One of the venues involved in the BeanTown Fest is Scullers (in the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston; 617.562.4111), and the club is geared for another heavy season: Miles Davis protégé WALLACE RONEY (September 20); the Swedish piano trio E.S.T. (September 26); Mel Tormé’s singing son STEVE MARCH TORMÉ (September 27); Jamaican pianist MONTY ALEXANDER and his Jazz & Roots Ensemble, handling the BeanTown Fest’s “cool-down” (September 28-29); the outstanding Boston jazz singer and composer DOMINIQUE EADE (October 3); pianist DANILO PÉREZ (October 4-5); freaky guitar wizard STANLEY JORDAN and his trio (October 11); jazz-pop sax man WARREN HILL (October 12-13); jazz-fusion stars the YELLOWJACKETS (October 19-20); excellent Boston pianist MARK SHILANSKY (October 23); veteran Boston blues harp-and-vocal man JAMES MONTGOMERY (October 24); New Orleans trumpeter CHRISTIAN SCOTT celebrating his latest Concord CD, Anthem (October 25); young jazz singer SOPHIE MILMAN (October 31); jazz-fusion pioneer ROY AYERS (November 2-3); Boston’s sublime AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA (November 8); sax star (and Berklee prof) WALTER BEASLEY (November 9-10); the superb Boston jazz guitarist JOHN STEIN (November 14); New York/Puerto Rican salsa-jazz giant EDDIE PALMIERI (November 15-17); and unclassifiable superstar contempo jazz trumpeter CHRIS BOTTI (November 23-26).
Across the river in Harvard Square, the Regattabar (Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St; 617.395.7757) carries on: Dominican piano genius MICHEL CAMILO (September 20-22); Boston sax wunderkind GRACE KELLY (September 25); Boston-based flamenco guitarist JUANITO PASCUAL (September 28); pan-American folk and jazz group SOL Y CANTO celebrating their 13th anniversary (September 29); guitar god JOHN SCOFIELD with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart (October 4-5); TANGO TIERRA with Argentine vocalist Katie Viqueira (October 11); tenor-saxist CHRIS POTTER and his funk-Fender-Rhodes-based band Underground (October 12-13); guitarist DAVE FIUCZYNSKI and his Mahavishnu-influenced KiF (October 16); Israeli sax-and-clarinet star ANAT COHEN (October 17); the jammy JAZZ MANDOLINPROJECT (October 18); singer-songwriter/guitarist RAUL MIDÓN (November 1); crazy Black-Sabbath-and-Nirvana-playing jazz piano trio the BAD PLUS (November 2-3); avant-Venezuelan dance band LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES (November 8); Boston keyboard man DAVID MAXWELL’S MAXIMUM BLUES (November 9); singer FREDDIE COLE (brother of Nat, November 23-24); Armenian and international stylists JULIE AND THE ZEROUNIAN ENSEMBLE (November 28); and pianist JACKY TERRASSON (November 28).
The long-time center of jazz life in Inman Square is Ryles (212 Hampshire St, Cambridge; 617.876.9330): local jazz-funk guys JAZZADELIC (September 21); godfather of Boston bebop piano RAY SANTISI (September 25); the ZILZALA MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE (September 26); Indian-African jazz fusion guys NATRAJ with guest West African percussionist Lamine Touré (September 27); the GREGHOPKINS JAZZ ORCHESTRA (September 28); blues harpist DIANE BLUE (September 29); guitarist Scott Feiner and his Brazilian PANDEIRO JAZZ ensemble (October 3); the great Brazilian-Boston flutist FERNANDO BRANDÃO and his septet (October 10); bebop guitarist MARK ELF (October 12); the funky BOSTON HORNS (October 20); pianist EZRA WEISS with drummer BILLY HART (October 25); Turkish Arabesk band DUNYA (October 26); and Brazilian-Boston singer-songwriter TERESA INÊS and her terrific band (November 30).
The Lily Pad (1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge; 617.353.1393) brings in international fusion band ESTHEMA and experimental jazz band ORCHESTRA OF THIS (October 6: 7 pm); New York klezmer guy MICHAEL WINOGRAD’S INFECTION (October 6: 10 pm); a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the ESPERANZASPALDING DUO (duo partner TBA) and the New Jewish Music group KHEVRE (with the aforementioned Winograd) (October 7); adventurous avant-jazz vocalist STEVETHOMAS and the Co-Conspirators (October 14); the two-day PIANOFEST (October 20-21); multi-reedman and composer MARTY EHRLICH with pianist MYRAMELFORD (October 27); the fine bassist/composer BRUNO RÅBERG and his band (November 16); and of course, every Monday night, the FRINGE.
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