Jazz Week

Jazz Show & Jam

06-27-2017

Presented by Amazing Things Arts Center at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Apr 04 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm + 11 more dates and times

Tue, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 02 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 09 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 16 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 23 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 30 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 06 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm - less dates and times

The first hour of our Jazz Show & Jam is a concert featuring a host band which varies each week. It includes some of the finest musicians from the area and often featuring great players from NYC and beyond. After the first hour, we open it up to... [more+]
The first hour of our Jazz Show & Jam is a concert featuring a host band which varies each week. It includes some of the finest musicians from the area and often featuring great players from NYC and beyond. After the first hour, we open it up to the jammers who get the opportunity to sit in and hone their skills, trading licks with some of the finest players in the area. Some of the best jazz can be heard here any Tuesday night! Come watch or play!! About the Jam: The jam balances high level playing with a spirit of welcome and community. Five host bands take turns making your visit to the jam a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Each week a different group and each week a different feel. Here you can hone your skills and trade lick’s with some of the finest players in the area. Whether you’re a pro or a student, you’ll have a great time. Hosts include Michelle Hirsch, Joe Raia, Kaoroko Pilkington, James Merenda, Daryl Lowery & Jon Dreyer.  Visit www.amazingthings.org for schedule of hosts. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

JEREMY PELT

04-21-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Apr 21 @ 10:00 pm
Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to... [more+]
Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre's greatest masters, including Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Ralph Peterson, Vincent Herring and others. [less-]
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FMRJE 10.0 The Resistance via Improvisation

04-22-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
FMRJE 10.0 features Michael Shea-keyboard, Hilary Noble-tenor saxophone, flute, didgeridoo, percussion, Todd Brunel-clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Tor Snyder-electric guitar, Dennis Warren- drums, timbales, midi-drum. FMRJE 10.0... [more+]
FMRJE 10.0 features Michael Shea-keyboard, Hilary Noble-tenor saxophone, flute, didgeridoo, percussion, Todd Brunel-clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Tor Snyder-electric guitar, Dennis Warren- drums, timbales, midi-drum. FMRJE 10.0 celebrates its 25 year history in improvisation of all the time drum power and with original guitarist Tor Snyder. [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Black Violin

04-22-2017

Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. When performing live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in... [more+]
Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. When performing live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing-room-only crowds. Since creating Black Violin a decade ago, Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries, as far away as Dubai, UAE; Prague, Czech Republic; and South Africa. They have also had appearances at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and at last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. They've played their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, D.C., where Barack Obama himself gave each member a hearty handshake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and the Eagles. Admission: $20 in advance / $25 general admission [less-]
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Melissa Kassel & Tom Zicarelli Group

04-22-2017

Presented by Third Life Studio at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Melissa Kassel - Voice Tom Zicarelli - Piano Jeff Galindo - Trombone Bruce Gertz - Bass Gary Fieldman - Drums
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Jethro Tull's MARTIN BARRE BAND: An Evening of Blues, Rock & Tull

04-22-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
His sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history. Martin's guitar playing has earned... [more+]
His sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history. Martin's guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition: He was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on 'Aqualung'. His playing on the album `Crest of a Knave' earned him a Grammy award in 1988. As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson, and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes top musicians from a similar background. [less-]
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Wendee Glick & Friends at the Colonial Inn

04-22-2017

Presented by Jazzy Plus Productions at Concord Colonial Inn, Concord
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s... [more+]
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s as well. The songs you know from long ago, and perhaps some new ones too. Wendee’s amusing style and stories about the songs will have you laughing, learning something new, and loving the music… An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune, even over a full big band orchestra. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a "bell-like" quality. She has graced the stages of many a New England jazz club, and large venues such as Boston's Fleet Center and Hatch Shell, and has recently ventured out to NYC and St Louis, always performing with top-notch musicians. [less-]
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Cecile McLorin Salvant featuring Sullivan Fortner

