raised by the riffs of George Harrison, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton,...

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Each era of modern music can be defined by its iconic guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to John Mayer. We are now entering the era of Quinn Sullivan. Raised by the riffs of George Harrison, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton, Quinn has dedicated his life to developing his own musical mastery and creating a sound all his own. His skills on the fretboard are matched by few, but it is his authentic voice as a songwriter and ability to weave his talents through a variety of styles that sets him apart from his peers.

“My goal as an artist is to be the best singer, songwriter and guitarist I can be.  Music is not meant to be put in a box and labeled this or that. I want to make music that moves people. That is the definition of success for me.”

Quinn is hard at work on the follow up to Midnight Highway, his 2017 homage to his blues roots that firmly established his presence as a formidable solo artist. For his upcoming project, Quinn dives inward to explore personal themes of love, sorrow,  loneliness, and hope, accompanied by tinges of Modern Rock and Americana.

In addition to his work in the studio, Quinn has been a touring musician since the age of 10. He has shared the stage with many of his heroes including Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa, as well as BB King, Billy Gibbons, and Los Lobos. He has also appeared on national TV with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show (with his first appearance at just 6 years old!).  Quinn has  performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, as well as Asia and South America – including at storied venues like The Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival and India’s Mahindra Blues Festival.

Quinn has grown up in the music business, and is fully aware of and dedicated to all that it takes to continue pursuing his passion. “I love everything from the songwriting process to recording and especially touring around the world with my incredible bandmates. I’m fortunate to be able to see the world and meet new people everyday. This what I was born to do.”
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Boston Jazz: A Free Live Outdoor Concert Series beginning 3/20/21

03-20-2021

Presented by The Creative Music Series at SW Corridor Park, Jamaica Plain
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm

Forbes is recognized nationally as premier Jazz musician/trumpeter, sound artist, composer and electronics musician especially the freer forms, but particularly  performing in the metro Boston area for years—He’s often appeared at the...

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Forbes is recognized nationally as premier Jazz musician/trumpeter, sound artist, composer and electronics musician especially the freer forms, but particularly  performing in the metro Boston area for years—He’s often appeared at the Lilypad and Outpost 186 in Cambridge—a force in Jazz that speaks to the creative, exciting and contemporary element of the art that (helps solidify) our scene.

Where & directions: Jamaica Plain, SW Corridor Park, outdoors, between Hall & Rosemary sts, off of Centre Ave., nr the Orange Line Forest Hills Sta.

Covid-19 protocols observed: Masks, distancing!

Free, donations gladly accepted

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Virtual Concert by Elliot Steger to Benefit The Healing Garden

03-21-2021

Presented by The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm

Elliot Steger is a jazz pianist, composer and physician.  To his credit are five CD’s of original music known for their beautiful melodies and creative improvisations.  Local venues where Dr. Steger has performed include Indian Hill, the...

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Elliot Steger is a jazz pianist, composer and physician.  To his credit are five CD’s of original music known for their beautiful melodies and creative improvisations.  Local venues where Dr. Steger has performed include Indian Hill, the Acton Jazz Cafe, and Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. He was the featured artist on WICN’s Jazz New England program. All CD proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  His CD’s are distributed in the US as well as Japan and can be played on Spotify and iTunes. The program will include original tunes as well as jazz standards and songs from Billy Joel. 

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is the premier provider of integrative oncology care in Massachusetts, located on 8 acres of serene woodlands at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, MA. The Healing Garden offers support groups, expressive and integrative therapies, and individual counseling services to optimize the quality of life for all those who are affected by cancer – men, women, and their caregivers – regardless of cancer type, prognosis, or financial ability to pay for services.

Open to the public. Pre-registration required at: https://healinggardensupport.org/concert-at-the-garden/

Registration is free. A donation to support the Healing Garden’s mission is appreciated but not required. Once registered the live stream link will be sent before showtime.

For questions please contact Maddie Phadke, Director of Development, 978-456-3532

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Festival of Learning

03-27-2021

Presented by Brookline Adult & Community Education at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Mar 22 @ 8:30 am Tue, Mar 23 @ 8:30 am Wed, Mar 24 @ 8:30 am + 3 more dates and times

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Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), one of the largest non-credit, public education programs in Massachusetts, is offering a special week of virtual learning, enrichment and discovery that is open to the public-at-large and part of a...

