Monday, August 5, 2024
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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.
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet (CCJQ) will open the concert and celebrate the 65th anniversary of “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz recording. The CCJQ will perform songs from the 1959 recording with Steve Ahern on trumpet & flute, Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.
Monday, August 12, 2024
Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Falmouth Road
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 opens the concert and he is an American saxophonist, pianist, songwriter, composer, music director, educator, and actor from Brockton, MA. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Saxophone and Music Education from Berklee College of Music, as well as a Master’s of Music in Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting from New York University, where he also taught composition as an adjunct professor. Mike has won 2 OUTmusic Awards, a Lennon Award, and charted on Billboard 3 times. As a saxophonist, Mike leads several of his own groups and music directs for Lea DeLaria. He has shared the stage with jazz greats Steve Davis, Mike Tucker, Marilyn Maye, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Tim Ray, Richie Barshay, Dave Zinno, Donna Byrne, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joanne Brackeen, Esperanza Spaulding, and more and has toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Mike also tours with and music directs for Lisa Bello in their multi-award-winning R&B/hybrid setting ‘Lisa Bello x MikeMRF’. In spring of 2002, Mike and Lisa toured the U.S. with the release of their live album, “Wait Just Listen,” and sold out the main stage at City Winery Boston. Mike also performs with singer/songwriter, Matt Alber, and co-leads a jazz quintet alongside Lauren Scales and Chris Grasso. 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.
Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)
460 Commercial Street
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 opens 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.