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Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
December 4, 2018



In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly ...

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Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

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Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
October 19, 2018

For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, ...

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
The Lilypad
Cambridge, MA
November 12, 2018

As a protégé of legendary trombonist/arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory in Boston, Ayn Inserto was part of a very special tribute last March when she treated the audience to a pre-release performance of the title composition from her ...

The Pearcy / Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet

The Pearcy/ Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet offers an energetic, fresh take on hard bop jazz that all audiences can enjoy. PGJQ performs original music composed by its co-leaders Wayne Pearcy (Trumpet) and Aaron Gratzmiller (Saxophone), which combine modern music elements with the soulful sound of classic Jazz quintets. They have performed on WHRB radio, and were featured for the second time on the 502 Sessions with Brian Kerby in November 2018. “Over the Edge” is the title of the PGJQ’s debut album. It contains 10 original compositions written over the course of nearly a decade by Pearcy and Gratzmiller

Aaron Gratzmiller

Aaron Gratzmiller is a saxophonist, arranger, and private instructor based in Boston, MA. His energetic playing and stylistic versatility has helped him become one of the most active performers in New England, sharing the stage with notable artists such as Kurt Elling, Antonio Hart, Robert Villera, and Matt Savage among others. Aaron also teaches private lessons at Cambridge Arts Academy (Somerville, MA) and North Main Music (Nashua, NH), and is Director of Arts and Education for the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation. His current project as a co- leader, the Pearcy/ Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet, presents the tradition of Hard Bop Jazz from the perspective of a younger generation of musicians

NEWS: EDUCATION

Global Association For Interconnective Arts Will Explore, Define, And Implement New Ways Of Educating Music Students

Global Association For Interconnective Arts Will Explore, Define, And Implement New Ways Of Educating Music Students

Five prestigious music programs have formed a new international organization to prepare young musicians to become jazz ambassadors in and beyond their communities. The Global Association for Interconnective Arts (GAIA)—comprising the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de ...

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Kyle Nasser at The Red Room, Cafe 939

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Kyle Nasser
The Red Room, Cafe 939
CD release concert
Boston, MA
October 11, 2018

With an academic background originally in economics and political philosophy, you have to excuse the open mike opportunity jazz saxophonist Kyle Nasser takes to talk a bit about philosophical differences between tonal jazz compositions, counterpoint, ...

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Pat Metheny Quartet at The Cabot

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Pat Metheny
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
September 30, 2018

On a very special night at the intimate and newly renovated 1920s Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA., a sold-out performance was delivered by extraordinary jazz virtuoso, musician, composer and phenomenal guitarist, Pat Metheny. A highly respected musician among his peers and now a ...

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Jean-Luc Ponty at The Cabot

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Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
August 24, 2018

A perfect match was found between the intimate setting at the Cabot's newly renovated 850 seat, former 1920's art-deco period theater in Beverly, Ma. and the soaring, melodic and mesmerizing sounds of masterful electronic jazz-rock French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Free Showcase To Feature Berkshires Musicians, August 25, 1-6pm in Pittsfield, MA

Free Showcase To Feature Berkshires Musicians, August 25, 1-6pm in Pittsfield, MA

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. presents five of the most popular regional bands in the first annual Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common, August 25 from 1-6pm. The wide-ranging lineup for the jazz extravaganza will include: Gruppo Mondo; Andy Kelly Gypsy Jazz; the Benny Kohn Quartet; the Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist Natalia Bernal; and The Lucky 5. Berkshire County ...