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Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), one of the largest non-credit, public education programs in Massachusetts, is offering a special week of virtual learning, enrichment and discovery that is open to the public-at-large and part of a larger fundraising effort.  A Festival of Learning will take place Monday, March 22 through Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to a variety of fun, virtual hour-long courses, the festival will spotlight special guest speakers, including Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger;  Hollywood Actor Pooch Hall; Sports Journalists Bryan Morry and Steve Krasner, who will discuss Hank Aaron’s legacy; popular children’s book author, David A. Kelly of the Ballpark Mystery Series; and author Gary Wolf who wrote a book the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on.

Early-bird registration is now open. Week-long passes will be offered at a reduced rate of $75. The pass allows participants to drop in on any of the 30+ live virtual classes or speaker sessions, held over Zoom, at their convenience and for less than it would cost to sign up for a typical single class. Participants can look forward to classes such as morning Yoga, where they’ll practice a series of gentle postures to achieve a healthy balance of calm and energy. Warm up the winter with new recipes and innovative culinary ideas, such as how to cook a delicious fish chowder or add Indian dishes to your cooking repertoire. Brush up skills in Microsoft Office, discuss living more sustainably and discover actions that will keep the planet more livable. Participants will improve their memory and have fun with improv games, learn to craft a solid financial plan, and bust out hula hoops for some guided entertainment. Listen along as local musicians play instruments, discover ways to build a community, get out those gardening gloves and plan for the spring flowers, learn to identify trees, or join in on an open mic night. Discover astrology and the role it plays in politics, jumpstart your writing, or mediate and journal. There’s something for everyone.

Highlighted speakers, such as former NASA Astronaut, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, will open our minds to other planets and what space travel is like. Hollywood actor, Pooch Hall, will share insights on a newly released movie he appears in, Cherry, and what it is like to act in a series like Ray Donovan or The GameSports Journalists, Bryan Morry and Steve Krasner will reminisce about legendary baseball player Hank Aaron. Children’s author, David A. Kelly, will share the research he did in writing his latest ballpark mystery novel. Finally, Gary Wolf will give a glimpse into his book and the 1988 movie based on it - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This story of a rabbit in love, trying to uncover the truth, is now widely regarded as a 'cult classic'. The film won four Academy Awards and the Hugo Award and grossed one billion dollars.

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John Waite

03-25-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some...

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Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star. VIP option available separately.

Songs, and songwriting keeps me inspired, moving forward. I tend to scribble down notes, lyrics or just random thoughts on pieces of paper, backs of cigarette packs, sometimes on my shirt cuff. Rock n’ roll is closest thing I’ve got to a spiritual power. It’s been the higher voice in my life and it’s never let me down.
- John Waite

Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star.

The ride began when Waite was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with a pair of infections hits, “Isn’t it Time” from the band’s sophomore LP, Broken Heart in 1977 and the monster ballad, “Every Time I Think of You” off 1978’s Head First. But it was the album’s rhythmically aggressive and seductive title track where fans got their first glimpse of the authentic John Waite, a no-holds-barred rock n’ roll performer devoted heart and soul to live performance and making sure every fan in the audience left the concert hall just as elated and exhausted as the band they’d paid to see.

After John Lennon’s assassination, December 9, 1980, a bizarre thing happened during one of those furious Baby’s performances when John was pulled from the stage by an overzealous fan during an encore. The freak event seriously injured his knee and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. From the ashes of the Baby’s, however, rose an abundant and prodigious solo career, ignited by the well-received release, Ignition, that featured the single, “Change,” which rode the AOR charts for weeks in 1982, the year a new cable channel that would alter the course of popular media culture called MTV launched. At the forefront of its early play list was the video for the Holly Knight-penned track that in 1985, was included on the platinum-selling Vision Quest soundtrack.

John’s next solo effort, 1984’s No Brakes, did exactly what the title inferred, barreling at runaway train speed to international acclaim and U.S. platinum success thanks to the smash hit, “Missing You,” which did not stop until it reached Number 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, Album Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts. The following up single, “Tears” was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.

