Dinner and Show: $85
Show Times: 8 and 10pm
Smooth Jazz's top saxophonist is changing the atmosphere by fusing the elements of traditional Jazz, R 'n' B, Funk, Hip-Hop and Pop into an explosive sound that is incomparable.
Andre Ward continues to evolve into the type of musician that truly lives for the love of making music that respects the past, yet steps into the future.
Just as silky as you please, saxman Andre Ward pours on the saxilicious charm from the very first note of the lead track on his latest endeavor, Caution. You just know from that point, you are at the right party. Pass me a groove and let me settle back for this ride. - Ronald Jackson/thesmoothjazzride.com
Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8pm
Women of the World is an international world music ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream four years ago has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumna from Japan, sought to create an ensemble of artists from all over the world to create music for peace. In 2008, Ayumi joined forces with like-minded musicians, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, Annette Philip from India, and Débňrah Pierre from USA/Haiti in order to manifest this vision.
The Women of the World repertoire is vast and varied; the sound created by this unique group has grown to have a power that moves not only the members, but huger and huger audiences, as it spreads awareness of different cultures, music, and philosophies.
“BEAUTIFUL. SPIRITED. LOVING ... WONDERFUL!” - BOBBY McFERRIN,
Dinner and Show: $75
Show Time: 8 and 10pm
Saxophonist Elan Trotman has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.
Trotman has recorded and performed with a number of world-class musicians, including Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Johnny Gill, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E, Marcus Miller, Will Downing, Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Peabo Bryson, Brian Simpson and many others. A huge sports fan, Trotman has performed the National Anthem on numerous occasions for such teams as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers.
As a recording artist Elan has topped the Billboard Radio Charts over 10 times. As a solo artist charting songs include “Heaven In Your Eyes” feat. Brian Simpson, “Tradewinds” feat Peter White, “Master Blaster”, “As” feat. Lin Rountree, and “Thoughts of Sumer” feat. Will Downing.
Dinner & Show: $85
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
Boston's own Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room,” says, pianist, Jon Batiste. Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly, as a leader, just released her 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, which was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
Winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone”. Grace was also voted #4 Alto saxophonist in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. “Jazz Artist of the Year” 2016 Boston Music Awards, “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.
With the multi-generational supergroup ACS, sisterhood isn’t just powerful, it’s downright explosive. A spectacular fusion of three celebrated bandleaders who each brings daunting technique and a questing spirit of improvisation to the collective ensemble, ACS emerged out of Carrington’s GRAMMY Award-winning 2011 album The Mosaic Project. A pianist of bracing intelligence and unerring improvisational instincts, Allen is the band’s veteran seeker. Over her expansive career, she has released 18 albums as a leader and collaborated with a pantheon of masters including Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter and Charlie Haden. Carrington was already an elite accompanist when she released her 1989 debut Real Life Story with Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Greg Osby, and Dianne Reeves. A musical prodigy championed as a youth by legendary drumming figures Buddy Rich and Jack DeJohnette, she had lengthy tenures with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Spalding was already jazz’s brightest young star before winning an unprecedented Best New Artist GRAMMY Award in 2011, and remains the most celebrated ambassador in jazz, a spellbinding talent who has brought her sleek and soulful sound to a vast international audience. Elegant, experimental, and unquestionably bold, ACS provides this brilliant triumvirate with a vivid forum for further explorations.
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8pm
The Requinte Trio featuring Janis Siegel, Nanny Assis and John DiMartino
NEW CD is HONEY AND AIR
A pianist from Philadelphia, a singer from Brooklyn and a percussionist from Bahia walk into a bar...
Fingers, voices and rhythm.
A lingering sweetness on your lips from the night before, and a quick inhale the morning after.
The richness and passion of Honey & Air , and the name of our first CD.
Pianist/arranger John di Martino hails from the City Of Brotherly Love, had learned his licks with the great Lennie Tristano and is one of the most in-demand accompanists for singers.Janis Siegel is from the Holy City of Brooklyn and grew up with New York City as her backdrop, singing folk, pop, country and original music till The Manhattan Transfer hurled her head-first into the rich worlds of vocalese, swing music, harmony singing and doo-wop. Nanny Assis, a native of Salvador, Bahia is a singer, percussionist, guitarist,and songwriter, who has touched hearts and souls through musical expressions that go beyond comprehension.
What to name a diverse trio of musicians creating jazz /soul/pop/folk/global/playful expressions? It was not quite a caipirinha, but not fully a Manhattan either. A little bit of a martini with a back of malt liquor perhaps?
Nanny, our man from Brazil, focused our collaboration and was the one to whom we looked to come up with a perfect word to express this new musical cocktail. Without missing a beat, he looked at us and said â€śRequinte . â€ť(HAY- KEEN- CHEE ) It's a word that means "elegant" in Portuguese. We strive for that elevated feeling in our joyous mixture of influences and our coming together of cultures.
Our songs are the embodiment of our collaboration and now we can share this musical embrace with all of you.
Dinner and Show: $80
Show Times: 8 and 10pm
NEW CD IS MAKE NOISE!
Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre's greatest masters, including Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Ralph Peterson, Vincent Herring and others.
As a leader, Pelt has recorded 11 albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.
Pelt's newest recording, Make Noise! was released in January of 2017.
"Pelt is a technical marvel. He executes intricate solos with ease, plays gorgeous ballads in a tasteful manner, and never lacks flair or sensitivity." - Ron Wynn/JazzTimes magazine
Salvant makes an electric connection with live audiences. "Resoundingly eloquent, whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actorâ€™s stagecraft, an instrumentalistâ€™s precision of nuance, and an appetite for dusting off rarely performed songs," declared The Guardian. In the mold of her idols, Vaughan and Abbey Lincoln, McLorin Salvant makes every song utterly her own. Cecile returns to Scullers this time with gifted New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, winner of the prestigous American PIanists Association's 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship Award. Fortner has also performed with Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz and The Marsalis Famiy, among others.
Dinner and Show: $90
Show Times: 8 & 10pm
BILL FRISELL with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen
Latest Recording is Grammy-nominated When You Wish Upon a Star
Frisell is a revered figure among musicians - like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
From SPIN magazine: " In one of the biggest leaps of imagination since the Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix, Frisell coaxes and slams his hovering split-toned ax into shapes of things to come...But besides being a guitar genius, he's turned into a terrific songwriter. Like Monk, Frisell's harmonic and melodic ideas form asuccinct, seamless mesh with outer sonic and rhythmic ideas about his ax."
Frisell's latest release, When You Wish Upon a Star is nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category!
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
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