04-22-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 22 @ 10:00 pm
Salvant makes an electric connection with live audiences. "Resoundingly eloquent, whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision of nuance, and an appetite for... [more+]
Salvant makes an electric connection with live audiences. "Resoundingly eloquent, whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision of nuance, and an appetite for dusting off rarely performed songs," declared The Guardian. In the mold of her idols, Vaughan and Abbey Lincoln, McLorin Salvant makes every song utterly her own. Cecile returns to Scullers this time with gifted New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, winner of the prestigous American PIanists Association's 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship Award.  Fortner has also performed with Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz and The Marsalis Famiy, among others. [less-]
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MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble

04-23-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at Killian Hall at MIT, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm
Under the direction of Liz Tobias, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, founded by John Harbison, will present a program of music by Grammy award winner Luciana Souza, one of Jazz's leading singer-songwriters.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late... [more+]
Under the direction of Liz Tobias, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, founded by John Harbison, will present a program of music by Grammy award winner Luciana Souza, one of Jazz's leading singer-songwriters.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, Luciana Souza grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators. She has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 including 6 Grammy nominations. [less-]
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Boiler House Jazz: Eric Dahlman's Glacier Project

04-23-2017

Presented by Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation at Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

Eric Dahlman has performed with free jazz icon Hal Russell & his NRG Ensemble, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Travis Chandler Philharmonic, Auddity, Rakalam Bob Moses, and has studied with Ingrid Monson, Dave Frank, Anthony Davis & John Luther Adams.

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Eric Dahlman has performed with free jazz icon Hal Russell & his NRG Ensemble, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Travis Chandler Philharmonic, Auddity, Rakalam Bob Moses, and has studied with Ingrid Monson, Dave Frank, Anthony Davis & John Luther Adams.

Glacier was recorded in train tunnels, fields, shores, kitchens, and basements. The compositions are far too cerebral to be considered new age despite the primal soundscapes and evolving rhythms. Eric Dahlman’s trumpet playing is the centerpiece along side throat singing, Tibetan bells, flutes, field recordings, electronic loops, and warm reverb beds. Dahlman’s work is the soundtrack for an unwritten film, a testament to music’s power of evocation and life-like dynamism.

“Glacier by visionary composer/trumpeter Eric Dahlman is one of the most unique, colorful, soulful recordings I’ve heard in quite awhile... Dahlman has conjured up a mysterious, mystical masterpiece that is spacious, otherworldly and beautiful.” –Rakalam Bob Moses

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://ericdahlman1.bandcamp.com/

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A monumental Jazz Week 4tet: Legends Joe McPhee, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses + Jeb Bishop and Damon Smith

04-23-2017

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
 Joe McPhee (saxophones & brass)   +  Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (drums)  +  Jeb Bishop (trombone) +   Damon Smith (double bass,) A monumental meeting which is not to be missed between the great Joe McPhee (last performed here in 1/2015) and... [more+]
 Joe McPhee (saxophones & brass)   +  Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (drums)  +  Jeb Bishop (trombone) +   Damon Smith (double bass,) A monumental meeting which is not to be missed between the great Joe McPhee (last performed here in 1/2015) and Boston drum legend Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, plus significant other Boston cutting-edge musicians, Jeb Bishop and Damon Smith.  McPhee and Jeb Bishop also recorded one of the great American improvised music CDs in the 90s as a duo, Brass City on Okka Disk.  Joe McPhee "... His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits." – Time Out N Y..  McPhee’s concept of “Po Music, a “process of provocation…to move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.”  "Bob Moses has now emerged as the possessor of one of the grander imaginations in America's true classical music. No orchestral composer of this scope, mellow wit, and freshly distinctive range of colors has come along since Gil Evans."-Nat Hentoff, Modern Recording and Music [less-]
Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Jazz Pianist Rossano Sportiello in Woods Hole

