Primavera Thursday Night Jazz Schedule

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Primavera Ristorante

Thursday Jazz 2017 Is Pleased to Present
Jazz at Primavera Ristorante

20 Pleasant St. Millis MA 02054
Reservations (508) 376-2026
7:00 to 9:30pm   Admission $10

2        Blue Horizon Jazz Band
9        Christine Towle and Eric Baldwin 
16      Eli and The Hot Six

23      No Jazz – Thanksgiving
30      Wolverine Jazz Band

7        Eli and The Hot Six
      No Jazz
21      No Jazz
28      Wolverine Jazz Band


4             Blue Horizon Jazz Band
11           Sarah Gardner:  Sass ‘n Bones
18           Eli and The Hot Six
25           Riverboat Stompers 

1            Blue Horizon Jazz Band
8            Jack Soref Trio
15          Eli and The Hot Six
22          Wolverine Jazz Band

1             Blue Horizon Jazz Band
8             Sarah Gardner:  Sass ‘n Bones
15           Eli and The Hot Six
22           Christine Towle & The Eric Baldwin Trio
29           Riverboat Stompers

5            Blue Horizon Jazz Band
12          Dan Gabel ?
19          Eli and The Hot Six
26          Wolverine Jazz Band

3             Blue Horizon Jazz Band
10           Sarah Gardner:  Very Special Sass ‘n Bones
17           Eli and The Hot Six
24           Dixie Diehards
31           Riverboat Stompers

7            Blue Horizon Jazz Band
14          Wolverine Jazz Band
21          Eli and The Hot Six

American Jazz from the Roaring 1920’s through the Swing Era of the 1940’s. Come Enjoy Hot and Authentic Dixieland, New Orleans,Chicago style and Big Band music for listening and dancing.

$10 admission will be collected in cash by the hostess seating you. We apologize but we cannot charge the admission to your credit card.  Resv.  (508) 376-2026

All arranged by Ellen McDonald.  Thank you, Ellen!!



UMass Jazz Ensembles to Present Film Music

UMass Jazz Orchestra

UMA Music logo

UMass Jazz Ensembles Combine Forces for Movie Music Showcase

AMHERST (MA) – On Thursday, March 9, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present the 36th Annual Jazz Showcase, featuring performances by their top instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles. The showcase is a highlight event in the Department’s calendar, and includes performances by Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and student and faculty soloists. The ensembles are directed by Professors Jeffrey W. Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole,Thomas Giampietro, Felipe Salles, and graduate students.

With the film awards season in full swing, the 2017 showcase will appropriately feature works from a variety of movie soundtracks, including blockbusters like Star Wars, The Godfather, The Lion King, Rocky, along with selections from the Austin Powers and the James Bond series.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors & children, and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or online Parking is available in the nearby Campus Center Garage, located on Campus Center Way. For more information, please refer to the UMass interactive parking map.


About the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance

Founded in 1938, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is one of the largest and most respected of its kind in New England, offering students conservatory-quality training in the diverse and dynamic setting of a public research university. For more information, please visit

The Music and Dance Department is part of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass Amherst

Novel Jazz returns to Skidompha Library


NOVEL JAZZ RETURNS TO SKIDOMPHA-   Novel Jazz Septet will be performing classic jazz at Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta, ME, on Thursday 22 October, 2014, 7PM to 9:30PM.  The performance will feature Barney Balch (trombone), Dave Clarke (guitar), Mickey Felder (piano), Bryan Jones (Alto Saxophone), Herb Maine (acoustic bass),   plus Bill Manning (drummer extraordinaire)  This evening will be the band’s last Skidompha performance of their 2015 season. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for young adults 12-18, under 12 accompanied by a parent go free.  (Photo by Elaine Jones)

After a busy summer series of concerts featuring Ellington and Strayhorn compositions around the state, the Novel Jazz Septet will return to the Skidompha Public Library atrium, Main Street, Damariscotta on Thursday, 22 October 2015, from 7-9:30 PM, for an evening of music from the Great American Songbook.  These events began with the observation that lovers of books often are lovers of jazz. The superb acoustics of Skidompha’s atrium, plus the seating “in the round”, make it a superior place to see and hear jazz, all in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  It was while performing at Skidompha that the band decided to forge deeper into the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  Trombonist Barney Balch began visiting the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. to work in their Ellington collection, digging out gems of these musical geniuses and bringing them back to life in summertime concerts.

