Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jazz singer Diane Richardson Kicks off new jazz supper club in Roxbury on December 2

Jazz Vocalist Diane Richardson

Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall in Boston's Dudley Square is launching a new supper club - called Cafe Tatant - offering fine dining with jazz, rhythm-and-blues and soul music and dancing on Thursday evenings.

Cafe Tatant premiers on December 2, 2010 with Diane Richardson, a well-known jazz singer who is performing with trombonist Bill Lowe, keyboardist John Kordalewski, bassist Ron Mahdi and drummer Ralph Peterson.

George Huggins of Ethnica Gourmet Catering will provide the food as the grand ballroom is transformed into a relaxed listening lounge and supper club.

The nightclub opens its doors at 6:00 p.m.. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The meal and music package is $39 for one and $69 for a couple.  Tickets for just the show are $19 and can be purchased online.

Upcoming shows at Cafe Tatant in December include:

Rajdulari Barnes and the Rajdulari Jazz Project on December 9

Cornell Coley and his Afro-Latin Ensemble Sugarfoot on December 16

Fulani Haynes and the Jazz Collaborative Holiday Show on December 23.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

WGBH Hosts Tribute to Ray Smith on November 19


(Boston) - WGBH 89.7 FM is presenting a musical tribute to legendary radio host Ray Smith on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the station's studios in Brighton.

Radio host Ron Della Chiesa will serve as master of ceremonies, with music by the Paramount Jazz Band.

Admission to the tribute is $120 and includes a pair of tickets and membership in WGBH's Jazz Club. For more details, click here.

Smith, who died in February, 2010 at age 87, worked at WGBH for 38 years, producing over 1,900 programs. His show, Jazz Decades, started in 1958 at another station, is the longest running program in Boston radio history.

For more information on WGBH, visit WGBH.org.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jazz Guitarist John McLaughlin & Fourth Dimension at Boston's House of Blues on November 16


Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin is performing with the 4th Dimension at the House of Blues in Boston on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.). Tickets to the show are $29.50 to $39.50 and can be ordered online.

Opening the show for McLaughin is the Jimmy Herring Band.

Founder of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 1960s, McLaughlin's lifelong musical and spiritual journey was influenced by John Coltrane. His famous version of Good-bye Port Pie Hat, by jazz bassist Charlie Mingus, remains part of McLaughlin's repertoire today.

For more jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourism information on Massachusetts, visit MassVacation.com.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Las Vegas Rat Pack Show comes to Hanover Theatre in Worcester on November 6


What happened in Vegas comes to Worcester, Massachusetts this weekend when The Rat Pack is Back opens at the historic Hanover Theater on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $35, $45, and $55 and can be ordered online or by calling 877 571-7469.

The show recreates the nightclub scene of Las Vegas of the 1950s, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop starred at the Sands Hotel, performing a free-wheeling cabaret of songs, jokes, stories, dance routines and quips that captured America's imagination.

The Rat Pack is Back features a big-band 12-piece orchestra and top notch vocalists who recreate the mood and sound of the 1950s.

For a full list of upcoming shows at the Hanover Theatre, click here.

For year-round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grace Kelly Quintet Performing at Shalin Liu Concert Hall in Rockport on November 5


Rockport Music is presenting alto saxophonist Grace Kelly and the Grace Kelly Quintet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $25, $37, and $46 and can be ordered online or by calling the box office at 978 546-7391.

The 18 year old saxophonist, singer, composer and arranger performed throughout North America and Europe this past summer with her talented quintet. She has released five albums, including her most recent, Mood Changes.

Kelly was the youngest ever "Alto Saxophonist Rising Star" in the 57th annual Downbeat Critics Poll in 2009, an award she won again in 2010. The Massachusetts native is currently enrolled at the Berklee College of Music.

For a full list of upcoming concerts presented by Rockport Music, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jazz Pianist Aaron Goldberg playing at Berklee and Milton Academy in November


World renowned jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg is performing with his trio at the Cafe 939 at the Berklee College of Music at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4, 2010. He'll be joined by his trio, bassist Rueben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, and will also jam with students from Berklee. Tickets are $10.

Then on Sunday, November 7, at 1:00 p.m., Goldberg performs at Milton Academy, Strauss Library, for a fundraiser in support of the academy's 2011 South Africa Tour. There Goldberg will be joined by bassist Bob Sinicrope and drummer Jon Hazilla. The concert is free but donations are requested.

A graduate of both Milton Academy and Berklee College of Music, Goldberg has spent the past 12 years touring the world and performing with Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redmond, Michael Brecker and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Colombian Singer Maria Mulata and Latin Jazz Big Band Perform at Berklee in Boston on November 2



Singer and composer Maria Mulata opens the evening with a set of Colombian music that embodies the traditions and multi-layered musicial influences of her homeland.

Then Bernardo Hernandez takes the stage with a Latin big band that includes Berklee students and special guests Victor Mendoza and Cuban percussionist Jorge Najarro.

