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2018
January 21
Jan 19
Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market

Open every Friday from 12-6pm and Sunday from 10am-3pm

Fri, Sun | -

on site Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm
The Charles Hotel Lower Courtyard

In its second year, the Charles Square Winter Farmers Market is open every Friday from 12-6pm and Sunday from 10am-3pm until the spring. A huge thank you to Busa Farm and Markets who organizes this market each year. If you'd like to participate or sponsor this market, contact Fran Busa at busafarm57@gmail.com. Busa Farm is also a SNAP/EBT and HIP retailer.

Look for the red sheds in the lower courtyard!

Current Vendors:
Mycoterra Farm (fresh, local, gourmet mushrooms) - F/Su
Hickory Nut Farm (goat cheese and goat products) - F
Stillman Quality Meats - F/Su
Valicenti Pasta Farm - F
Red's Best Fish - F
C&C Lobster and Fish - Su
Iggy's Bread - F/Su
Busa Farm & Markets - F/Su
Liquid Yoga Company (cold-pressed herb juices) - Su

Jan 26
Lee Konitz 90th Birthday Celebration

Lee Konitz 90th Birthday Celebration

7:30pm - $30

Fri |

on site 7:30 PM
Regattabar

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Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz. After an early experience with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and Stan Kenton's Orchestra, the innovative small groups of pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra ("Birth of the Cool"), Konitz turned freelance and has remained on the cutting edge of post-bop improvisation ever since.

Jan 27
The Amy Black Band

The Amy Black Band

7:30pm - $25

Sat |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Nashville-based vocal powerhouse Amy Black and her 9-piece band return to Regattabar this January for an encore performance!

A late bloomer, Amy Black started her music career in Boston and in short time developed into a national touring artist. As an vocalist and songwriter, she explored genres including folk, country and Americana, but her Southern roots led her to what she does best -- blues, classic R&B, soul and gospel.

Always drawn to soul singers, it wasn't until her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that Amy found her musical sweet spot -- and knew her next stop had to be Memphis, the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived), where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world's most beloved tunes. Black hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she was meant to make -- the sound of Memphis.

Her new album, Memphis, puts Black -- already considered "a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter" by Elmore magazine -- on the same continuum as soul sisters from Dusty Springfield, Ann Peebles and Mavis Staples to Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne.

The album was produced and engineered by Scott Bomar, the Grammy-nominated, Emmy-winning producer and leader of the Bo-Keys. The players on the album include members of the Hi Records and Stax rhythm sections.

Infusing her vocals with Saturday-night sultriness and Sunday-morning gospel, slow-dance sexiness and fast-dance exuberance, Black goes from silky smooth to raw and rough with equal ease. Her organic sound was recorded old-school analog style at Bomar's Electraphonic Recording studio and mixed to tape by Adam Hill at Ardent Studios. The result is pure and authentic --and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Black says she hopes her albums Memphis & The Muscle Shoals Sessions inspire listeners to dig into this music as she has and to explore "the history, the people, the stories" of these fabled places.
And through her passionate and authentic live performances, her love for the music shines through.

Jan 27
10th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival

10th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival

Free Chocolate - Harvard Square

Sat |

local event 1-2pm
Brattle Plaza - outside Brattle Square Florist

Come sample some of Henrietta's Table's delicious chocolate desserts, along with dozens of our neighbors, at the Harvard Square 10th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival! Line up early and come hungry. 

Can't make it to the event? Then stop by Henrietta's Table at any time this weekend for a special chocolate dessert: chocolate peanut butter mousse cake with a liquid chocolate center. To learn more about the event, visit the event website

Feb 01
Medici Musica Presents: DAVE ZINNO UNISPHERE River of January CD Release

Medici Musica Presents: DAVE ZINNO UNISPHERE River of January CD Release

7:30pm - $20

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: DAVE ZINNO - BASS
MIKE TUCKER - SAXOPHONE
TIM RAY - PIANO
RAFAEL BARATA - DRUMS
ERIC "BENNY" BLOOM - TRUMPET