04-24-2017

Presented by Woods Hole Jazz at Woods Hole Community Hall, Woods Hole
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Join pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Frank Tate for an evening of jazz standards, stride piano and perhaps a little Chopin. While he studied classical piano as a child, Rossano started playing in jazz clubs in his native Milan, Italy at... [more+]
Join pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Frank Tate for an evening of jazz standards, stride piano and perhaps a little Chopin. While he studied classical piano as a child, Rossano started playing in jazz clubs in his native Milan, Italy at age 16 He came to New York in 2007 and has become a world class jazz performer with over 25 solo or small group CDs to his credit. He is known for his charm, sense of humor and especially his stride piano technique. His concerts in Falmouth frequently sell out, especially when he appears with Frank Tate. Bassist Frank Tate started his career in New York performing with Marian MacPartland, who later hosted NPR’s Piano Jazz. He has performed with famous jazz artists Benny Goodman, Pearl Baily, and Howard Alden among others. Cape Cod jazz fans may recall that he performed as part of the house band with legendary pianist Dave McKenna at the famous Columns Club in Dennis, where jazz stars such as Tony Bennet, Lionel Hampton, Dick Johnson, and Zoot Sims played outside under the tent in the summer. This concert is part of the Woods Hole Jazz series in scenic Falmouth on Cape Cod.   [less-]
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Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration - Patrice Williamson presents Ella & Me

04-25-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm
Welcome to Patrice's third annual birthday concert for Ella Fitzgerald. April 25th marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday and the release of Williamson's first tribute album to the First Lady of Song. Ella Fitzgerald (1917- 1996) was a musical... [more+]
Welcome to Patrice's third annual birthday concert for Ella Fitzgerald. April 25th marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday and the release of Williamson's first tribute album to the First Lady of Song. Ella Fitzgerald (1917- 1996) was a musical titan, a perfect vocalist who could also sing like an instrumentalist. She once said, "I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns." Patrice Williamson's fluent scat style and sensitive ballad work have earned her Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" award and several Boston Music Award nominations, is a favorite in Boston and beyond. She's been heard at both the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, as well as at the International Women's Forum in Singapore. Both of her independent recordings, My Shining Hour and Free to Dream, have received high praise from jazz critics around the country. She is also actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz tradition through her teaching at The New School of Music in Cambridge, Wellesley College, and Milton Academy. The Ella and Me concert includes stories of Ella's life, her songs, her solos, the tale of her mastery and how it contributed to Williamson's artistry. [less-]
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Kevin Harris Project: Griot Footsteps

04-26-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
The West African Griot encompasses the characteristics of a musician, historian, poet, teacher, advisor, ambassador, and storyteller. In his most recent project, "Griot Footsteps," Kevin Harris explores the powerful message and music of Stevie... [more+]
The West African Griot encompasses the characteristics of a musician, historian, poet, teacher, advisor, ambassador, and storyteller. In his most recent project, "Griot Footsteps," Kevin Harris explores the powerful message and music of Stevie Wonder, unquestionably one of America's most formidable griots. When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroads. Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who "plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that "Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self- awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully." One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another, diving into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris's determination to capture his audience through exploratory interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality". Among Harris' most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Yoron Israel, Tommy Campbell, Dezron Douglas, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He has also performed at national and international venues such as Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, and more. Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance always involves interacting with the audience, inspiring a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation," Harris says, "is what keeps our souls alive." [less-]
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Arlington Jazz Festival, sixth annual featuring master bass player Rufus Reid.

04-30-2017

Presented by Morningside Music Studios at Arlington Jazz Festival (c/o Festival Headquaters: Morningside Music Studio), Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee.... [more+]
The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee. The Festival also provides an opportunity for fest-goers to explore the nooks and crannies of Arlington which host live music on a regular basis, making the town a go-to destination for music buffs. This year's festival headliner is twice Grammy nominated bass legend Rufus Reid, cited by the "All Music Guide to Jazz" as being "easily one of the top five bassists in modern jazz." His festival trio will include Boston-based pianist Tim Ray and drummer Steve Langone. In addition, Reid will be conducting a master class earlier in the day, which is open to all musicians and other music appreciators, but should not be missed by any aspiring bass players! The jazz fest will also feature performances by vibes master Rich Greenblatt and keyboardist/vocal powerhouse Marlene del Rosario, joined by Dan Fox and several other members of Morningside Music Studio's teaching staff. Arlington neighborhood musical favorites Spy Pond Groove, A-Town Brass Band, and the Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D'Agostino, will round out this full bill of performances. [less-]
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TRILOK GURTU PAOLO FRESU OMAR SOSA TRIO

04-27-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each... [more+]
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each other, and seeking to share this with audiences. [less-]
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Ron Carter Trio: 80th Birthday Celebration

04-29-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm - less dates and times

RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos... [more+]
RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions. Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has also received four honorary doctorates, from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. Most recently he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award--the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever. [less-]
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Luciana Souza and Guillermo Klein

04-28-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works... [more+]
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works on Hope by Klein for Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred Harris.  This performance is the culmination of Klein’s and Souza’s MIT residency and a semester-long exploration of their music by three MIT student ensembles. [less-]
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The Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling

04-28-2017

Presented by Spectacle Management at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong... [more+]
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. “The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable,” Marsalis admits. “But we have serious musical debates as well.” One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling that Marsalis Music is releasing via OKeh Records on June 10, 2016.   [less-]
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Mark Harvey and Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

04-29-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents a concert titled “Democratic Vistas?” Mark Harvey and Aardvark will celebrate Duke Ellington’s birthday by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Original works in this... [more+]
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents a concert titled “Democratic Vistas?” Mark Harvey and Aardvark will celebrate Duke Ellington’s birthday by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Original works in this vein by Harvey will include the premiere of “Main Man” for noted impresario Fred Taylor, “Boston Boy,” for the late Nat Hentoff, and premieres of contemporary tone-parallels such as “Fake News Blewz,” “Swamp-a-rama,” and “Waltz of the Oligarchs.” Also on the program, a reading from Walt Whitman’s “Democratic Vistas,” and a performance of Harvey’s anthem of hope and inclusivity “No Walls.” [less-]
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Jazz Show & Jam

06-27-2017

Presented by Amazing Things Arts Center at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Apr 04 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm + 11 more dates and times

Tue, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 02 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 09 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 16 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 23 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 30 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 06 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm Tue, Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm - less dates and times

The first hour of our Jazz Show & Jam is a concert featuring a host band which varies each week. It includes some of the finest musicians from the area and often featuring great players from NYC and beyond. After the first hour, we open it up to... [more+]
The first hour of our Jazz Show & Jam is a concert featuring a host band which varies each week. It includes some of the finest musicians from the area and often featuring great players from NYC and beyond. After the first hour, we open it up to the jammers who get the opportunity to sit in and hone their skills, trading licks with some of the finest players in the area. Some of the best jazz can be heard here any Tuesday night! Come watch or play!! About the Jam: The jam balances high level playing with a spirit of welcome and community. Five host bands take turns making your visit to the jam a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Each week a different group and each week a different feel. Here you can hone your skills and trade lick’s with some of the finest players in the area. Whether you’re a pro or a student, you’ll have a great time. Hosts include Michelle Hirsch, Joe Raia, Kaoroko Pilkington, James Merenda, Daryl Lowery & Jon Dreyer.  Visit www.amazingthings.org for schedule of hosts. [less-]
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JEREMY PELT

04-21-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Apr 21 @ 10:00 pm
Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to... [more+]
Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre's greatest masters, including Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Ralph Peterson, Vincent Herring and others. [less-]
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FMRJE 10.0 The Resistance via Improvisation

04-22-2017

Presented by The Lily Pad at The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
FMRJE 10.0 features Michael Shea-keyboard, Hilary Noble-tenor saxophone, flute, didgeridoo, percussion, Todd Brunel-clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Tor Snyder-electric guitar, Dennis Warren- drums, timbales, midi-drum. FMRJE 10.0... [more+]
FMRJE 10.0 features Michael Shea-keyboard, Hilary Noble-tenor saxophone, flute, didgeridoo, percussion, Todd Brunel-clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Tor Snyder-electric guitar, Dennis Warren- drums, timbales, midi-drum. FMRJE 10.0 celebrates its 25 year history in improvisation of all the time drum power and with original guitarist Tor Snyder. [less-]
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Black Violin

