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November 15
Nov 16
Kenny Barron Quintet

Kenny Barron Quintet

7:30pm and 10:00pm - $35

Tue |

on site 7:30pm and 10:00pm
Regattabar

7:30pm Show Purchase Tickets

10:00pm Show Purchase Tickets

"FEATURING: KENNY BARRON, PIANO 
MIKE RODRIGUEZ, TRUMPET 
DAYNA STEPHENS, SAXOPHONE 
KIYOSHI KITAGAWA, BASS 
JOHNATHAN BLAKE, DRUMS

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and Jazz Weekly calls him "The most lyrical piano player of our time." 

Kenny was born in Philadelphia in 1943 and while a teenager, started playing professionally with Mel Melvin's orchestra. This local band also featured Barron's brother Bill, the late tenor saxophonist. While still in high school. Kenny worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones and at age 19, he moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody, after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. Upon Moody's recommendation Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. It was in Dizzy's band where Kenny developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. The early seventies found Kenny working with Yusef Lateef who Kenny credits as a key influence in his art for improvisation. Encouraged by Lateef, to pursue a college education, Barron balanced touring with studies and earned his B.A. in Music from Empire State College, By 1973 Kenny joined the faculty at Rutgers University as professor of music. He held this tenure until 2000, mentoring many of today's young talents including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell. In 1974 Kenny recorded his first album as a leader for the Muse label, entitled "Sunset To Dawn." This was to be the first in over 40 recordings (and still counting!) as a leader. 

Kenny has earned eleven GRAMMYsupTM/sup nods beginning in 1992 for Best Jazz Album with "People Time" an outstanding duet with Stan Getz and most recently in 2017 for Best Jazz instrumental Album. He consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater SUNY Empire State in 2013 and from Berklee College of Music in 2011. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named Best Pianist in 2017 by the Jazz Journalists Association a record seven times. 

Whether he is playing solo, trio or quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition."

Nov 17
Kenny Barron Quintet

Kenny Barron Quintet

7:30pm and 10:00pm - $35

Sat |

on site 7:30pm and 10:00pm
Regattabar

7:30pm Show Purchase Tickets

10:00pm Show Purchase Tickets

"FEATURING: KENNY BARRON, PIANO 
MIKE RODRIGUEZ, TRUMPET 
DAYNA STEPHENS, SAXOPHONE 
KIYOSHI KITAGAWA, BASS 
JOHNATHAN BLAKE, DRUMS

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and Jazz Weekly calls him "The most lyrical piano player of our time." 

Kenny was born in Philadelphia in 1943 and while a teenager, started playing professionally with Mel Melvin's orchestra. This local band also featured Barron's brother Bill, the late tenor saxophonist. While still in high school. Kenny worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones and at age 19, he moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody, after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. Upon Moody's recommendation Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. It was in Dizzy's band where Kenny developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. The early seventies found Kenny working with Yusef Lateef who Kenny credits as a key influence in his art for improvisation. Encouraged by Lateef, to pursue a college education, Barron balanced touring with studies and earned his B.A. in Music from Empire State College, By 1973 Kenny joined the faculty at Rutgers University as professor of music. He held this tenure until 2000, mentoring many of today's young talents including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell. In 1974 Kenny recorded his first album as a leader for the Muse label, entitled "Sunset To Dawn." This was to be the first in over 40 recordings (and still counting!) as a leader. 

Kenny has earned eleven GRAMMYsupTM/sup nods beginning in 1992 for Best Jazz Album with "People Time" an outstanding duet with Stan Getz and most recently in 2017 for Best Jazz instrumental Album. He consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater SUNY Empire State in 2013 and from Berklee College of Music in 2011. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named Best Pianist in 2017 by the Jazz Journalists Association a record seven times. 

Whether he is playing solo, trio or quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition."

Nov 22
Thanksgiving Buffet at Henrietta's Table

Thanksgiving Buffet at Henrietta's Table

12-8pm | $95

Thu |

on site 12-8pm
Henrietta's Table

Let Henrietta's Table do the cooking and the dishes this Thanksgiving! Enjoy a buffet supper of several Thanksgiving classics, including turkey, potatoes, cornbread, pie and many more New England classics. For more information and to make a reservation, please call the host stand at 617-661-5005.

Seating available from 12-8pm
$95 per adult

Nov 24
Annual Tree Lighting

Annual Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Charles Square Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa!

Sat |

on site 4-6:30pm
Upper Courtyard

Save the date for our Annual Tree Lighting event on Saturday, November 24 from 4-6:30pm!

Presented by Charles Square in partnership with the Harvard Square Business Association

This year we're honored to benefit Cambridge Family & Children's Service. Please see below for suggested donation items you can bring that day and throughout the holiday season.

Location: Charles Suare Upper Courtyard outside Henrietta's Table and Legal Sea Foods

SCHEDULE
4pm - Come help us decorate the holiday trees while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. Then enjoy story time with The Harvard Coop!

5pm - Santa Claus' Jazz Band begins!

5:30pm - Tree Lighting countdown begins and if you've been good this year, Santa Claus may just make an appearance!

6:15pm - Stick around for a special performance from our friends at Saint Paul's Choir School Harvard Square!

We're excited to celebrate another holiday season with all of you in Harvard Square!

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SUGGESTED DONATION ITEMS FOR CAMBRIDGE FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICE:

• Bath and Beauty Products for adolescents such as shampoo, conditioner, face and body wash, lotions, face masks, nail polish and mani/pedi maintenance kits, disposable razors, basic hair brushes, hair pins, accessories etc. for both girls and boys also for multiple ethnicities
• Twin-sized sheet sets and blankets
• Laundry detergent, household cleaning products
• Bath towel sets and bathrobes for adolescents
• Batteries – Double AA, AAA

CFCS is always in need of furniture and gift cards, as well. If you would like to donate directly through the organization, please visit https://www.helpfamilies.org/.


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Nov 27
Chris Speed Trio with Dave King & Chris Tordini

Chris Speed Trio with Dave King & Chris Tordini

7:30pm - $25

Tue |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: DAVE KING - DRUMS 
CHRIS TORDINI - BASS 
CHRIS SPEED - TENOR SAXOPHONE

Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, reed player Chris Speed has been one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene. His work has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music. With the formation of this excellent trio with drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus) and bassist Chris Tordini he's sort of reversed direction. The is a group returning from other explorations to work deep within the jazz tradition, bringing everything else they've learned back in. What is most compelling about this music is the incorporation of early jazz styles in a way that is direct and deeply felt. The music is joyful and generous and Speed has an uncanny knack for coming up with tunes that can create a whole world of emotions and formal possibilities behind an often catchy melodic surface. 

About ?Platinum on Tap:? 
This new album by Chris Speed's excellent trio with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini is in many ways Speed's most fully developed and personal work to date. Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, he has become one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene through work that has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music. With the formation of this trio Speed has reversed course: moving from these outer explorations back into something that is unquestionably jazz. What is most striking about this record is that the early jazz influences are now fully center stage. Instead of being one of a number of competing musical influences, some kind of feeling of the aesthetic of Lester Young is now at the center of everything. At a time when many jazz players are continuing to look further and further outside the tradition, this is a group returning from other explorations to work deep within the jazz tradition, bringing everything else they've learned back in ... 

The resulting music is joyful and generous and Speed has an uncanny knack for coming up with tunes that can create a whole worlds behind an often catchy melodic surface.

Nov 29
Ben Wendel Seasons Band

Ben Wendel Seasons Band

7:30pm - $28

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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In 2015, Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist, bassoonist, composer Ben Wendel released a music-video art project entitled The Seasons - inspired by a set of twelve piano pieces written and release each month by Tchaikovsky in 1876. Wendel's modern take on the idea was to compose and release twelve original jazz chamber duets in video format on YouTube with modern luminaries Joshua Redman, Luciana Souza, Eric Harland, Julian Lage, and Ambrose Akinmusire, among others. As the videos garnered acclaim among social networks, the project became an unexpected word of mouth success and was featured prominently in The New York Times (Best of 2015), NPR's All Things Considered, and The CBC. 

In 2016, After viewing an expressionist painting by Lee Krasner at The Whitney Museum entitled "The Seasons," Wendel decided to expand upon the original duets project by reimagining the arrangements for a five-piece ensemble comprised of musicians and dear friends from The Seasons - Aaron Parks (piano), Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Matt Brewer (bass) and Eric Harland (drums). 

The Seasons band will be launching a string of tour dates with Wendel's debut as a leader at the legendary Village Vanguard (2/27-3/4), followed by the recording session for The Seasons album (to be released in the Fall of 2018), and tour dates in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Cambridge, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago, Winter Park and Tallahassee. "The uniqueness of this tour, and upcoming recording, is that this music was never played live or released as a traditional album. So this is the premiere of an exciting new chapter in the Seasons project!", said Wendel. 

In 2017, the Seasons project received a 2017 Canadian Arts Council Grant. 

More on Ben Wendel: GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer. Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. Wendel is a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated group Kneebody, currently signed with Concord Records and Brainfeeder Music. 

As a composer, he has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award, the 2008 and 2011 Chamber Music America "New Works Grant" and most recently was awarded the Victor Lynch-Staunton award by the Canada Council For The Arts. He also co-wrote the score for John Krasinski's adaptation of David Foster Wallace's "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men." 

