Matt Savage, age 20, has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8. He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Chick Corea and Terri Lyne Carrington just to name a few.
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroads.
Richard Andersson feat George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi and Rakalam Bob Moses
Richard Andersson says "Working with American artists is such a privilege. I 'm highly inspired by the american musicians. Both geographically, historically and even emotionally, they are so much closer to the jazz tradition and its peculiar beating heart. Even though I mainly work with musicians who challenge and expand the boundaries of jazz, I feel that the awe and admiration for their predecessors is always present in the music. My contribution to the music arises out of the old European music tradition and my beloved danish folksongs."
A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Heather Pierson Quartet
The Heather Pierson Quartet (Heather Pierson, piano/vocals; Joe Aliperti, alto & tenor sax; Shawn Nadeau, bass; Matty Bowman, drums) will present the musical score for A Charlie Brown Christmas. This beloved holiday classic resonates with both children and adults of every generation. The musical score for A Charlie Brown Christmas, composed by the late Vince Guaraldi, is just as poignant and touching as the story. Don't miss this very special evening which will also include other jazzy holiday favorites!
“Nick Sanders trio has been playing together for the past year and plays a variety of original music and covers of standards. They recorded their first album in July 2012 with Fred Hersch producing. It will be released in March/April of 2013 on Sunnyside Records.”
Hee Hawk is a jazz, folk, and new music ensemble. The group has been performing across New England for the past year and is a rising force in the world of acoustic music. Hee Hawk performs the original compositions of pianist Adam Lipsky. With strong roots in the jazz tradition, the players in Hee Hawk apply their harmonic awareness and improvisation technique to the original pieces.
Jeni Jol ("New Path" in Macedonian) is the brainchild of Tev Stevig, who for the past year and a half has been exploring the potential of playing the fretless nylon string guitar in the clawhammer style. Clawhammer, or frailing, is typically associated with old time banjo, but Tev has been using this uniquely American playing style on the fretless guitar to arrive at new arrangements of his favorite tunes from the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, as well as some original material.
Boston based vibraphonist, Ryan Kowal, returns to the Lily Pad for a performance highlighting original compositions and free jazz. This will be a night full of surprises with some of Boston's finest jazz musicians.
Tunefoolery and musical friends will present a music holiday celebration with a variety of songs and a marvelous sing-a-long that will bring you in a joyful holiday spirit.
Tunefoolery is a Boston non-profit organization for musicians in mental health recovery. The group is a loving community of 50 musicians, who play a variety of music in ensembles and as solo acts, and who perform for underserved populations in New England and beyond. Their mission is to provide hope, healing, and purpose to their musicians and to their audiences.