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Friday, November 8th, 2019

Laurie Antonioli & The American Dreams Band

7:30 - $22

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Laurie Antonioli is one of the era’s definitive jazz vocalists, but she’s got a little rock ’n’ roll in her soul too. Her new album The Constant Passage of Time expands her creative purview with an emotionally trenchant program focusing on her collaborations with state-of-the-art jazz composers and new arrangements of tunes by iconic singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Sheryl Crow.

It’s the latest in a series of albums created with her American Dreams band, a superlative quintet featuring veteran reed expert Sheldon Brown, guitarist Dave MacNab, pianist Matt Clark, drummer Jason Lewis, and bassist/recording engineer Dan Feiszli (taking over for the late John Shifflett, the ensemble’s original bassist). The arrangements cover a lot of gripping musical ground, making particularly brilliant use of Brown’s bass clarinet and the stinging fretwork of MacNab.

"Antonioli catches (Joni) Mitchell's phrases and phrasing as if from thin air, exhaling them as warm, autumnal bursts of memory. I will not hear a better recording this year." - C. Michale Bailey, All About Jazz

"Combining her own compositions with a handful of rock tunes from the past 50 years, Antonioli and her sextet have crafted an album that invites the listener into questions about patriarchy and capital, and the ties that bind us as Americans. Her voice, tall, proud and unpretentious, deserves to be more widely heard." - Giovanni Russonello, Downbeat Magazine

"Singer Antonioli is a rare talent, too rarely seen beyond the Bay Area." - Don Heckman, The International Review of Music

"Anyone who is in the know of vocalist and pedagogue Laurie Antonioli and the music she creates, espouses and teaches will know that lyricism and the art of musical seduction is at the heart of her lucid and tuneful music. A somewhat melancholy poet of song, Miss Antonioli’s music is rich in allusion to life – even lived experience – which is something that makes her music draw you in with its utter honesty and truthfulness" - Raul Da Gama, Jazz Da Gama

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Rumelia Collective

$22. - 7:30

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Rumelia Collective is a group of musicians dedicated to playing the music of the Balkans
and Mideast, as well as many other musical styles from around the world. Members Nicolle Jensen, Willa Roberts, Sitara Schauer and Alysha Shaw weave an intricate and mesmerizing blend of contemporary and traditional folk elements into their unique arrangements. They are known for their lush four-part vocal harmonies, as well as their innovative use of both traditional and western instrumentation, playing everything from soaring, epic love songs to raucous, upbeat dance pieces.

“Rumelia” comes from the word “Rumeli” meaning “Land of the Romans,” a Turkish word
used to describe the people and cultures of the Southern Balkan region. The music is unique to the western ear, in that it uses odd time signatures (e.g. 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 11/8) and close harmonies,as well as eastern scales and tonalities common to the region. Rumelia Collective’s core repertoire is derived from traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey, to name a few.

rumeliacollective.com

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The Miguel Zenón Quartet

7:30 - $28.

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Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. 

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released twelve recordings as a leader, including the Grammy Nominated Yo Soy La Tradición (2018) and Típico (2017), as well as his latest Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (2019). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sanchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejias, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Miles Okazaki, Ray Barreto, Andy Montañez, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman.

Zenón has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune. In addition, he topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and was selected as the Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018 and 2019.

As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, NYO Jazz, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Logan Center for The Arts, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers. 

Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. In April 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant”. 

The personnel ​​for this evening is Miguel Zenón, alto sax, Luis Perdomo, piano, Matt Penman, bass and Henry Cole, drums.

For more info: www.miguelzenon.com

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Saturday, November 16th, 2019

The Quiet Ones Meet The Gas Men

7:30 - $22

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The Quiet Ones are an Irish traditional music duo. They are Patrick Egan (concertina) and Nicola Stathers (uilleann pipes). Patrick comes from County Wicklow in Ireland. He began playing the Concertina when he was seven years old. Nicola comes from California and started to play Irish music and uilleann pipes when she was twelve. Together they have performed all over the world, from their most recent home bases in Washington DC, Cork and London town, to trips that took them as far as Athens, Greece and British Columbia, Canada. They weave a mix of their love for Irish music, lore, language, dancing to bring a wide range of musical styles to their performances. 

https://www.thequietones.net/

Joining them will be long time collaborators Vince Keehan and Cormac Gannon, members of San Francisco's infamous band, The Gas Men. Vince is a renowned musician, singer and songwriter in the Irish music scene in San Francisco. Originally from Galway, Ireland, he made an album there called "Nights in Shanaglish" with Patrick. Cormac comes from Mayo, is a mult-instrumentalist and recently released an excellent album, "Different".

https://www.nightsinshanaglish.com/

https://www.cormacgannon.com/

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO

7:30 - $22

Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua.  She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali.  Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass.  

www.lenistern.com and www.facebook.com/lenisternband