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Stanley Sagov & Remembering The Future Jazz Band: Jazz and Funk - A Perfect Union

Stanley Sagov & Remembering The Future Jazz Band: Jazz and Funk - A Perfect Union

7:30pm - $30

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FEATURING: STAN STRICKLAND - REEDS 
WANNETTA JACKSON - VOCALS 
STANLEY SAGOV - KEYS 
WES WIRTH - BASS 
BOB GULLOTTI - DRUMS

Stanley Sagov heals with medicine, and he heals with music. Sagov the M.D. treats patients at Family Practice Group and at Mount Auburn and Cambridge Hospitals. Sagov the jazz pianist-bandleader attends to listeners at clubs and on record. 

Sagov became immersed in both worlds while growing up in Cape Town, South Africa. His early encounters with medicine were not by choice. Sagov was born with Gordon syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that left him with clubfoot. In his first 13 years, he underwent 16 surgeries in Cape Town, Boston, New York, and, finally, London. 

Sagov's musical upbringing was far more pleasurable. 

I played music from the time I was about 6. I played the violin first, enthusiastically but badly. I then was introduced to the ukulele by a family friend. I graduated from that to guitar and played blues, R&B, and early rock `n' roll -- skiffle in England. Then when I came back to South Africa, I joined a rock `n' roll band, playing electric guitar, having a D.A. hair style and studs on my jeans, and doing Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis. 

The next logical step for Sagov was jazz. He was already a fan, having grown up listening to his sister's collection of records by Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, and others. One night in 1961, a couple of local jazz musicians sat 16-year-old Stanley down at a piano to teach him Duke Ellington's "Perdido." He played it over and over again, literally until the sun came up. Once he learned the 32-bar song form -- how to improvise on the chords in a way that was true to the spirit of the tune -- there was no turning back. What's more, for Sagov and many of his compatriots, jazz carried a significance beyond just the music. 

It was so vibrant and symbolically and sensually important to us, living under the tyranny of apartheid. Jazz was a music of integration. It represented races coming together to make an art form that would never have existed without the cross-fertilization of cultures. Africa alone didn't come up with it, and the Western classical tradition didn't either. It sprang from the fusion of those elements. Plus, I think the emotional zeitgeist in which that fusion happened, i.e., slavery, colonization, etc., gave the music the quality that it has. It's an aspiration toward demonstrating that something new and uniquely good could come out of such a thing, a refutation of worries about miscegenation or loss of culture. It's truly multicultural. And it felt like that to us, sometimes articulated, but always in the atmosphere, because in the face of segregation, legal oppression, and real risk, we played together publicly, contravening many of the laws in order to do so. 

Specifically, Sagov broke the law when he performed, regularly, in black townships outside of Cape Town. As a white man, he was required to register with the police on his way into and out of the townships. He rarely did. The pull of the music easily outweighed any fear he might have had of the police state. 

African music highlights group interaction to create an in-the-pocket, pulsing rhythm. It has a live, loping type of feeling. It calls attention to the passing moment: Move your body and feel this moment, right now. And it's so seductive. I don't think there's ever been a music in history that has so combined head and heart, fire and ice, and precision and transgression. 

Sagov never wants to play a piece the same way twice. He's always engaged in a "search for freshness." 

When I'm playing, I want to be enjoying myself. I want to feel that the music is moving me, that it's emotionally compelling and interesting, that there are things happening that are in the moment. I want to feel a sense of discovery while playing. 

Sagov feels that sense of discovery most deeply when he performs with his Remembering the Future Jazz Band. 

It's this combination of trust and security and the reliability of playing with people who are very skilled at what they do, emotionally aligned, enjoying each other, and edgy. I don't know what I'm going to do, and I don't know what they're going to do. I trust that whatever it is, we'll make each other right. When we're improvising, it's about the interaction in the moment, which includes a history of communication with the others and with their shared knowledge of the idioms that we're going to be using. 

The Remembering the Future Jazz Band has been stable for 10 years, a veritable lifetime by the standards of jazz ensembles. Sagov also invites guests to sit in from time to time. One of his favorites was the late guitarist Larry Coryell. 

He was a contagiously enthusiastic player. He loved to play, he was an expansive and warm person, and it showed up in his music. He was sincere about getting it right and getting the spirit of what we were going after. He was not there to be a star who we were going to be accompanying. He wanted to be a member of the band for the night. That came from him, not from me. It wasn't "I'm Larry Coryell; I'm much better known than you are." And he lifted the band up. 

In the '60s, teenage Stanley Sagov thought of jazz as "a theme music for the aspirations for liberation." Now 73, Sagov still believes in the music's power to inspire. 

Art doesn't change the world. But it does advertise how the world might be if it were changed. If we listen to each other in a respectful, loving, and trusting way, the world could sound and look like this. I would like to imagine such a world is possible. 