Continuing to evolve as both a songwriter and formidable stage presence, Mask of Smiles was released in 1985, possessing a pair of muscular hit melodies, ”Every Step of the Way,” and “If Anybody Had a Heart,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 motion picture, About Last Night starring Demi Moore. John’s fourth solo LP, Rover’s Return, highlighted by the superlative, “These Times Are Hard for Lovers.” The same season that Bon Jovi was urging two lovers to live on a prayer, John delivered an aortal anthem of timeless resonance. “Baby we can make it ‘cause our love will pull us through/ these times are hard for lovers its down to me and you/Nothing’s gonna break us if we hang on to what’s true, these times are hard for lovers, I believe I you.”

“I don’t have a plan and most of the songwriting is a knee jerk reaction of being alive. I try to speak from an honest place where the listener can both hear and feel where I’m coming from; the job is mine, to help them understand me. There’s a real need as an artist to express who you are and where you’re coming from.”

A long and prodigious career often combines composition and interpretation, like in 1990 when John recorded the Martin Page and Bernie Taupin-penned track, “Deal for Life” for the Days of Thunder soundtrack. But two years prior to that cinematic adventure, superbly performing another songwriter’s work led to one of the biggest hits on John Waite’s illustrious resume. In 1988, a reunion with former Baby’s band mates, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips –along with uber-guitarist Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo –resulted in the John Waite fronted supergroup, Bad English. And in 1989, the group’s ballad, “When I See You Smile,” – penned by Grammy-winning songwriter, Diane Warren – went to Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold. The album reached Top Five and sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone. Bad English released two albums before breaking up in 1992.

Since returning to the recording studio and concert trek as a solo artist in 1995, John has produced a string of solid, existentially eccentric, courageously eclectic and blisteringly electric rock n’ roll records, including 1995’s Temple Bar, 1997’s When You Were Mine, 2001’s Figure in a Landscape, 2004’s The Hard Way, 2006’s Downtown: Journey of a Heart and 2010’s In Real Time –an extraordinary live recording that featured burning in-concert realizations of the Baby’s “Change”, “Back on My Feet Again” and “Head First”, not to mention Bad English’s “Best of What I’ve Got” as well as a mind-blowing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” It was this lifelong passion for original Country that inspired John’s sensational 2006 duet with bluegrass legend, Allison Krauss, where the two combined honeysweet vocal forces to remake his international hit, “Missing You.” On February 5, 2007, they performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

John teamed up with Matchbox 20 lead guitarist and songwriter, Kyle Cook in 2011 and their creative chemistry birthed the exhilarating Rough & Tumble, a long form exercise in raucous riffs and bloody truths highlighted by “Further the Sky,” “Shadows of Love” and the Classic Radio chart topping title track, a remarkable feat for any musician to reach number one airplay after three and a half decades in the music business trenches.

All-Access Live hit the streets in 2012 and delivered on all stages of John’s career–solo, The Babys and Bad English. Bearing a dynamic, stripped down sound which shows off his talented three-piece band, Waite demonstrates why he’s considered one of the great rock and roll singers, imbuing the timeless material with saber toothed vitality and kinetic power.

In 2014, Waite returned with Best. Navigating raucous rock, gut bucket blues and country, Waite’s new greatest hits album is a thrilling snapshot representing the inspired artistic breadth of this legendary artist’s entire career tallying more than 40 years on the rock and roll highway featuring re-recorded versions of signature classics, “Back on My Feet Again,” “Isn’t It Time” and “Missing You,” hard-hitting live renditions of “Head First,” “Saturday Night” and “Change” to the more introspective fare of “Suicide Life,” “Downtown” and “Bluebird Café.”

