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Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Guitar Games Workshop w Bruce Dunlap

12 to 4 Sat. & Sun. $100. Sponsor a Student!

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Saturday, June 15th, 2019

The Cookers w Eddie Henderson - Billy Hart - Billy Harper - George Cables - Cecil McBee - David Weiss - Donald Harrison

7:30 - $36

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Many thanks to Rick Thaler and OGB Architectural Millwork for underwriting this concert.

Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet alongside Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper. David Weiss and Donald Harrison, from a more recent generation and the youngest members of the band, are experts in this forthright lingo, having gained experience performing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Roy Haynes and Herbie Hancock.

Each member of the Cookers has spent time leading his own series of groups as well, and each has a keenly individual sound. But it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings). You can feel the collective weight of that experience in their CDs and especially in their live performances. Since this version of the band was solidified in 2007 the group has performed at venues around the world, including headlining the Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and many more.

After ten years together, The Cookers, who “embody the serious-as-death commitment that it took to thrive on the New York scene some four decades ago” (Andrew Gilbert, The Boston Globe), recently released their fifth album, The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart, the follow up album to their four critically-acclaimed recordings, Warriors, Cast The First Stone, Believe and Time and Time Again. On The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart again the incredibly high level of musicianship has only increased with the latest offering of fresh, challenging, boundary-pushing music from these legendary, revered, veteran improvisers.

"This really is the best working band anywhere at the moment . . . This record is what jazz should always be about."
- Tony Hall, JazzWise Magazine (named an "Album of The Year 2014")

"This combustible hard-bop wrecking crew - Eddie Henderson and David Weiss on trumpets, Billy Harper and Donald Harrison on saxophones, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Billy Hart on drums - recently released its excellent fourth album, 'Time and Time Again.'" - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"The Cookers remain a blast furnace of infectious power and rhythm. Four top-notch horn players erupt together in chromatic splendor . . . while the nonpareil rhythm section of Cables, McBee and Hart keeps finding new ways to stoke and shift the pulse of tune."
- Britt Robson, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"On their fourth disc, this Magnificent Seven of gutsy acoustic jazz delivers their most diverse outing yet. The group's superlative soloing is kept at modest length, skillfully serving the exhilarating, shifting arrangements while the ensemble has a startling fullness . . . Each successive Cookers disc is increasingly fiery and forward-reaching."
- Jeff Potter, DownBeat Magazine

"These guys just want to burn, and on their fourth album together, that's exactly what they do . . . this is a group brimming with creativity and passion . . ." - Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

 

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Awna Teixeira

7:30 - $22

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Portuguese/Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira, is the core member of in the highly-esteemed and internationally acclaimed Canadian band, Po'Girl, along with Allison Russell (of Birds of Chicago). Awna Teixeira, named the up and coming "Undisputed Queen of Roots Music" by No Depression, is currently performing her solo albums, which have received international rave reviews. Her dynamic performances uniquely showcase her multi-instrumentalist and songwriting talents on the guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele, harmonica. Awna is a sought after artist throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, touring for the past 15 years in theaters, concerts series, listening rooms, music festivals, and bars year-round. With 16 recorded albums, she has an extensive touring history and an adoring fan base spanning over 16 countries on 4 continents.

"A bag of riches from Po' Girl front-woman! "Teixeira’s voice is a delightfully gentle 

instrument; like the elfin sister of Emmylou Harris and Stevie Nicks." Americana UK

“Awna’s burgundy tones bring haunting melancholy to ballads and gung-ho brio to old-timey stompers.” Maverick Magazine UK

“Awna's husky yet smooth vocals are perfectly executed. Giving her upbeat songs just the edge they need while also easing into the softness of her slow ballads. “ John Calling – CBC, Canada

“Awna Teixeira writes with dark, vivid lyrical imagery. Bringing a new kind of delicate but fierce approach to accordion driven dream folk…” Americana UK

Listen! 

https://youtu.be/j0Tm9x7E6oQ

https://youtu.be/VgUYw3Rewuw

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Ronn McFarlane

7:30 - $22

 

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GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute, the most popular instrument of the Renaissance, into today’s musical mainstream, making it accessible to a wider audience. As Bela Fleck has done with the banjo, Ronn is reinventing the lute for the twenty-first century, writing new lute music and performing in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Essentially the only modern musician composing and performing his own music for this historic instrument, Ronn builds on the tradition of lutenist-composers of past centuries and creates music in a modern context. His original music combines elements of Celtic, Americana, and traditional folk music dating back to the Renaissance. With over 40 recordings to date, Ronn has an exciting catalog of both traditional and original music. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination in 2009. Ronn’s newest solo album, The Celtic Lute, released in 2018, features his arrangements of traditional Scottish and Irish music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Makana

7:30 - $28

 

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Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana is an internationally recognized master of the rare Hawaiian art of Slack Key Guitar. Not to be confused with steel (slide) guitar, slack key is older than the blues and was created by Hawaiians in the early 1800s as a way of simulating 3 guitars in one by playing bass, rhythm and melody in beautiful “open” tunings unique to the islands. A protégé of various Hawaiian slack key legends, Makana uses over a hundred tunings to fashion a massive, resonant, symphonic sound without use of loop pedals or other trickery. His repertoire is diverse and accessible- this is not the Hawaiian music from 1930s Hollywood! Out of slack key Makana has fashioned a hybrid style of slack key, blues and bluegrass he calls “Slack Rock”. He has supported acts ranging from Santana and Sting to Jason Mraz, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Bad Company, Leon Russell, Chris Isaak, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Common, Gotye, Jack Johnson and many others. A former TEDx presenter, Makana recently graced the cover of Frets magazine, the acoustic companion to the world’s most popular guitar magazine Guitar Player.

His music has been featured on 3 Grammy-nominated records including the soundtrack for Academy Award-winning film The Descendants. Makana's sound ventures into the folk/ bluegrass/ acoustic rock realm. His voice is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman/ Jeff Buckley. Guitar Player magazine voted him one of the Top 3 guitarists in America in 2008, and Esquire Magazine said "Slack key guitar, indigenous to Hawai'i, is older than the blues, and Makana is considered the greatest living player."

www.MakanaMusic.com

Friday, October 4th, 2019

John Whelan and Brian Conway

7:30 - 22.

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John Whelan and Brian Conway are a formidable duo. Well established as legends in the traditional Irish music world, they have been performing together for over 30 years. Seven time All-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. John Is also a sought-after composer and producer.

A premier Irish-American fiddler, Brian performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Conway has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. New York born, he is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann.

Recently Brian and John teamed up to perform in the Irish mega-band, Gailfean. Gailfein’s first release entitled Won’t You Come Out Tonight has received rave reviews.

www.johnwhelanmusic.com
www.brianconway.com

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Parlour Game - Jenny Scheinman - Allison Miller - Tony Scherr - Carmen Staaf

7:30 - $22

 

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In their latest endeavor PARLOUR GAME, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with the formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. The repertoire explores swing, gogo, backbeats and ballads. Scheinman and Miller are both artists with eclectic backgrounds having collaborated with such diverse musicians as Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Brian Blade, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Moran, Lucinda Williams, Natalie Merchant, and Rene Rosnes. In PARLOUR GAME they explore the classic format of the piano quartet and strive for excellence in simplicity - the perfect groove and a melody that sticks.

"[Scheinman is] simply one of the most versatile musicians working today." - NPR

“A key arrival to jazz, an outsider with a voice and ideas.” - The New York Times