Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8pm only
8pm SHOW ONLY - 10pm show CANCELLED
DONAL FOX INNOVATIONS QUARTET featuring Warren Wolf
Donal Fox is internationally acclaimed as composer, pianist, and improviser in both jazz and classical music. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship in music composition, and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation, and he is a three time nominee for the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts. He served as the first African-American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony and was a visiting artist at Harvard University, where he received a Certificate of Recognition from the President of Harvard College for his contribution to the arts. Mr. Fox recently premiered his Monk and Bach Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his orchestra piece, “Hear De Lambs A-Cyrin,” commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra for The Spiritual Project, his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project at Ozawa Concert Hall in Tanglewood, and the world premiere of his piano concerto Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. He has been Composer-in-Residence at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Germany), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Liguria Study Center (Italy), Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, among others. His innovative "Jazz Duet Series" has included concerts, recordings, and collaborations with Oliver Lake, John Stubblefield, Billy Pierce, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Regina Carter, George Mraz, Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Andrew Cyrille, Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Burton, Lewis Nash, John Patitucci, and poet Quincy Troupe, among others.
"Donal Fox is simply without peer."
— Howard Mandel, Down Beat
"Fox's band has the Modern Jazz Quartet's poise and John Coltrane Quartet's power"
-- Boston Globe
Dinner & Show $78
Show Time: 4 & 7pm
BOB JAMES QUARTET FEATURING CARLITOS DELPUERTO, BILLY KILSON AND PERRY HUGHES
NEW CD: BOB JAMES LIVE AT THE MILLIKEN AUDITORIUM
Bob James’s music has informed and inspired some of the most important producers and musicians in the post-disco era, and has been sampled by hip hop and dance producers alike. At the same time his take on fusion has been a constant key presence in the development of jazz since the mid-seventies. And, of course, his studio work with folks like Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack and Quincy Jones well deserves the legendary status it has with those in the know.
From his early years touring with Sarah Vaughan to founding smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay, Bob James has explored a vast stretch of musical territory. A leading force in 1970s crossover jazz, the keyboardist, composer, and producer played an essential role on a series of hit records and has had a profound effect on the history of hip-hop music, with two of his songs among the most sampled in hip-hop history.
Dinner & show: $70
Show Time: 8pm
TRUMPETER, AVISHAI COHEN TRIVENI with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Nasheet Waits
NEW CD: DARK NIGHTS
Dark Nights is the soul-deep third album from rising-star trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s trio Triveni with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Nasheet Waits.
Avishai Cohen is a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most sought-after trumpet players of his generation. Though deeply rooted in the bebop and post-bop tradition, Mr. Cohen is taking jazz in new directions, making waves as an improviser, composer, and bandleader.
Mr. Cohen came of age as part of the fertile scene at Smalls, the storied New York jazz club, where he developed his artistic vision alongside such friends and colleagues as pianist Jason Lindner and bassist Omer Avital. Here the imperatives of jazz tradition and innovation were not in conflict, but rather merged into one powerful creative stream. Mr. Cohen flourished in an environment where hard-driving swing, open-ended funk, Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms, complex extended forms and free improvisation converged under one roof, drawing enthusiastic audiences. All of his diverse work, as a leader, co-leader, and sideman, is informed by this broad-minded legacy, which has given jazz new vitality and relevance in the 21st century.
The New York Times has praised him as “an extravagantly skilled trumpeter, relaxed and soulful. . . deftly combining sensitivity and flair,”
Show & Dinner: $70
Show Time: 8pm &10pm
ELI & THE HOT SIX + REBECCA SULLIVAN
10pm SHOW CANCELLED
WBUR's Chris Lydon will Host
FUNDRAISER FOR KIDS FOR HARMONY
NEW CD CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC JAZZ
Eli & The Hot Six + Rebecca Sullivan is a grand new band 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 and a stunning singer, Rebecca Sullivan, to enchanting mini-ensembles and thrilling, full-throated evocations of traditional jazz favorites, show tunes and pop songs from the 1920s to the 1960s. The band 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 Hot Six are Butch Thompson, the legendary house pianist for Prairie Home Companion, Bo Winiker, trumpet and flugelhorn, Herb Gardner, trombone, Jeff Guthery, drums, Jimmy Mazzy, banjo and vocals and Ted Casher, clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes. Bob Winter will join the band for the 10pm show! Twenty-something singer Rebecca Sullivan frosts the cake with her swinging vocals.
The band's new self-titled CD comes out in mid-March and it's a sizzling disc.
Proceeds for this show go to Kids for Harmony, a Pittsfield-based music-for-kids program that has the goal of improving the lives of children by strengthening family and community relationships through music.
Friday & Saturday
May 22 & 23
Dinner & Show: $88
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Ramsey Lewis' classic album, "The In Crowd!"
Ramsey has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts.
Ramsey Lewis has won 3 Grammy awards and 6 Gold records - for his pop hits such as "The In Crowd," "Hang on Sloopy," and "Hold it Right There."
A new show was syndicated in 2006 under the name Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis and was broadcast on jazz radio stations across the country. In 2006, a well-received 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series hosted by Lewis was broadcast by PBS on public TV nationwide and featured live performances by a variety of jazz artists including Larry Gray, Lonnie Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Pat Metheny and Tony Bennett.
"Dubbed a 'Living Landmark' in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Ramsey Lewis personifies the quality and innovation of American music and the progression of the styles of jazz, soul, and classical music he so perfectly inter-meshes." - citypages.com
Dinner & Show: $65
Show Time: 8pm
NEW RELEASE MY FAVORITE THINGS
A native of Bali, Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening to classic jazz albums his father shared with him.
Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Alexander to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol Herbie Hancock, who provided early enthusiastic support to Alexander’s budding career.
The world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound. Alexander recently signed with Motema Records and his new recording, My Favorite Things, will be released April, 2015.
His brilliance as an improviser won him the Grand Prix in the 1st International Festival Contest of Jazz Improvisation in Odessa, Ukraine, in 2013, which included over 43 talented jazz professionals from 17 countries. He has performed for President Clinton and other luminaries at galas including the Arthur Ashe Gala, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual gala and A Great Night in Harlem at The Apollo, where he played in honor of Hancock and received a standing ovation.
Wynton Marsalis is one of Joey's biggest supporters and had this to say about him: "Joey is a little genius just 10 years old playing with emotional depth like that of above a young adult."
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.
"To me, Latin jazz is the world's greatest music," says Sanchez. "It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I'm most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn't exist before in this country. I'm very proud to take this music all over the world all the time."
Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
NEW CD: BRING IT BACK
Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Ruth Brown. Catherine’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon,
Catherine has been a guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", PBS-TV’s “Tavis Smiley Show”, and NPR's "Fresh Air", “Piano Jazz”, “Mountain Stage”, “World Café”, and “JazzSet”. Catherine Russell's third album, Inside This Heart of Mine, reached #1 on JazzWeek and Roots Music Report’s radio charts, while also charting on Billboard and reaching #1 on I-Tunes jazz charts. A fourth album, Strictly Romancin’ was released in February 2012, and was awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal (Vocal Album of The Year) by the French Jazz Academy, Grand Prix du Hot Club de France, and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording. Also in 2012, Catherine Russell won a Grammy Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO-TV series, Boardwalk Empire.
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.