(text by: Ken Bader, http://artsfuse.org/)

Sep 23
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

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Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Sep 25
Stan Strickland/Josh Rosen Trio & Quartet w/ Special Guest Rakalam Bob MosesTitle

Stan Strickland/Josh Rosen Trio & Quartet w/ Special Guest Rakalam Bob MosesTitle

7:30pm - $25

Tue |

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A Two CD release concert celebration! 

"Three Moments," with master percussionist Rakalam Bob Moses. 

"Seasons," with bassist Bruno Raberg and drummer Dave Fox. 

Strickland (woodwinds, voice) and Rosen (piano) have been performing together since 2007, creating 
intimate, spontaneous music, with an expansive repertoire based on Rosen's compositions and 
Strickland's "Be Here Now Suite." Rakalam Bob Moses' presence uplifts the music with an intensity borne 
of his lifetime of fellowship with the jazz greats. 

The new recordings reflect the deep growth of these groups through years of working together. Strickland and Moses have been entrancing audiences for over 35 years! 

Josh Rosen has performed/recorded with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, David Tronzo, Greg Hopkins, Dennis Irwin, Steve Slagle, Bennie Wallace, and the Either/Orchestra with Ethiopian masters Mulatu Astake and Mahmoud Ahmed. 

He has released 5 albums, with several projects currently in production. Rosen's debut, "American Waltz", featured his compositions with jazz masters George Garzone, Mick Goodrick and Phil Grenadier. Next was the intimate album "Instinct", with Boston legend Stan Strickland (woodwinds, vocals). "Instinct" was followed by another duo, "Brothers", on which he plays keyboards, bass and guitar, joined by friend and co composer Ralph Rosen (harmonica, drums.) "Sparks", (2017) was included in the Grammy nomination pool and features an octet with cellist Eugene Friesen and drummer Mark Walker. This year Rosen released another duo project: "The Music of Paul Motian and..." with legendary avant-garde bassist John Voigt. 

Rosen is Professor of Piano and Ensembles at Berklee College of Music. An international clinician with Master's degree from New England Conservatory, Rosen studied with pianist Fred Hersch, and composers William Thomas McKinley and Robert Cogan. He has composed music and sound design for numerous film and media projects. 

Stan Strickland has performed with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott, Marlena Shaw, and Marty Ehrlich, while opening for legends Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. Strickland has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Russia, and toured South Africa with The Village People. Stan was featured with Take Six and the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall. 

Strickland has a Master's degree from Lesley College and is a professor at Berklee College of Music. He is Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, an award-winning arts therapy organization. He has performed theater and dance including "Coming up for Air," an autoJAZZography written and directed by Jon Lipsky. 

The legendary musical spirit Rakalam Bob Moses has performed with jazz greats Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, and John Medeski among many many others. Moses has created his own highly original musical world, with a unique palette of percussion colors. His innovations are informed by his NYC childhood, where he was immersed in the music of the city's jazz masters.

Sep 26
Jill Barber

Jill Barber

7:30pm - $25

Wed |

on site 7:30pm
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Jill Barber has become renowned for writing songs that evoke feelings of a bygone era. The songs on Fool's Gold are delivered by that distinct, evocative voice of an artist who has drawn inspiration from a cross section of musical genres. Regardless of Jill's influences, the one thing you are always assured of is that you know a Jill Barber song when you hear it, and chances are, you'll never forget it...

2 time Juno Award nominee Jill Barber, is one of Canada's brightest stars - selling out theatres coast to coast and headlining the country's most prestigious festivals. Her albums have sold over 100,000 copies and her album Mischievous Moon spent 13 straight weeks at #1 on the Canadian Jazz Charts and debuted at #12 on the US Billboard Jazz charts. Her song "Chances" was also featured on the soundtrack for the hit series "Orange is the New Black." She has fans in Josh Ritter, Kathleen Edwards, Kris Kristofferson (who hails Jill as a "real songwriter, a damn good songwriter") and collaborator Ron Sexsmith.

Having earned over twenty award nominations and with two top-selling albums in English, in 2013 Jill released the french language album "Chansons," after a celebrated performance at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival where she sang (for the first time ever) a French translation of one of her songs, "Tous Mes Rêves" ("All My Dreams"). Chansons has firmly established Jill as an artist to watch in both French and English, and an upcoming 2015 European tour is sure to expand her fan base even more.

Sep 27
Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES

Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES

7:30pm - $28

Thu |

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FEATURING: MARK GUILIANA - DRUMS 
MIKE LEWIS - SAXOPHONE, SYNTH 
JASON RIGBY - SAXOPHONE 
CHRIS MORRISSEY - BASS

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world's leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. NPR says "groove is tantamount, and melody assumes heroic dimensions" on Guiliana's latest Motéma Music release, Jersey. Now, Guiliana is unveiling his latest group, Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES, featuring the "two horn" front line of saxophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis, and bassist Chris Morrissey. 

Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll. JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: "Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation." Along with leading his own groups - the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronica-minded Beat Music - the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others. The verve and precision of Guiliana's drumming was a primer mover of Blackstar, David Bowie's multiple Grammy Award-winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the Nonesuch release Taming the Dragon, and he has also collaborated with such artists as saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitar hero John Scofield, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer-songwriter Matt Cameron, neo-soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, jazz bassist Avishai Cohen, reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu, and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.

Sep 28
Amy Black

Amy Black

7:30pm - $25

Fri |

on site 7:30pm
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"As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable...to fiery, dynamic and powerful. 

Amy's love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n' roll led her from Boston...to Nashville...to Muscle Shoals...and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green's backing band). 

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn't until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in 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 then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make -- the sound of Memphis. 

"Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn't know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There's something very freeing about that," say Amy. 

About her current live show, Amy says, "This year, I'm moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I've been on. What a ride it's been... with more adventures to come.""

Sep 30
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

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Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Oct 02
Anthony Fung

Anthony Fung "Flashpoint" CD Release Show ft. George Garzone

7:30pm - $22

Tue |

on site 7:30pm
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FEATURING: *SPECIAL GUEST* GEORGE GARZONE - TENOR SAX 
EDMAR COLON - TENOR SAX 
ISAAC WILSON - PIANO 
LUCA ALEMANNO - BASS 
ANTHONY FUNG - DRUMS

Drummer, composer, producer and bandleader Anthony Fung was born in Richmond Hill, Canada and has been playing the drums since the age of ten. Currently based in Los Angeles, CA, Anthony has established himself as one of the foremost up-and-coming drummers of his generation. 

Anthony is an alumnus of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (2018), where he earned a master of music (M.M.) degree while studying and performing with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chris Potter, Billy Childs , and many others. Previously, Anthony also earned both his bachelor of music (B.M.) and master of music (M.M.) degrees from the Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Danilo Pérez . 

Having performed at festivals and other venues worldwide, Anthony has appeared at International Jazz Day (St. Petersburg, Russia and Havana, Cuba), Panama Jazz Festival, Panama Percussion Festival, Sitka Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. He has performed alongside Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenón, Esperanza Spalding, George Garzone, Luciana Souza, David Binney, Dave Douglas, Jerry Bergonzi, Danny Rivera, Ruben Blades, and Ingrid Jensen, among others. 

As a bandleader, Anthony released his debut album, C hronicles (2014) with the Anthony Fung Quintet, and will release his second album, F lash Point in fall 2018. 

Anthony also coleads a Toronto-based band called "JabFung" with bassist Julian Anderson-Bowes. This project brings international artists to Toronto to perform alongside local musicians. Occurring on a semiannual basis, JabFung residencies have hosted international artists such as George Garzone (Boston), Simon Moullier (France) and Isaac Wilson (Los Angeles). Anthony proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks, Canopus Drums, and Zildjian Cymbals.

Oct 03
Regattabar Noir: Sara Serpa & Ran Blake Duo

Regattabar Noir: Sara Serpa & Ran Blake Duo

7:30pm - $25

Wed |

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Sara Serpa 
Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser who implements a unique instrumental approach to her vocal style. Recognized for her distinctive wordless singing, Serpa has been immersed in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since first arriving in New York in 2008. Described by JazzTimes magazine as "a master of wordless landscapes" and by the New York Times as "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook," Serpa started her recording and performing career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist, Danilo Perez, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist, Ran Blake, and Greg Osby. 

Her ethereal music draws from a broad variety of inspirations including literature, film, visual arts as well as history and nature. As a leader, she has produced and released nine albums, (with labels Sunnyside Records, Clean Feed, Tzadik and Inner Circle Music); the latest being "All The Dreams" in collaboration with guitarist André Matos. Serpa has collaborated with an extensive array of musicians including John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Zeena Parkins, Mark Turner, Tyshawn Sorey, Nicole Mitchell, among many others. 

Currently, Serpa leads a trio with Erik Friedlander (cello) and Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax), with a debut album coming out in March 2018 (Close Up/ Clean Feed) , and a trio featuring Zeena Parkins (harp) and Mark Turner (tenor sax) in an interdisciplinary performance, combining film with live music entitled "Recognition". 

Ran Blake 
In a career that spans five decades, pianist/composer/educator RAN BLAKE has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake's singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes nearly 50 albums on some of the world's finest jazz labels, as well almost 50 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston's New England Conservatory. 

A recent Italian reviewer, Vincenzo Roggero, sums up Ran's merging of traditions and unique noir piano style: "Blake combines Max Roach with Edith Piaf, Duke Ellington with Stevie Wonder, Nino Rota with Yiddish music. All lit by his unique style influenced by the blues as the gospel, classical as jazz, but inimitable in combining these elements through touches almost imperceptible, silences full density, sparse but decisive cluster, lines dangerously poised between tonality and dissonance. It is music played on whispers, rather than shouts, but no less intense or penetrating." 

Ran's most recent recordings are "Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell" (A-Side Records, 2015), "Live at the Kitano" w/Sara Serpa (Sunnyside, 2015), "Down Here Below, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln" w/Christine Correa (RedPiano, 2015), "Chabrol Noir: A Tribute to Claude Chabrol" w/Ricky Ford (impulse!, 2016), and Town and Country w/ Dominique Eade (Sunnyside, 2017).

Oct 04
The Mark Zaleski Band

The Mark Zaleski Band

7:30pm - $25

Thu |

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FEATURING: MARK ZALESKI - ALTO/SOPRANO SAXOPHONES 
JON BEAN - TENOR SAXOPHONE 
JEFF D'ANTONA - PIANO 
MARK COCHEO - GUITAR 
DANNY WELLER - BASS 
OSCAR SUCHANEK - DRUMS

Internationally touring musician, Mark Zaleski, has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader. He has performed with a diverse group of notable artists including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Rakalam Bob Moses, the Either/Orchestra, Tiger Okoshi, Jason Palmer, and Matt Savage. At the young age of 33, he has established faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College. 

Mark's high-energy jazz show (fronted by two fiery saxophones) brings forth the highest quality in jazz virtuosity, but brings a tinge of modern rock in his compositions resulting in an electrifying and engaging live show. Every audience member comments on how much fun the band is to watch perform! 

In 2017, Zaleski released his second record, "Days, Months, Years", a record where Zaleski performs on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and double bass; one of the first of its kind in the jazz genre. 

Additionally, Zaleski is active in many musical projects including the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, The Brighton Beat, the Either/Orchestra, Nyota Road, a duo project with Glenn Zaleski, Chris Hersch and the Moonraiders, The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Mehmet Sanlikol and WhatsNext, and plays bass in a popular Boston-area soul band he founded called Planet Radio.

Oct 05
Pierre Hurel

Pierre Hurel

7:30pm - $24

Fri |

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Hailed by the Boston Globe as "the extraordinary-local-but-Paris-born pianist", Pierre Hurel returns to the Regattabar for a rare solo concert and a CD release party for his latest solo album. Hurel appears frequently at the Regattabar, and this past April, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first performance at the venue with the Pierre Hurel Trio. For this special solo performance, Hurel will be sharing Jazz standards, some of his latest compositions, along with some improvisations, which reflect both his classical and Jazz influences. 

Born in Paris, pianist and composer Pierre Hurel was first discovered by Paris Jazz Conservatory's founder and director Charles Henry. At age 20, as he was about to reluctantly start a career in business, Hurel decided to change course and enrolled at the School of Modern Music in Paris. Six months later, he came to Boston for a summer session at the Berklee College of Music and has remained here ever since. 

Jazz journalist Virginia Schaefer wrote in AllAboutJazz.com: "Hurel's compositions and playing show the influence of European classical music, particularly of the romantic and impressionistic eras. In his playing, Hurel projects a natural grace, easygoing on the surface but precise and focused at the core." Reviewing one of his performances, Steve Greenlee wrote in the Boston Globe "Hurel is one of Boston's real gems. His style is impressionistic and adventurous, coming off somewhere between Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett ... The Pierre Hurel Trio is Boston's most sensitive working group." 

Hurel has recorded nine albums, including one quartet album, six trio albums and two solo albums, including the one being released tonight. He has been featured numerous times on New England Cable News and his music has been played on WGBH, WERS, WBUR, WMBR, Paris Jazz, Europe 1 and France inter, among others. Hurel is a regular at the Regattabar, has appeared at numerous Jazz clubs including the Duc des Lombards in Paris, the Knickerbocker in New York and locally at Sculler's and Ryles Jazz clubs, as well as in festivals including the Toulon and Nice Jazz Festivals. He has an active teaching career, and is a Professor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Oct 07
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

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Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Oct 09
Powerpoint Party at Noir

Powerpoint Party at Noir

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October!

Tue |

on site 7-8:30pm
Noir Bar

Have you been holding back from your loved ones your obsession with the Olympic sport of curling?

Bursting at the seams to talk about why Carly Rae Jepsen deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Feel passionately about "The Dress" and "Yanny vs Laurel"?

Or perhaps you just want to practice your public speaking!

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October! Each contestant will receive three minutes to present on a topic of their choosing. At the end audience members will vote on their favorite. The top three win a prize!

Occuring Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

To sign up as a presenter, please email your name, date preference and topic choice* to [email protected] with the subject line POWERPOINT PARTY.

To attend as a spectator, just show up! Come learn something new, support your friends and enjoy a cocktail!

This Eventbrite link is for attendance tracking purposes only and a super easy way to receive reminders! It does not guarantee entry as there is a limited capacity for the bar. Seating will occur on a first come, first served basis with a $10 food and beverage minimum.

*There's enough fake news stressing us out on TV, so let's keep this a politics-free zone.

