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Piano Man: Chucho Valdes named Harvard’s 2019 Jazz Master-in-Residence
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Piano Man: Chucho Valdes named Harvard’s 2019 Jazz Master-in-Residence
Last week the vibrancy of Cuba came to the stark, puritan halls of Harvard University in full musical swing. During the week the University celebrated their 2019 Jazz Master-in-Residence, Chucho Valdes.
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Q&A with Regina Carter
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Q&A with Regina Carter
Regina Carter is back in town. The jazz violinist, who studied at New England Conservatory for two years in the early 1980s, returns to Scullers jazz club in Allston on Friday, April 5 for one show only at 8 p.m.
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Latina band LADAMA rocks the Berklee stage
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Latina band LADAMA rocks the Berklee stage
On Thursday, March 21, the feminist Latina band LADAMA performed at Berklee as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston Stave Sessions festival. The group comprises four talented female musicians from four countries: Lara Klaus (Brazil); Daniela Serna (Colombia); Mafer Bandola (Venezuela); and Sara Lucas (United States). Pat Swoboda accompanied them on the bass. Fusing music and education, cultural heritage and contemporary flair, the group aims to transcend boundaries and bring people together.
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Black Violin bends genres, inspires youth
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Black Violin bends genres, inspires youth
The classical hip-hop duo Black Violin, composed of classically-trained violist Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus), has been smashing musical stereotypes for more than a decade.
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Boston art community celebrates work of Magnus Johnstone
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Boston art community celebrates work of Magnus Johnstone
The Boston art world celebrated the life and work of local artist Magnus Johnstone at the Nave Gallery in Somerville.
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Jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn living her best life
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Jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn living her best life
Jazzmeia Horn dreamed of being on stage ever since the age of 3, when she was singing in her grandfather’s church choir at Golden Chain Missionary Baptist Church in her native Dallas, Texas.
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Terri Lyne Carrington tackles gender in Jazz with new institute at Berklee College
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Terri Lyne Carrington tackles gender in Jazz with new institute at Berklee College
Terri Lyne Carrington, three-time Grammy award-winning jazz drummer, producer and composer extraordinaire, founded the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice in November 2018. Now in its first semester, under the direction of Aja Burrell Wood, the Institute is bringing to Boston ideas and opportunities to question and resolve barriers at the intersection of gender and music.
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Boston Latin Gospel Choirs hosts first gospel festival
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Boston Latin Gospel Choirs hosts first gospel festival
On Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, the Boston Latin School Gospel Choir will host its first-ever Gospel Fest on the BLS campus. The two-day festival will feature workshops for the student performers and clinics by guest director Bishop Chantel Wright and will culminate in an open-to-the-public performance on Saturday evening.
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Coloring with Sound: Walid Zairi fuses Arabic, African and jazz in new compositions
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Coloring with Sound: Walid Zairi fuses Arabic, African and jazz in new compositions
On Friday, March 1, Tunisian musician Walid Zairi and his band Talween will take the stage at the Red Room at Café 939 for their first-ever Boston concert performing original music. The band performs a unique fusion of Arabic, African and jazz music featuring Zairi on the oud and Ken Hiatt on the accordion.
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Ron Carter: Giant of jazz comes to Boston
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Ron Carter: Giant of jazz comes to Boston
Jazz bassist Ron Carter, one of the greatest musicians in the world over the past 60 years, will be back in the Boston area on February 22 and 23 for two shows each night at the Regattabar inside the Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel.
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Walnut Hill School for the Arts celebrates 125-year anniversary on ‘From the Top’
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Walnut Hill School for the Arts celebrates 125-year anniversary on ‘From the Top’
Dorchester native Tony Rymer is a true Boston success story. The cellist began his career at age 5 and studied with the Walnut Hill Arts School and through a scholarship with Project STEP to hone his skills. Now he lives in Berlin and plays concerts all over the world. On Sunday, Feb. 3, Rymer will return to Boston with several other Walnut Hill alums and current students to perform for a live recording of NPR’s show “From the Top.”
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‘Poetry is Busy’ event showcases women of color
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‘Poetry is Busy’ event showcases women of color
A lineup of interdisciplinary and multimedia artists with diverse gender and racial identities, including Boston’s current poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola, performed at the second annual “Poetry is Busy: En Voz Abierta/Into the Unfolded Voice” show at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the South End last Friday.
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