May 2017

May 26-28 The Williams Reunion Jazz Band is BACK for Duxbury Bay Maritime School’s 20th Annual Opening of the Bay Weekend Celebration, Duxbury MA

Primavera Ristorante

Primavera Ristorante, Millis MA

Jack Soref Trio May 25th at Thursday Jazz at  Primavera Ristorante,  20 Pleasant Street (off Route 109) in Millis, MA.  02054  (508) 376-2026 7-9:30pm  Cover: $10 cash at the door. Primavera SCHEDULE



May 26-28, 4th Annual JazzFest at Spire Center for the Arts, Plymouth MA

Please check out the Weekly Events  for ongoing performances not listed here, and always call the venues for confirmation of date and time.

New England Traditional Jazz Plus, 33 Birmingham Court, Milford MA 01757

25 Thu 6-8pm Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band at Smarty’s 215 Main Street, Niantic, CT with Bill Logozzo, pianist Sheri Lucas, clarinetist Noel Kaletsky, saxophonist Bob Card, cornetist Fred Vigorito, bass man Donn Ducette, Jim Fryer on trombone,  Bill Mills on banjo, Cynthia Fabian and Skip Hughes on vocals! Hot Jazz and Great Food.  Space is limited, so make reservations soon!  (860) 739-8818  (603) 930-7761
25 Thu 5pm Donn Trenner Trio featuring Jim Porcella at Milford TV, 138 South Main Street, Milford, MA  Hosted by Harry Platcow – come hear some Giants of Jazz.
25 Thu ? Maple Leaf Seven – Blooms and Brew, a party to support the Vermont Symphony Spates the Florist in Newport, VT. The Maple Leaf Seven pulls out their German band repertoire to accompany this event.  802-988-4786
25 Thu 7pm Novel Jazz returns to the Skidompha Public Library continuing their 13th season with very special guest, saxophonist Ralph Norris.  The library is located at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta.  Novel Jazz performs hot swinging jazz out of the Great American Songbook as well as a unique focus on jazz giants, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  For more info, call 207-563-5513 or point your web browser to or the band’s web site
25 Thu 7-9:30pm Jack Soref Trio with Jack Soref Guitar & Banjo-Guitar,
Jameson Stewart Guitar, Justin Meyer double Bass,
Gypsy Jazz at Primavera Ristorante,  20 Pleasant Street (off Route 109) in Millis, MA.  2054  508) 376-2026  Primavera Schedule Cover: $10.  The Jack Soref Trio is an exciting Gypsy Jazz ensemble. Reaching both forward and back in time, it pays homage to the music of Django Reinhardt while simultaneously enriching the tradition with its own compositions, arrangements and swinging improvisations.   POSTER  Primavera Schedule
25 Thu 7pm Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser: musical tribute to “Friend of the Year” Edward F. Kelly at  Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA.  Award presentation, followed by the concert. Free and open to all, with a reception following. Wheelchair accessible. 617-242-1248.
25 Thu 7:30pm Old Lyme Town Band at The Kate, Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475  (877) 503-1286
25 Thu 8-10:30pm Betty’s Bounce Jam Session at The Walnut Street Coffee Café, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905. Join Audie, Zach, and Curtis as we explore the world of Gypsy Jazz and American Swing.  Phone: (781) 59-1690
 26 Fri 12-2pm Mina Cho on Pamela Hines’ Live Jazz New England on 90.5 NPR Worcester, MA
26 Fri 1-4pm Tune Timers dance band every Friday 1-4pm at Holliston Senior Center, 150 Goulding St, Holliston, MA 01746 Phone: (508) 429-0622   (Center may close for holidays and bad weather.)
26 Fri 5:30-7:30pm The Williams Reunion Jazz Band is BACK for Duxbury Bay Maritime School’s 20th Annual Opening of the Bay Weekend Celebration, 26-28, 457 Washington St, Duxbury, MA 02332

Phone: (781) 934-7555.   DOCKSIDE GALA  Friday May 26th 5:30-7:30pm.  Williams Reunion Jazz Band (WRJB) with Bob Kingsbury (clarinet), John Bucher (cornet), Tom Boates (trombone), Jim Mazzy (banjo), John Halsey (piano), Tom Hayne (drums) and Fred Clifford (tuba) plays under the tent  with an evening cocktail and heavy hors d’oeuvre and Island Creek Oyster reception.

Saturday is Family Day 10am-2pm on the DBMS dock
Jazz Brunch Sunday 11:30am at the Winsor House Inn.