The Unisphere project was born in Rio De Janeiro in June of 2016 . Mike Tucker and Dave Zinno were in Rio together and were offered a deal to record there for the Sputnik Phonograms label. Logistics proved to be difficult so Dave approached Whaling City Sound (a label he has recorded on many times) executive producer Neal Weiss. Neal agreed to get behind the project and record in the U.S.. Brazilian drummer Rafael Barata, Argentine pianist Leo Genovese and trumpeter Eric Bloom, all long time colleagues of Dave and Mike, were gathered to record in Feb 2016. The project consists of original music inspired by travels in Brazil and a few reimagined Brazilian classics. The result is a fresh, highly energetic music in which the musical communication is remarkable. Genovese is currently touring with Residente and will be replaced on this upcoming tour by Tim Ray on piano. Dave and Tim have worked together for years and Tim has seamlessly filled the chair ...adding his own unique artistry to the mix. The c.d. "River of January" is available on Whalingcitysound.com, itunes, Spotify and youtube and has received critical acclaim.


Feb 04
Paint Nite

Paint Nite

5pm - $45

Sun |

on site 5pm
Noir Bar

Painting: Flickering Flames

Paint Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We’ll guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. 

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Feb 08
Polly Gibbons

Polly Gibbons

7:30pm - $25

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: ANDY EZRIN - PIANO
RICHIE GOODS - BASS
CHARLES HAYNES - DRUMS

Fully embracing the inspiring, expansive array of American jazz, soul and blues influences that have infused her dynamic career as an artist and live performer, Polly Gibbons fashions a frolicsome, freewheeling musical history lesson on Is It Me...?, her second release on the indie jazz label Resonance Records.

Capturing the joyful essence of the 12-track collection, the multi-talented British singer, a staple of the UK Jazz Scene since the mid-2000s and recently nominated Vocalist of the Year by Jazz FM says: "It's a massive melting pot, varied but beautifully linked because I love every style I'm singing. Jazz would never have happened without the blues, which came out of the gospel tradition - and blues is the foundation of contemporary Western culture and pop/soul music, and so on."

Feb 09
Emily Bear

Emily Bear

7:30pm - $25

Fri |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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At age 16, Pianist/Composer/Arranger Emily Bear enjoys composing, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles. She has performed at many of the worlds' most well known venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Ravinia, and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. Her concerts have taken her to concert halls across the U. S. and Europe. Her love for all musical styles ranges from classical to jazz, and everything in between.

At 6 years of age, Emily received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. She has continued to be a prolific composer and premiered several new orchestral works this year that she composed and orchestrated to critical acclaim. She established herself as a classical artist performing Mozart's Piano Concerto, no. 23 K488 at the age of 7, followed by the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor and most recently, Rhapsody In Blue by Gershwin, which she performed with several orchestras this fall across the U.S. and Canada. Her love for jazz has taken her from the famous hall of the Montreux Jazz Festival to Blue Note Tokyo, Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note in NYC - where she recently premiered original music she composed for Big Band Jazz Orchestra.

Feb 10
Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan

7:30pm - $35

Sat |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works--solo or with a group--Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.

To date Jordan has performed in over 60 countries on 6 continents. He has performed at many festivals, including the Kool Jazz Festival, the Concord Jazz Festival, and the Montreaux International Jazz Festival. During the 1980s he collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including performances with Art Blakey and Richie Cole and recordings with Stanley Clarke and Kenny Rogers. The track with Rogers, "Morning Desire", became America's #1 country song in 1986. Later Jordan became a frequent guest with Les Paul during Paul's legendary Monday nights at Iridium in New York. Today Jordan performs frequently as a soloist and with his band, as well as collaborating with other guitarists such as Kevin Eubanks, Sharon Isbin and Muriel Anderson. He's also a frequent guest with jam bands such as the Dave Matthews Band, the String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh, Moe and Umphrey's McGee.

Feb 13
REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Mardi Gras Party

REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Mardi Gras Party

7:30pm - $22

Tue |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE returns to Regattabar for the party that is a Boston Mardi Gras tradition - you will not want to miss it! This show has sold out repeatedly in past years - get your tickets early!!

The evening will feature the return of special guest saxophonist CHARLES NEVILLE, of the legendary Neville Brothers Band. Also joining the and for a few numbers will be electrifying vocalist & New Orleans legend HENRI SMITH.

Feb 15
New Black Eagle Jazz Band

New Black Eagle Jazz Band

7:30pm - $20

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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For over forty years, from Symphony Hall to Singapore, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band has delighted audiences worldwide with its infectious, soulful and uplifting style of traditional New Orleans jazz. Paying homage to the greatest musicians of the early jazz era- Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington -the band has also developed its own eclectic sound, incorporating spirituals, 1920's and 30's popular music and even some songs recorded by Elvis and Bob Dylan!

