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April 24
Apr 24
Juan Ruiz

Juan Ruiz "Desde Lejos" CD Release Party

7:30pm - $20

Tue |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Juan combines his Latin roots, jazz and classical training in his original compositions and performances as well. He approaches music with a spirit of curiosity, and his compositions as well as his solos are nourished by his childhood experiences, his home country, and the optimism he perceives among Colombians.

Composer, Saxophonist and Clarinetist Juan Ruiz began his musical studies when he was 11, studying Latin American percussion in his hometown of Caldas Antioquia, Colombia.

Juan was awarded a full scholarship to study a BM in clarinet performance and composition and later a Master Degree on Modern American Music at Longy school of Music. Later In 2015, Juan studied at The Berklee College of Music with Dr. Shannon Leclaire and George Garzone.

Recently, Juan Ruiz' Quintet had the opportunity to share stage with the 14th Grammy Winner Paquito D'Rivera.

Apr 25
Roberto Fonseca

Roberto Fonseca

$30 - 7:30pm

Wed |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Pianist, composer, and Artistic Director for Cuba's Jazz Plaza Santiago Festival, Roberto Fonseca has toured the world's most prestigious venues with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® and the legendary Omara Portuondo. As a bandleader, Fonseca is undoubtedly one of the most innovative Cuban pianists in generations, with a sound at the fertile crossroads of jazz, traditional music, and soul, steeped in a spirituality faithful to his Afro-Cuban roots. Fonseca's November 2016 release ABUC (Verve/Universal) is dedicated to the island he calls home -- it spells CUBA backwards, after all. Teeming with rascally rhythms and burly brass, and woven from allusions, souvenirs and contrasts, ABUC is a kaleidoscope of dancing colors through which Roberto tells the great and rich story of Cuban music, from yesterday to today. The album incorporates elements of the island's traditions such as contradanza, mambo, cha-cha-cha, danzon, and bolero, infused with the spirit of the descarga jam and hip-hop. Featured on a number of PBS programs in 2017-2018, including "Weekend In Havana," a series about a changing city with amazing artistic traditions, Roberto serves as a representative and guide to the country's musical culture. As BBC says, "By matching tradition with experiment, Fonseca has become one of the most exciting musicians in the new Cuban scene."

Apr 26
Svetlana & The Delancey Five

Svetlana & The Delancey Five

7:30pm - $20

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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SVETLANA & THE DELANCEY FIVE is "Breakfast at Tiffany's served at [a] 21st-century speakeasy" (Allan Young, New York Music Daily). Lead by the Svetlana, the "outstanding vocalist and songwriter" (Will Frieldwald, Wall Street Journal), this band has a remarkable affinity for "making Hot Jazz sound cool!" (BlueMonkMoods) "Prepare to swing and be moved!" (JazzLives) as Svetlana and the Delancey Five transport you to the carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from sophisticated tender tones to a rowdy "exuberant, foot-stomping music combining swing and pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities" (WPIX11TV) fit for the 21st century!

The band has headlined many sold-out shows in the US, from the premier venues such as the Blue Note and B.B. King's to packed underground New York speakeasies. The band has also toured internationally, appeared on various national and international TV programs, and landed features in numerous international news and music and lifestyle publications. Their record "Night at the Speakeasy" (produced by Guy Eckstine and featuring Wycliffe Gordon) has premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts and received a 4-star rating from AllAboutJazz. Experience the "sweet and naughty" (JazzLives) magic in this special Swing For Spring show, featuring beloved swing classics as well as charismatic originals, and feel your pulse quicken and your hearts thaw out from the winter blues!

Apr 28
Roomful of Blues

Roomful of Blues

7:30 & 10pm - $25

Sat |

on site 7:30pm & 10pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Even though Roomful of Blues's lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with newer members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, drummer Chris Rivelli, keyboardist Rusty Scott, and longtime saxophonists Mark Earley and Rich Lataille, Roomful keeps on rockin' in 2015.

Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, "are in a class by themselves." With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it's no wonder why the great Count Basie called them "the hottest blues band I've ever heard." Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted blend of swing, rock `n' roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards.

