Note: New Cover – JERRY BERGONZI GROUP ≈ September 26th / 8:30pm

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Jerry Bergonzi – saxophone

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A fine, high-powered tenor saxophonist with a tone influenced by John Coltrane, a mastery of chord changes, and a strong musical imagination, Jerry Bergonzi has long had an underground following in the Boston area. He started on clarinet when he was eight, switching to alto at 12, and finally to tenor two years later. Bergonzi was inspired early on by Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, and Hank Mobley. He attended Lowell University and then after graduation played electric bass in local bands behind singers and strippers, saving up enough money to move to New York in 1972. After struggling in the Big Apple for seven years and gaining some recognition as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (with whom he appeared on several Concord albums during 1979-1981), Bergonzi moved back to Boston in 1981, where he developed a strong career both as a tenorman and as an educator. He has since led several groups (including two called Con Brio and Gonz) and recorded for the Plug, Not Fat, Red, and Blue Note labels.

(bio by Scott Yanow)

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Phil Grenadier – trumpet

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Throughout a career that spans nearly three decades, trumpeter Phil Grenadier has emerged as one of jazz’s most imaginative and innovative players.  His two albums as leader, 2000’s Sweet Transients and 2003’s Playful Intentions, have won him copious international acclaim, while his collaborations with a broad array of notable musicians demonstrate the raw talent and adventurousness that led the San Jose Mercury News to call him “a trumpeter of rare fluency and depth.”

Grenadier has played on more than 50 albums while working with a varied assortment of artists, including Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers, Chris Potter, Anthony Braxton, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Billy Kilson, John Hollenbeck, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Moses, Drew Gress, Ira Coleman, Bob Nieske, Harvey Wainapel and brother Larry Grenadier.

philgrenadierjazz.com

Luther Gray – drums

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Drummer Luther Gray, though largely self-taught, his musical training involved drum lessons from Kim Martin, Larry Bright, Steve Bagby, and Mickey Newman. In 1995 he graduated the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music, after which he taught privately and performed in the Washington , D.C. area with, among others, Butch Warren, Cecil Payne, Webster Young, Tsunami, Liquorice, Peter Edelman, Jenny Toomey, Bob Butta, and Buck Hill. Since moving to Boston he has resumed teaching private drum lessons and has played with Joe Morris, Jay Hoggard, Joe McPhee, Timo Shanko, Cameron Brown, Allan Chase, Joseph Daley, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Ida, Geoff Farina, Andrew White, Rob Brown, Bill Lowe, Greg Abate, Raqib Hassan, Bill Pierce, Mitch Seidman, Steve Swell, Joe Beck, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark and many others. In addition to his performing schedule Luther teaches art and music at an after-school program for elementary school children.

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with Special Guests on bass


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Note: New Cover – The Fringe ≈ September 26th / 10:30pm

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George Garzone – Saxophone

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Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured Portugal. The group has released three albums. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. He began on the tenor when he was six, played in a family band and attended music school in Boston. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.

Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music.  He has also previously taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Northeastern University and the New School University. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates and Danilo Perez, to name a few.

In 1995 he recorded a fine tribute to Stan Getz on NYC called Alone; Four’s and Two’s followed a year later with compatriot Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Downbeat magazine, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in summer 2000. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard in September 2002. George is endorsed by Rico Reeds, JodyJazz mouthpieces and R. S. Berkeley musical instruments.

georgegarzone.com

Bob Gullotti – Drums

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Bob Gullotti is an experienced performer and teacher with a highly successful background as a professional musician, gaining acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad for unique creativity interpretive technique, and technical performance quality. His experience includes tours of Europe, South America, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, and the United States with his own band and with such well-known artists as Gary Bartz and Eddie Henderson. Bob has performed with such jazz notables as J.J. Johnson, John Abercrombie, George Mraz, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, Mike Mainieri, Mose Allison, John Medeski, John Patitucci, Bob Brookmeyer, and Miroslav Vitous. Bob performed with the rock group Phish. His band, The Fringe, is a four-time recipient of the Boston Music Awards #1 Jazz Act Award. He has over fifty recordings to his credit and currently his band has a multi-record release contract with Soul Note Records, one of the top jazz labels in the world.

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John Lockwood – Bass

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(I can’t find a good bio/writeup for John. Does someone wanna write one? Email me at lilypadwebmaster@gmail.com)


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The After School Special: Cambridge’s Least Cerebral Lecture Series ≈ September 27th / 7:30pm

Come join real-life 8th grade Social Studies teacher, Mike Balulescu, as he reviews US government and politics, just in time for our fear-inducing November 2016 election! Mike is a Bowdoin grad who has been teaching at Acton-Boxboro for the past 11 years. Mike has been described as having “4 year old twins, so he knows how to command a crowd.”

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Noah Preminger Quartet ≈ September 27th / 10pm

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“Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.”
The New York Times

Noah Preminger, just 29, has recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums and is steadily listed as one of the best tenor saxophonists by critics and readers on the annual Downbeat Poll. Two new recordings are expected by early 2016, including an all-ballads date on the French vinyl label, Newvelle Records, and a recording inspired by Delta Mississippi Blues musicians, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground. 

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after his 21st birthday and was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll.

Preminger’s second and third albums as a leader came in 2011 and 2013 while signed to the Palmetto Records label. The Boston Globesays Preminger’s music is “… impressive, challenging, and beautiful.” The saxophonist has performed on key stages from the US to Europe and Australia, and has played and/or recorded with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston, Rob Garcia, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, and Dr. Eddie Henderson.

Noah Preminger Quartet is…

Noah Preminger, saxophone

Tim Miller, guitar

Simon Willson, bass

Jongkuk Kim, drums

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Joe Mulholland Trio – Album Release ≈ September 28th / 7pm

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A lovely, easy going jazz piano trio date, classic, swinging sounds that keep the date one step ahead without letting it get out of reach.  Sweet stuff for when you need some tunes to kick back with, this date of mostly originals impresses throughout.  A fine set from all involved.
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher, Midwest records
This is a spirited, easy listening, debut album on Zoho Records, bound to travel through many jazz stations and pick up a multitude of listening passengers on the way.
Dee Dee McNeil

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