The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology Volume 1 and Volume 2, released in 2015 and 2017, respectively, found Waite exploring yet another dimension to his artistry, his deep rooted appreciation of acoustic flavored music. “The Wooden Heart thing was something I’d wanted to attempt since I started making records. I wrote just about anything that was any good on the acoustic; I always had an acoustic with me wherever I went. It’s actually more of a surprise that I didn’t do something like this sooner.” Framed against stark and stripped down production showcasing only vocals and acoustic guitar, the Wooden Heart records highlighted the core essence of the songs themselves, threading newly penned original compositions, reworkings of some of Waite’s favorite material from his solo career and The Babys alongside smartly chosen covers by the likes of Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), Donovan (“Catch The Wind”) and Richard Thompson, into an authentic and soul stirring musical statement. “The first release (Volume 1) was done on the spot, a day of recording and a day of mixing. It just happened! I didn’t stop to think too much about anything but feel. It’s what I do best. It was the most natural I’d felt in a recording studio. Two years later, I wanted to record Volume 2 but this time touch on the past. We were playing Wooden Heart shows across America to sold out crowds and I wanted the new release to reflect that with songs like “Isn’t It Time” to In “God’s Shadow” and “Downtown.” I included some of the original masters to make it what it became, an anthology. The Donovan song, “Catch The Wind” was recorded in a converted cowshed in deep winter in Wales five years ago; Hawkwind’s bass player turned it into Foal Studios. The studio was miles from anywhere at the end of a lane so that’s another song I always wanted to try. The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology will continue. There’s endless possibilities to it now the ice is broken.”

With more live shows and new music in the offing, John Waite continues to forge his own singularly personal path, celebrating the present and engaged by the promise of the future. The story is far from over for the Lancaster, England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller who was inspired onto his musical path by blues, soul and country along with a deep connection to the Celtic folk music of his homeland.

web: www.johnwaiteworldwide.com

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The Friends of Robbins Library Present: Tim Hall, Trust the Process

03-28-2021

Presented by Robbins Library at Robbins Library, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 28 @ 3:00 pm

Tim Hall brings you Trust The Process - performance about creative expression, self love, and artistic exploration. Tim Hall is an award winning musician and performance poet from Detroit, MI, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration...

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Tim Hall brings you Trust The Process - performance about creative expression, self love, and artistic exploration. Tim Hall is an award winning musician and performance poet from Detroit, MI, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration from his lived experiences - charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He’s an Assistant Professor in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music, won Session Musician of the Year by the Boston Music Awards 2020, received a 2019 Artist Luminary Award from local youth arts non-profit Zumix, and was honored by WBUR’s Artery 25 as 1 of 25 millennials of color impacting Arts and Culture in Boston. Hall’s virtual performance will be followed by a live Q&A.  

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Liz Longley POSTPONED TO 4/3/21

04-03-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 03 @ 8:00 pm

Kim Moberg opens the show. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the...

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Kim Moberg opens the show. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on TV shows such as ABC’s “Beauty & The Beast”, Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, and MTV’s “Scream”.

Her self-titled debut album received critical acclaim, being described as “a thing of beauty” (Pop Dose) and “packed with instantly memorable pop rock songs…” (Popmatters) Her follow up album Weightless, released in 2016, was praised as “stunning” (HuffPost) and “something more; a cleverness, a wit and a mix of musical styles” (Dallas Morning News).

The Berklee College of Music graduate worked alongside 5-time Grammy-nominated producer, Paul Moak, on her much awaited sixth album, Funeral For my Past. The record was funded by a loyal fanbase on the Kickstarter platform, raising over $150,000. The remarkable fan support made Longley the #4 most funded female musician in Kickstarter history - a story covered by Billboard. Set to release in 2020, the album will be Liz’s first release after her new found independence.

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Tinsley Ellis

04-10-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm

Ever since he first hit the road 40 years ago, blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful vocalist and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis has grown his worldwide audience one scorching performance at a time.

Armed with blazing, every-note-matters guitar...

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Ever since he first hit the road 40 years ago, blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful vocalist and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis has grown his worldwide audience one scorching performance at a time.

Armed with blazing, every-note-matters guitar skills and scores of instantly memorable original songs, Ellis has traveled enough miles, he says, “to get to the moon and back six times.” He’s released 17 previous solo albums, and has earned his place at the top of the blues-rock world. When asked if he’d consider himself a “blue-collar” bluesman, Ellis, in his trademark wit, quips, “No. I’m part of the no-collar crowd.” His imaginative songs tell stories of common, shared experiences in uncommon ways, all fueled by his high-octane, infectious, hard-rocking guitar playing. Live, Ellis has captivated and amazed fans in all 50 United States, as well as in Canada, all across Europe, Australia and South America. Vintage Guitar says, “He delivers blistering blues-rock, soul romps, minor-key blues, and shuffles—and it all sounds great.” The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.”