26 Fri 7-10pm Dan Gabel and the Abletones, playing on a floating bandstand alongside two 1926 Tall Ships by Custom House Maritime Museum Newburyport, 25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950.   Dress up in your flapper outfit for this Roaring 20’s party on two tall ships that were built in 1926! 1920’s food & cocktails.  Tickets are $100 and include open bar.  Tickets
26 Fri 7-9:30pm Bill’s Seafood All Stars with John Clark reeds filling in for Tom Boates at Bill’s Seafood, 548 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498 (Rt. 1 – Exit 65 off I-95) (860)399-7224  7-9:30 until end of May
26 Fri 7-10pm Swing 39 at La Trattoria Restaurant, 21 Old Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019 (860) 673-5000  We play every Friday 7-10pm in the lounge where the atmosphere is casual, no cover or admission.
26 Fri
7:30pm Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio and The Thomas Snow Quartet featuring Ken Peplowski at 4th Annual Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Fest at The Spire Center for the Arts, 25 1/2 Court St. Plymouth, MA (508) 746-4488
26 Fri 7:30pm
Brubeck Brothers in concert with the Choirs of Trinity Church on the Green, Special Guest Neighborhood Music School Premier Wind Ensemble. Corner of Temple and Chapel Streets, New Haven CT $30 Adults, $10 Students.
26 Fri 8pm Kareem Sanjaghi Quartet with Ann Austin (vocals), Mike Garvan (keyboard), Ron Ormsby (bass) & Kareem Sanjaghi (drums) at Grand Cru, 1225 Iyannough Road (Route 132 & Bearse’s Way, Hyannis MA  Phone: (855) 861-4370. 
26 Fri  8pm The Flamingos at The Kate, 300 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475  (877) 503-1286
26 Fri 8pm Suede with Fred Boyle, Piano and Rich Hill, bass at Jonathan’s Ogunquit, 92 Bourne Ln, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (207) 646-4777
26 Fri 10pm-145am Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139
27 Sat 12:30-1:30pm Williams Reunion Jazz Band with Bob Kingsbury (clarinet), John Bucher (cornet), Tom Boates (trombone), Jim Mazzy (banjo), John Halsey (piano), Tom Hayne (drums) and Fred Clifford (tuba) dockside at Family Day  for Duxbury Bay Maritime School’s 20th Annual Opening of the Bay Weekend Celebration, Duxbury MA
4:30-6:00PM WRJB plays the cocktail hour at The Village at Duxbury
27 Sat 8-noon Howard Kaplan presents Saturday Swing Session  and Big Band Brunch every Saturday morning on  90.5 FM NPR.  Can’t get enough of Ella, Sinatra, Armstrong and how about Basie? We can’t either! Start your weekend off right, with all of your favorite swing artists.
27 Sat 1-4:30pm Trad Jazz Jam at Lincoln Library, 3 Bedford Rd. Lincoln MA, Lincoln MA
27 Sat 4:30-6pm Williams Reunion Jazz Band plays the cocktail hour at The Village at Duxbury, 290 Kingstown Way, Duxbury, MA 02332 Phone: (781) 585-2334 
27 Sat 6:30-9:30pm Mike Garvan (piano) and Bruce Abbott (sax/flute) Stewart’s in Eastham.  Jazz is back at Stewart’s – Summer can’t be far behind!  Stewart’s Seafood Restaurant & Tavern – 4380 Route 6, North Eastham MA – 508-240-7900 No cover, great seafood and other specialties.
27 Sat 7-9pm The Winiker Jazz Trio in Grateful Remembrance of The Fallen at Brothers Restaurant, 404 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 (617) 383-6268 every Saturday 7-9pm and Sundays 6-8pm Flyer.   Check out the wonderful menu online
27 Sat 7-9pm Hadacol Bouncers Dance Party at The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904, The Hadacol Bouncers return to The Dance Hall to play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more. The music is a grooving hybrid of traditional New Orleans hot jazz and stride piano boogie. The group is led by Peter Dunphy on banjo, tenor guitar, and vocals and Tom Whitehead on piano and National steel guitar. The band features Bill Rayne on trombone and vocals, Nat Balch on clarinet, Ray Sapirstein on cornet, Tom Wilbur on tuba, and Don Whitney on drums.
27 Sat 7pm Duke Robillard Band at The Iron Horse Cafe, 78 Main Street 5th Floor, Northampton MA
27 Sat none No dance at the Frohsinn Club,  25 N. Quinsigamond Ave. Shrewsbury, MA (established 1858)  Check schedule at    508.752.9519  or email
27 Sat 7:30pm AGNZ at 4th Annual Plymouth Rock Assurance JazzFest at The Spire Center for the Arts, 25 1/2 Court St. Plymouth, MA (508) 746-4488 Azzolina, Govoni, Naussbaum, Zino
27 Sat 8-11pm Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band at The Stand, 196 S Montowese St., Branford. CT.  The Stand will be having an all day celebration of the opening of their Farm Stand.  Remember, The Stand has limited parking so come early. For more information about The Stand, visit