With a non-stop performance schedule for over 45 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe. including the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll for "Best Blues Band".

May 01
Musica Productions Presents : Lello’s Italian Job ‘Volume 2’ CD release party

Musica Productions Presents : Lello’s Italian Job ‘Volume 2’ CD release party

7:30pm - $18

Tue |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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**Rescheduled from March 13 due to weather**

FEATURING: LELLO MOLINARI - ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC BASS
DINO GOVONI - SAXES, CLARINET, FLUTE & EWI
SAL DIFUSCO - ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC GUITAR
MARCELLO PELLITTERI - DRUMS & PERCUSSIONS


Bassist/Bandleader Lello Molinari returns to his Italian roots, reimagines classic repertoire in stunning modern Jazz settings. Lello's Italian Job, Volume 2 features Italian and Italian-American musicians transforming folk and popular songs and classical arias from throughout Italy's rich musical history.

It's often been said that "you can't go home again" - but with his Italian Job project, Lello Molinari proves that old cliché wrong. The acclaimed bassist has not only returned to his Italian roots, but brought with him three decades of experience as a bandleader, an educator, and a virtuosic bassist with his fingers on the pulse of modern jazz. Now he views the unparalleled musical traditions of his homeland through the lens of a lifetime's worth of accumulated musical knowledge, creating something that's both Old World and New, deeply personal while reflecting a profound tradition.

This is Lello Molinari's 5th Cd as a Leader. "Lello's Italian Job" Volume 2. The second installment on a project that started in 2014 when they released this project's first Cd. "Lello's Italian Job" is an exploration of open improvisation and the arranging of Italian music, ranging from traditional folk music, to classical arias, to popular songs through Jazz interpretation. On this Cd there is music from Mascagni, Respighi, Pino Daniele, Renato Carosone and more. Lello plays both Acoustic & Electric Bass, sometime with loops, Dino Govoni plays Tenor & Soprano Saxes, Flute, Clarinet & EWI, Sal DiFusco plays Acoustic & Electric Guitars and Mandolin, Marcello Pellitteri plays Drums and Percussions. Some of the tunes are completely acoustic and some are electric, some are classical pieces, some are straight ahead Jazz tracks, some have a New Orleans feel to it, some are completely improvised and some are through-composed. It will constantly surprise and delight the listener with turns at every corner, and yet there is a homogenous feel to the CD and a specific direction to this project. Lello returns to the RegattaBar, to celebrate the release of his latest CD, where he has appeared many times before and where he recorded his second Cd live "On a Boston Night" released on Accurate Records in 1995.

May 02
Arjun

Arjun

7:30pm - $25

Wed |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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**Rescheduled from March 21 due to weather**

ARJUN, the three-piece instrumental band from New York, has been trailblazing their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz since 2003. Led by Eddie Arjun Peters, ARJUN fuses the power of rock with improvisational alternative jazz, resulting in a delicate balance of intricately crafted melodies backed by powerhouse musicianship.

In 2013, SPACE, the first in a critically-acclaimed three-album trilogy, is a sonic dreamscape of fluid improvisations which were conceived and recorded organically. The album's opening track, `Orion,' features legendary percussionist E.J. Rodriguez (The Jazz Passengers, Sean Lennon, Medeski Martin & Wood, Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos, D.J Logic).

CORE, second in the trilogy, is a reinvention of ARJUN's sound and style, rooted in carefully crafted melodies which tell resonant stories without words. CORE features the talents of John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood) on its title track, was mixed by legendary producer Scotty Hard and rose to #4 on the Jambands Chart.

In the Summer of 2016, GRAVITY was released as the third and final installment in the trilogy of albums that featured Andre Lyles on bass and Lamar Myers on drums. Recorded and mixed by Scotty Hard, this album also features guest performances by Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy, Funk Apostles), and Molly Cherryholmes. GRAVITY enjoyed heavy airplay for several months peaking at #5 on the Jambands Chart.

ARJUN's soulful, razor-sharp inter-musician communication and chemistry translates vibrantly through their recorded works, and transfixes live audiences across the Northeast. ARJUN has garnered comparisons to artists such as Charlie Hunter, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, David Gilmore, Warren Haynes, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.

May 03
Vijay Iyer Trio

Vijay Iyer Trio

7:30pm & 10pm - $30

Thu |

on site 7:30pm & 10pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: VIJAY IYER - PIANO
NICK DUNSTON - BASS
TYSHAWN SOREY - DRUMS

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced "VID-jay EYE-yer") was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by the Los Angeles Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star," and by Minnesota Public Radio as "an American treasure." He has been voted DownBeat Magazine's Artist of the Year three times - in 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was named Downbeat's 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.

The New York Times observes, "There's probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer." Iyer has released twenty albums covering remarkably diverse terrain, most recently for the ECM label. The latest include A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (2016), a collaboration with Iyer's "hero, friend and teacher," Wadada Leo Smith, which the Los Angeles Times calls "haunting, meditative and transportive"; Break Stuff (2015), with a coveted five-star rating in DownBeat Magazine, featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio, hailed by PopMatters as "the best band in jazz"; Mutations (2014), featuring Iyer's music for piano, string quartet and electronics, which "extends and deepens his range... showing a delicate, shimmering, translucent side of his playing" (Chicago Tribune); and Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (2014), "his most challenging and impressive work, the scintillating score to a compelling film by Prashant Bhargava" (DownBeat), performed by International Contemporary Ensemble and released on DVD and BluRay.

Iyer's trio (Iyer, piano; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Stephan Crump, bass) made its name with two tremendously acclaimed and influential albums, Accelerando (2012) and Historicity (2009). Accelerando was voted #1 Jazz Album of the Year for 2012 in three separate critics polls surveying hundreds of critics worldwide, hosted by DownBeat, Jazz Times, and Rhapsody, respectively, and also was chosen as jazz album of the year by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, PopMatters, and Amazon.com. The Vijay Iyer Trio was named 2015 Jazz Group of the year in the DownBeat International Critics Poll, with Iyer having earlier received an unprecedented "quintuple crown" in the 2012 Downbeat Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories), as well as a "quadruple crown" in the JazzTimes extended critics poll (winning Artist of the Year, Acoustic/Mainstream Group of the Year, Pianist of the Year, and Album of the Year). Iyer received the 2012 and 2013 Pianist of the Year Awards and the 2010 Musician of the Year Award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2013 ECHO Award (the "German Grammy") for best international pianist. Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and was named #1 Jazz Album of 2009 in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Metro Times, National Public Radio, PopMatters.com, the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, and the Downbeat International Critics Poll, and the trio won the 2010 ECHO Award for best international ensemble.

Iyer was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, and named one of 2011's "50 Most Influential Global Indians" by GQ India. Other honors include the Greenfield Prize, the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the India Abroad Publisher's Special Award for Excellence, and numerous critics' prizes. Iyer's many collaborators include creative music pioneers Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, William Parker, Graham Haynes, Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, John Zorn; next-generation artists Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rez Abbasi, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey; Dead Prez, DJ Spooky, Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, High Priest of Antipop Consortium, DJ Val Jeanty, Karsh Kale, Suphala, Imani Uzuri, and Talvin Singh; filmmakers Haile Gerima, Prashant Bhargava, and Bill Morrison; choreographer Karole Armitage; and poets Mike Ladd, Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky.

A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, Journal of the Society for American Music, Critical Studies in Improvisation, in the anthologies Arcana IV, Sound Unbound, Uptown Conversation, The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010, and in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. Iyer has taught at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the New School, and he is the Director of The Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, an annual 3-week program in Alberta, Canada. Iyer recently finished a multi-year residency with San Francisco Performances, cultivating new audiences and working with schools and community organizations. He is a Steinway artist and uses Ableton Live software.

May 04
Vijay Iyer Trio

Vijay Iyer Trio

7:30pm & 10pm - $30

Fri |

on site 7:30pm & 10pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: VIJAY IYER - PIANO
NICK DUNSTON - BASS
TYSHAWN SOREY - DRUMS

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced "VID-jay EYE-yer") was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by the Los Angeles Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star," and by Minnesota Public Radio as "an American treasure." He has been voted DownBeat Magazine's Artist of the Year three times - in 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was named Downbeat's 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.