04-22-2017

Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. When performing live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in... [more+]
Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. When performing live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing-room-only crowds. Since creating Black Violin a decade ago, Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries, as far away as Dubai, UAE; Prague, Czech Republic; and South Africa. They have also had appearances at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and at last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. They've played their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, D.C., where Barack Obama himself gave each member a hearty handshake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and the Eagles. Admission: $20 in advance / $25 general admission [less-]
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Melissa Kassel & Tom Zicarelli Group

04-22-2017

Presented by Third Life Studio at Third Life Studio, Somerville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Melissa Kassel - Voice Tom Zicarelli - Piano Jeff Galindo - Trombone Bruce Gertz - Bass Gary Fieldman - Drums
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Jethro Tull's MARTIN BARRE BAND: An Evening of Blues, Rock & Tull

04-22-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
His sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history. Martin's guitar playing has earned... [more+]
His sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history. Martin's guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition: He was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on 'Aqualung'. His playing on the album `Crest of a Knave' earned him a Grammy award in 1988. As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson, and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes top musicians from a similar background. [less-]
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Wendee Glick & Friends at the Colonial Inn

04-22-2017

Presented by Jazzy Plus Productions at Concord Colonial Inn, Concord
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s... [more+]
No cover charge, but donations are graciously accepted The Forge fills up quickly, so get there early for great food and entertainment! Wendee and friends perform standards from the Great American Songbook, and some songs from the 60s to the 80s as well. The songs you know from long ago, and perhaps some new ones too. Wendee’s amusing style and stories about the songs will have you laughing, learning something new, and loving the music… An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune, even over a full big band orchestra. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a "bell-like" quality. She has graced the stages of many a New England jazz club, and large venues such as Boston's Fleet Center and Hatch Shell, and has recently ventured out to NYC and St Louis, always performing with top-notch musicians. [less-]
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Cecile McLorin Salvant featuring Sullivan Fortner

04-22-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 22 @ 10:00 pm
Salvant makes an electric connection with live audiences. "Resoundingly eloquent, whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision of nuance, and an appetite for... [more+]
Salvant makes an electric connection with live audiences. "Resoundingly eloquent, whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision of nuance, and an appetite for dusting off rarely performed songs," declared The Guardian. In the mold of her idols, Vaughan and Abbey Lincoln, McLorin Salvant makes every song utterly her own. Cecile returns to Scullers this time with gifted New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, winner of the prestigous American PIanists Association's 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship Award.  Fortner has also performed with Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz and The Marsalis Famiy, among others. [less-]
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MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble

04-23-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at Killian Hall at MIT, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm
Under the direction of Liz Tobias, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, founded by John Harbison, will present a program of music by Grammy award winner Luciana Souza, one of Jazz's leading singer-songwriters.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late... [more+]
Under the direction of Liz Tobias, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, founded by John Harbison, will present a program of music by Grammy award winner Luciana Souza, one of Jazz's leading singer-songwriters.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, Luciana Souza grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators. She has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 including 6 Grammy nominations. [less-]
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Boiler House Jazz: Eric Dahlman's Glacier Project

04-23-2017

Presented by Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation at Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

Eric Dahlman has performed with free jazz icon Hal Russell & his NRG Ensemble, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Travis Chandler Philharmonic, Auddity, Rakalam Bob Moses, and has studied with Ingrid Monson, Dave Frank, Anthony Davis & John Luther Adams.

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Eric Dahlman has performed with free jazz icon Hal Russell & his NRG Ensemble, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Travis Chandler Philharmonic, Auddity, Rakalam Bob Moses, and has studied with Ingrid Monson, Dave Frank, Anthony Davis & John Luther Adams.

Glacier was recorded in train tunnels, fields, shores, kitchens, and basements. The compositions are far too cerebral to be considered new age despite the primal soundscapes and evolving rhythms. Eric Dahlman’s trumpet playing is the centerpiece along side throat singing, Tibetan bells, flutes, field recordings, electronic loops, and warm reverb beds. Dahlman’s work is the soundtrack for an unwritten film, a testament to music’s power of evocation and life-like dynamism.