27 Sat 8pm
NEW: Garrison Keillor with Robin & Linda Williams, An Evening of Story and Song at The Cabot, 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915  (978) 927-3100
27 Sat 8pm Cape Cod Jazz Guitar Summit at Cultural Center of Cape Cod featuring 10 guitarist who live on Cape Cod: Fred Fried, Gregg Sullivan, Andy Troyanos, Paul Good, Steve Hambleton, Bert Jackson, John Dirac, Pat Ryan, Gary Gross, and Alan Clinger. With Ron Ormsby (bass) & Bart Weisman (drums). If you love Jazz Guitar, you will not want to miss this event!   508.394.7100
27 Sat 8pm Ed Sheer’s Swingin’ Allstars at Swing City, Upstairs in the
West Cambridge Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave. Fresh Pond/Cambridge MA Featuring Ricky “King” Russell & Scott Shetler. (617) 513-9841  Cover: $16 Workshop: Swing Line Dancing (6-8pm, free) more »
27 Sat 8pm Greg Abate presents Gemini Night at Chans with Tim Ray, John Lockwood and Mark Walker, $20. 267 Main St Woonsocket RI Call 401-765-1900 for reservations
 28 Sun 9-noon  Cape Cod Big Band Music with Steve Shervanian on the 2nd and 4th Sundays on community radio station WOMR, the ‘voice’ of Cape Cod – this week featuring  Wartime Anthems & Hits of the War Years.  He is heard across the Bay in the Plymouth area on 92.1 FM and in the midcape area on WRMR 91.3 FM Orleans and  stream at  Big Band Music, Swing and vocals from the 20’s to today
28 Sun 10:30am Williams Reunion Jazz Band at the First Parish Unitarian Church, 842 Tremont St, Duxbury, MA 02332 with Bob Kingsbury (clarinet), John Bucher (cornet), Tom Boates (trombone), Jim Mazzy (banjo), John Halsey (piano), Tom Hayne (drums) and Fred Clifford (tuba).
28 Sun 10:30am-2pm Wolverine Jazz Trio John Clark, Rick MacWilliams and John Wheatley at Bullfinch’s Jazz Brunch, 730 Boston Post Rd. Sudbury, MA 01776 978.443.4094
28 Sun noon-2pm Williams Reunion Jazz Band Jazz Brunch at The Winsor House Inn, 390 Washington Street, Duxbury, MA 02332 Reservations advised:  781-934-0991  $29pp
28 Sun 11am Mass MoCA Building 6 Grand Opening all day. 10am for Members.  North Adams residents Free.
28 Sun 11:30-2:30pm Winiker Jazz Trio at Bistro Duet Jazz Brunch.  It’s always fun and the food is spectacular! 190 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington MA 781-316-8808
28 Sun 3pm New Liberty Jazz Band ln Newton MA Parade  on their 1941 Fire Truck
28 Sun 2-4pm Black Eagle Jazz Band at 4th Annual Plymouth Rock Assurance JazzFest at The Spire Center for the Arts, 25 1/2 Court St. Plymouth, MA (508) 746-4488
28 Sun 4-8pm Debra-Mann-Quartet featuring Debra Mann (vocalist/piano)  Jay Azzolina (guitar) Dave Zinno (bass) Steve Langone (drums) at Aria’s Lounge, 108 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903 Phone: (401) 228-8377
28 Sun 6-8pm The Winiker Jazz Trio Remember their Sacrifice at Brothers Restaurant, 404 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 (617) 383-6268 every Saturday 7-9pm and Sundays 6-8pm  Flyer.  Check out the wonderful menu online
29 Mon Memorial Day – Call venues to confirm
 29 Mon 11am The New Liberty Jazz Band on their 1941 Fire Truck in Dracut MA Parade
 29 Mon 2pm The New Liberty Jazz Band on their 1941 Fire Truck in Winthrop MA Parade
29 Mon 7-9pm Roadhouse Cafe Jazz Ensemble every Monday with Ted Casher alternating weeks with Dennis Cook on reeds, Dave Zinno bass, Chris Taylor piano, Lori Columbo vocals Gary Johnson drums at the Back Door Bistro, Roadhouse Café, 488 South St. Hyannis MA  Resv. 508-775-2386.
30 Tue 6-9pm Eric Baldwin guitar, Tom Petrakes bass, every Tuesday at Salvatores, 34 Park St. in downtown Andover MA
 30 Tue 7-10pm  Kenny Wenzel & Friends with Kenny Wenzel trombone/flute, Peter Kontrimas bass, Chris Taylor keyboards, Gene Roma drums  every Tuesday, No cover, at Martini’s Bar & Grill, 50 Court St. Plymouth MA  It’s always an entertaining time and the crowd is fun and friendly.
30 Tue 7-11pm Billy Novick reeds and Bob Nieske on bass twice a month, 7-11pm at the Franklin Café, 118 Main St. in historic Gloucester, MA 978.283.7888  check calendar  “Nice music,  great food, and a wonderful atmosphere”.  Last performance until September, so catch them tonight!
30 Tue 7:30pm The Paul Broadnax Trio, Paul Broadnax – Piano, Vocals,  Peter Kontrimas – Bass, Les Harris, Jr. – Drums, at The Sahara Club, 34 Bates St. Methuen, MA 01844 Telephone 978-683-9200
 31 Wed 8-11pm Don Pentleton Trio at Moseley’s on the Charles, 50 Bridge St, Dedham, MA 02026  Phone(781) 326-3075  Dance Lesson 7-8pm: Tango  $15 per person; includes lesson, dancing, coffee and light refreshments (9 p.m.)