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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, July 12th, 2019

The Manuel Valera/John Ellis Duo

7:30 - $22

This evening presents two versatile composer/instrumentalists interacting and traversing compositions by both, written with this chamber music format in mind. They will be performing new refreshing arrangements on material from the great American songbook as well.

Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy nominated artist, 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, , John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others. Manuel is also the leader of the New Cuban Express. His 6th record as a leader New Cuban Express was released in June/2012 and is nominated for the 2013 Grammys in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. Manuel has travelled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals.

The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies a space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists, Ellis expresses keen intellect, easy virtuosity, and mischievous spirit. Ellis’ own projects include his eccentric urban carnival band Double-Wide, his quintet of A-list players, and a series of Jazz Gallery-commissioned narrative pieces with playwright Andy Bragen. John has established himself as one of New York’s premier tenor saxophonists, working with artists as diverse as John Patitucci, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hunter, and Sting. Ellis has released nine albums as a leader, while his discography lists more than 150 album credits as a sideman.

“He [Manuel] leaves no doubt that he is destined to play a role in the future of jazz.”
-Philip Van Vleck, Billboard

The sound is both old and spectacularly new in terms of his re-invention of the music of a tradition to which he is inextricably linked. And this increases Valera’s importance as a musician in the arena of Afro-Cuban music. –Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network, June 2012

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

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game

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