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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at Village Vanguard

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

The VJO has played 45 years of Monday nights here, in a rarely interrupted run. Dee Dee Bridgewater sang with the original iteration, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In February, NPR Music webcast the VJO Live at the Village Vanguard. We have more from that night, including Thad Jones's "My Centennial."

The Gil Aharon Trio

The Gill Aharon Trio is rarely a trio. 

Gill Aharon - pen and piano
Randy Wooten - drums
Jef Charland - bass
Andrew Stern - guitar
Rick Stone- alto sax
Kelly Roberge - tenor sax
Dan Rosenthal - trumpet

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Event Date: 
Sat, 07/14/2012 - 23:00
Fri, 07/20/2012 - 23:00

Geoffrey Tozer

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Singer/pianist Geoffrey Tozer talks about his kooky, fun-loving radio show “The Sly Crooner of Swanktown” and shares his thoughts on getting more swank in the world.

The Either/Orchestra

The Either/Orchestra is one of the Boston scene's major exports to the world of jazz. Since 1985, the 10-piece E/O has been crisscrossing the US and the planet, as well as traversing the length and breadth of jazz history, and putting its own unique stamp on a startlingly wide range of styles. In the last 14 years, their palette has grown to encompass modern Ethiopian music, and the E/O has been the go-to band on the subject, having collaborated with such greats as Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulatu Astatke and Teshome Mitiku. Band alumni include John Medeski, Matt Wilson and Miguel Zenon.

Event Date: 
Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:00

Lari White

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

With three Grammys to her credit, Lari White's multi-faceted career as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter, producer, independent record label owner, and versatile actress has earned her the title of Nashville's "Renaissance Woman." As the first female producer of a male superstar, Lari recently made music history by producing Toby Keith's platinum album White Trash with Money. Her songwriting credits include Tammy Wynette, Lonestar, Toby Keith, and Sarah Buxton, and Danny Gokey.

Open Drum Circle

Donations Welcome


Event Date: 
Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:00
Sat, 07/14/2012 - 13:00
Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:00
Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:00

Monty Alexander

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

At first blush, this Jamaican pianist seems an unlikely leader to honor a "king" and a "chairman of the board." But Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called 'Jilly's'. Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me" and more -- with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Pandelis Karayorgis Quartet

Jorrit Dijkstra, alto sax
Pandelis Karayorgis, piano
Jacob William, bass
Eric Rosenthal, drums

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Event Date: 
Fri, 07/06/2012 - 20:00

Duo - Jorrit Dijkstra, alto sax - Pandelis Karayorgis, piano

Original compositions, Monk and Lacy tunes.

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Event Date: 
Fri, 07/06/2012 - 19:00

The Fringe

The Fringe are one of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene. Originally formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe have entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 30 years. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.

Event Date: 
Mon, 07/02/2012 - 22:30
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:30
Mon, 07/16/2012 - 22:30
Mon, 07/23/2012 - 22:30
Mon, 07/30/2012 - 22:30


Of Interest

Know Your Host:
Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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Sundays, 12 to 4 pm


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