The New York Times observes, "There's probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer." Iyer has released twenty albums covering remarkably diverse terrain, most recently for the ECM label. The latest include A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (2016), a collaboration with Iyer's "hero, friend and teacher," Wadada Leo Smith, which the Los Angeles Times calls "haunting, meditative and transportive"; Break Stuff (2015), with a coveted five-star rating in DownBeat Magazine, featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio, hailed by PopMatters as "the best band in jazz"; Mutations (2014), featuring Iyer's music for piano, string quartet and electronics, which "extends and deepens his range... showing a delicate, shimmering, translucent side of his playing" (Chicago Tribune); and Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (2014), "his most challenging and impressive work, the scintillating score to a compelling film by Prashant Bhargava" (DownBeat), performed by International Contemporary Ensemble and released on DVD and BluRay.

Iyer's trio (Iyer, piano; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Stephan Crump, bass) made its name with two tremendously acclaimed and influential albums, Accelerando (2012) and Historicity (2009). Accelerando was voted #1 Jazz Album of the Year for 2012 in three separate critics polls surveying hundreds of critics worldwide, hosted by DownBeat, Jazz Times, and Rhapsody, respectively, and also was chosen as jazz album of the year by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, PopMatters, and Amazon.com. The Vijay Iyer Trio was named 2015 Jazz Group of the year in the DownBeat International Critics Poll, with Iyer having earlier received an unprecedented "quintuple crown" in the 2012 Downbeat Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories), as well as a "quadruple crown" in the JazzTimes extended critics poll (winning Artist of the Year, Acoustic/Mainstream Group of the Year, Pianist of the Year, and Album of the Year). Iyer received the 2012 and 2013 Pianist of the Year Awards and the 2010 Musician of the Year Award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2013 ECHO Award (the "German Grammy") for best international pianist. Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and was named #1 Jazz Album of 2009 in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Metro Times, National Public Radio, PopMatters.com, the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, and the Downbeat International Critics Poll, and the trio won the 2010 ECHO Award for best international ensemble.

Iyer was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, and named one of 2011's "50 Most Influential Global Indians" by GQ India. Other honors include the Greenfield Prize, the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the India Abroad Publisher's Special Award for Excellence, and numerous critics' prizes. Iyer's many collaborators include creative music pioneers Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, William Parker, Graham Haynes, Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, John Zorn; next-generation artists Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rez Abbasi, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey; Dead Prez, DJ Spooky, Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, High Priest of Antipop Consortium, DJ Val Jeanty, Karsh Kale, Suphala, Imani Uzuri, and Talvin Singh; filmmakers Haile Gerima, Prashant Bhargava, and Bill Morrison; choreographer Karole Armitage; and poets Mike Ladd, Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky.

A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, Journal of the Society for American Music, Critical Studies in Improvisation, in the anthologies Arcana IV, Sound Unbound, Uptown Conversation, The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010, and in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. Iyer has taught at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the New School, and he is the Director of The Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, an annual 3-week program in Alberta, Canada. Iyer recently finished a multi-year residency with San Francisco Performances, cultivating new audiences and working with schools and community organizations. He is a Steinway artist and uses Ableton Live software.

May 09
Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble

Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble

7:30pm - $25

Wed |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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The charming and enchanting song-stylist Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble return to the Regattabar for a unique cabaret evening of songs from around the world. According to the Boston Globe, "The soulful vocalist is a one-woman United Nations of Cabaret", she has been captivating her audiences for many decades singing French, Italian, Armenian, Russian, Persian, Yiddish and Latin tunes in addition to American Songbook classics, with her husband pianist Sarkis Zerounian leading the versatile and talented international ensemble of musicians.

Julia began her singing and acting career at an early age in Armenia, later performing with various professional ensembles and theatrical groups throughout the former Soviet Union. Julia moved to Boston in 1972 after marrying Sarkis (who also happens to be a highly regarded structural engineer with numerous award winning projects) whom she met when he was doing graduate studies in Armenian music at the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan. Since then Julia performing with her husband has become well-known to audiences as a great interpreter of international and contemporary songs performing in many cities in the United States and Canada.