Widely-recognized as one of the premier traditional jazz bands in the world, the Black Eagles enjoy performing in a variety of settings, from intimate pubs to huge concert halls. They have been featured in numerous prestigious jazz festivals, including the Newport, Kool, JVC, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festivals. The band has also appeared in concerts accompanied by symphony orchestras- the Scottish National Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Boston Pops among many others.

With a Grammy nomination to their credit, a vast repertoire, seven inspired musicians, and a highly entertaining stage manner, it's no wonder that the New York Times has noted that the Black Eagles are "So far ahead of other traditional bands...there is scarcely any basis for comparison."

Feb 18
Paint Nite

Paint Nite

5pm - $45

Sun |

on site 5pm
Noir Bar

Painting: Sunrise Lake

Paint Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We’ll guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time.

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Mar 08
Pat Martino Organ Trio

Pat Martino Organ Trio

7:30pm - $30

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: PAT MARTINO - GUITAR
PAT BIACHI - ORGAN
CARMEN INTORRE - DRUMS

When the anesthesia wore off, Pat Martino looked up hazily at his parents and his doctors. and tried to piece together any memory of his life.

One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino had suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember almost nothing. He barely recognized his parents. and had no memory of his guitar or his career. He remembers feeling as if he had been "dropped cold, empty, neutral, cleansed, ... naked."

In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became "an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest." This recovery fits in perfectly with Pat's illustrious personal history. Since playing his first notes while still in his pre-teenage years, Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul.

Mar 13
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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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.

Mar 24
Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno

7:30pm - $20

Sat |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Born and raised in Guatemala, Los Angeles based Gaby Moreno grew up inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin.  She immersed herself in blues, R&B and 60's Soul and learned to speak English by singing the songs she loved. Her original blend of Jazz, Blues and 1960s Rock & Soul has earned her the respect and appreciation of audiences in Latin America, Europe and U.S. In 2013, she received a Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist.  Previously in 2006, she won the Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.  Moreno also co-wrote the theme song for NBC's hit television show "Parks and Recreation". Gaby Moreno has toured across the globe alongside artists like Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Ricardo Arjona, Van Dyke Parks, The Punch Brothers and Calexico.  Most recently she performed at David Byrne's Meltdown Festival in London and Washington DC's Kennedy Center, and has been part of the "Celebrating David Bowie" world tour. Gaby is currently touring in support of her new record "Ilusion" (released September 9, 2016). Ilusion was produced by Gabriel Roth from Daptone Records and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings camp. Armed with a warm, soulful horn inflected sound- Moreno creates a unique lane of music that straddles both the English and Spanish speaking world and blazes an intoxicating invitation into her musical world.

Mar 29
Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl

Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl

7:30pm - $25

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: AMIRTHA KIDAMBI - VOCALS
ADAM O'FARRILL - TRUMPET
MARY HALVORSON - GUITAR
MICHAEL FORMANEK - BASS
TOMAS FUJIWARA - DRUMS

Code Girl is the latest project of guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, and her first project for which she has composed both lyrics and music. The band has already been described as "...a bold experiment in song form" by The New York Times. Deftly interpreted by Amirtha Kidambi (vocals), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Michael Formanek (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), the music synthesizes influences of jazz, folk and improvisation to create an original take on songwriting.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called "NYC's least-predictable improviser" (Howard Mandel, City Arts), "the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now" (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and more recently for her solo guitar project, Meltframe. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet. Collaborative projects include a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara) and Secret Keeper (with Stephan Crump). Ms. Halvorson is also an active member of bands led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

Mar 30
Lauren Henderson Quintet: ARMAME Album Release

Lauren Henderson Quintet: ARMAME Album Release

7:30pm - $25

Fri |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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If only everything made as much sense as the way Lauren Henderson's artistry reflects her bloodlines. Her father, who has African-American and Caribbean ancestry, and mother, the daughter of immigrants from Panama and Montserrat, are both lovers of jazz and Latin music.

Stirred together just so, the genes of Henderson's folks produced a singer and songwriter who is equally at home in jazz and Latin styles, using them as starting points to explore all kinds of other American and international sounds.

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