The musicians of this group have been playing straight-ahead jazz for audiences throughout Maine (and beyond) for several decades. Collectively, they share over two centuries of experience in the jazz idiom.  .   Performing this evening will be David Clarke (guitar), Mickey Felder (piano), Mike Mitchell (trumpet), Bryan Jones (alto), Barney Balch (trombone), Herb Maine (bass) and Bill Manning (drums).

Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for young adults 12-18, under 12 accompanied by a parent go free. We encourage parents to bring their children, the future of this art form.  The library is located at 184 Main Street in downtown Damariscotta.    Call 207-563-5513 during business hours for more information.   This promises to be a very special night of jazz, their last Skidompha performance for the 2015 season.

Come to Skidompha on 22 October to let Novel Jazz swing you into the fall!

JazzFest Falmouth 2015

tent lit up at night with Jazz Fest logo

JazzFest Falmouth 2015

Louis Armstrong
Recital and Lecture by Robert Wyatt
Saturday, September 26, 10 am
Highfield  Hall , 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Cape Cod
$25  Tickets and information at

Steinway artist Robert Wyatt has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for 20 years and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on George Gershwin. His talk on Louis Armstrong, will honor the man who pioneered the solo performance. His distinctive singing voice was also used as an improvisatory tool, and we owe scat singing to his list of inventions. His charismatic personality and unique instrumental gifts won him universal and eternal appeal as “Satchmo.”

Pianist Jon Weber
Sunday, September 27, 4 pm
Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Cape Cod
$25  Tickets and information at

Sensational jazz pianist, Jon Weber, based in New York City and Chicago, is an international artist traveling beyond the U.S., to Europe, China and Japan where he delights audiences with his virtuosity. Largely self-taught, Weber has both perfect pitch and remarkable melodic recall, allowing his improvisations to be colorful, dynamic and intriguing. He is a favorite at New York’s 92nd Street “Y” and serves as host of Piano Jazz with Jon Weber on NPR.

Toni Lynn Washington  and The Frank Wilkins Quartet
Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 pm
Woods Hole Community Hall, Water Street, Woods Hole, Cape Cod
$25  Tickets and information at

Blues, R&B and jazz vocalist Toni Lynn Washington, “Boston’s Queen of the Blues,” has thrilled concert goers for over four decades, logging over 2000 performances throughout the world. She has garnered seven W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, the highest accolade for blues musicians and in 1999 received “Album of the Year” and “Outstanding Blues Album” at the W.C. Handy and Boston Music Awards respectively. Toni Lynn was awarded the Boston Blues Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

JazzFest Falmouth Jazz Stroll
Friday, October 26-10 PM
Along Main Street, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Free  Information on all events at

Jazz Stroll is a free gambol through shops, restaurants and galleries at Queen’s Buyway and along Main Street from 6 to 10 PM to hear the sounds of 13 of the best local and regional Jazz duos, trios and quartets.

Denise  Donatelli in Concert
Highfield Theater
Saturday, October 3, 7:30 pm
58 Highfield Drive, 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Cape Cod
$30, $35 at the door  Tickets and information at

Denise Donatelli, West Coast resident, has released four albums and won three Grammy nominations and is one of today’s premiere vocalists.  Her second recording “What Lies Within” made it to the top ten Jazz Week Radio Chart in 2008. In addition to The Los Angeles Jazz Society has honored Denise with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award and more recently, Denise has made the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star category.

Brunch at Persy’s with Emmy Winners Goodis and Glenn
Information on all events at

Guitarist Goodis and Glenn have each won Emmy Awards for their television work. Glenn has performed with such notables as Chuck Berry, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper, Captain & Tenille, the Delphonics and many others over more than 30 years.

Musical Events on Outer Cape Cod

Exciting music is happening all over the Outer Cape this week! 