The combination of Julia's soulful, passionate singing and mastery of all the different musical styles has not only gained a large and loyal following, but garnered rave reviews from prominent musicians and music critics as well as her loyal fans. Alexander Korsantia, International prize winning concert pianist, and music professor commented after one of Julia's concerts: "Charming adorable, enchanting and delightful - those are the key impressions after attending the concert of the versatile singer Julia and the Zerounian ensemble... it is a musical trip to different countries, cultures and traditions, revealing the most sensitive, beautiful and sentimentally appealing qualities in each song." Other audience reactions and comments: "Thank you so much for the most wonderful and inspiring, romantic concert. Your concert is always a special evening in the Boston cultural life." - "...how very much we enjoyed your concert. It was one of those evenings that you wanted to go on forever. Thank you for sharing your voice and music with us. You bring much happiness and inspiration to your audience". "We leave her always full of longing for the next time we shall hear her voice."

May 10
Javon Jackson Berklee Quintet - Masters on the Road

Javon Jackson Berklee Quintet - Masters on the Road

7:30pm - $25

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Saxophonist Javon Jackson brings us the next event in Berklee's Master on the Road series, in which master musicians return to teach and lead touring ensembles. Jackson's Berklee Sextet is an eclectic group of musicians, featuring some of the best musicians at the college. Jackson has recorded with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard and many others. Tonight's repertoire was selected specifically for this group. 

May 11
Ron Carter Trio

Ron Carter Trio

7:30pm & 10pm - $35/30

Fri |

on site 7:30pm & 10pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: RUSSELL MALONE - GUITAR 
DONALD VEGA - PIANO

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.

May 12
Ron Carter Trio

Ron Carter Trio

7:30pm & 10pm - $35/30

Sat |

on site 7:30pm & 10pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

PURCHASE TICKETS - 7:30PM
PURCHASE TICKETS  - 10PM

FEATURING: RUSSELL MALONE - GUITAR 
DONALD VEGA - PIANO

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.

May 18
Broken Shadows ft Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson & Dave King

Broken Shadows ft Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson & Dave King

7:30pm - $28

Fri |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: TIM BERNE - ALTO SAXOPHONE
CHRIS SPEED - TENOR SAXOPHONE
REID ANDERSON - DOUBLE-BASS
DAVE KING - DRUMS

Broken Shadows is a quartet of kindred spirits communing over shared loves and common inspirations, radiating not only homage but aspiration - to make music with deep roots reach out into the present moment, alive and attuned and moving through our air now. These four musicians hailing from the urban northern half of America - Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Dave King - have banded together to reinterpret the timeless sounds conjured by great men from the rural South and heartland of the country: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden. These iconic figures created an ever-resonant avant-garde out of the folk-art influences of their early surroundings, a canon that comprises the hard blues and deep lament, keening celebration and hollering protest. Wound through the DNA of such avant-jazz classics as "Dogon A.D.," "Lonely Woman," "Civilization Day," "Walls- Bridges" and "Song for Ché" are the age-old sounds of back-alley bars and carnival midways, funeral processions and holiday parades, the rave-ups of Saturday night shading into the hymns of Sunday morning. The way saxophonists Berne and Speed perform this music with the bass-and-drum team of Anderson and King has a rocking, roughhewn harmonic convergence wholly in keeping with the source materials, even as their improvisations have a searching, burning modernism of their own. To channel the cultural history of this music, the players of Broken Shadows can rely on their personal history as friends and collaborators; among various associations, Speed played in Berne's Bloodcount band in the 1990s, while Anderson and King are two-thirds of the genre defying band The Bad Plus. This foursome is onto something special here - the emotive breath and beat of this music being undeniable, infectious; these are players known for their ability to take it out, but Broken Shadows gives them a vehicle to get down. -- Bradley Bambarger

May 25
Boston Calling

Boston Calling

Music Festival

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Harvard Athletic Complex

Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day event, featuring live music, comedy and visual arts just across the river from us. For this year's lineup and ticketing information, visit the Boston Calling website.

