Established by Aaron Richmond in 1938, the Series has evolved into New England's major presenting organization with over 100 performance and outreach activities annually.
Wednesdays At Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608; 508-752-5608
Broadcast live on WICN 90.5 FM and Streaming at wicn.org
Brown Bag Concerts are produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN public radio in partnership with Bank of America. Free admission. Every concert begins at noon and is one hour long. Table seating is the norm, but occasionally seating is theater style. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the Hall, prepared by Eric’s LaPatisserie Café. Performances are subject to change without notice and are broadcast live whenever possible on WICN 90.5 FM and around the world on www.wicn.org.
March 14 — Paul Broadnax
Paul Broadnax is a Boston Jazz Legend, nominated twice for Boston Music Awards Jazz Singer of the Year and chosen Musician of the Year in 2003 by Boston Musician’s Association. Paul’s love of music and performing began in childhood and blossomed after his time in the Air Force and engineering school when he arranged, recorded and performed with notables including his dear friends Joe Williams and Champ Jones. Known for his “King Thing” (Nat King Cole) Joe Williams said: “I feel like I’m passing the torch!” www.paulbroadnax.com
March 21 — Matt Savage-Erena Terakubo Sextet
Berklee peers Matt Savage (piano) and Erena Terakubo (saxophone) have formed a fabulous sextet that will keep your feet tapping and your hearts dancing. Local Matt is a Brown Bag veteran and has performed virtually everywhere. Erena, born in Sapporo Japan, recorded her first album in 2010 which reached No. 1 on the Japanese jazz charts. The Boston Globe calls Matt: “The Key Master.” “He’s got command of the music and, most important, he’s got swing.” www.savagerecords.com and www.berklee.edu/news/3872/video-presidential-scholar-erenaterakubo
March 28 — Gerry Beaudoin
In musical circles the name Gerry Beaudoin conjures up images of a guitar virtuoso whose uncanny ability to bridge musical styles ranks him as the premier New England Jazz Guitarist with a history that is long and legendary. Jazz guitarist Beaudoin is a leader, arranger, performer, and educator, whose career has taken him from the jazz clubs of Boston and New York to symphony halls and concert stages across the USA and Canada. www.allaboutjazz.com
April 4 — Dan Moretti
“After several decades of cultivating his sound in every section of the jazz vineyard, Dan Moretti has emerged as a forceful, dynamic player and an outstanding conceptualist.” Dan has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, and India performing as a leader and sideman and has produced 11 internationally released CD’s in the last 15 years. His influences, ranging from jazz and classical to funk and Latin jazz, come from his experience performing and recording with artists across the spectrum of music like Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Mike Stern, Dave Samuels, Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, and The Crusaders. www.danmoretti.com