Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jazz Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Lecturing at Harvard University on Thursday, January 30

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is lecturing at Harvard University on Thursday, January 30, 2014, discussing his hometown of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz.
The lecture, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, takes place at Sanders Theatre on Quincy Street in Harvard Square, starting at 7:00 p.m.. The event is free to the public, and organizers recommend that you reserve a ticket online here, or grab one from the Box Office at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.
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“New Orleans between 1885 and 1910 was like no other. Here, amid a diversity of people, philosophies, and possibilities, jazz was born. Conceived in a city that still has a statue of the losing Confederate general as its central landmark, jazz has proven to be the most definite artistic symbol of American democracy,” Marsalis says about his topic.

Following the lecture, Marsalis is performing a few numbers with Lucien Barbarin (trombone), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Troy Davis (drums), Vince Giordano (tuba/bass), Victor Goines (reeds), Marcus Printup (cornet), Don Vappie (6-string banjo) and Michael White (clarinet).

Currently the 52-year-old is the managing and artistic director at Lincoln Center, but the musician/composer/bandleader/educator is mostly known for his collection of nine Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”  To find out more about Marsalis and his music, visit his page here.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New England Music Awards deadline for choosing region's best musicians is Friday, January 31


The deadline for voting in the region's top musicians for the 3rd annual New England Music Awards is Friday, January 31, 2014.   Here is a full list of this year's nominees from 23 different categories, including music genres, best by state, best new album and songwriter of the year.

In the genre categories are these jazz and blues nominations:

Jazz Act of the Year

Blues Act of the Year

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Luciana Souza, Brazilian Jazz Singer, Performs at Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square on Saturday, January 25

Celebrity Series of Boston is presenting Grammy Award winner Luciana Souza and her quartet in concert at Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Tickets are available online or at the venue. 

A graduate of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, Souza has been nominated for six Grammy Awards in her career.  She comes from a family of bossa nova innovators in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Here is a calendar of upcoming concerts presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jazz Legend Maceo Parker at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, January 25

RockportMusic is presenting legendary funk and soul saxophonist Maceo Parker in concert at the Shalin LiuPerformance Center in Rockport on Saturday, January 25, 2014, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets range from $50-$80 and can be purchased online, over the phone at 978 546-7391, or at the door the night of the concert.

Parker’s history with top artists such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers shows off his array of sound and style of funk. And be sure to catch a glimpse of his gold plated Selmer Mark VI. Check out this
Maceo Parker video.
Here is a schedule of upcoming jazz and world music concerts coming to the Shalin Liu Performance Center this winter.

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Slovenian artist Gramatik performs at Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton on Wednesday, January 22

An up and coming name in the music scene, Gramatik is performing at the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.   Admission is $15 at the door. 

Originally from Slovenea, Gramatik is rooted in jazz, blues, soul, and funk, but is known in hip-hop and electronic circles, having toured with Pretty Lights, the Glitch and others.  

Check out the video to get a better feel for Gramatik's rhythm. Tickets and more information can be found here

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vocalist Janis Siegel at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Thursday, January 9

Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Janis Siegel, a member of the Manhattan Transfer and solo artist, is performing at Sculler's Jazz Club in Boston on Thursday, January 9, 2014.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at the veue.  Package options are available for dinner and the show, which start at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m
Siegel has won nine Grammy awards and has been nominated seventeen times. In addition to her work with Manhattan Transfer, she has recorded nine solo albums.  Here is a video of her performing
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Sun Broadcasting Corp Launches Sun Music Live Shows at Wally's Cafe Jazz Club this Fall

Sun Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has begun production of Sun Music Live. The inaugural shows set at  Wally’s CafĂ©  in Boston will f...