Jazz

Jazz

Dr. Ray and Friends

75 Benton Road, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Raynel Shepard

Jazz and the American Songbook
Raynel Shepard, vocals
Patrice Monahan, keyboard and vocals
Dave Shrake, bass
Doug Toland, guitar

Good Harbor

108 Hancock Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: John Shakespear
Saturday, May 17 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, May 17th, 2-4pm

Good Harbor, the musical project of Aparna Lakshmi and John Shakespear, offers up landscapes of people and place, stories of tenderness and loss, to call forth joy, movement and resonance. Their songs criss-cross jazz, funk, folk, blues and country to create a sound that is full and clean. They are currently working on their first EP, Ballast Songs.

Lyle Brewer Quartet

11R Albion Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Mike Piehl
Saturday, May 17 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instrumental guitar wizardry!

Jazz Echo with the Brad Ellenberg Quntet

22 Prichard Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Bob Abruzese
Saturday, May 17 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jazz Echo (http://jazzecho.bandcamp.com/) performs original compositions, along with jazz standards by Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, and many others. The Brad Ellenberg Quintet (http://www.bradellenberg.com) is composed of many of the same members and will also be sharing the porch, playing original material as well as music from many of greats in jazz.

Robogonzi

80 Avon St, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Grace Petro
Saturday, May 17 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Cybernetic jazz ensemble, playing swing, latin, bop, and ballads, with expert digital assistance from our homegrown real-time artificial intelligence system. We let the computer sweat the music theory, so we can concentrate on the groove.

Pablo Bencid Quartet

Performance Date and Time : 
Saturday, July 20 1:30 PM

Led by Berklee alumnus, drummer Pablo Bencid, this high-energy Latin jazz quartet is a new musical project that joins the talents of some of the finest musicians in the New England Latin music scene.  Venezuelan native Bencid graduated cum laude from Berklee College of Music; since then, he has been performing to large and appreciative audiences around the world. Pablo has mastered a variety of styles such as Latin-Jazz, Jazz, Latino, Afro-Venezuelan Rythms, among others.

Either/Orchestra

Performance Date and Time : 
Friday, July 19 7:00 PM

27 years young, the Either/Orchestra is one of Massachusetts’ major exports to the international jazz world.  Led by saxophonist/composer Russ Gershon, this 10-piece band has released ten CDs, a DVD and played over 1000 concerts across North America, Europe and Africa, winning many listeners’ and critics’ awards and a Grammy nomination.

JazzX with Matt Daniel

Performance Date and Time : 
Wednesday, June 19 7:00 PM

Rising vocal sensation Matt Daniel performs selections made famous by Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, and Norah Jones. Matt expresses gentleness and power. His warm humor will charm you. Matt has appeared at Ryles, Club Café, Encore Lounge, Bestsellers Café, Amazing Things, and Cabaret Fest 2013.

And More!

Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band

10 Irving Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Michael Romanyshyn
Saturday, May 18 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band is a 12-20 piece “raucous, stomp-your-foot-and-belt-out-the-choruses” New Orleans-style street band based in Somerville & Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are regular Joes and Janes with day jobs who combine music with social action; slamming out the sounds of the legendary Crescent City for peace rallies, street festivals, parades, and benefits.We are also a part of the organizing force behind HONK! a festival of activist street bands that takes place every October in Somerville’s Davis Square.

Variable Density Sound Orchestra

11 Williams Court, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Garrison Fewell
Saturday, May 18 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Variable Density Sound Orchestra: Minimal Density version for Porchfest, featuring the best world renowned improvising musicians: Guitarist Garrison Fewell, trumpeter Jerry Sabatini, saxophonist Jason Robinson and drummer Luther Gray! As the name implies, the VDSO is an actively changing and growing collective of jazz improviser/composers from Boston, Somerville and the world. The VDSO conducts improvisational dialogues that transcend stylistic boundaries in creative music. We believe in social justice and bringing attention to the role of collective improvisation and creative arts to illuminate the culture of today's society.

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