May 25
Club Passim's Campfire Festival

Club Passim's Campfire Festival

All-day, $25

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Club Passim - 47 Palmer Street

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Don't miss Club Passim's annual Campfire Festival. Starting at 6pm Friday and the last show at 10:30pm Monday, it is a weekend where the lines between performer and audience member blurs. To learn more, visit their website here.

Jun 01
Yoko Miwa Trio

Yoko Miwa Trio

$25 - 7:30pm

Fri |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Internationally acclaimed pianist/composer Yoko Miwa is quickly becoming known as one of the most powerful and compelling performers on the scene today. Her trio - with its remarkable telepathy and infectious energy - has brought audiences to their feet worldwide. Of Miwa's 2017 release Pathways, Dan McClenaghan of All About Jazz said, "4 stars-This is Yoko Miwa at her extroverted best...her finest recording to date." Pathways - her seventh as a leader -which spent 4 weeks on the Jazz Week top 10 radio charts and is earning wide critical acclaim. Since first appearing on Jazz Week charts, Pathways was in the top 10 for four weeks running and consistently remained in the Top 40, peaking at #6. Miwa was the subject of a feature article in the September 2017 issue of DownBeat that referenced her "impressive technique and a tuneful lyricism that combines an Oscar Peterson-ish hard swing with Bill Evans-like introspection."

For the past decade Miwa has honed one of the most musical trio sounds on the jazz scene. They play regularly at major jazz clubs in their home city of Boston, as well as venues around the world. A favorite of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Miwa was chosen to play on "Marian McPartland & Friends," part of the Coca Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. She was also chosen to perform at Lincoln Center's annual Jazz and Leadership Workshop for The National Urban League's Youth Summit.

Miwa also appears regularly at New York's famed Blue Note Jazz Club and has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of jazz greats including Sheila Jordan, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood and Johnathan Blake among others.

Miwa is a Yamaha Pianos Artist, JVC Victor Entertainment recording artist, and Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll winner.
Miwa's story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year. In 2017, she's still in Boston, enriching the city's musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio's major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. "She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan," said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine.

A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn't pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone's club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

Miwa has recorded seven highly acclaimed CDs: In the Mist of Time (Tokuma, 2000); Fadeless Flower (Polystar, 2002); Canopy of Stars (Polystar, 2004); The Day We Said Goodbye, recorded live at the studios of WGBH-FM (Sunshine Digital, 2006); Live at Scullers (Jazz Cat Amnesty, 2011); Act Naturally (JVC Victor Entertainment, 2012), and Pathways (2017). On each CD one hears Miwa's distinct and powerful musical personality.

Jun 02
International String Trio

International String Trio

7:30pm - $25

Sat |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen styles from far-flung lands. Employing their instruments as passports, the adventurous triumvirate unlocks the doors to a global array of tunes drawn from jazz, folk, popular, classical, film and other sources.

Featuring Russian-born guitarist Slava Tolstoy, Czech violinist Jakub Trasak and American acoustic bassist Max Ridley, the IST's players embody its cosmopolitan aesthetic. The trio's riveting performances encompass a breathtaking range of styles, including Gypsy swing, old-time Appalachian laments, traditional Irish reels, celebratory klezmer, passionate tango, graceful French musette, and burning bluegrass. While steeped in jazz, they play intricately arranged music that leaves room for improvisation without focusing on it.

Recent performance highlights include a highly successful Northwest Tour, 3 appearances on the popular NPR show "Says You," performances at the Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Festival in Crested Butte, CO; Djangovegas Festival in Las Vegas, NV; Jazz on the Plazz Festival in Los Gatos, CA; Yoshi's San Francisco, San Jose Winter Jazz festival, Regattabar and Scullers Jazz Clubs in Boston, MA.

Slava Tolstoy - Guitar, Musical Director Slava's background includes studies of composition and guitar performance at St. Petersburg Jazz Conservatory, Russia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, where he was a scholarship student. He founded the International String Trio in 1999 and developed a unique performance concept for the ensemble. Slava plays guitar in the group as well as does band leading and arranging. In addition to being an accomplished performer Mr. Tolstoy is also a songwriter and producer with several credits under his belt.