Wendel's recent work includes producing and playing in jazz and many other genres, including the GRAMMY-nominated album "Life Forum" for pianist Gerald Clayton on Concord Records, the new Kneedelus album (Kneebody + Daedelus), released on Brainfeeder and given a rave 8.0 review from Pitchfork, appearing on Julia Holter's new film score, and collaborating with her on a new non-jazz album he is co-creating with Daedelus (the album will feature artists such as Terrace Martin, Knower and Mark Guiliana), producing an album for Folk/Americana artist Darryl Holter (a BMI Woody Guthrie Fellowship Recipient), playing on Jimmy Chamberlin's (drummer from Smashing Pumpkins) new instrumental album, and producing live concerts at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA from 2008-2015, with the help of Quincy Jones and his production team. He also recently worked with conductor Kent Nagano in producing a series of concerts for the Festspiel Plus in Munich, Germany. 

Wendel is a former Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at USC and a current Adjunct at the New School in NYC. Educational outreach has been a constant in his career with over 250 masterclasses at various colleges, universities, high schools, and previous work with the LA Philharmonic Artist Program. 

Wendel has recorded for Sunnyside Records, Concord Records and Brainfeeder, with two solo albums under his belt, Simple Song (2009) and Frame (2012), a duo project with French-American pianist Dan Tepfer entitled Small Constructions (2013) and multiple Kneebody albums. His music video project, The Seasons, inspired by Tchaikovsky's works of the same name, was released throughout 2015. Wendel's critically acclaimed third solo album What We Bring was released in the Fall of 2016 on Motema Music. The Seasons recording will be released in the Fall of 2018!

Nov 30
Stefon Harris & Blackout

Stefon Harris & Blackout

7:30pm - $35

Fri |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Stefon Harris' passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as "one of the most important artists in jazz" (Los Angeles Times), he is a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four GRAMMYsupTM/sup nominations, and has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalist Association. He was also chosen Best Vibes in the 2017 Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll, the 2016 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll, the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and the 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll. 

NPR's All Things Considered praised Mr. Harris' audacious CD Urbanus, which also earned a GRAMMYsupTM/sup nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, as one of "The Year's Best New Jazz" recordings. As a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, their 2014 CD, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album. 

Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music degree in classical music and Master of Music degree in jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music (MSM). He teaches in person at universities throughout the world and virtually via his Distance Learning Studio, has led curriculum development at the Brubeck Institute, and serves as Artistic Director of Jazz Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Prior to being named Associate Dean and Director of Jazz Arts at MSM in July 2017, Mr. Harris was Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and served on the jazz faculty of New York University for the past decade. "The Art of Listening," part of a series of documentaries focusing on Harris's community work in arts education in Kalamazoo, won 3 Gold Camera awards and 3 Michigan EMMY nominations. 

As a thought leader, Mr. Harris leads transformative presentations on corporate leadership development and team empowerment to Fortune 50 companies using jazz as a metaphor. His inspiring 2012 TED talk, "There Are No Mistakes on the Bandstand," has gained over a half million views to date. Mr. Harris has served on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music America and WBGO-FM and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Percussive Arts Society. 

Mr. Harris just recorded his eleventh album as a leader, Sonic Creed (Motema Records) with his band Blackout that will be released in 2018. He has also recorded as part of The Classical Jazz Quartet, with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter (another MSM alumnus), and Lewis Nash, and toured worldwide with his bands and as a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, as well as recording and performing with many of music's greatest artists, including: Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Dr. Billy Taylor, Max Roach (MSM alumnus), Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson, Chaka Khan, Kurt Elling, Buster Williams, Dianne Reeves, Ry Cooder, Charlie Hunter, Common, and Pablo Zeigler. 

His venture into new technological advances led to the co-founding of The Melodic Progression Institute (MPI) in 2013 with partner Clif Swiggett. With a focus on designing innovative ways to help musicians learn and grown, MPI released its first app in 2016, Harmony CloudsupTM/sup, an ear-training learning tool now available on iTunes.

Dec 31
NYE Celebration with Dwight & Nicole

NYE Celebration with Dwight & Nicole

9:30pm | $95

Mon |

on site 9:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Dwight & Nicole is a three piece original blues-soul-rock band fronted by Dwight Ritcher & Nicole Nelson. Ritcher and Nelson are both well known on the East Coast for their powerful voices and songwriting. Together, they have toured up and down the Northeast, growing a fiercely loyal fan base, and self releasing two award winning albums through crowd funding. The Boston Globe calls them "A tour de force that demands much wider success" and describes their sound as "poignant, hard-driving and heavenly". 

They both trade off singing leads; he also plays masterful electric guitar, and she plays melodic bass. All the while, layering in harmonies and shouts. The recent addition of powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan to the band introduces the perfect underlying rhythm. The results are stunning. 

Dwight & Nicole's upcoming album "Electric Lights" was recorded live to analog tape in just 6 days, with multi-Grammy Award Nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, The Meters, The Black Keys, Yoko Ono) at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. This Summer, they digitally released their first single, a shimmering soul-rock anthem called "Wait" that has begun to introduce their music to a whole new wave of fans. With over 300,000 downloads and views in the weeks following it's release, it has begun to break new ground for the band. Expect one more single to come out ahead of the album (later this Fall) and their first nationwide tour in early 2018

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