“Glacier by visionary composer/trumpeter Eric Dahlman is one of the most unique, colorful, soulful recordings I’ve heard in quite awhile... Dahlman has conjured up a mysterious, mystical masterpiece that is spacious, otherworldly and beautiful.” –Rakalam Bob Moses

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://ericdahlman1.bandcamp.com/

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A monumental Jazz Week 4tet: Legends Joe McPhee, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses + Jeb Bishop and Damon Smith

04-23-2017

Presented by The Creative Music Series at Lily Pad, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
 Joe McPhee (saxophones & brass)   +  Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (drums)  +  Jeb Bishop (trombone) +   Damon Smith (double bass,) A monumental meeting which is not to be missed between the great Joe McPhee (last performed here in 1/2015) and... [more+]
 Joe McPhee (saxophones & brass)   +  Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (drums)  +  Jeb Bishop (trombone) +   Damon Smith (double bass,) A monumental meeting which is not to be missed between the great Joe McPhee (last performed here in 1/2015) and Boston drum legend Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, plus significant other Boston cutting-edge musicians, Jeb Bishop and Damon Smith.  McPhee and Jeb Bishop also recorded one of the great American improvised music CDs in the 90s as a duo, Brass City on Okka Disk.  Joe McPhee "... His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits." – Time Out N Y..  McPhee’s concept of “Po Music, a “process of provocation…to move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.”  "Bob Moses has now emerged as the possessor of one of the grander imaginations in America's true classical music. No orchestral composer of this scope, mellow wit, and freshly distinctive range of colors has come along since Gil Evans."-Nat Hentoff, Modern Recording and Music [less-]
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Jazz Pianist Rossano Sportiello in Woods Hole

04-24-2017

Presented by Woods Hole Jazz at Woods Hole Community Hall, Woods Hole
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Join pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Frank Tate for an evening of jazz standards, stride piano and perhaps a little Chopin. While he studied classical piano as a child, Rossano started playing in jazz clubs in his native Milan, Italy at... [more+]
Join pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Frank Tate for an evening of jazz standards, stride piano and perhaps a little Chopin. While he studied classical piano as a child, Rossano started playing in jazz clubs in his native Milan, Italy at age 16 He came to New York in 2007 and has become a world class jazz performer with over 25 solo or small group CDs to his credit. He is known for his charm, sense of humor and especially his stride piano technique. His concerts in Falmouth frequently sell out, especially when he appears with Frank Tate. Bassist Frank Tate started his career in New York performing with Marian MacPartland, who later hosted NPR’s Piano Jazz. He has performed with famous jazz artists Benny Goodman, Pearl Baily, and Howard Alden among others. Cape Cod jazz fans may recall that he performed as part of the house band with legendary pianist Dave McKenna at the famous Columns Club in Dennis, where jazz stars such as Tony Bennet, Lionel Hampton, Dick Johnson, and Zoot Sims played outside under the tent in the summer. This concert is part of the Woods Hole Jazz series in scenic Falmouth on Cape Cod.   [less-]
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Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration - Patrice Williamson presents Ella & Me

04-25-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm
Welcome to Patrice's third annual birthday concert for Ella Fitzgerald. April 25th marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday and the release of Williamson's first tribute album to the First Lady of Song. Ella Fitzgerald (1917- 1996) was a musical... [more+]
Welcome to Patrice's third annual birthday concert for Ella Fitzgerald. April 25th marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday and the release of Williamson's first tribute album to the First Lady of Song. Ella Fitzgerald (1917- 1996) was a musical titan, a perfect vocalist who could also sing like an instrumentalist. She once said, "I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns." Patrice Williamson's fluent scat style and sensitive ballad work have earned her Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" award and several Boston Music Award nominations, is a favorite in Boston and beyond. She's been heard at both the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, as well as at the International Women's Forum in Singapore. Both of her independent recordings, My Shining Hour and Free to Dream, have received high praise from jazz critics around the country. She is also actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz tradition through her teaching at The New School of Music in Cambridge, Wellesley College, and Milton Academy. The Ella and Me concert includes stories of Ella's life, her songs, her solos, the tale of her mastery and how it contributed to Williamson's artistry. [less-]
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Kevin Harris Project: Griot Footsteps

