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Walter Smith III

Walter Smith III Performance Bio From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in Houston with another saxophone player. I took a solo on “Blue Bossa.” It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?” Although it may appear Smith is a new voice on the scene, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith released his 5th album as a leader, “Twio” in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland including guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats

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Anna Jalkéus

Anna Jalkéus is a Boston based singer, harpist, and composer known as a powerful, creative musician who writes genre bending music with fearlessness and originality. She has received many national awards such as the JEN Young Composer Showcase, Swedish Monica Zetterlund and Ted Gärdestad awards, scholarship from STIM (Swedish ASCAP), and was awarded “Outstanding Performance” with her band in DownBeat Student Music Awards 2017. She is a sought-after collaborator and frequently appears as a side(wo)man in experimental, contemporary jazz groups. Born in 1992 in Stockholm, Sweden, Anna grew up traveling worldwide with Swedish a cappella phenomenon The Real Group, seeing as both of her parents were original members

NEWS: EDUCATION

Walter Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of The Woodwind Department

Walter Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of The Woodwind Department

Berklee has named saxophonist Walter Smith III as chair of the Woodwind Department. Smith, a Berklee alumnus who recently released his fifth album as a leader, is widely recognized as an accomplished performer and composer, and an inspired educator. Smith takes up the position on May 1. “Bill Pierce has left a strong legacy of excellence ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Rina Yamazaki: Conversations with a Rising Star

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Born in Japan, up and coming pianist Rina Yamazaki has lived in in the USA since she was accepted at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2015. Both before moving to the US and after Yamazaki has earned a number of well-deserved accolades for her high-level musicianship. From receiving the Jazz ...

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Domas Žeromskas

The 18-year-old Lithuanian pianist, who demonstrates both an excellent technique and eclectic stylistic taste, shows real promise as a future jazz star. Domas cites Jacky Terrasson, Taylor Eigsti, Bob James, Gerald Clayton, David Benoit, Orrin Evans & Billy Childs as his biggest influences. 
 His journey began with lessons from Lithuanian jazz veterans Oleg Molokojedov and Tomas Kutavičius, followed by Vytautas Labutis, who recognised Domas’ talent and included him in his own groups. The pianist has played as a member of “Silent Blast” at international jazz festivals in Serbia, Ukraine, Estonia and Poland, but today his collaborations reach much further

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Ramiro Marziani

Marziani is a touring and studio guitarist, composer/arranger, conductor and producer from Argentina. From an early age, every time he saw a guitar, he had a desire to play it. It wasn’t until he found a dusty guitar in his Grandma’s house that the journey began. "My dad began showing me progressive rock records from the 70s that he listened to as a child, and that introduced me to a new world of instruments and innovative music that I hadn’t heard before. The concept of Avant-Garde has been with me ever since." For Marziani, inspiration comes from many different places. A walk to a remote part of town, sitting by the river or observing people’s faces in a crowded place

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Multi-Instrumentalist and award-winning drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga will be performing at Saloon in Davis Square featuring the Anthony Crescente Quartet. They will perform on December 31, 2018, from 10:00 PM-2:00 AM at the Saloon, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA. The ensemble features Anthony Crescente on guitar, Tatsuya “Tat" Yoshinaga on drums, Alex Peabody on saxophone, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lee Konitz 90th Birthday Celebration at Regatta Bar

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Lee Konitz
Regatta Bar
90th Birthday Celebration
Boston, MA
January 26, 2018

Not many jazz musicians active in the 1940's are still around, never mind on the road, gigging. Last Friday at the Regatta Bar one of these rare jazz birds, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, came ...

Royal Hartigan

royal hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer who has studied and performed the musics of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas as well as African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz traditions. He was awarded an A.B. in philosophy from St. Michael's College in 1968, a BA in African American Music with honors from UMass Amherst, and M.A. and PhD degrees in world music and ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in 1983 and 1986, studying intensively with ethnomusicologist David McAllester and Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, Edward Blackwell, Freeman Kwadzo Donkor, Abraham Kobena Adzenyah, and other master artists/scholars from Java, India, and Ghana, West Africa

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Matt Savage

Matt Savage, age 26, has had a remarkable 17-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer, performing with ensembles of different size and as a solo pianist. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz since first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8 – the same year he met and played piano for Dave Brubeck. Matt has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with artists such as Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra