Jazz

Jazz

Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band

16 Prospect Hill Ave., Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Chuck Lechien, Jr.
Saturday, May 21 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Not so much a band, per se, as a musical force of nature. They are a volcanic eruption of amazing sonic and rhythmic fantasmagoria. An eclectic instrumental menagerie that blends a wide range of genres into one unforgettable sound.
Formed from the most talented deadbeats and drifters that could be rounded up, this group of raucous and rambunctious musicians will honk, wail, blow, beat, bounce, scream and serenade their way into your hearts. Playing anything that won’t break from vigorous use; their instrumentation is a unique blend of brass, winds, violin, accordion and an eclectic rhythm section.

Fable Grazer

135 Highland Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Marc Drinkwater
Saturday, May 21 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Fable Grazer is a Somerville-based free improv collective. They wield instrumentation that encompasses everything from guitar, synth, trumpet, mandolin and melodica, to radiator (and related plumbing), springs, loose change, broken glass, and pool table (with balls). Their music grows through cause-and-effect, accident and power struggle.

Core members are Marc Drinkwater, Jeff La, Mike McCaw, Bob Moores, Mike Sawicki, Eric Woods and Eric Zinman.

https://www.facebook.com/FableGrazer

Jazz Echo with the Brad Ellenberg Quntet

22 Prichard Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Bob Abruzese
Saturday, May 21 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.

Tony the Tones and the Wombo Combo

324 WASHINGTON ST, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Tony O'Brien
Saturday, May 21 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Featuring Somerville's finest jazz quartet, the Wombo Combo are here to provide your ears with righteous tunes and groovy beats. Spanning a vast array of jazz genres, we play most everything from swing/be-bop standards, latin jazz, funky 2nd-line, and much more. The young lineup includes:

-Charles McPherson on Keys
-Andrew McPherson on Trombone/Guitar
-Declan Geoffrion-Scannell on Bass
-Tony O'Brien on Drums/Percussion

Please visit our Bandcamp page to listen!

SCBC Jazz-Gospel Band/Commnity Gospel Choir

31 College Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Mina Cho
Saturday, May 21 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SCBC Jazz-Gospel Band is the house band of Somerville Community Baptist Church and is led by Mina Cho, director of contemporary music. The band will present various repertoires covering jazz, tango, and world music as well as gospel music, for which Community Gospel Choir (directed by Stacie Clayton) will join.

Piano: Mina Cho (Band Leader)
Drums: George Lernis
Bass: Do Young Kim
Violin: Elinor Speirs
Alto Saxophone: Shihai Li
Community Gospel Choir

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

Performance Date and Time : 
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.

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