Dinner & Show: $70
Show Time: 8pm
Lots of folks throw around the phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it – to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone.
Johnny A. is that kind of performer. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between.
“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says “You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while…but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.”
"Guitarists with a distinctive sound are as rare as natural beauty in Hollywood. Since going strictly instrumental, Johnny A. has quickly joined the rarified ranks of players like Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, and Carlos Santana, as far as being recognizable from the first note." - Premier Guitar - 2010
Friday and Saturday
December 2 & 3
Dinner & Show: $85
Show Times: 8 & 10pm
CHARLES LLOYD and the MARVELS featuring
Bill Frisell-guitar, Greg Liesz-pedal steel guitar, Reuben Rogers-bass and Eric Harland- drums
NEW CD IS I LONG TO SEE YOU
Saxophone great/NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd, a true jazz griot, is at the top of his game playing with new and old friends in his latest project The Marvels. His new musical pals, guitarist Bill Frisell and pedal steel guitarist Greg Liesz, join with longtime Lloyd associates bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland under The Marvels' banner to tackle an interesting set of songs encompassing traditional church hymns and newer versions of Lloyd's older material. The idea for The Marvels was hatched about three years ago when Lloyd and Frisell—playing a concert together—discovered they were essentially musical soul mates. Still one of the most spiritually engaging and hardest working performers in the world, Lloyd continues to prove his reputation for eternally exploring the universe through music. I Long To See You is the title of their recent recording on the Blue Note label.
“Every Lloyd concert is unique. And this one, with special guests Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, was a striking display of contemporary jazz improvisation at its finest. ” — International Review of Music
Dinner & Show: $75
Show Time: 8 and 10pm
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over thirty years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins,
the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval,
Paquito D’Rivera, Chaka Khan, Blues Traveler, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Merchant and countless others. He has also co-produced several albums, most notably the Cuban a cappella group Vocal Sampling.
His band, Sammy Figueroa and his latin Jazz Explosion, is one of the most exciting in jazz today. Known for their exciting performances, enhanced by Sammy's ebullient humor, the band has recorded two albums, 'And Sammy Walked in' and 'The Magician,' both honored with the Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album
"Mongo's gone, Ray's gone, Tito's gone - who's left to inherit the crown? Sammy is the Man!" - El Tiempo
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Times: 8 and 10pm
GRAMMY-nominated guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli, was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”
Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney.
In addition to being a bandleader and solo performer, John has been a special guest on recordings for major pop names such as James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Wopat, Rickie Lee Jones and the Dave Van Ronk, as well as leading jazz artists like Rosemary Clooney, Ruby Braff, Johnny Frigo, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen and, of course, Bucky Pizzarelli. He was featured opposite Donna Summer, Jon Secada and Roberta Flack on the GRAMMY® Award-winning CD, Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mr. Rogers in 2005.
A radio personality who got his start in the medium in 1984, Pizzarelli is co-host, alongside Jessica Molaskey, of Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli. Heard on more than 40 radio stations, the syndicated radio show brings warmth, humor and that long-lost “live” feel back to radio. The show takes place in their “deluxe living room high atop Lexington Avenue,” and the conversations are relaxed, candid and off-the-cuff as is the music. The show is also available globally as a podcast at www.johnpizzarelli.com and via iTunes.
Dinner and Show: $78
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.
A leading alto and soprano saxophonist and prominent vocalist all the same, Beasley is hailed by fans for his thrilling performances along the East Coast and throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Notable performances include the all-star tour To Grover, With Love, performing alongside Chuck Loeb, Buddy Williams and Andy Snitzer and performing as the headlining act for the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival.
Dinner and Show $70
Show Time: 8pm
featuring Patrice Rushen on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Lenny White on drums and Ben Solomon on saxophones
Trumpeter Wallace Roney's playing and music continues to evolve and on December 15, he brings his fiery quintet to Scullers Jazz Club. Roney's music is his own, but built upon the bands of legendary drummers Art Blakey and Tony Williams, among others.
One of the many highlights of Roney's career was being chosen by his mentor and friend, Miles Davis, to participate in the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival, performing the brilliant music of Gil Evans as Miles did 30 + years prior to 1991.
Wallace Roney can be heard on the latest Macy Gray recording, Stripped, released in September, 2016. Stripped debuted at #3 on the Bllboard charts.
Friday & Saturday
December 16 & 17
Show: $40 - $55
Dinner & Show: $80 - $95
Show Times: 8 and 10pm
NEW RECORDING IS THE BEAUTIFUL DAY
Kurt Elling's forthcoming album, The Beautiful Day, is set to release on October 28, 2016. It will be Elling's first release on OKeh, as well as his first holiday album.
Regarded as one of the world's foremost jazz vocalists, Elling won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named "Male Singer of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, Elling has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times. His most recent works include the full length album, Upward Spiral with Branford Marsalis, and a live performance of "New York Minute" with the superstar pianist Lang Lang for the upcoming PBS special Live from Lincoln Center.
Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.
He is regarded by The New York Times as "...the standout male vocalist of our time." The Washington Post adds, "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling."
Of the signing Elling says, "I am very excited about starting a new relationship with OKeh. OKeh A&R head, Wulf Muller, reminds me of the late Bruce Lundvall in his enthusiasm for the music and his love for his artists. Wulf has been a friend of mine for years and I know that I will have his full support moving forward - both as an artist and a business partner.”
The new album will be supported by a tour across Europe and the East Coast, USA.
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
For tickets: 866.777.8932 Email: Info@ScullersJazz.com Ticket purchases are non-refundable.