Jakub Trasak - Violin
Jakub began playing the violin at the age of 3 and before his fifteenth birthday, he recorded three solo CD's, performed hundreds of concerts, and appeared on television in the Czech republic, Slovakia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. He also attended the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp in Nashville, TN, where he studied with maestro Mark O' Connor himself, and other notable fiddlers. Mr. Trasak earned a violin and vocal diploma at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek in Prague. In 2007, Trasak won a scholarship to Berklee where he studied with Alain Mallet, Jamey Haddad, Dave Samuels, and, Walter Beasley. In December 2009, Trasak won a competition to perform Mark O'Connor's Double violin concerto alongside O'Connor himself during the launch of Boston's American Roots Music Program.

Max Ridley - bass
Max is a Boston-based musician, composer and bass teacher. He has been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with renown jazz musicians, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, George Garzone and Perico Sambeat. He has played in venues such as the Regatta Bar, Sculler's Jazz Club, the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, the Umbria Jazz Festival, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After graduating high school he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. He has also spent some time living in Valencia, Spain and considers it his second home as well as the other musical community to which he belongs. He currently is earning his master's degree the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and is a part of several local groups as a sideman, leader or co-leader. He performs and tours domestically and internationally.

Jun 09
Frank Vignola with the John Di Martino Trio

Frank Vignola with the John Di Martino Trio

7:30pm - $28

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on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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It's been almost a year since Top Guitarist Frank Vignola catapulted into a tree from an off-road-vehicle in a tragic accident that nearly took his life. After being air-lifted to a renowned N.Y. area trauma center, Frank's family learned of his extensive injuries which included four broken ribs, a broken clavicle, shoulder (in two places), and arm, which has since required multiple surgeries. Additionally, Vignola suffered two collapsed lungs and massive internal bleeding.

Enduring a long but steady recovery, Frank returns to the stage in collaboration with the John di Martino Trio performing great American popular songs by Gershwin, Porter, Van Heusen, Berlin, Bernstein and more. He is grateful, and he's excited to be back to introduce Frank Vignola with the John di Martino Trio.

Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's stellar technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest stars of the guitar".

John di Martino is a jazz pianist, arranger and producer, based in New York City. He has been described as a "shape-shifter", for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded with David "Fat Head" Newman, Pat Martino, Houston Person and Taj Mahal. Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director. He has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith, Billy Eckstine, and Janis Siegel. John's talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with Gloria Lynn, and Grady Tate. John's discography includes many Grammy nominated cds, among those are: "Love" with Issac Delgado, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B", and "Live & In Clave" with Bobby Sanabria.

Jun 16
Vinicius Cantuaria

Vinicius Cantuaria

$30 - 7:30pm

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on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Born in Manaus, Amazonas, he grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and after several successful records, he moved to New York in the mid-90s. He has proved himself in a number of fields, directly or indirectly linked to Brazilian music. Leader of the rock band "O Terco", he released six albums in Brazil in the 80s and with his album "Sol na Cara" (Grammavision), was a pioneer of the neo-Brazilian music in 1996. He then became one of the most important downtown New York figures, multiplying collaborations with artists as eclectic as Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau, Arto Lindsay

In New York, he has released five internationally recognized studio albums "Sol Na Cara", "Ê","ÊVinicius", "Horse & fish", "" and signed an artist contract with Naïve in 2008 which released his album "Cymbals", recorded with top New York musicians, Brad Mehldau, Michael Leonhardt, Dave Binney, and Erik Frielander... Keeping his New York musicians for «ÊSamba cariocaÊ» (2010), Vinicius Cantuaria successfully returned to his Brazilian roots which once again proved to be numerous. Indeed, in addition to his usual New York team (Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell), Vinicius was this time surrounded by an impressive line-up of Brazilian musicians from all trends and different backgrounds : Arto Lindsay, who produced the album, veterans like Joao Donato or Marcos Valle, and younger musicians, like Dadi or Sidinho.

