Blog Archives

A New Crowdfunding Opportunity

The Lullaby Project is the first recording by Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble. Felipe is a Brazilian jazz musician (saxophone) and composer who is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Felipe Salles (at Regattabar)

If you click on the link to The Lullaby Project above, you can read more about the project and contribute to it as well. I have had the privilege of seeing Felipe perform and know how good he is. I hope you will consider contributing to the worthy project as well.

Read the rest of this entry

Trombone Shorty Plus Lowell Summer Music Series Equals A Winning Combination

It does not get much better, if at all, than dancing to the groove of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue under the stars at Boarding House Park for the kickoff show of the 2017 Lowell Summer Music Series!

Trombone Shorty

And what a way to start the season!

Read the rest of this entry

John Scofield Plays Country Music? Yes, He Does!

I know John Scofield‘s jazz as well as his work with Medeski Martin and Wood, and was intrigued enough when I read the description of this project to attend a show at Regattabar (one of four that weekend). I am so glad I did!

John Scofield

John Scofield

Read the rest of this entry

It Was An Evilicious Night, Indeed!

I am biased when it comes to Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson; she is a friend, a cousin of a life-long friend, and a great singer. Still, I say without reservation that she is a consummate entertainer who is worth your time to see. She performed her brand of jazz/blues/soul music recently at The Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

Read the rest of this entry

Seats Available For Tonight’s Show

The Fallout Shelter at  The Extended Play Sessions is thrilled that lounge jazz artist Ken Clark Trio is appearing at the studio tonight, Friday, June 24th.

Ken Clark (Official Poster)

Ken Clark (Official Poster)

Read the rest of this entry

Mike Stern Never Fails To Please

Mike Stern is one of those musicians whom I will never tire of seeing perform. As soon as this recent series of shows at Regattabar was announced, I ensured my place at show.

Mike Stern

Mike Stern

I have seen Mike perform with a variety of musicians, from Eric Johnson with whom he recorded an incredible album in 2014 to numerous session musicians.

Read the rest of this entry

Bass and Groove Masters Were In Da House

I thought I knew what to expect from Victor Wooten, the amazing bass player who coaxes notes from the strings that I have rarely heard from other bassists. I was wrong – Victor delivered a show that was mind-bending and better than any show of his I had seen. The sold-out audience at Regattabar was the lucky recipient of this goodness.

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten

Read the rest of this entry

Gypsy Jazz Filled The House

On this evening, the night after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the French band Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars appeared at Regattabar. They began the show with a moment of silence for the victims and also had a candle of remembrance burning on stage.

Candle of Remembrance

Candle of Remembrance

Dedicated to the gypsy jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt, Dorado bears a resemblance to Django (could it be what looks to be a false mustache that does it?).

Dorado Schmitt

Dorado Schmitt

Read the rest of this entry

An Evening Of Jazz Artistry

I would be less than honest if I said anything less than “Al DiMeola is one of my favorite musicians, jazz or otherwise”, and his performance last night at the Berklee Performance Center supported that opinion.

Al DiMeola

Al DiMeola

Al made a triumphant return to his former stomping grounds (I suppose I can’t call it an alma mater since he never graduated) on Halloween for the last show of his US Elegant Gypsy & More 2015 tour.

Al DiMeola

Al DiMeola

Read the rest of this entry

An Evening With Freddy Cole

When I read that Freddy Cole would appear at Regattabar, I knew I had to be in the audience. I never had the chance to see his famous older brother, Nat King, because I was too young when he died at a young age but I did not want to miss Freddy and have any regrets about it.

Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole

I am happy I attended one of his shows; Freddy may be 83 years young, but his piano playing is still top-notch and his voice lovely.

Read the rest of this entry

%d bloggers like this: