Show: $35 - $50
Dinner and Show: $85
Show Time: 8pm
Mindi Abair is one of the most recognizable saxophonists on the music scene today. In addition to great solo albums over the years, she was one of the regular musicians on American Idol and has also toured with mega-rock band, Aerosmith.
Abair's solo work has garnered ten number 1 radio hits, 6 top 5 spots and 2 #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, and more recently received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo cd Wild Heart.
Friday & Saturday
February 3 & 4
Dinner and Show: $98
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
LINDA EDER - LATEST CD IS RETRO
Linda Eder's latest recording Retro features songs written over the past two decades for shows (or albums) "that never got off the ground for one reason or another," according to Eder's liner notes.
Linda Eder possesses one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time. She sings jazz, pop, broadway, country and standards and her glorious voice makes each and every song she sings her own.
From an early age, Eder has performed on Broadway, perhaps most notably in Jekyll and Hyde. In 1997, she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, and won the Theatre World Award for her debut performance in Jekyll and Hyde.
"But the scope and luster of her instrument, the savvy of her phrasing and the still-deepening nature of her art enabled listeners to focus on what matters most in any of the shows she referenced: the music. When Eder is at her best, as she was on this evening, it's easy to get lost in the sumptuousness of her sound and the depth of her interpretations. In these moments, nothing else seems to matter." - Howard Reich- Chicago Tribune-February 2016
Dinner & show: $75
Show Time: 8pm
Tracy Clark, a native Bostonian, has been singing and performing all of her life. After recording and performing in NYC and LA, Tracy makes her home in Boston.
Tracy's voice is consistently referred to as "velvet and silk". With a sound that is "totally natural". She is as comfortable singing a jazz tune as she is belting out a Broadway ballad.
Her admirers include Ron Della Chiesa, "wonderful sound" and Bo Winiker, "great sense of rhythm and delivery...with pitch that is spot on". The quote that may sum her up best is from NPR, Dream Farm Radio's Julie Lavender, "Tracy's voice is as warm as a pot bellied stove on a frosty winter's night."
FRIDAY and SATURDAY
Dinner & Show: $88
Show Times: 8 and 10pm
NEW RECORDING IS G
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.”
GRAMMY-nominated Gerald Albright's smooth saxophone stylings can be heard on many great Artists' recordings, including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston.
Albright has also recorded many chart-topping albums under his own name.
Gerald has a new recording released in September, 2016 titled G and a new single, Taking Control. Albright is especially proud of this album as it is his first independent project.
Dinner and Show: $85
Show Time: 8pm
SPEND VALENTINES DAY EVENING AT SCULLERS featuring
New Recording is Let's Get Lost
Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Aimée is—in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal—"one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation." In the same Wall Street Journal feature (which included vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant), Friedwald declared both to be “astonishing creative singers, with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past."
Aimée's talents caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York City's City Center in November 2013. Holding her own as an actress, the New York Daily News exclaimed, "Aimée is the revelation."
If you had to sum up French jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee in just one word, it would have to be “effervescent.” She bounded on stage at The Egg’s Sawyer Theatre on Friday evening with a 1000-watt smile and a wild, brown mop of curls bouncing around her head as she launched into “Little White Lies.” And before the song was over the audience was head-over-heels in love with her, making for a perfect Valentine’s Day Eve concert. - Greg Haymes - timesunion.com (Albany, NY)
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8pm
A prolific, genre-crossing veteran of Smooth Jazz, Brazilian, and R&B/Pop, Gregg won the Grammy in 2013 for producing, composing, playing all keyboards, arranging....and engineering the Echoes of Love CD, a collaboration with Omar Akram, which won Best New Age Album. Since his 2009 release "GK", Gregg has also been busy touring with guitarist Peter White and serving as musical director for the annual Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Smooth Jazz Cruises 2011-2013.
Gregg's contagious smile and positive attitude shows in his concerts, as he has emerged over the years as one of the genre's most dynamic and inspiring live performers since he first took the stage in 1987 with the original Rippingtons and toured through the years with superstars Boney James, Sergio Mendes, and Larry Carlton.
"Gregg Karukas’ music is the epitome of class and elegance…he’s got such a nuanced touch on the piano, and his compositions are always so satisfying. Add in a great ability to communicate live, and you have an all-around great talent." - Dave Koz
Dinner & Show: $85
Show Time: 8 and 10pm
NEW RECORDING IS JOURNEY TO THE HEART
Pianist/keyboardist Keiko Matsui's recent release, Journey to the Heart debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine's Cotemporary Jazz Charts! This is Matsui's 27th recording as a leader and marks her 30th Anniversary since her recording debut.
The art of storytelling and picture painting through music has never seen the likes of her. Standing with as much beauty and elegance as that Asian nation itself, this petite legend’s music has always towered high above the masses who witness her performance, lifting her and her admirers to musical heights simply unimaginable. - Ronald Jackson - smoothjazzride.com
Dinner and Show: $85
Show Times: 8 & 10pm
ALEX BUGNON has been a prolific, energetic force on the contemporary music scene for more than two decades. A renowned musician/composer/bandleader, Bugnon hales from the picturesque town of Montreux, Switzerland – site of the world famous Jazz Festival.
As a result of attending Berklee College of Music here in Boston, he was exposed to a diversity of musical styles from R&B to gospel and fun and these musical experiences began to shape and influence his personal sound.
At a very young age, he was already playihg in bands backing superstars such as Patti Austin and James Ingram. However, it was his encounter with saxophonist Najee that would ultimately lead to Alex's next step up.
Alex has enjoyed a busy touring schedule with his own band and with other Contemporary jazz favorites such as vocalists Will Downing and Maysa.
Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is “an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil.” Saxophone Journal writes “He commands the alto saxophone with such authority there can be no denying that Rangell is a true artist,” and Flute Talk Magazine states “Nelson Rangell creates the impression that anything is possible when he improvises.” Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have known since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s: that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.
In addition to 17 recordings under his own name, Rangell has recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, and The GRP All Star Big Band to name a few and is featured on Don Grusin’s Grammy nominated CD “The Hang.” Though Rangell has recorded mostly in the contemporary/pop and smooth jazz formats garnering top radio play and a large audience, The Times of London also notes Rangell’s “undoubted virtuosity” and states He is “one of fusion’s most accomplished exponents.”
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
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