The angular sounds of Thelonious Monk connect with the clave of the Afro-Cuban rhythms. Pianist Danilo Perez tells the story of Monk through his own Panamanian roots. Hear 'Round Midnight' and 'Bright Mississippi' through a new set of ears.
Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.”
Ava Astaire McKenzie grew up surrounded by creativity. She draws on this experience lecturing around the world about her father Fred, and has expressed her own creativity in her book “At Home In Ireland” Cooking and Entertaining with Ava Astaire McKenzie. Ava talked with Judy about her life-long love of jazz and the influence jazz had on her father.
While still a child, Tigran Hamasyan discovered the world of jazz. He began by listening for many hours each day to different jazz performers and attempting to improvise an accompaniment on the family piano. In 1997 he began an intense study of the techniques and compositions of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Miles Davis, Bud Powell and others. He mastered everything so quickly and so profoundly that he soon reached a high level of technical skill and creativity. At the same time the first of his own compositions began to appear.
The Beehive's co-owner and resident curator Jennifer Epstein will host the 12thinstallment in The Beehive's continuing art series entitled, Sting! XII: Boston Contemporary. The ongoing Sting! series always signifies the launch of a new art installation at The Beehive and highlights an evening of great live entertainment, great food & libations along with amazing art!
Funk, soul queen Sarah Brindell will bring her sultry and melodious blend of Soul, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Reggae, Pop and R&B that captivates audiences around the world.
Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, comedian Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. The Boston Globe said, "Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician...swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.” paulapoundstone.com
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step. Their first album on Elektra Records, and their subsequent albums for RCA Records, were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped bring the music of the 60s into the 70s. As their recording career continued,so did the critical acclaim..... aztectwostep.com
James Hunter is little more than the sum of his influences, but when those are Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and James Brown, who could ask for more? The British blue-eyed soul singer, praised by Van Morrison as one of music's best voices and best kept secrets. He’s got a skin tight band and bucketful of great tunes. jameshuntermusic.com