Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8pm
RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS
Ronnie considers blues guitarist and vocalist Otis Rush as having the greatest musical influence on his life, as well as Magic Sam, Guitar Slim, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, all of whom have deeply and profoundly shaped and inspired his playing.
Ronnie is a now a three-time (1997,1999, 2014) W.C. Handy Blues Award winner, renamed the Blues Music Awards, as Guitar Player of the Year. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, taught for five years at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut, and has given private lessons. In 1995 Ronnie released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then re-released in DVD format in 2005.
Ronnie Earl has played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy, as well as gifted young blues guitarists who he just might pull up on stage at a moment’s notice.
"I feel the respect and affection for him that a father feels for his son. He is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud." ~ B. B. King
"He has released some twenty albums - but Ronnie Earl can still take your breath away."~ Guitar Player Magazine
Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
NEW CD: COTTON MOUTH MAN
In 1974, Cotton signed with Buddah and released "100% Cotton", one of his most relentless LPs, with Matt "Guitar" Murphy sizzling on backup. A decade later, Alligator issued another stand-out Cotton LP, "High Compression", which was split evenly between traditional-style Chicago blues and funkier, horn-driven material. "Harp Attack!", a 1990 summit meeting on Alligator, paired Cotton with three exalted peers: Wells, Carey Bell, and comparative newcomer Billy Branch. Antone's Records was responsible for a pair of gems: a live 1988 set reuniting the harpist with Murphy and Tucker, and a stellar 1991 studio project, "Mighty Long Time". Cotton moved into the 21st century as one of the last surviving originators of the Chicago blues sound, and never slowed his pace a bit, releasing a series of fine albums, including "Fire Down Under the Hill" (2000) and "Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes" (2004), both for Telarc Records, and "Giant" (2010) and "Cotton Mouth Man (2013), both on Alligator Records.
Cotton has always been known for having one of the best bands in the business. The members are: Darrell Nulisch, vocals; Tom Holland, guitar and vocals; Noel Neal, bass; and Jerry Porter, drums. Cotton’s eyes light up when he talks about his band, “My audience always tells me how I’m doing. If I look out there and don’t like what I see, I work harder.” His audiences are still on their feet, they enjoy themselves as much as he does, and there are still standing ovations night after night. You will have a memorable evening with an international treasure and a true Living Legend of the Blues.
“World renowned harmonica player James Cotton blew up his usual storm on harmonica. His spirit, stamina and sound make for a potent combination. …he delivers with authority.” - Washington Post
“The finest blues harmonica player alive.” - Boston Herald
Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
SUEDE - with Freddie Boyle, piano; Rich Hill, bass and Steve Langone on drums
Direct from sold out shows at clubs like NYC’s famous Birdland, selling out two shows her last time at Scullers, as well as other national tours, which include helping to raise 45K in one night for a free clinic outside Washington, DC - and having the immense privilege and honor of opening for the late, great Joan Rivers, commanding standing ovations and bringing the house down - Boston favorite Suede returns to Scullers with Freddie Boyle, piano; Rich Hill, bass and Steve Langone on drums. DO NOT MISS IT!!!
The New York Times says she’s like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler - sassy, smooth and intoxicating.
The Boston Globe says she’s “Wicked exciting!”
"You are GREAT! I hope we work together again!" - Joan Rivers, July 2014, RIP
"A spectacular evening of song and style. Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation." - New York Times
"A great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete." -Steppin' Out Arts, NY
"Thank you for the most incredible night of my life in an audience! You are #@*!ing to DIE for!" - Bea Arthur
Friday & Saturday
June 12 & 13
Dinner & Show: $85
Show Time: 8 & 10 p.m.
NEW CD: FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc).
In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons' fan base has increased exponentially, as the group's longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman's travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century.
The titles of each hit Ripps album has often reflected Freeman's deep wanderlust, whether he had actually been to the places he wrote about or was just dreaming of them in musical terms. These include Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America. In 2006, the band celebrated two decades of instrumental magic with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable CD/DVD package that included a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years.
On their latest Peak Records album, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons take their lucky fans on a trip of a lifetime to Cote D'Azur. Traveling with them is their trademark jazz cat, by artist Bill Mayer, who again graces the CD cover art. Next time out, who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues!
Benny’s list of credits, accomplishments, and accolades could literally fill a book. His recordings with the masters form a foundation of jazz education. Some notable highlights include: Beginning his touring life with Betty Carter for four years and realizing a life long dream of becoming a Jazz Messenger; In 1993 Oscar Peterson chose Benny as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music culminating in Oscar & Benny (1998) recorded for Telarc. Appearing on well over one hundred recordings, with legacy artists such as: Betty Carter (including Grammy award winner Look What I Got), Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Watson, Milt Jackson, Diana Krall, and he is particularly featured in Ray Brown’s trio series of CD’s for Telarc: Bass Face (1993), Don’t get Sassy (1994), Some of my best friends … (1994), Seven Steps to Heaven (1995), Super Bass (1996) and Live at Sculler’s (1996), to fresh faces like Japan’s young drum virtuouso, Tiger Onitsuka.
As the leader of his own groups, Benny’s recording career began with two albums for the Dutch label Criss Cross: Prelude (1988) and In This Direction (1989). In 1990 Green started recording for Blue Note: Lineage (1990), Greens (1991), Testifiyin’ (1992), That’s Right! (1993), The Place To Be (1994), Kaleidoscope (1997) and These Are Soulful Days (1999).. In 2000, his debut recording on Telarc Jazz entitled Naturally was released, which featured bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone. In 2001, Green’s Blues, a solo piano date and in 2003 Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc), a duo recording Malone, followed by Bluebird (2004) again pairing Green with Malone. A hiatus from recording produced Benny’s 2011 trio date, Source (JLP).
With his new recording, "Magic Beans", Benny Green unconditionally steps out as the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him, personally, by his musical mentors. "Magic Beans" delivers the message that swinging is never out of style.
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
The Django Festival Allstars have been coming to America and played alongside many of the tops in Jazz: George Benson, Joe Lovano, Paquito D'Rivera, Anat Cohen, Edmar Castaneda, Frank Wess, Lew Tabackin, Joel Frahm, and so many more.
These talented artists swing like crazy and will break your heart with a ballad. Each of them are composers and while this music can harken back to the great music of the past, their interpretations, arrangements, virtuosity, and original compositions bring a newness to Django's style and take it beyond. The Producers call it HIP HOT!
Downbeat Magazine just wrote of The Django Festival Allstar' s appearance at The Newport Jazz Festival this summer "A standout performance...a crowd favorite and top candidate for the hardest swinging group at the fest" ( Allen Morrison )
The Wall Street Journal says " It's the best Jazz show in town " (Will Friedwald)
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.