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Saxophonist Kenny Garrett looks to the ancestors
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Saxophonist Kenny Garrett looks to the ancestors
Saxophonist and Grammy Award-winner Kenny Garrett released his album “Sounds from the Ancestors” on August 27 and is back on the road to showcase its songs along with his earlier compositions.
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New music for a new era
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New music for a new era
Musicians are releasing new albums in August and September to showcase their strengths and concerns that incubated during the global pandemic.
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Dudley Jazz Festival is back
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Dudley Jazz Festival is back
The Dudley Jazz Festival is back this summer, showcasing three generations of jazz musicians at Mary Hannon Park on Saturday, Aug. 21, 12:30-4:30 p.m. The beloved festival has been bringing free music to the Roxbury/Dorchester community since 2016.
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NEC professor Billy Hart named a NEA 2022 Jazz Master
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NEC professor Billy Hart named a NEA 2022 Jazz Master
New England Conservatory faculty member and renowned jazz drummer Billy Hart has been given the highest honor bestowed on jazz musicians by the United States government: the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master title.
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Boston Landmarks Orchestra returns to the Esplanade
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Boston Landmarks Orchestra returns to the Esplanade
Boston Landmarks Orchestra will once again float free melodies down the Esplanade during the 20th season at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell.
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Berklee’s Rihanna Ensemble debuts tribute to namesake
In three separate online performances on July 22, 29 and Aug. 5, Berklee College of Music’s Rihanna Ensemble pays tribute to the barrier-breaking artist through music, dance and spoken word.
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In conversation with jazz singer Allan Harris
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In conversation with jazz singer Allan Harris
Jazz and soul vocalist Allan Harris is finding new audiences to add to his fan base that stretches back decades. A fixture of the NYC music scene, Harris has a new album out this year with all of the songs his own compositions, and he just completed a sold-out gig at Birdland, the legendary jazz club in midtown Manhattan.
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Playhouse in the Park concert series returns to Franklin Park
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Playhouse in the Park concert series returns to Franklin Park
For the eighteenth summer, the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) presents the Playhouse in the Park summer concert series dedicated to Boston cultural icon Elma Lewis.
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Live jazz is back on the menu at Central Square’s Mad Monkfish
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Live jazz is back on the menu at Central Square’s Mad Monkfish
Live jazz is back at the Mad Monkfish in Central Square, Cambridge. After a long hiatus of nearly 16 months due to the COVID pandemic, this small restaurant has put music back on its pan-Asian and sushi menu. In the month of July alone, 10 performances will take place, with two shows per scheduled evening.
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BAMS Fest presents Amplify The Soul concert series
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BAMS Fest presents Amplify The Soul concert series
Amplify The Soul, which is taking place in lieu of the annual Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest through August 13 features artists and musicians in a pre-recorded format on BAMS Fest’s YouTube channel every Friday at 8 p.m. from the Big Night Live stage in Boston.
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A revealing portrait of Mary J. Blige
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A revealing portrait of Mary J. Blige
In November of 1994, Mary J. Blige released her second album, “My Life” — a collection of deeply intimate and personal songs that revealed her battles with alcohol and drug addiction, depression and an abusive relationship. What resulted was not only awards and acclaim, but a profound and enduring connection forged with millions of fans around the world. That connection is captured in the documentary, “Mary J. Blige’s My Life,” directed by Vanessa Roth.
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Mariem Pérez Riera directs Rita Moreno documentary
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Mariem Pérez Riera directs Rita Moreno documentary
Directed, edited and produced by Mariem Pérez Riera, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” is a celebration of Moreno’s life and career, which has spanned more than 70 years. Executive-produced by Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January and opens on Friday at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Landmark Kendall Square and AMC Boston Common.
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