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Monday, August 5, 2024

7:30pm

 

Cassandre McKinley

Cape Cod Jazz Quartet

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts

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Cassandre McKinley

Cassandre McKinley is an Associate Professor in the Voice Department at the Berklee College of Music and is best known for her voluminous voice, spirited emotional performances and a presence on stage that is exuberant, passionate, yet warm and disarming. Cassandre has shared the stage with Jay Geils (J. Geils Band), Dick Johnson (leader of the Artie Shaw Band), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jerry Portnoy (Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters), Peter Eldridge (New York Voices), and many more. She has toured and performed in venues across the country and her music has been heard on national and international radio stations. Cassandre found worldwide recognition with her jazz album “Til Tomorrow - Remembering Marvin Gaye” and Jazztimes Magazine hailed the work as “a rich and sensual salute.” Cassandre will be accompanied by Steve Ahern on trumpet & flute, Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.

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Cape Cod Jazz Quartet

Cape Cod Jazz Quartet (CCJQ) will open the concert and celebrate the 65th anniversary of “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davisregarded by many critics as the greatest jazz recording. The CCJQ will perform songs from the 1959 recording with Steve Ahern on trumpet, Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.

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Monday, August 12, 2024

7:30pm

 

Tish Adams

Mike Flanagan

 

Cotuit Center for the Arts

4404 Falmouth Road
Cotuit, Massachusetts

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Tish Adams

Tish Adams is a Rhode Island-based vocalist. Ask Tish Adams what she does for a living and she’ll flash you a smile and say...“I make FUN!” She truly lives her motto: Jazz, Blues & a few surprises! She is inspired and imaginative with phrasing and tempos, making old songs new again, in a style that is all her own. Her fans compare her to the “Great Ladies of Jazz.” Musicians call her “A Natural.” A true vocal stylist, her voice spans a wide range - not only of notes - but of tones, textures, moods and intensities. Her slow, smoky ballads seem as effortless as her most danceable Swing. Tish also loves to share music. As the weekly host of "The Vocalists & Localists Show” (www.wriu.org), she has served up her favorite vocalists, promoted recordings of New England-based Jazz artists and provided a local calendar of musical events for over 25 years and counting. When Covid-19 shut down live music everywhere, Tish provided a safe haven for Jazz artists and their fans with her own concert series. "Tish Adams Presents..." is now in its fifth season and continues to host an impressive ‘who’s who’ of New England musicians. Tish will be accompanied by Mike Flanagan on sax, Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.

Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan opens the concert and he is a Billboard-charting, Lennon award-winning, and OUTmusic award-winning saxophonist, pianist, songwriter, composer, music director, educator, and actor. As a recording artist, Mike has released 5 albums, independently, under the moniker MikeMRF and has topped iTunes, charted on Billboard 3 times, won 2 OUTmusic Awards and a Lennon Award. His groundbreaking music video for his original song “Trying,” which he both acted in and directed, has over one million views on YouTube. Mike holds a BM from Berklee College of Music, as well as a MM from New York University, where he was immediately made an adjunct professor of composition. Upon graduating, Mike was offered his current role, serving as Artistic Director for both the Post Office Cafe & Cabaret and Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown, MA. Mike was also hired to music direct for Lea DeLaria at her venue, The Club Ptown, which he spent 3 years doing, in addition to leading his own 2-night weekly residency: one on piano with Lisa Bello in their R&B-Hybrid, and one night on sax leading his own Jazz Quintet where he featured guest performers, including Mike Tucker, Dave Zinno, Lee Fish, Marco Panascia, Tedd Firth, Gray Sargent, Tim Ray, Mike Maher, and many more. Mike is currently completing his 6th studio album, ‘Many Rivers’ on sax alongside his newly-formed jazz collective, co-fronted by Lauren Scales and Chris Grasso, and joined by Luques Curtis on bass, Richie Barshay and Charles Haynes on drums, and Steve Davis on trombone. Mike will be accompanied by the Cape Cod Jazz Trio with Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums with a Special Guest Appearance by Tedi Marsh on vocals.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2024

6:00pm

Atla DeChamplain

Matt DeChamplain

 

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)

460 Commercial Street

Provincetown, Massachusetts 

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Atla DeChamplain

Atla DeChamplain is a jazz vocalist, lyricist, and educator from Connecticut. She graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music and continued her education at the University of Toledo where she was mentored by jazz master Jon Hendricks. Atla is a unique vocalist specializing in writing and performing Vocalese (lyricizing instrumental music). Her sound is a blend of American music influences including jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B music. She credits musicians Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Louis Armstrong, Kurt Elling, Jose Feliciano, and Bobby McFerrin as her primary influences and acknowledges the privilege to follow such luminary artists in the traditions of Black American music. She has had the privilege of performing alongside some of her musical heroes including Jon Hendricks, Kurt Elling, and Lauren Hobgood. In addition to her performing career, she also teaches at the University of Rhode Island where she works as an Assistant Teaching Professor in Amplified Voice. Atla will be accompanied by Steve Ahern on trumpet & flute, Matt DeChamplain on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.

Matt DeChamplain

Matt DeChamplaiopens the concert and is a jazz pianist with roots in a variety of styles within the genre, including stride piano, swing, bebop, and post-bop. His playing is characterized by lyrical soloing, technical proficiency, and a hard-swinging sound. He has collaborated with numerous notable musicians: Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Davis, Javon Jackson, Shawnn Monteiro, Nat Reeves, and Avery Sharpe among others. In addition to his performance career, Matt DeChamplain is also an educator and currently shares his knowledge and passion for jazz at the Hartt School of Music Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz where he holds a full-time position as an Assistant Professor of Jazz. DeChamplain's dedication to jazz music and his commitment to its traditions, combined with his technical skill and artistic sensibility, have earned him recognition among both fellow musicians and jazz enthusiasts. Matt will be accompanied by Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.

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