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Jim Guttman's Bessarabian Breakdown

Klezmer meets Jazz! - Klezmer Conservatory Band bassist - and AJC blues jam stalwart - Jim Guttmann brings his own ten piece band to the Acton Jazz Café as part of a rare east coast tour, presenting the music from his recent CD “Bessarabian Breakdown” (Bess-a-rah-bee-an Breakdown).

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 19:00

The Vykki Vox Band featuring Dave Osoff

Bombshell vocalist Vykki Vox returns with her great band after too long! Tonight we feature keyboardist Dave Osoff as part of our continuing Great Pianist series!
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Ticket: $12
Ticket Online up to 24 hours in advance: $10

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 21:30

Ron Roy and Shepley Metcalf

Ron Roy is welcomed back to the Cafe as part of its Grand Pianists series. This review says it all, "...the highest kudos of the evening go to musical director and piano accompanist Ron Roy, whose arrangements just sizzled. A standout was “New York Minute,” where Roy and the band were on fire. And for Roy, who more frequently accompanies cabaret singers, whose material is more American Songbook and musical theater, this program finally allowed Roy to display his considerable jazz chops to great effect.” —EDGE.

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 19:00

The Seacoast Stompers

Traditional and Dixieland Jazz!

Ticket: $12
Ticket Online up to 24 hours in advance: $10

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 14:00

The Yoko Miwa Trio

Yoko Miwa/ piano
Scott Goulding/ drums
Greg Loughman/ bass

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Ticket: $12
Ticket Online up to 24 hours in advance: $10

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/04/2011 - 21:30

The Fernando Holz Band

This wonderful guitarist/ singer/ songwriter is joined by his USA band for a charming concert of Brazilian classics and originals.

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Ticket: $12
Ticket Online up to 24 hours in advance: $10

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/04/2011 - 19:00

The Starlight Jazz Jam

In the Starlight Jams, participants can play on any tune at any time after the opening house band set. Designed for a more professional level of playing.

The host band may call tunes, keys or tempos.

Note: Newcomers, diners and listeners are always welcome at any or all jams! Of course!

Where would we be, without you?

with rotating hosts:

1st Sunday: Brooke Sofferman

2nd Sunday: John Funkhouser

3rd Sunday: Phill Argyris with Phil Grenadier - Trumpet, Lance Bryant - Sax, Greg Loughman - Bass, Gary Fieldman - Drums, Phill Argyris - Piano

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/06/2011 - 19:30
Sun, 11/13/2011 - 19:30
Sun, 11/20/2011 - 19:30
Sun, 11/27/2011 - 19:30

The Sunset Jazz Jam

with rotating hosts:

1st Sunday: Steve Berke

2nd Sunday: Molly Flannery

3rd Sunday: Michael Chasse

4th Sunday: Wendy Nottonson

5th Sunday (occasional) Joan Watson-Jones and "The Jazz Room Live!"

In the sunset jams, participants can expect to call the tunes, keys and tempos, after the opening house band set. (Note to vocalists, in particular: please bring charts!). We have great food, great atmosphere, and lots of supportive people! All ages Welcome!

Note: Diners and listeners are always welcome at any or all jams! Of course!

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/06/2011 - 16:00
Sun, 11/13/2011 - 16:00
Sun, 11/20/2011 - 16:00
Sun, 11/27/2011 - 16:00

The Blues Jam!

Our Blues Jam is an institution here in Acton for 14 years now, every Thursday night at 8 p.m.!

with rotating hosts:

1st Thursday: Tom Yates

2nd Thursday: Pat "Hatrack" Gallagher

3rd Thursday: Herb "Air Bear" Hirsch

4th Thursday: B.J. Magoon

Newcomers, listeners, and dancers welcome!

Ticket: $5

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 20:00
Thu, 11/10/2011 - 20:00
Thu, 11/17/2011 - 20:00
Thu, 11/24/2011 - 20:00

The Gwenn Vivian Predicament

This is owner/ manager Gwenn Vivian's own long term jazz project, with a modern and listenable approach to jazz standards--mixed in with some choice pop tunes!

The regular Predicament members:

Gwenn Vivian/ vocals
Molly Flannery/ piano
Miki Matsuki/ drums
Larry Roland/ bass

Ticket: $5

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 18:30
Thu, 11/10/2011 - 18:30
Thu, 11/17/2011 - 18:30
Thu, 11/24/2011 - 18:30


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.

Tune in to Jazz Matinee
Sundays, 12 to 4 pm


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