Dinner & show: $65
Show Time: 8pm
Los Sugar Kings is a Boston-based quartet known for their dynamic live performances, rich harmonies, intense musicianship and ability to transcend genres with an authenticity rarely heard. In their world, respect is paid to the forefathers and traditions of Afro-Cuban Son, Salsa and Rumba-Flamenca but Los Sugar Kings (named after a Cuban baseball team) also actively draw on influences from nearly every continent in their unique roots-rock-reggae fusion repertoire. All are highly accomplished on their instruments, however the true magic of Los Sugar Kings is how these four individuals come together to put on a performance worthy of any festival, party, club or concert hall. Every show is an intimate dialogue between the band and their audience, with both sides communicating in a manner that is spontaneous, passionate, thoughtful and joyous. Los Sugar Kings is a 2015 New England Music Award winner.
Dinner & show: $65
Show time: 8pm
THE BAYLOR PROJECT featuring Jean Baylor-vocals and Marcus Baylor-drums
with: Sullivan Fortner-piano, Keith Loftis-tenor/soprano sax and Eric Wheeler-bass
The Baylor Project" is an innovative collaboration merging the talents and creativity of this dynamic husband and wife duo, Marcus and Jean Baylor. Both artists have established themselves in the music community, Marcus as a jazz musician having toured and recorded with Kenny Garrett, John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and as a long-time member of the Grammy Award
Winning, Yellowjackets. Jean first established herself in R&B as a platinum selling recording artist and later emerged in jazz having recorded and toured with Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller, Yellowjackets, and legendary bassist Buster Williams.
"The Baylor Project" pays homage to their wide-ranging musical influences, and in so doing; they generate an eclectic sound whose overall effect is spiritual, buoyant, and feel good music. Soulful. Melodic. Authentic."
Friday & Saturday
December 11 & 12
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
ROBERT GLASPER TRIO featuring Vincente Archer-bass and Damion Reid-drums
NEW RECORDING: COVERED
Reared in a household where Motown, R&B, and gospel were constant companions, by the age of twelve, Robert Glasper was playing piano in church and accompanying his Mother on club dates on the Houston circuit.
By 2003, Glasper had already racked up spots in the bands of prominent jazz artists such as Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove. In addition, his deep appreciation of hip-hop and R&B allowed him to form lateral bonds in those respective worlds. Guided by his mother’s example, Glasper simultaneously performed jazz while taking gigs as a touring musician and musical director for artists such as Maxwell, yasiin bey, Q-Tip, and Bilal.
In 2012, Glasper released Black Radio, which was the culmination of a series of jam sessions, featuring the hottest new musicians - Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, to name a few. The critical acclaim was overwhelming. Rolling Stone said, "Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip-hop jazz and gets it right." Black Radio took home the award for BEST R&B Album at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards!
Following the breakthrough commercial and critical success of his two GRAMMY-winning R&B-oriented Black Radio albums, Robert Glasper returns to his acoustic jazz roots with Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios). The album reunites Glasper with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid, reforming the trio that created his first two Blue Notes releases, anvas (2005) and In My Element (2007). Glasper had this to say about his new recording:
“I didn’t want to go back to trio and just play a bunch of standards or original jazz compositions, because then I would lose the big fan base I just built from mainstream R&B,” Glasper explains. “So I decided on a happy medium, returning to the piano trio but doing cover songs, which is something that I’ve never done before. It’s something that can feed the appetites of both my R&B/hip-hop audience and my jazz audience at the same time.”
Dinner & Show: $70
Show Time: 8pm
SECOND SHOW ADDED AT 10PM!
10PM SHOW JUST ADDED!
ELI & The Hot Six featuring Eli Newberger on tuba, Bob Winter on piano, Herb Gardner on trombone, Bo Winiker on trumpet, Ted Casher on clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes, Jimmy Mazzy on banjo and vocals and Jeff Guthery on drums plus, singer Rebecca Sullivan.
Eli & The Hot Six + Rebecca Sullivan is a hot new jazz ensemble that plays in a new style they call Contemporary Classic Jazz. Led by tuba virtuoso, Eli Newberger, they feature swinging New Orleans rhythms that propel brilliant instrumental soloists alongside a stunning singer, Rebecca Sullivan. The band programs its shows with great finesse, colorfully mixing enchanting mini-ensembles alongside thrilling, full-throated evocations of traditional jazz favorites, show tunes and pop songs from the 1920s to the 1960s as it draws its material equally from George Gershwin as from Louis Armstrong and doesn't shy away from rare ragtime like "Oh By Jingo" and esoteric Ellingtonia like "Sqeeze Me, But Don't Tease Me!"
The band's new disc, Eli & The Hot Six LIVE Contemporary Classic Jazz, features Boston's finest, legendary musicians who will also perform at Scullers: Eli Newberger on tuba, Bob Winter on piano, Herb Gardner on trombone, Bo Winiker on trumpet, Ted Casher on clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes, Jimmy Mazzy on banjo and vocals and Jeff Guthery on drums plus, singer Rebecca Sullivan.
Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
HELEN SUNG: "SUNG WITH WORDS" featuring Ingrid Jensen-trumpet, Carmen Lundy-vocals, Carolyn Leonhardt - vocals.
Pianist/composer Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both - and more importantly, true to herself.
Helen Sung graduated from the University of North Texas music program and from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. She also won the Kennedy Center's prestigious Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Sung also took part in various stage and studio projects along the way with a range of artists, including Clark Terry, T.S. Monk, Steve Turre, Regina Carter, Lonnie Plaxico and Terri Lyne Carrington. Sung appeared on Carrington's GRAMMY® Award-winning Mosaic Project recording released in 2011.
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
For tickets: 866.777.8932 Email: Info@ScullersJazz.com Ticket purchases are non-refundable.