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Oct 09
Theo Croker 'Star People Nation'

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation'

7:30pm - $25

Tue |

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Theo Croker's 2016 release Escape Velocity is ranked the #1 Jazz Album in the UK by Echoes Magazine. The accolades continue worldwide with iTunes (Global), The Observer (US) and others naming the album as one of the Top Jazz albums of 2016. With a global spotlight release on iTunes and Amazon, now over 1.5 million cumulative streams on Spotify, and nearly 1 million streams for the track "No Escape from Bliss" it is clear that listeners agree. 

Upon the album's release, The Wall Street Journal heralded the album as " timeless and of-the-moment". His live performances, the Huffington Post lauded Croker's band DVRKFUNK, saying they were "a tight front line that weave in serpentine precision and are backed by a powerful rhythm section that pushes the groove." Croker recently lent his inimitable talents as composer, arranger and musician to J. Cole's latest release on title track "4 Your Eyez Only", as well as "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Ville Mentality". He is also featured on Common's newest album, "Black America Again." 

As the grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter Theo Croker is an artist steeped in jazz tradition. Well-versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker's own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove-oriented hip-hop. It's a vital amalgam that would have pleased the forward-thinking Byrd, whose own '70s funk-jazz albums are an obvious touchstone for Croker on his hypnotically enlightened 2016 effort Escape Velocity. 

He championed this sound on his 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater collaboration, Afro Physicist, and he pushes it to the limits on this follow-up. Taking the production reins from Bridgewater, who also appears here on the euphoric "Love from the Sun," Croker has crafted a set of deeply spiritual, densely layered, yet beautifully uncluttered compositions that find him bringing his funky worldview into sharply illuminated focus. Croker details his point of view on the spacy opener "Raise Your Vibrations," in which he delivers a spoken word poem saying, "Our divine earthly purpose is our own to fulfill." 

Helping to raise Croker's musical vibrations is his ensemble, a group he's played with for several years, featuring saxophonist Anthony Ware, keyboardist Michael King, guitarist Ben Eunson, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Kassa Overall. Also adding color to the proceedings are guitarist Femi Temowo and saxophonist Irwin Hall. While Croker certainly divines inspiration from Byrd's '70s albums, there's nothing retro about his own bass-and-drum-heavy sound. Cuts like the swirling "In Orbit" and the head-bobbing "This Could Be (For the Traveling Soul)," find Croker weaving in elements of shimmering electronica and subtle world music textures that feel more contemporary than old-school. 

Other tracks, like the soaring "Transcend" and the organ-driven "Changes," bring to mind no less than a feverish combination of the dramatically soulful '70s work of saxophonist Gato Barbieri and the brightly hued '90s acid-jazz of the Brand New Heavies. While Croker's creative vision is a hybridized, cross-pollinated take on jazz, he remains at his core an exploratory improvisationalist. Cuts like the propulsive "Meditations" and the socially minded, Latin-tinged groover "We Can't Breathe" (inspired by the 2014 choking death of Eric Garner), are long enough to allow for some edge-pushing solos from Croker and his band. 

Ultimately, with Escape Velocity, Croker proves he's got deep ideas about life, spirituality, and how music connects us all. It's an ebullient, groove-conscious message perhaps best expressed on the bass-heavy "It's Gonna Be Alright." Trading the song's title phrase back and forth like old friends high-fiving on the street, you can hear Croker and his band smiling."

Oct 10
Henry Kapono: Welcome 2 My Paradise!

Henry Kapono: Welcome 2 My Paradise!

7:30pm - $30

Wed |

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He has taken home 14 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's "Grammy") including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. 

His original songs with a rock vibe celebrate his love for his family, express his pride in his Hawaiian culture, and share his joy in his home in the Islands! He has been at the creative forefront of contemporary 

Hawaiian music throughout his career - from the laid- back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono in the 1970s and 

80s, to launching his solo career that produced 17 albums and a world-wide fan base, to his groundbreaking collaborations that fused the power of Hawaiian traditions with driving rock rhythms and a soundtrack for the new century. 

The simple honesty of his lyrics and music touch the soul, his wildly talented guitar-playing shares his joy in being alive, and the gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice haunts you long after he leaves the stage. 

Known as "Kapono", the Hawaiian word for righteous, Henry is pure Hawaiian, born and raised in Kapahulu, a small town just outside Waikiki. He started singing in a children's church choir at age 5. His athletic abilities earned him a baseball scholarship to the renowned Punahou Academy (President Obama's alma mater) and a football scholarship to the University of Hawai`i. Injuries prevented a career as a professional football player, but, profoundly, moved him toward his passion for music and allowed him to fully realize his potential as an artist. Though he had no formal musical training, "My Dad taught me how to play the `ukulele." says Henry. "I saw a friend of mine play a guitar one day and fell in love with the sound of it. He taught me a few chords and I've been hooked ever since." 

