ANTONIO HART With the Thelonious Monk Institute/LACHSA Sextet
Special guest vocalist and former Monk Competition Winner LISA HENRY
Antonio Hart has led numerous Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours for the Institute. In this role, he travels to cities across the United States with student jazz combos from the nation's leading public performing arts high schools to share America's music with thousands of young people and their teachers and families. Antonio Hart at UofL
To merit being called a jazz singer you have to have something to say-your own story-as it moves you then and there." .... Nat Hentoff
Judy Wexler is a natural storyteller, with a distinctive voice full of shadings. She knows how to dig into a song and find its essence. She is also "one of the most focused, unpretentious, no-nonsense, bop-oriented jazz singers around" (JazzTimes), with an "instinctive ability to bring out the best in each song, often taking it into unfamiliar territory." (All Music Guide)
Celebrating the release of her stunning debut album “Destiny”, this Dutch Singer-Songwriter (by day a cancer researcher at Dana Farber Cancer Institute) will impress you with her moving lyrical stories and captivating melodies. Her personal approach to each of her own songs, and the top notch line-up of musicians that bring them to life, guarantee a unique and unforgettable evening. Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist REBECCA PARRIS is co-producer of “Destiny” and will make a special guest appearance.
So Strong - “I can see clearly now the rain is gone…”
Amidst a new album bursting with hope, joy, romance and inspiration, including eleven songs penned or co-penned by the artist, it’s the Johnny Nash cover “I Can See Clearly Now” that Jonathan Butler elected to record on the So Strong album, his 15th solo collection, that speaks volumes about his outlook after a tumultuous year wrought with immense personal loss, pain and suffering.
He is a bravura concert artist whose performance of bracingly original repertoire such as "Peace Out” for Improvised Piano and Orchestra and The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project have earned him prestigious honors (a Guggenheim, a Bogliasco Foundation fellowship, and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award), gratifying residences and appointments (with the St. Louis Symphony, at the Library of Congress, at Harvard and most recently as a Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at MIT), and the awed applause of critic and audiences alike.
Michael Dutra is a man living a very large dream. After just four short years as a professional in the entertainment industry, he takes to the stage more than 300 nights per year, stunning audiences along the East Coast with his dead-on renditions of Frank Sinatra classics.
AN EVENING WITH DICK FLAVIN Featuring his Bosox Ballads
There is only one Dick Flavin, and we’ve got him! He’s the poet laureate of the Red Sox, he’s won seven Emmy Awards, he’s an award-winning playwright and, best of all, and he’s got a million stories.
As one of America’s most popular public speakers, each year Dick Flavin delivers to the thousands who hear him each year his satirical observations, comedic asides, and amusingly insightful anecdotes drawn from his years as an advisor to political leaders, and drawing from his years in the Boston broadcasting and Washington media markets, no one delivers a punchline like he can.
DOUG JOHNSON CD Release "Live at the Royal Garden"
Featuring Doug Johnson on piano,Edward Perez on bass, Mark Ferber on drums.
Jazz pianist Doug Johnson adores fine wines and five-star cuisine and his music fits right into this elegant and stylish groove. With classic tunes on his most recent CD--Live at the Royal Garden--including Coltrane's "Moment's Notice," Johnny Mercer's "Emily" and Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You," Johnson presents a gentle, subtle and sophisticated palette that soothes the aesthetic soul.
"Transition" is the new CD by this supergroup featuring five of the best players in their respective fields today. Every once in a while a band comes together by some magical, magnetic pull of the cosmos and blows everyone away. Produced by Larry Coryell, the "Godfather" of Jazz/Rock fusion, this new CD reflects influences from 60's Jazz to Classic 70's Blues and Fusion. With music and lyrics by Wolfman, Coryell and Bailey, "Transition" is possibly one of the most important new album releases this year.
Ryan Brooks Kelly is breaking barriers and melding genres and conceiving his own creative presence. His distinctive brand of Crossover Country features his scorching telecaster resonance and smooth-soulful vocal range. His"debut"all original album blends all the traditional forms of Country, Rock, Bluegrass and Blues, branding his own unique style of music. Surrounded by some of the areas hottest young musicians and with the experience of a seasoned veteran, Ryan is ready for a breakthrough in the music industry.