6.21 6.28 7.5.15 Broadway
TPA Sidoli   Thomas summer 2015

Cape Conservatory

Cape Conservatory CJazz at Hands on the Arts, Eastham
Saturday, June 20, 11:00am – 11:45am, Free
Cape Conservatory CJazz
Directed by Bart Weisman
Abby Pollock (sax) from Nauset High School,
Keb Hutchings-McMahon (guitar) from Lighthouse Charter School, Bryden Williams (sax),
Kenny Linnell (bass), and Anthony Iachetta (drums) from Dennis-Yarmouth High School.
Hands on the Arts Festival
Eastham Windmill Green on Route 6



3rd Season
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Summer Music Festival
Tuesday, June 30, 8:00pm
Mainly Mozart
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 8:00pm
Stage Door Canteen (Big Band)


Tuesday, July 7, 8:00pm
A night of Cabaret with
Krisanthi Pappas and Edwige Yingling


Wednesday, July 8, 8:00pm
Jazz with String of Pearls
Holli Ross, Sue Halloran & Jeanne O’Connor


Tuesday, July 14, 8:00pm
George Gritzbach Blues Band
Only Summer Appearance on the Outer Cape


Wednesday, July 15, 8:00pm
Mainly Mozart
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival


Tickets are $18 & $12 for Students
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT)
2357 Route 6, Wellfleet  508-349-9428    WHAT

©2015 Outer Cape Musical Events | PO Box 655 Provincetown, MA 02657


ACT III Restaurant in Littleton MA, open in 3 Phases beginning November 11, 2014

Dear friends,
We have had a wonderful, eventful break, and now, finally, we’ll reopen next week as ACT III Restaurant in Littleton, MA.
As most of you know, we have partnered with a wonderful new cooperative of artists,
Gallery 529

Our new address together is 529 King Street, Littleton MA 01460.
It’s just off exit 31 on Rte. 495.
Our new website should be up by next week.
Our new phone number is 978-486-3600. Give us a call!
ACT III will open in three phases.
Phase I
Opening for lunch and dinner as of Tuesday 11/11/14!
Our full alcohol license will be in effect.
We welcome Chef Joseph Alptekin
and his artful, delicious, healthy Mediterranean/ European cuisine!
Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sundays 4-9.
Reservations by telephone and email (24 hr. advance) are most welcome!
During Phase I, we will be playing choice CD’s recorded exclusively by our own community of Acton Jazz Cafe live musicians. CD’s will be featured and also for sale at all times.
Phase II 
Beginning in a few weeks, we’ll be adding weekly Sunday brunches to our restaurant schedule.
During Phase II, we will be scheduling a few select live musical events, mainly at night, including as many of our longstanding regular musicians from The Acton Jazz Cafe as possible. Please stay tuned for our musical schedule!
At this point, we don’t expect to have a full entertainment license at ACT III until some time in 2015.
We have moved into an historic (1830) converted farmhouse, and there have been serious concerns about updated code compliance. This has been a somewhat difficult, long, and complicated process, involving thoughtful architects, lawyers, and town officials.
The Littleton Fire Department has had to order the installation of a sprinkler system. This would be an almost impossibly difficult and expensive installation. We now have to appeal that order (& win) at a state level before we can schedule live music at will several nights a week, as we have done in the past.
If we lose the appeal, we definitely won’t be able to install a sprinkler system before springtime at the earliest.
A more feasible alternative to a sprinkler system might be the construction of fire walls around our space within the building. That could possibly happen sooner. Right now, we are unsure of how long the appeals process will take. It could be weeks, or months.
Live music will be weekly or even monthly, rather than nightly, until we get this whole issue resolved.
The Town of Littleton welcomes us! They are working with us. They just do not have the authority to override the laws governing live music performance and fire suppression. We do have high hopes for success at the state level.
Ultimately, we will do whatever it takes to optimize the live music at ACT III.
We don’t anticipate being able to schedule our beloved jams or open mics until Phase III. Sad, but true.
We do sincerely hope that you will visit us and enjoy the artful, musical restaurant scene in the meantime. We miss you!
We think you’ll love it! We look forward to developing the restaurant and the service to a point that we have only approached in the past.
Phase III
It’s hard to say quite when we will have a full entertainment license, and our nightly dinner performances, scheduled weekly jam/ open mic events alongside the ongoing restaurant and gallery operations.
Third time’s the charm!
Gwenn Vivian