Touring with a local rock band in the late 60s, he ended up stranded by the promoter in Vietnam. He and the band spent 2 years performing for the troops in Vietnam and Thailand before returning to Hawai`i. The experience left him with a lasting commitment to peace, a deep appreciation for life, and compassion and aloha (love) for all people--themes that continue to resonate in his music. 

When he soared to the forefront of Hawaiian music in the 1970s with the duo Cecilio & Kapono, they became the first Hawai`i group to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records). Together they recorded 14 albums and gave contemporary and folk rock--and Hawaiian music--a new perspective. Always musically adventurous, Henry launched a solo career in 1981; he has released 17 albums to date. 

He continues to break new ground with his collaborations - The Wild Hawaiian in 2006, combining driving rock and slam poetry with Hawaiian chant; and Rough Riders in 2015, celebrating Hawai'i's cowboys (paniolo) -that appeal to audiences around the world. He is also the author of the award winning children's book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in films, and has made many television appearances.

Oct 11
Medici Musica Productions Presents Anita Coelho Brazilian Ensemble

Medici Musica Productions Presents Anita Coelho Brazilian Ensemble

7:30pm - $22

Thu |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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FEATURING: ANITA COELHO - VOCALS 
EBINHO CARDOSO - BASS, PICCOLO BASS, VOCALS 
MAXIM LUBARSKY - PIANO, KEYBOARDS 
RICARDO BORSATTO - 7-STRING GUITAR 
ERICO MENINO - PERCUSSION 
... INCLUDING SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS!

Regattabar once again welcomes Anita Coelho and her Brazilian Ensemble to bring a fresh and vibrant take on Brazilian Bossa Nova in the company of some exceptionally talented musicians, to give Boston world music enthusiasts a taste of the best in Brazilian music! 

Coelho is known for her sultry interpretations and contemporary arrangements of swinging Bossa Nova and Samba compositions from of Brazil's most renowned Brazilian composers the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Paulinho da Viola, Milton Nascimento, and many more. 

Joined by her ensemble of virtuoso artists, praised for their remarkable solos and delicate renditions of Brazilian music, Anita Coelho Brazilian Ensemble incorporates Coelho's powerful vocals with the mesmerizing rhythms and distinctive melodies of the rich music culture of Brazil.

Oct 14
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

local event 11am-7pm
Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Oct 16
Powerpoint Party at Noir

Powerpoint Party at Noir

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October!

Tue |

on site 7-8:30pm
Noir Bar

Have you been holding back from your loved ones your obsession with the Olympic sport of curling?

Bursting at the seams to talk about why Carly Rae Jepsen deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Feel passionately about "The Dress" and "Yanny vs Laurel"?

Or perhaps you just want to practice your public speaking!

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October! Each contestant will receive three minutes to present on a topic of their choosing. At the end audience members will vote on their favorite. The top three win a prize!

Occuring Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

To sign up as a presenter, please email your name, date preference and topic choice* to [email protected] with the subject line POWERPOINT PARTY.

To attend as a spectator, just show up! Come learn something new, support your friends and enjoy a cocktail!

This Eventbrite link is for attendance tracking purposes only and a super easy way to receive reminders! It does not guarantee entry as there is a limited capacity for the bar. Seating will occur on a first come, first served basis with a $10 food and beverage minimum.

*There's enough fake news stressing us out on TV, so let's keep this a politics-free zone.

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Oct 17
The Bruno Raberg Trio

The Bruno Raberg Trio

7:30pm - $22

Wed |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar

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FEATURING: BRUCE BARTH - PIANO 
ADAM CRUZ - DRUMS

Swedish-born and longtime Boston-based bassist and composer Bruno Råberg brings his new trio to the RegattaBar for a CD release. The music is mainly originals by Råberg along with interpretations of classic jazz repertoire. Råberg says, "It's been a dream of mine for a long time to be able to play with both Bruce and Adam. Bruce and I used to play with Boston's composers big band Orange then Blue and it's been really great to reconnect with him. Adam is a new acquaintance and the way he completes the trio is just amazing." The music moves freely from hard swinging to the more lyrical and atmospheric, always with heart and soul. 

Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bass player and composer and a mainstay on the Boston music scene. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden he has made 11 recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with numerous world-class artists. 

Some of the distinguished musicians Råberg has performed and recorded with include Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Ted Poor and Mike Mainieri. Tours have taken Råberg throughout Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Japan, India, Africa, and Central America, and to jazz festivals such as Pori, Umbria, Monterey, Nancy, Bologna, Graz, Stockholm, Boston, and Cape Town. 

As an educator Råberg stands out. He is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and and has traveled to Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Japan and Costa Rica as a clinician and performer for Berklee. He teaches in the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute's Masters Program, which is lead by pianist Danilo Perez. 

Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. 

