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11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival with Headliners Randy Brecker And Mark Walker's World Jazz Ensemble from April 7-10, 2022


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Multi-award winning jazz trumpeter/composer Randy Brecker joins award winning drummer Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble, who headline the 11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival, that runs from April 7-10, 2022.
The Arlington Jazz Festival (Boston) has scheduled a wide variety of musical events over a 4-day stretch in several venues around the town. The Festival, now in its 11th year, is presented by Arlington Jazz.

This year’s headlining concert, held at the Regent Theatre on the final day of the festival, showcases legendary multi-Grammy award winning jazz trumpeter/composer Randy Brecker performing with Grammy winning drummer/composer Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble, which features French pianist Alain Mallet, Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro, Colombian percussionist Ernesto Diaz, and Puerto Rican saxophonist Edmar Colon .

Brecker’s musical background has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for well over four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including his work with his brother Michael Brecker, along with James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Zappa, and more.

Randy Brecker and Mark Walker have worked together on several albums, including Steve Khan’s Backlog, Caribbean Jazz Project’s Birds of a Feather, and the upcoming release by guitarist Akio Sasajima, Silence Between the Notes.

The concert in Arlington Regent Theatre will focus on a combination of Walker’s originals heard on his album You Get What You Give, and a jazz repertoire reimagined with an Afro-Latin sensibility, informed by his work with Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, Oregon, Caribbean Jazz Project and Lyle Mays.

Brecker’s own Latin interpretations can be heard on records such as his Randy in Brasil along with his work on The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock. James Nadal of All About Jazz cited Brecker’s contributions to Khan’s “Latin Genetics" cut on his Backlog album as Brecker “playing with a genuine street carnival approach.”

In other words, this Jazz Fest musical rendezvous between Brecker and Walker guarantees an evening that will really cook, defying the audience to stay put in their seats. Way too much rhythmical energy will be generated to stay sedentary.

The Arlington Jazz Festival also continues to champion the vibrant jazz scene that flourishes just beyond the local city limits. An abundance of local talent will be on full display at this year’s Festival, performing in several different venues around the town.

Performances include: Jesse Williams Group (with Cassandra McKinley, Bruce Bears, Mark Teixeira, and Williams); El Eco (with Guillermo Nojechowicz, Marco Pignataro, Fernando Huergo, Anastassyia Petrova and Milena Casado); Tom Ferrante's Saxafras (with five saxophones and rhythm section); and The Samba Jazz Project (with Dan Fox, Anna Borges, Ian Coury, Yulia Musayelyan, Fernando Huergo, Alexei Tsiganov, and Rafael Barata).

About Arlington Jazz Festival

Arlington Jazz Festival. 11th Annual featuring headliners Randy Brecker with Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble. All festival concerts held Thurs.-Sun., April 7-April 10, 2022, in various venues around the town of Arlington, Massachusetts USA. Admission prices vary depending on event.

The Festival, which receives organizing and production assistance from Arlington-based Morningside Music Studio (http://www.morningsidemusicstudio.com/), under the direction of Dan Fox (http://www.danfox.com/), has this solid mission: to raise awareness and appreciation of jazz through the confluence of top performers, local rising ensembles, and student groups, while also fostering a sense of community and an appreciation that Arlington (MA) and surrounding towns outside of Boston are cultural destinations. Morningside’s motto: “keep the groove in your life.”

The nonprofit Arlington Jazz Festival, held annually in April (also recognized as National Jazz Appreciation Month), is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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