24th International Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival, Kecskemét, Hungary, March 27-29, 2015

Bohém Newsletter
Dear Jazz Friend,

As you probably know we’ll have a fantastic line-up at our 24th International Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival in Kecskemét, Hungary, March 27-29, 2015 (including the Echoes of Swing from Germany, Paolo Alderighi, Stephanie Trick, a European All Star band, and, of course, the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band).

Early Birds get a little gift (festival T-shirt and DVD) if they pay until Oct 31 – which is today (I’m writing this shortly before midnight in Hungary). We have mailed out flyers about the festival few weeks ago but just learnt that not everyone has received it yet. Therefore we have no other choice but postponing the Early Bird deadline for those who would like to come and get a little gift for being so prompt. THE NEW DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRDS IS NOVEMBER 10, 2014.

We have advertised our usual 7-day Vacation Package for those who would like to spend a few extra days exploring Hungary’s beauty after the festival. We already have 30 people signed up for the tour so hurry up if you want to be part of a fun festival and tour. In case, we do not know your mailing address and/or you haven’t received anything from us, please, take a look at our festival page for the packages:

You can also find the programme, performers and all necessary information about the festival by clicking the appropriate titles on the left Menu bar. Note that as a VIP member you have 75 EUR (or 100 USD) off of any package price. More information about the VIP membership can be found in our Webshop, in case, you haven’t signed up yet:

We hope to see you in March. Please, do not hesitate as the packages will be filled up soon. We have limited places in both the hotels and in the buses. If you have ANY questions, don’t gesitate to ask!


By the way, if you are near, the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band can be heard next week in Switzerland (Nov 5, Wed 7 pm, Widen, KiBiZi) and France (Nov 7, Fri 7 pm, La Rochelle).

And we will be 30 years old next year. Our anniversary gala concert will be held in the most prestigious concert hall of Hungary (Palace of Art, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest) on the 26th of February. The concert is entitled ‘La femme fatale’ as our guest will be the internationally acclaimed opera singer, Viktória Vizin. In case, you can make it to Budapest in February (a highly recommended show!), you can reserve your seats here: (tickets are 3, 6 and 9 thousand Hungarian Forints, about 10, 20 and 30 Euros).

With Bohém regards,Tamás Ittzés


Bohém HelpDesk:, Phone: +36-20/336-4620

First Annual Cape Cod Ragtime Festival

Jacqueline sitting back to piano, smiling,

Jacqueline Schwab, pianist

October 25th and 26th
First Annual Cape Cod Ragtime Festival, at Church of the Holy Spirit
Rt. 28 and Monument Rd., Orleans, MA 02653

Hosted by Sue Keller
Glenn Jenks
Frank Livolsi
Dave Majchrzak
Jim Radloff
Mike Schwimmer
Steve Standiford

Special guest on the night of the 25th:
Jaqueline Schwab, known for her work with Ken Burns on the ‘Civil War’ series

Saturday the 25th:  seminar by Glenn Jenks on ragtime, 2 P.M.       $20
concert, 7:00 P.M.                                         $30

Sunday the 26th: showing of “The Entertainers, a film
about the piano contest in Peoria, IL, 4 P.M.      $20
concert, 7:00 P.M.                                             $30

All-events tickets:      $75, a savings of $25.

Sue Keller moved to Orleans, MA from Oak Forest, Illinois in 2012,  after an absence of 40 years.  You might remember that Sue was director of the Scott Joplin Festival for 7 years, and has traveled the world preaching the ragtime gospel.  She’s hosted ragtime events in Staten Island as well as Tinley Park, Illinois, at the Viking Lodge.  Now she’ll start her first year in Orleans, with an all-star lineup.  This promises to  be good fun, a a lot of bang for your music buck!!