04-26-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
The West African Griot encompasses the characteristics of a musician, historian, poet, teacher, advisor, ambassador, and storyteller. In his most recent project, "Griot Footsteps," Kevin Harris explores the powerful message and music of Stevie... [more+]
The West African Griot encompasses the characteristics of a musician, historian, poet, teacher, advisor, ambassador, and storyteller. In his most recent project, "Griot Footsteps," Kevin Harris explores the powerful message and music of Stevie Wonder, unquestionably one of America's most formidable griots. When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroads. Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who "plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that "Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self- awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully." One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another, diving into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris's determination to capture his audience through exploratory interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality". Among Harris' most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Yoron Israel, Tommy Campbell, Dezron Douglas, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He has also performed at national and international venues such as Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, and more. Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance always involves interacting with the audience, inspiring a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation," Harris says, "is what keeps our souls alive." [less-]
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Arlington Jazz Festival, sixth annual featuring master bass player Rufus Reid.

04-30-2017

Presented by Morningside Music Studios at Arlington Jazz Festival (c/o Festival Headquaters: Morningside Music Studio), Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

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The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee.... [more+]
The Arlington Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, is expanding its scope, with presenter Morningside Music Studio showcasing 6 events over a 4-day stretch, to celebrate the wide variety of musical approaches that all fall under the jazz marquee. The Festival also provides an opportunity for fest-goers to explore the nooks and crannies of Arlington which host live music on a regular basis, making the town a go-to destination for music buffs. This year's festival headliner is twice Grammy nominated bass legend Rufus Reid, cited by the "All Music Guide to Jazz" as being "easily one of the top five bassists in modern jazz." His festival trio will include Boston-based pianist Tim Ray and drummer Steve Langone. In addition, Reid will be conducting a master class earlier in the day, which is open to all musicians and other music appreciators, but should not be missed by any aspiring bass players! The jazz fest will also feature performances by vibes master Rich Greenblatt and keyboardist/vocal powerhouse Marlene del Rosario, joined by Dan Fox and several other members of Morningside Music Studio's teaching staff. Arlington neighborhood musical favorites Spy Pond Groove, A-Town Brass Band, and the Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D'Agostino, will round out this full bill of performances. [less-]
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TRILOK GURTU PAOLO FRESU OMAR SOSA TRIO

04-27-2017

Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each... [more+]
All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each other, and seeking to share this with audiences. [less-]
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Ron Carter Trio: 80th Birthday Celebration

04-29-2017

Presented by Regattabar at the Charles Hotel at Regattabar, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm Sat, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

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RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos... [more+]
RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions. Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has also received four honorary doctorates, from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. Most recently he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award--the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever. [less-]
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Luciana Souza and Guillermo Klein

04-28-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works... [more+]
Under the direction of Frederick Harris, the program will include a new work for Luciana Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, composed by Guillermo Klein based on poetry chosen by Klein. The evening’s highlight will be the world premiere of Works on Hope by Klein for Souza and the MIT Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred Harris.  This performance is the culmination of Klein’s and Souza’s MIT residency and a semester-long exploration of their music by three MIT student ensembles. [less-]
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The Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling

04-28-2017

Presented by Spectacle Management at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong... [more+]
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. “The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable,” Marsalis admits. “But we have serious musical debates as well.” One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling that Marsalis Music is releasing via OKeh Records on June 10, 2016.   [less-]
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Mark Harvey and Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

04-29-2017

Presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts at MIT's Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents a concert titled “Democratic Vistas?” Mark Harvey and Aardvark will celebrate Duke Ellington’s birthday by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Original works in this... [more+]
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents a concert titled “Democratic Vistas?” Mark Harvey and Aardvark will celebrate Duke Ellington’s birthday by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Original works in this vein by Harvey will include the premiere of “Main Man” for noted impresario Fred Taylor, “Boston Boy,” for the late Nat Hentoff, and premieres of contemporary tone-parallels such as “Fake News Blewz,” “Swamp-a-rama,” and “Waltz of the Oligarchs.” Also on the program, a reading from Walt Whitman’s “Democratic Vistas,” and a performance of Harvey’s anthem of hope and inclusivity “No Walls.” [less-]
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