Vinicius, who owns his studio in New York and frequently travels to Brazil, works every day and progresses in small steps, hence the impression of a simple, melodic, and obvious music, yet so sophisticated.

2011 saw the release of the brilliant and multi-rewarded album «ÊLagrimas MexicanasÊ», a duet with Bill Frisell. Skillfully crafted over more than five years by two long-time collaborators, this magnificent album clearly revealed itself as a marvel of elegance, musicality, and purity, recommended to the widest audience, which was quickly captured.

With ÊIndio De Apartamento (Indian in the Apartment - 2012), his newest album, he confirms this trend and goes even further in brevity and purity, while maintaining an exemplary singularity towards Bossa Nova world. Dedicated to the memory of his mother, who died last year, this solumn and serious album, continues the trend started with "Samba Carioca", blending New York/cosmopolitain musicians (Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto) with Brazilian ones (Dadi, Limihna) while subjecting them to record increasingly varied and different compositions.

Certainly more compact, dense, tighter and pure, sometimes minimalist like in the wonderful "Purus" where Vinicius performs at the same time vocals, guitar, keyboard and loops, this album is almost open to variety with the presence of Norah Jones on piano, the very beautiful "Pe Na Estrada" a duet with Bill Frisell, but especially in "This Time", a brilliant duet with Jesse Harris (Once Blue, Norah Jones....), perfect for radios, and which illuminates this album with the sparkle of diamonds. According to Vinicius, Indio de Apartamento "came about from the mix of the raw sound from guitars, acoustic piano, percussion and voice with the electronic sound from computers. These two sonoric mixes together with the harmonies, melodies and lyrics created a unique-Brazilian-universal atmosphere".

Again, the result is a magnificent album, of incredible subtlety and full of contrasts, of great unity and remarkable diversity, with a pure and completed classicism. Almost a classic, in a modern world.

Jun 29
Jason Anick Gypsy-Jazz Project

Jason Anick Gypsy-Jazz Project

7:30pm - $25

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Regattabar Jazz Club

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Cocek Brass Band

Sam Dechenne - Trumpet/Vocals
Ezra Weller - Rotary-Valved Flugelhorn
Clayton DeWalt - Trombone
Jim Gray - Tuba
Grant Smith - Tapan Drum

CBB performs original compositions by bandleader Sam Dechenne. The music is influenced by traditional Eastern European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, Klezmer and elements of reggae and Western classical pieces.

CBB sounds are inspired by acts like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Rebirth Brass Band, traditional Balkan songs and chamber brass repertoire. Dance music for those seeking something new and unique, contemplative Old World melodies that hark to a lost era and catchy riffs that will have you singing along and tapping your foot all night long.

In performance spaces ranging from Balkan Dance festivals across the Northeast, hollowed out warehouses and arts spaces in Boston to the Kennedy Center in D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, WorldFest in Louisville, KY and The Fingerlakes Thaw Festival in Ithaca, Cocek! can be found sprinkling their Phrygian magic dust on audience members all over the world. They also put on programs for schools and universities discussing traditional Balkan/Klezmer & New Orleans Jazz music, it's beautiful history and it's relation to their original compositions.

Jason Anick Quartet

Jason Anick - Violin
Max O'Rourke - Guitar
Henry Acker - Guitar
Greg Loughman - Bass

Talk to the abundantly gifted violinist and mandolin player Jason Anick and the phrase "jazz without borders" will invariably come up. What the axiom means to Anick is a contemporary jazz that is stylistically inclusive in nature, a jazz that brings whatever it can to the party, unwilling to cut something out of the mix for fear of it not fitting prescribed boundaries. An inviting demonstration of the maxim in action can be found on Anick's recent release, United, which was picked by Downbeat Magazine as one of the top jazz albums of 2017.

One of the youngest violin professors at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered "a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin" (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading his own contemporary jazz ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.

Over the past few years, Jason has been focusing on arranging and composing for the Rhythm Future Quartet, which he started with Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli. With performances all over the U.S. and Europe, the Rhythm Future Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country.

A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artist like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.

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