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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Ferenc Nemeth Trio w Myron Walden & Leo Genovese

7:30 - $20

Ferenc Nemeth Is an accomplished and versatile musician who continues to push the boundaries of jazz drumming and composition. He has performed in over 35 countries, 300 cities, and at hundreds of the most important festivals including the Playboy jazz festival in Los Angeles, the JVC festival in NYC at the Carnegie hall with Herbie Hancock, the Montreal Jazz Festival the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Marciac Jazz Fest, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and many others. This evening also two other brilliant musicians, saxophonist Myron Walden and pianist Leo Genovese. This truly international trio, coming from different countries, backgrounds and cultures, (USA, Argentina, Hungary) makes for an extraordinary evening of music.

An exciting performer and imaginative collaborator, Nemeth is well regarded for his work with the Lionel Loueke Trio, Kenny Werner Coalition, Billy Childs Trio and has worked with the who’s who in Jazz, including multiple GRAMMY award winning artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Samuels, Jimmy Heath, etc. Ferenc’s own bands have included Joshua Redman, John Patitucci, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Chris Potter, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and many others. 

Nate Chinen of The New York Times  – “Ferenc Nemeth is a nimble Hungarian drummer with a feel for African rhythm.”

Terrell Kent Holmes of All About Jazz – “The sophistication and self-assurance of his (Ferenc's) composing and arranging have the earmarks of a seasoned veteran.”

Amazon Editorial Review – “On "Triumph” Ferenc Nemeth has created a journey for the ages. An epic work!”

Mark F. Turner of All About Jazz – “Ferenc Nemeth represents the new breed of post -Art Blakey jazz drummers, ushering in their own bravado and confident leadership.”

Hrayr Attarian of All About Jazz - “Nemeth exhibits a rare combination of exhilarating élan and harmonic creativity, often in the same tune. With "Triumph" Nemeth makes a bold and exquisite statement that showcases his sublime talents as a composer, improviser, drummer and bandleader—a statement that will surely stand the test of time.”

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Ronn McFarlane

7:30 - $22

 

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GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute, the most popular instrument of the Renaissance, into today’s musical mainstream, making it accessible to a wider audience. As Bela Fleck has done with the banjo, Ronn is reinventing the lute for the twenty-first century, writing new lute music and performing in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Essentially the only modern musician composing and performing his own music for this historic instrument, Ronn builds on the tradition of lutenist-composers of past centuries and creates music in a modern context. His original music combines elements of Celtic, Americana, and traditional folk music dating back to the Renaissance. With over 40 recordings to date, Ronn has an exciting catalog of both traditional and original music. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination in 2009. Ronn’s newest solo album, The Celtic Lute, released in 2018, features his arrangements of traditional Scottish and Irish music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Makana

7:30 - $28

 

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Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana is an internationally recognized master of the rare Hawaiian art of Slack Key Guitar. Not to be confused with steel (slide) guitar, slack key is older than the blues and was created by Hawaiians in the early 1800s as a way of simulating 3 guitars in one by playing bass, rhythm and melody in beautiful “open” tunings unique to the islands. A protégé of various Hawaiian slack key legends, Makana uses over a hundred tunings to fashion a massive, resonant, symphonic sound without use of loop pedals or other trickery. His repertoire is diverse and accessible- this is not the Hawaiian music from 1930s Hollywood! Out of slack key Makana has fashioned a hybrid style of slack key, blues and bluegrass he calls “Slack Rock”. He has supported acts ranging from Santana and Sting to Jason Mraz, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Bad Company, Leon Russell, Chris Isaak, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Common, Gotye, Jack Johnson and many others. A former TEDx presenter, Makana recently graced the cover of Frets magazine, the acoustic companion to the world’s most popular guitar magazine Guitar Player.

His music has been featured on 3 Grammy-nominated records including the soundtrack for Academy Award-winning film The Descendants. Makana's sound ventures into the folk/ bluegrass/ acoustic rock realm. His voice is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman/ Jeff Buckley. Guitar Player magazine voted him one of the Top 3 guitarists in America in 2008, and Esquire Magazine said "Slack key guitar, indigenous to Hawai'i, is older than the blues, and Makana is considered the greatest living player."

www.MakanaMusic.com

Friday, October 4th, 2019

John Whelan and Brian Conway

7:30 - 22.

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John Whelan and Brian Conway are a formidable duo. Well established as legends in the traditional Irish music world, they have been performing together for over 30 years. Seven time All-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. John Is also a sought-after composer and producer.

A premier Irish-American fiddler, Brian performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Conway has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. New York born, he is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann.

Recently Brian and John teamed up to perform in the Irish mega-band, Gailfean. Gailfein’s first release entitled Won’t You Come Out Tonight has received rave reviews.

www.johnwhelanmusic.com
www.brianconway.com

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game

7:30 - $22

 

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In their latest endeavor PARLOUR GAME, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with the formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. The repertoire explores swing, gogo, backbeats and ballads. Scheinman and Miller are both artists with eclectic backgrounds having collaborated with such diverse musicians as Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Brian Blade, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Moran, Lucinda Williams, Natalie Merchant, and Rene Rosnes. In PARLOUR GAME they explore the classic format of the piano quartet and strive for excellence in simplicity - the perfect groove and a melody that sticks.

"[Scheinman is] simply one of the most versatile musicians working today." - NPR

“A key arrival to jazz, an outsider with a voice and ideas.” - The New York Times

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Adam Agee and Jon Sousa

7:30 - $22

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Adam & Jon journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, and have been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Moving to Ireland in 2008 to further immerse themselves in the music, land, and culture, they lived in Ennis, County Clare, taking part in the vibrant session community there. They now tour in the United States and internationally. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.

Press
“This fiddler and guitarist from Colorado are creating waves across the States and beyond. Not only do they play the music of the Auld Country with sensitivity and soul, they also bring their own brand of modernism to the Irish tradition.”
—Irish Music Magazine

“Adam’s music has been familiar to me for many years… I’ve never heard him play a note that wasn’t sincere and from the heart. His music is true and free from pretense. He constantly seeks the deepest expression of the music.”
—Martin Hayes

“When it comes to the traditional Irish music genre, the names of Boulder-based Adam Agee and Jon Sousa are being echoed from Denver to Dublin. Having performed on stage with Irish music icons including Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Robbie O’Connell, and John Doyle, the duo has been getting the attention they deserve. Their dedication and joy given to the tradition is abundantly evident, whether they are performing on stage or teaching their art to students of music.” —Pat McCullough, Celtic Events & Entertainment

Listen!
https://youtu.be/Thixg6Bac50
https://youtu.be/Fljr7QNH0k4

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Laurie Antonioli & The American Dreams Band

7:30 - $22

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Laurie Antonioli is one of the era’s definitive jazz vocalists, but she’s got a little rock ’n’ roll in her soul too. Her new album The Constant Passage of Time expands her creative purview with an emotionally trenchant program focusing on her collaborations with state-of-the-art jazz composers and new arrangements of tunes by iconic singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Sheryl Crow.

It’s the latest in a series of albums created with her American Dreams band, a superlative quintet featuring veteran reed expert Sheldon Brown, guitarist Dave MacNab, pianist Matt Clark, drummer Jason Lewis, and bassist/recording engineer Dan Feiszli (taking over for the late John Shifflett, the ensemble’s original bassist). The arrangements cover a lot of gripping musical ground, making particularly brilliant use of Brown’s bass clarinet and the stinging fretwork of MacNab.

"Antonioli catches (Joni) Mitchell's phrases and phrasing as if from thin air, exhaling them as warm, autumnal bursts of memory. I will not hear a better recording this year." - C. Michale Bailey, All About Jazz

"Combining her own compositions with a handful of rock tunes from the past 50 years, Antonioli and her sextet have crafted an album that invites the listener into questions about patriarchy and capital, and the ties that bind us as Americans. Her voice, tall, proud and unpretentious, deserves to be more widely heard." - Giovanni Russonello, Downbeat Magazine

"Singer Antonioli is a rare talent, too rarely seen beyond the Bay Area." - Don Heckman, The International Review of Music

"Anyone who is in the know of vocalist and pedagogue Laurie Antonioli and the music she creates, espouses and teaches will know that lyricism and the art of musical seduction is at the heart of her lucid and tuneful music. A somewhat melancholy poet of song, Miss Antonioli’s music is rich in allusion to life – even lived experience – which is something that makes her music draw you in with its utter honesty and truthfulness" - Raul Da Gama, Jazz Da Gama

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Rumelia Collective

$22. - 7:30

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Rumelia Collective is a group of musicians dedicated to playing the music of the Balkans
and Mideast, as well as many other musical styles from around the world. Members Nicolle Jensen, Willa Roberts, Sitara Schauer and Alysha Shaw weave an intricate and mesmerizing blend of contemporary and traditional folk elements into their unique arrangements. They are known for their lush four-part vocal harmonies, as well as their innovative use of both traditional and western instrumentation, playing everything from soaring, epic love songs to raucous, upbeat dance pieces.

“Rumelia” comes from the word “Rumeli” meaning “Land of the Romans,” a Turkish word
used to describe the people and cultures of the Southern Balkan region. The music is unique to the western ear, in that it uses odd time signatures (e.g. 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 11/8) and close harmonies,as well as eastern scales and tonalities common to the region. Rumelia Collective’s core repertoire is derived from traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey, to name a few.

rumeliacollective.com