Ellis considers his new album, Ice Cream In Hell, the most raw-sounding, guitar-drenched album of his career. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and his longtime co-producer Kevin McKendree (John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton), Ice Cream In Hell is a cathartic blast of blues-rock power. Though inspired by all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie), as well by Carlos Santana, Hound Dog Taylor and others, Ice Cream In Hell is pure, unadulterated Tinsley Ellis. The 11 Ellis originals range from the nod to Stax-era Albert King, Last One To Know, to the Peter Green-flavored Everything And Everyone to the Hound Dog Taylor-esqe romp Sit Tight Mama before ending with the hair-raising, slow-burning ballad, Your Love’s Like Heroin. Throughout the album, Ellis’ deeply emotional, lyrical guitar solos perfectly match his fervent vocals

On Ice Cream In Hell, says Ellis, “there’s more guitar than ever.” His main axe during recording was his cherry red Freddie King ES-345 reissue. One of only 200 made in 2018, it instantly became Elllis’ go-to guitar. In addition, he used his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, 1967 Gibson ES-345, 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, 1983 Gibson Moderne and his 1969 Martin D-35. Rolling Stone says Ellis plays “feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”

In addition to his legions of fans, Ellis is also revered by his fellow guitarists, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. He’s recently toured with Alligator label mates Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya. Additionally, Ellis shared stages with late blues legends including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. But no matter where or with whom he performs, Ellis always plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion.

web: www.tinsleyellis.com

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Darrell Scott

04-16-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm

Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moments, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. The words...

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Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moments, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever chase it, and why it is held sacred.

There is an absence of light, before the light.  A simple bare stage in the waning gloaming, and I can see Darrell make his way to a lone microphone.  He is here to shine that light on matters of the heart─the grit, grease, gristle, and most importantly, the marrow beneath the breastbone.

And what is the path that shapes us as we go along, those true defining moments without which we would be hollow versions of our current selves?  For Darrell, it was coming from a musical family with a father who had him smitten with guitars by the age of 4, alongside a brother who played Jerry Reed style as well.  From there, things only ramped up with literature and poetry endeavors while a student at Tufts University, along with playing his way through life.  This would never change.

When those hands of his make their way across the strings and fretboard, there is palpable loss of air in the theater, as the listeners, our feet and bodies firmly on the ground, watch his sonic wings take him upwards in flight, and realize we are as along for the ride through the skies as he is.  Inevitably, to feel this being channeled, privy to this shared physical space, is both heady and inspiring.  Small are the number of things in life which allow us to be so deeply immersed and mesmerized by a moment that we are unable to even be aware of the rest of the world humming and whirring away outside.  This is Darrell Scott terra firma, where he takes us, with these otherworldly gifts.

The wordsmithing and craftsmanship of the songs that become timeless─although a lost cause for many who try to write them─ is far from a dying art, thanks to Darrell’s work.  He is more so existing creatively at levels we just don’t fathom anymore.  He mines and cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating.  The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever chase it, and why it is held sacred.

2017 and 2018 Darrell opened for and performing with the Zac Brown Band, these days find him roaming his Tennessee wilderness acreage hiking along the small river, playing music, or sharing each day with the woman he loves, also an artist in her own right.   He often leads songwriting workshops to help people tell their own truths with their stories, and is as busy as always writing, producing, performing, and just plain fully immersing himself at the hips in life.

If one really opens their eyes and sees how incomparably varied in surreal depth and breadth the musical territory he is both delving into and setting the high water mark with,  it leaves the rest in a bewildered wash of gravel road dust and fading taillights.  For good luck finding that two-legged soul who walks around among us who can keep up with him─aint gonna happen.

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate~

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Jazz Fest 2020: Amanda Carr with special guest Elan Trotman

05-07-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 07 @ 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

05-08-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 08 @ 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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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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