Bruce arrived on the New York jazz scene in 1988, and soon joined the great tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine; their musical collaboration spanned a decade. Bruce has since been a member Terence Blanchard Quintet; the band toured extensively, recorded six CDs and movie soundtracks including Spike Lee's "Malcolm X". He has toured and recorded with Nat Adderley, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, David Sanchez, and he has performed with James Moody, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Art Farmer, John Patitucci and the Mingus Big Band 

Drummer, composer, and educator Adam Cruz was born in New York City and has been a vital creative force on the international jazz scene for the last three decades. He leads his own group, and regularly works with artists such as Tom Harrell, The Mingus Big Band, Joey Calderazzo, Chris Potter, Steve Wilson and Edward Simon. Adam currently teaches at CCNY and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. 

Adam first emerged professionally in the early 1990's, performing and recording extensively with saxophonist David Sanchez and the Charles Mingus Big Band. He toured with pianist Chick Corea and with whom he recorded "Origin - A Week at the Blue Note". Since year 2000 he has been an integral part of renowned pianist Danilo Perez's trio along with bassist Ben Street.

Oct 19
Paquito D'Rivera

Paquito D'Rivera

7:30pm and 10pm - $35

Fri |

on site 7:30pm and 10pm
Regattabar

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FEATURING: PAQUITO D'RIVERA - CLARINET & SAX 
OSCAR STAGNARO - ELECTRIC BASS 
MARK WALKER - DRUMS 
ALEX BROWN - PIANO 
DIEGO URCULA - TRUMPET & VALVE TROMBONE

Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premier several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, won several GRAMMY nominations (1979, 1980) and a GRAMMY (1979). 

In addition to his extraordinary performing career as an instrumentalist, Mr. D'Rivera has rapidly gained a reputation as an accomplished composer. The prestigious music house, Boosey and Hawkes, is the exclusive publisher of Mr. D'Rivera's compositions. Recent recognition of his compositional skills came with the award of a 2007 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, and the 2007-2008 appointment as Composer-In-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. As part of the Caramoor Latin American music initiative, Sonidos Latinos, D'Rivera's new concerto for double bass and clarinet/saxophone, "Conversations with Cachao," pays tribute to Cuba's legendary bass player, Israel "Cachao" Lopez. D'Rivera's works often reveal his widespread and eclectic musical interests, which range from Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies, including influences encountered in his many travels, and back to his classical origins. Inspiration for another recent composition, "The Cape Cod Files", comes from such disparate sources as Benny Goodman's intro to the Eubie Blake popular song "Memories of You", Argentinean Milonga, improvisations on the music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, and North American boogie-woogie. His numerous commissions include compositions for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the National Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, the International Double Reed Society, Syracuse University, Montreal's Gerald Danovich Saxophone Quartet, and the Grant Park Music Festival. 

Another commission came about through ensemble Opus 21's interest in building bridges between audiences of different backgrounds. Dedicated to the works and art music of the 21st century, Opus 21 commissioned "The Chaser" and premiered it in May, 2006. In 2005, Imani Winds, a woodwind quintet committed to the exploration of diverse world music traditions and the broadening of the traditional wind quintet literature, commissioned "Kites." This work personifies freedom and the vision that liberty and independence have a foundation through culture and music. Just as a kite may fly freely, its path continues to be bound to the earth-its foundation, by the string.

Oct 20
54th Head of the Charles Regatta

54th Head of the Charles Regatta

Since its inception in 1965, The Head of the Charles Regatta has attracted hundreds of thousands of rowers to the banks of the Charles River.

Sat - Sun | -

local event All Day
Charles River

The Head of the Charles Regatta is the largest 2-day regatta in the world - drawing athletes from across the globe to compete. Grab a warm cup of coffee and line the banks to cheer on your favorite crew team.

To learn more, visit https://www.hocr.org/the-regatta/

Oct 21
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

local event 11am-7pm
Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Oct 23
Powerpoint Party at Noir

Powerpoint Party at Noir

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October!

Tue |

on site 7-8:30pm
Noir Bar

Have you been holding back from your loved ones your obsession with the Olympic sport of curling?

Bursting at the seams to talk about why Carly Rae Jepsen deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Feel passionately about "The Dress" and "Yanny vs Laurel"?

Or perhaps you just want to practice your public speaking!

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October! Each contestant will receive three minutes to present on a topic of their choosing. At the end audience members will vote on their favorite. The top three win a prize!

Occuring Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

To sign up as a presenter, please email your name, date preference and topic choice* to [email protected] with the subject line POWERPOINT PARTY.

To attend as a spectator, just show up! Come learn something new, support your friends and enjoy a cocktail!

This Eventbrite link is for attendance tracking purposes only and a super easy way to receive reminders! It does not guarantee entry as there is a limited capacity for the bar. Seating will occur on a first come, first served basis with a $10 food and beverage minimum.

*There's enough fake news stressing us out on TV, so let's keep this a politics-free zone.

