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HIGHLAND JAZZ 2016-2017
A warm welcome to our 34th annual jazz series where great music and great times are assured.
We have added a new change to our series this season with a full lineup of Sunday afternoon only concerts at Newton South, SundaysAtSouth. This is a departure from our usual Saturday evening programs and is aimed at accommodating many of you who prefer to attend daytime concerts and avoid night time driving. Concert-goers will continue to enjoy two sets of music for the price of one, free parking, comfortable seating, unimpeded sight lines, available refreshments, but most-of- all, an exceptional lineup of talented musicians ready to satisfy their every jazz appetite.

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!
Hank Solomon,
Managing Director


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This program is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council.