Harvard Winter Recess
Harvard's campus empties out for Winter Recess from Friday, December 20 - Sunday, January 26. It's the perfect time to take your Instagram photo in the middle of Harvard Yard without any photobombers.
7:30pm | $25
Darrell Nulisch, born Dallas TX, 1952, began playing in Jr. High school and never looked back. In 1978, he co-founded Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, then in 1987, left Texas to join up with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, in Boston. After a short return to Dallas to build his own band (Texas Heat), he returned to Boston where he lives today. The first half of the 90's was spent touring and recording for Maryland based Severn records. Then, in 1998 he got a call from legend James Cotton to take over vocals for the James Cotton Blues Band. Nulisch continued off and on with James, recording two Grammy nominated CD's and touring world wide, up until James' death in 2016. Nulisch just released his eighth CD, continues to tour around the world, remaining a vital force on today's blues scene.
Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate
Join the Harvard Square Business Association for a chocolate-filled afternoon in Harvard Square!
Enjoy free samples of chocolate goodies from local Harvard Square vendors. You won't want to miss this sugar-filled day!
KCL (Krantz Carlock Lefebvre)
7:30pm | $32
KCL, the iconic, genre-bending powerhouse trio led by visionary guitarist Wayne Krantz and featuring drummer Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting, John Mayer) and bassist Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band David Bowie), held a Thursday-night residency at NYC's 55 Bar throughout the first decade of the new millennium. Cutting live recordings from the club and posting them online in the early days of the internet and touring only sporadically, KCL developed a thoroughly original style of interactive group improvisation inspired in part by the great Miles Davis Quintet of the 60s, but played out in spontaneously generated contexts of heavy funk, rock and electronica instead of straight-ahead swing.
As other instrumental bands of the day dabbled in derivative fusion and retro-jazz, KCL became an underground phenomenon, cultivating an international following of devoted fans of every stripe looking for an alternative creative music that served the mind, body and spirit. Relentlessly grooving, always innovative, never complacent-KCL made contemporary music that resonated beyond category.
Other sideman obligations sidelined the band soon after their Abstract Logix release, "Krantz Carlock Lefebvre," in 2010, but their reputation continued to expand globally through fan circulation of the band's many live videos and recordings. Now, in 2020, KCL re-ignites to tour with incendiary shows throughout the USA, Europe and Asia.
Nando Michelin - Ebinho Cardoso
7:30pm | $20
Presenting music from their upcoming CD featuring songs using poems by Manoel de Barros. Their music, deeply rooted in the tradition of Brazilian Popular Music and Jazz, builds on the beauty of the simple things just like De Barros intended in his poems.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando came to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. After graduating, he studied with Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, and Danilo Perez. His discography includes Facing South and Common Groundsfor Brownstone, Art, Chants, Live at the AJC, and When Einstein Dreams for Double Time, Duende, featuring Esperanza Spalding, for Fresh Sound, Reencontro independently, and Entre Amigos with guitarist Claudio Ragazzi. The duo Ragazzi-Michelin has performed at the Wang Center and Kimmel Center for the Arts among other places.
As a producer, Nando recorded the award-winning "Amores Torcidos" and "The Other Side" with Katie Viqueira, "Ave Rara" with Teresa Ines, "Mind Motions", "South American Suite", and "Timeline" for Felipe Salles, and "The Princess and the Moonlight" for Alejandro Cimadoro, among others.
He is currently recording and performing with his trio that features Esperanza Spalding on bass and vocals and Richie Barshay on drums and percussion, and with a quartet featuring Leala Cyr on vocals and trumpet, John Lockwood on bass, and Tiago Michelin on drums. As a sideman, he has performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Antonio Sanchez; MPB icons Jair Rodrigues, Celso Adolfo, Jamelao, Lo Borges, Geraldo Azevedo, Flavio Venturini; and Bossa Nova great Maucha Adnet.
Ebinho Cardoso is a virtuoso on his instrument. Due to the uniqueness of his music and technique, he is one of the most respected Brazilian bassists. Composer, arranger, singer and producer, Ebinho uses atypical elements of the electric bass, showing its range of possibilities. In addition to playing the bass as an accompanying instrument or as a solo instrument, he has found a unique way of playing chords on the bass that characterize his playing style; a style that combines precision and refinement. In part, he is able to achieve his sound by tuning his instrument in new ways and at higher pitches. His music blends traces of jazz with the idiosyncrasies of classical music interwoven with the rich sounds of his native Brazil.
The result is his several years of study is his book, "Harmony and Chord Dictionary as Applied to the Electric Bass".
With several CDs and instructional DVDs Ebinho is now finishing the CD "Engenheiros" with pianist Nando Michelin, using poems by Brazilian laureate poet João Cabral de Melo Neto. The article entitled "The Promising Newcomers of the Brazilian Bass (Revista Cover Baixo (Bass Cover Magazine) - February 2010) said: ¨ Ebinho Cardoso can redefine the course of the bass in music world wide ¨. With Ebinho's work over the past several years, we have already seen this prophecy in the making.
Some Like it Hot Chili Cookoff
Chili Cookoff in Harvard Square!
Pregame the Super Bowl in Harvard Square with a good old fashioned Chili Cookoff!
Taste test your way through the chili contenders to vote for your favorite and see who goes home with first prize. The perfect way to break up a cold New England afternoon.
Class of 2021 Junior Family Weekend
Calling all parents of Class of 2021: time to visit campus!
Don't forget to book your stay for Class of 2021 Junior Family Weekend. Enjoy exploring Harvard Square with your family, dining out and spending some quality time together.
Stephane Wrembel Band : The Django Experiment V Album Release Concert
7:30pm & 10pm | $35
The New York Times recently said: "Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism.".
The New York Observer said, "Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of Gypsy jazz" and Rolling Stone Magazine has called him "a revelation".
The Django Experiment V is the fifth in a series of recordings from Award-winning guitarist Stephane Wrembel in tribute to French guitarist Django Reinhardt, who is widely considered one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. On The Django Experiment V, Stephane Wrembel is once again accompanied by long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass), Nick Anderson (drums) and special guests Nick Driscoll (saxophone and clarinet) and Daisy Castro (violin).
About Stephane Wrembel
Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world. The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. To say that Wrembel-- who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside-- has already had a remarkable career would be an under-statement. This prolific, virtuoso guitarist has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Stephane Wrembel is widely known for "Bistro Fada", the theme song from the 2011 Woody Allen Oscar winning film and Grammy Award winning soundtrack, Midnight In Paris.
Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django, Wrembel has been based in the New York City region for the past 20 years and since his studies at Berklee. He has toured around the world, and is very active on the musical scene in many countries including USA, Canada, France, Israel and India. Recently, Stephane has performed as a headliner at the legendary Carnegie Hall and at The Town Hall in New York as well as at the Festival Django Reinhardt in France. Wrembel has also headlined at Lincoln Center, played major Festivals, recorded and shared the stage with a long list of world renowned musicians such as Al Di Meola, Stochelo Rosenberg, Sam Bush and David Grisman.
Harvard Spring Recess
Spring break is in session for Harvard. Why don't you take a break in Harvard Square, too?