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  • Glory: A Life Among Legends

    As Dr. Van Scott has led a life so rich in human experience and followed so many journeys as an activist, artist, educator and becoming a central voice in the civil rights movement, there is one clear quality: her fierce independence. In the memoir “GLORY: A Life Among Legends”...

  • WADADA LEO SMITH MAKES VAST MUSICAL DISCOVERIES ON ‘ROSA PARKS’

    Wadada Leo Smith, acclaimed jazz trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and “creator” has released a new musical composition, an oratorio of seven songs inspired by the iconic civil rights leader Rosa Parks(1913-2005). In his own words, the oratorio is “concerned with ideas of freedom, liberty and justice, a meditation centered...

  • Bessie Smith Empress Of The Blues Tribute At The Cabot

    In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues—Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920’s theater venue is turning 100 years old with this fund-raising kick-off event. Smith...

  • Pat Metheny invigorates with new younger quartet

    On a very special night at the intimate and newly renovated 1920s Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA., a sold-out performance was delivered by extraordinary jazz virtuoso, musician, composer and phenomenal guitarist, Pat Metheny. A highly respected musician among his peers and now a veteran, having received all accolades including 20 Grammy...

  • Jean-Luc Ponty At The Cabot

    A perfect match was found between the intimate setting at the Cabot’s newly renovated 850 seat, former 1920’s art-deco period theater in Beverly, Ma. and the soaring, melodic and mesmerizing sounds of masterful electronic jazz-rock French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. The venue offered the perfect fit….Read More

  • Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

    This year’s Newport Jazz Festival was to feature and highlight particularly an incredibly diverse selection of female performers and female ensemble groups. Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine”(March, 2018), was very direct in his statement about the “sophisticated ladies” in jazz, “As I look back more...

  • Montréal Jazz Festival Ignites With a Summer Extravaganza of Music

    When André Ménard, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival International de jazz de Montréal, explains the breath and scale of the outdoor and indoor venue and range of musicians(over 3,000) and concert choices(over 650) during a 10-day run from June 28thto July 7th, 2018, you are excused if...

  • BLO Brings Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti into the 1960’s Nightclub Era

    This spring the Boston Lyric Opera brings its season to a close with a premiere pairing of two Leonard Bernstein one-act operas: Trouble in Tahiti (1952) and Arias and Barcarolles (1988). The music itself is enough to grab your attention with the “B” name association, but BLO has an added element of surprise...

  • Boston’s New England Conservatory Celebrates: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer

    The on-going celebration of New England Conservatory’s 150th anniversary brought well deserved attention to the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments for the 2017-2018 performance season. On March 1st, at Jordan Hall, NEC presented a very special tribute celebration to the legacy of Bob Brookmeyer, the legendary jazz musician...

  • Arlo Guthrie Continues His Family’s Legacy With His Re:Generation Tour

    Anyone familiar with the roots of American folk music, would instantlyrecognize the opening lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” (1944)by Woody Guthrie –the father of folk music and singer, writer, traveling troubadour, political protester, people’s poet and philosopher for the forgotten, down trodden andmarginal America of the 1930’s...

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