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Oct 26
Donal Fox Meets Donal Fox w/ Sp. Guest Steinway Spirio: Magical Duets

Donal Fox Meets Donal Fox w/ Sp. Guest Steinway Spirio: Magical Duets

7:30pm & 10pm - $30

Fri |

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

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Steinway Artist Donal Fox has been featured in the Steinway Spirio Spotlight, along with the immortal Duke Ellington, Chucho Valdés, Bill Charlap, Ramsey Lewis, Art Tatum, Yuja Wang, Lang, Lang, and many more 

"Steinway Spirio features the wonderfully inventive composer and pianist Donal Fox. An eloquent improviser, Donal's music blends classical and jazz in the most persuasive way. His original style bridges a wide range -- from Scarlatti to Thelonious Monk to Einaudi -- and is always engaging." 
- Steinway & Sons, NY 

Donal Fox is internationally acclaimed as composer, pianist, and improviser in both jazz and classical music. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship in music composition, and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. He served as the first African- American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony and was a visiting artist at Harvard University, where he received a Certificate of Recognition from the President of Harvard College for his contribution to the arts. Mr. Fox recently premiered his Monk and Bach Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project at Tanglewood, and the world premiere of his piano concerto Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. He has been Composer-in-Residence at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Germany), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Liguria Study Center (Italy), Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, among others. Donal Fox has performed and recorded with many artists including Oliver Lake, John Stubblefield, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Regina Carter, George Mraz, Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Dafnis Prieto, Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maya Beiser, Hilary Hahn, and poet Quincy Troupe, among others. He has recorded as composer and pianist for New World Records, Evidence Records, Music & Arts, Passin' Thru Records, Yamaha's Original Artist Series, Steinway Spirio, and Wergo Records. His works are published by Margun Music, G. Schirmer, and Leonellis Music. He is a recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Scholar Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Fox was recently featured on the Emancipation 150 Series, presented by WQXR, part of The NEXT New York Conversation and the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

Says Howard Mandel (Senior contributor to Down Beat, arts segment producer on National Public Radio, author of Miles Ornette Cecil - Jazz Beyond Jazz and Future Jazz): "Internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and improviser Donal Fox is simply without peer. He is a bravura concert artist whose performance of bracingly original repertoire such as Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra and The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project have earned him prestigious honors...gratifying residencies and appointments... and the awed applause of critic and audiences alike. Audacious and exacting though Fox's music is, he communicates directly and seeks to elevate everyone's musical interactions beyond expectation and conventions. Fox has a singular presence in today's circle of serous cultural activists."

Oct 28
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

local event 11am-7pm
Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Oct 30
Powerpoint Party at Noir

Powerpoint Party at Noir

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October!

Tue |

on site 7-8:30pm
Noir Bar

Have you been holding back from your loved ones your obsession with the Olympic sport of curling?

Bursting at the seams to talk about why Carly Rae Jepsen deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Feel passionately about "The Dress" and "Yanny vs Laurel"?

Or perhaps you just want to practice your public speaking!

Join us for a Powerpoint Party at Noir Bar inside of The Charles Hotel on Tuesdays in October! Each contestant will receive three minutes to present on a topic of their choosing. At the end audience members will vote on their favorite. The top three win a prize!

Occuring Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23 and 30.

To sign up as a presenter, please email your name, date preference and topic choice* to [email protected] with the subject line POWERPOINT PARTY.

To attend as a spectator, just show up! Come learn something new, support your friends and enjoy a cocktail!

This Eventbrite link is for attendance tracking purposes only and a super easy way to receive reminders! It does not guarantee entry as there is a limited capacity for the bar. Seating will occur on a first come, first served basis with a $10 food and beverage minimum.

*There's enough fake news stressing us out on TV, so let's keep this a politics-free zone.

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Nov 04
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

local event 11am-7pm
Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Nov 11
Biking on Memorial Drive

Biking on Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Sun |

local event 11am-7pm
Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy a car-free bike ride or run on Memorial Drive from April 29-November 11! The road is closed from 11am-7pm between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. See our concierge about renting our complimentary bikes for the day.

Nov 14
Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

7:30pm - $25

Wed |

on site 7:30pm
Regattabar Jazz Club

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Gunhild Carling is a Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. She is famous for playing three trumpets at the same time. Carling became known for her performance at Allsång på Skansen on July 20, 2010. Gunhild plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder and harp, and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics. Carling competed as a celebrity dancer in Let's Dance 2014 on TV4, placing third. 

In 2013, she performed with her 'Carling Big Band' at the Royal Palace in Stockholm in the celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf's Ruby Jubilee. In 2016, Carling performed at King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday celebration. 

She is featured as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in several of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox's adaptations of pop songs, including their version of 'Never Going to Give You Up', a 1920s jazz swing version of 'Material Girl', a vintage jazz version of Europe's 'The Final Countdown' and a jazz cover of Pharrel Williams' Happy'.

Nov 16
Kenny Barron Quintet

Kenny Barron Quintet

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

Tue |

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

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"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!

More details to come - but make sure you stay on Santa's nice list in the meantime ;)

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

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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.

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