Jazz

Jazz

Funk Shui

123 Orchard Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Dylan Sherry
Saturday, May 16 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Groovy originals and assorted funk, and (hopefully) some shredding keytar.

Come early enough and Adrian might give you a hug

Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble

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Saturday, June 20 12:00 PM

The SHS Jazz Ensemble is an eclectic group of High School students and teachers who perform American Jazz from Big Band to Contemporary. Directed by Charles McLaren, this distinguished group often has special guests from the community sit in as featured soloists. You can find the SHS Jazz Ensemble at local art openings, area schools, and other community events. 

 

Either/Orchestra with Teshome Mitiku

Performance Date and Time : 
Saturday, June 20 4:45 PM

Western pop music hit Ethiopia hard in the 1950s and 60s, and the most popular rock-style combo was the Soul Ekos, featuring the singing of Teshome Mitiku. Along with his brother Teodross and other bandmates, under the production guidance of Ethio-jazz creator Mulatu Astatke, Teshome recorded a number of songs that have stood the test of time among Ethiopians worldwide.

Somerville Symphony Orkestar

Performance Date and Time : 
Saturday, June 20 1:45 PM

The Makanda Project

Performance Date and Time : 
Saturday, June 20 2:45 PM

The Makanda Project is a Boston-based ensemble that was formed in 2005 to play previously unrecorded compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre (1931-2001).  Makanda was a brilliant and under-recognized multi-instrumentalist, educator, and composer who was among the more forward thinking musicians of his generation.  He recorded about 75 of his compositions, and when he passed another 350 were discovered that had not been heard.

Somervillains

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12 Harvard St, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Alan Manos
Saturday, May 16 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A fusion of funk, jazz, and instrumental hip-hop characterize this collaborative group. Expect some guest appearances, and if you've got an instrument, don't be afraid to bring it on by!

Feed The Frog

28 Whitman St. , Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Will Pearl
Saturday, May 16 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Feed the Frog is the latest invasive amphibian in town. Plays exclusively in the Amphrygian scale. A giant hunk of rain forest funk hooze butter trap-rock.

Mark Shilansky and Friends

388 Washington St, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Mark Shilansky
Saturday, May 16 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Pianist/Vocalist Mark Shilansky appears with members of his band Fugue Mill, plus special guest vocalists Kathleen Flynn, Patricia Thompson, April Hall, and David Thorne Scott, in a program of Americana, Bluegrass, and Great American Songbook Standards. With Eric Byers - guitar, and Rob Dross - bass.

Robogonzi

some street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Grace Petro
Saturday, May 16 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Cybernetic jazz ensemble, playing swing, latin, bop, and ballads, with expert assistance from ChordEase, our home-brewed real-time artificial intelligence software. We let the computer sweat the music theory, so we can concentrate on the groove. ChordEase lets you play music with difficult chords easily on any MIDI instrument. Though it's intended for jazz, it could be useful for any type of music that modulates frequently. If you struggle with improvising, try ChordEase. It's free open-source software, and it runs on Windows XP, 7 or 8.

Punk Eisenhower

88 Bartlett St, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Liz Langdon-Gray
Saturday, May 16 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Austin Mackey, John Grealish, and Josh Snyder make up this trio which fuses bluegrass, folk, and jazz into a two guitar, double bass, and vocal cocktail. Don't be fooled by the name, we go hard but not as hard as a punk band. Stop by to hear some creative twists on classic tunes.

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