The concert takes place at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. General admission is $10 and tickets can be ordered online.

For a complete list of upcoming concerts at Berklee College of Music, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Chucho Valdes and Afro-Cuban Messengers on October 28 at Berklee Performance Center

Cuban pianist, bandleader and composer Chucho Valdes is performing with the Afro-Cuban Messengers at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Thursday, October 28, 210 at 8:00 p.m.

The performance is part of the Celebrity Series of Boston, which for over 70 years has brought the world's best artists to Boston for performance and arts-based education.

Tickets to the show are $39, $43 and $49 and can be ordered online or by calling 617 482-6661.

Valdes is a multi-Grammy Award winner and is considered "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists," according to the New York Times. He has recorded over 80 CDS and performed with other jazz masters like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

For a full schedule of performances through May 2011 sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourism information, visit MassVacation.com.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New World Jazz Composers Octet Perform at Arsenal Arts Center on October 25


The New World Jazz Composers Octet, led by Daniel Ian Smith, is performing at the Arsenal Arts Center in Watertown on Monday, October 25, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and members of the center. For more details on purchasing tickets click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Guitarist Kevin Eubanks Performing at Berklee on October 21 in Boston


Master jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks is performing a special concert at the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the concert are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Eubanks is a Berklee alumnus and well-respected musician, composer and recording artist with over 100 recordings to his credit. He is best known as the band leader over the past 18 years on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

His concert at Berklee includes ballet and hip-hop dancers, English, Swahili and Portguese spoken word artists, and an MC.

Eubanks' new CD, Zen Food, is being released in November on Mack Avenue Records.

For a full schedule of concerts at Berklee, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourism information on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Leslie Uggams Performing at Reagle Music Theatre on October 16-17 in Boston Area


Reagle Music Theatre is presenting Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams in a special performance of Uptown, Downtown at 2:00 p.m. on October 16-17, 2010. The performance takes place at the Robinson Theatre, 817 Lexington Street in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Tickets to the show are $35-$57 for adults, and $25 for children ages 5-18 and are available online.

Uggams is accompanied by a pop/jazz quintet for the cabaret show and will perform songs like Stormy Weather, New York, New York and The Sunny Side of the Street.

For a list of upcoming shows presented by Reagle Music Theatre, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For tourism information, visit MassVacation.com.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Milton Academy Jazz Band Pays Tribute to Cannonball Adderley on October 15


The award-winning Milton Academy Jazz Band, led by jazz musician and educator Bob Sinicrope, is performing a special tribute to jazz saxophone legend Cannonball Adderley this Friday evening, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public and takes place at King Theater in the Kellner Performing Arts Center on campus. For directions, click here.

Julius "Cannonball" Adderley was an important jazz figure starting in the 1950s. Influenced by Benny Carter and Charlie Parker, he played with the Miles Davis Quintet and later became a band leader and composer in his own right. He worked closely with his younger brother, cornetist Nat Adderley, throughout his career.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ron Carter & Berklee World Strings Orchestra Perform in Boston on October 14


Legendary bassist Ron Carter and the Berklee World String Orchestra are joining forces to perform the music of Oscar Pettiford on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.

The concert starts at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 and can be ordered online.

Carter is one of the most widely recorded bassists in jazz history, playing on more than 2,000 albums. As a band leader he released over a dozen albums.

For a full schedule of concerts at Berklee, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourism information on visiting Massachusetts, visit MassVacation.com


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Aaron Goldberg Trio Performing at the Regattabar in Cambridge on Friday, October 8



Jazz pianist and composer Aaron Goldberg and his Trio are performing two shows at the Regattabar on Friday, October 8, 2010, at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 and can be ordered online or at the club.

The Trio, which includes Goldberg, bass player Omer Avital and drummer Eric Harland, is celebrating the release of its new recording, Home, available on Sunnyside Records.

Goldberg is a Boston native who credits his love of jazz from two influential educators: Bob Sinicrope of Milton Academy and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. Goldberg graduated from Harvard College and was a regular musician at Wallys Jazz Cafe in Boston's South End. For the past twelve years he has toured with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter and others.

For a complete schedule of concerts at the Regattabar, click here.

To find year-round jazz throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourism information, visit MassVacation.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hayes and Cahill Performing at Berklee in Boston on Saturday, October 9


County Clare fiddler Martin Hayes and Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill are performing two concerts at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

The concerts take place at the David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered online via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000

Well-regarded in music circles for their inventive interpretation of traditional Irish dance music, the duo has forged one of the most remarkable partnerships in acoustic music today. Their performances distill the essence of Irish music while exploring and expanding the tradition in both intimate and electrifying ways.

They have collaborated with filmmakers, modern dance choreographers, theater directors, and classical and jazz musicians, yet their identity remains uniquely their own, rooted solidly in the tradition of East County Clare where Martin was raised.

For year round Irish musical performances in Massachusetts and New England, visit IrishBoston.org.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

You can find tourism information on visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.