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4th Annual Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Fest at The Spire
May 26 @ 7:30 pm - May 28 @ 5:00 pm
Special Guest Master of Ceremonies
Eric Jackson Our guest Emcee for the Friday and Saturday evening Jazz Fest shows is Eric Jackson. Eric began hosting a weekly radio show on WGBH 89.7 in the fall of 1975. For over 30 years now, as host of Jazz with Eric in the Evening (recently renamed Jazz on WGBH with Eric Jackson), the “Dean of Boston Jazz Radio,” as Jackson is widely regarded, has presented listeners with a mix of the well-established artists along with upcoming jazz talent. He has aired over 3,000 interviews with most of the biggest names in jazz, from Dizzy Gillespie to the Marsalis family.
Jazz Fest Schedule of Events
Friday, May 26th
The Donna & the Marshall Wood Trio Masterful, sultry jazz singer Donna Wood brings her quintessential entertainer gift to the Spire stage. Wood has performed at top venues across the country, including Los Angeles’ Jazz Baker, NYC’s Tavern on the Green, The Blue Note, The Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival and has performed with the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra. Donna’s husband and bassist Marshall Wood (currently Tony Bennett’s bassist) leads up their world-class jazz trio with piano giant Tim Ray and Les Harris Jr. on drums. Donna & the band will be presenting a set of jazz standards, ballads and blues.
The Thomas Snow Quartet featuring Ken Peplowski
Thomas Snow is one of New England’s most versatile and sought-after musicians. Tom has played with many musical luminaries including Harry Allen, Dave Holland, Larry Coryell, Nick Brignola, Phil Wilson, Herb Pomeroy and Jonathan Edwards. In addition to session work on dozens of albums & CDs, he also has five CDs as a leader including his most recent CD, “Duke’s Diamonds: an Ellington Celebration”. Tom’s band at Jazz Fest will feature one of the world’s finest jazz woodwind players: “Ken Peplowski”. Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna.
Saturday, May 27th
A.G.N.Z. with Jay Azzolina, Dino Govoni, Adam Naussbaum & Dave Zinno
A.G.N.Z is four powerful and renowned jazz artists in mid-career, all with New England roots and impressive experience, who have come together in one explosion of brilliant light, to perform their original music, full of purposeful playing and sublime solos. Forget the idea of a “collective”: Here are four leaders charging ahead together as one dynamo, the force of their individual talents not just complementing each other but also pushing the music toward a remarkable brilliance. “Music is supposed to take you places where you usually don’t go,” said Nussbaum (formerly drummer with Michael Brecker).
By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he has continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom. Lorber, who also composes and produces, has been hailed as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz and, among others, launched the career of Kenny G. He continues to work both in collaborations such as Jazz Funk Soul, and on his own projects, most recently the 2015 album Step It Up with Jimmy Haslip.
Sunday, May 28th
The New Black Eagle Jazz Band
The Black Eagles, as they are known to their fans, have been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971, bringing the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz to audiences all over the world for 45 years! Many observers regard them as the premier band playing in the traditional jazz style. They regard themselves as the “Keepers of the Flame”. The band has performed extensively all across North America, and has toured throughout Europe countless times. They have performed in New Orleans, London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Toronto to name a few. The band has released over 40 recordings (including the Grammy-nominated “On the River”) and videos. Their music has been featured in Ken Burns’ documentaries and on NPR Radio. The band has also been a guest on The Prairie Home Companion show.