We open on Sunday, September 11, with “A Parris Afternoon” featuring Newton’s native Rebecca Parris, Boston’s First Lady of Jazz. She will be accompanied by Chris Taylor, piano, Peter Kontrimas, bass, and Jim Lattini, drums. Next up on Sunday, November 20 is pianist Laszlo Gardony, who JazzTimes called “one of contemporary music’s original voices”, with an all-star Berklee quintet comprised of Bill Pierce, saxophone, John Lockwood, bass, Yoron Israel, drums, and introducing special guest, saxophonist Marco Pignataro, as it celebrates Gardony’s latest CD release “In Real Time”.
We return on Sunday, April 2, 2017 with “Strike Up The Band”
starring Newton’s own, Paul Broadnax, the venerable pianist, vocalist
and his regulars, Peter Kontrimas on bass and Les Harris, Jr. on drums.
They are joined by the fluid sounds of saxophonist Fred Haas. Our
season finale on Sunday, May 7 , “Newton’s Best”, spotlights an
array of Newton’s finest jazz artists in ensemble groupings including
Cercie Miller, saxophone, vocalists Dominique Eade and Lisa Thorson,
and Alan Chase, saxophone, accompanied by an esteemed rhythm
section: Tim Ray, piano, John Lockwood, bass, and Yoron Israel,
drums. Their appearance highlights the 2017 Newton Festival of the
Arts, a robust, two-month long calendar of arts and cultural events
taking place throughout the Garden City.
Our welcome mat is out!
This program is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council.