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Solo, Duo, Trio and Quartet
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
The spectacular jazz pianist Dick Durham returns in a concert featuring solo, duo, trio and quartet numbers. Joining Dick will be Blake Cramer, who is lyrical interpreter of the American song form on vibes, Bob Offerman on bass and Bill McHenry on drums. Don’t miss this memorable, magical evening of jazz piano. A brilliantly unique pianist, Dick is also an arranger and composer. He is a strong believer in melody, harmony, and rhythm and uses both hands quietly, joyously and raucously. John Wilson in the New York Times once proclaimed that Dick has “A Style approaching that of a quartet." His compositions have earned him two separate Maryland Governor’s Citations for excellence in the performing arts in 2003 and 2005. Ballads from his original musicals (adaptation of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘Celluloid’) reflect on the joy and pathos of life. His jazz variations on the scores of musicals like “West Side Story” earn standing ovations. This will be a wonderful evening of jazz played with virtuosity, emotion and humor.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned traditional bluegrass. With their new recording, “Weary River,” they pay a compelling visit to not only bluegrass music roots but to the band’s own rich tradition. Danny’s father, the late Bob Paisley, founded Southern Grass and fronted bands going back into the 60s. Danny joined the band at the age of 15 in 1974 on guitar and vocals. His stature has grown as a vocalist and he is a past nominee for the IBMA (International Bluerass Music Association) Male Vocalist of the Year award. Now a third generation has joined the band with Danny’s teenage son Ryan, a superb mandolin player, stepping in. Fiddler TJ Lundy has recently returned to Southern Grass. He masterfully treads the line between bluegrass and old-time mountain music with roots going back to the Galax, VA area. He played with Bob Paisley back when his father, banjo player Ted Lundy played with the group and played with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass after Bob passed away in 2004. The other members of the band are Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen) on banjo and the fine bluegrass tenor Eric Troutman on bass and vocals. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are based in southern Pennsylvania and Maryland. They tour nationally and have taken their hard-driving, traditional bluegrass played with power and a deep soulfulness to such notable festivals and events as Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and more.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Debo Band is an 10-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by the charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. They raise the roof on the Ethiopian musical past, picking up where political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s quenched the energy of one of East Africa’s most prolific, vibrant scenes. Known for their groundbreaking, danceable groove, they imagine what Duke Ellington, while on his famed African tour, might have played with the Addis Ababa Police Orchestra (“Blue Awaze”) and invent the jams of the Ethiopians who served in the Korean War and brought back influences from East Asia (the catchy Okinawan song “Hiyamikachi Bushi”). Based in Boston, the large ensemble is known for its respectful reimagining of Ethiopia’s rich musical worlds–from Orthodox Christian liturgy to hot-and-sweaty club sounds. They incorporate traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands. They have toured Ethiopia twice, appearing at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they’ve shared stages with Gogol Bordello, Amadou & Mariam, Antibalas, The Family Stone, and Ethiopian great Tilahun Gessesse. Recent and upcoming performances include the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, South by Southwest, globalFEST, Joe’s Pub, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Montana Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Fiddle, Guitar, Piano and Vocals
Celtic Music from Nova Scotia
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Sisters and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving Celtic rhythms and lilting melodies. Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia’s musical culture and traditions, they have used their unique upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. The music is anchored by the powerful, lively fiddling of elder sister Cassie MacDonald and the beautiful piano work, guitar and clear vocals of her younger sister Maggie MacDonald. Both are accomplished step dancers. This is the kind of family music that has always fueled the Maritimes, and there’s a very real closeness and joy in this music that can only come from siblings making music together. They are equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, seamlessly weaving a theme from the Moonlight Sonata into a set of sure fire reels or bringing a breath of fresh air with their original compositions and arrangements. They manage to stay true to their Celtic roots while exploring and testing the boundaries of traditional music. Their extensive touring schedule has included appearances at festivals and concerts throughout North America and in Europe. Their most recent recording “Sterling Road” has earned awards and great reviews and their new recording “The Willow Collection” will be released this year.
Lithuanian Vocalist based in Paris
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Viktorija Gečytė [Get-CHEET-Hey] is a Lithuanian-born, Paris-based vocalist steeped in the jazz tradition. She hit the stage at the age of five in her native Lithuania and was soon singing festivals, touring Europe, recording, and making appearances on Lithuanian television. Some years later, influenced by the great American singers, she started to feel the swing and decided to freelance. Her ease, sense of rhythm, and strong low voice appealed to many ears, and earned her international awards. She met Gene Perla, bass and Sean Gough, keyboard of Go Trio while in college in the U.S. Since returning to Paris, she has returned each year for short tours with Go Trio. Propelled by American jazz bassist Gene Perla, who has played with Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, Go Trio features pianist Sean Gough, a young man who continues to stretch the boundaries of the American Songbook, jazz standards, and original melodies. They will be joined by drummer Nic Cacioppo. Even as they mine the most familiar tunes, each musician's effortless attentiveness guarantees vital and spontaneous music. Go Trio has played at leading jazz clubs and music festivals and is releasing their new recording “No Detour Ahead” with Viktorija Gečytė this spring.
With Chuck Redd on vibes and Robert Redd on piano
Jazz from the Great American Songbook
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
A rich vocal and instrumental blend of bluegrass and Americana
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Earthy Country and Rootsy Rock
Singer and Songwriter
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Rescheduled from May 13.
Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her music veers between earthy country, downtrodden blues, contemplative folk, and thunderous rock. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of a live music startup. Her breakout record “Reckless Skyline” features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. It has garnered glowing praise from NPR, The Telegraph and Philadelphia Inquirer among others. The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise,” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.” Her songs imbue commonplace moments and images with strange magic, wringing vastness from small details. They convey a restless energy, a clarity of purpose and desire to live fully within elemental processes – moving light, moving water, wildfire, ashes. She creates a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, tempered with a voice that is both haunting and distinct.
Liz Simmons,vocals and guitar; Flynn Cohen,vocals, guitar, and mandolin; and Lissa Schneckenburger, vocals and fiddle
Traditional New England, Appalachian and Celtic Roots
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Singer and Songwriter
Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Traditional and Contemporary
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 8;00 p.m.
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