JazzFest Falmouth 2012 to Present Grace Kelly Quintet at Highfield Theater
Get ready for jazz, and lots of it.
The fifth annual JazzFest Falmouth will serve up a jam-packed week of top musical artists and events, beginning Tuesday, September 25 with a performance by the Howard Alden/Dan Barrett Quartet at Fishmonger’s Café in Woods Hole at 8 PM. Guitarist Alden and trombonist Barrett were major players in the small-band swing movement of the 1980s and 90s. Harry Allen will accompany them on tenor sax and Frank Tate on bass.
The festival continues through Sunday, featuring many other events. On Thursday, September 27 at 7 PM, Richard Vacca will give a talk on the Boston/Cape Cod jazz circuit during the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, at the Museums on the Green, 55 Palmer Avenue ($5). Children are welcome on Saturday, September 29, to join the free jazz vocal workshop Toe Taps for Tots (™) at the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, at 1 PM. Toe Taps for Tots is a musical adventure developed by Michelle Cruz to engage children in science, history, math and literature through music. Later on Saturday, at Falmouth Academy, Russ Wilcox will direct a Master Class for music students. Phil Vitali will work with drummers, Alan Clinger with those playing guitar and piano, Rich Hill with basses, Roger Gamache with saxes and Josh McDonald is going to work with trumpets/trombones.
The Festival’s signature Jazz Stroll will be held Friday night, September 28 from 6 to 9:30 PM; from Queen’s Buyway along Main Street to Peg Noonan Park. The Stroll is free and will go on, rain or shine. Twelve musical groups will be entertaining strollers in stores, restaurants and galleries along the way. The time schedule for performances is staggered to allow the public to hear and enjoy the musicians at a leisurely pace. Musical groups of every size -- from solos and duos to big bands -- will be serenading audiences with jazz that reaches from classic standards to jazz infused with a touch of the blues, Latin rhythm, or rock. Dancing allowed, and even encouraged! Information on all groups can be found at www.JazzFestFalmouth.org.
To end the evening, three groups will perform in local clubs, beginning at 9:30. Pianist Eddie Scheer, who has played to the delight of local fans for years, will perform at The Nimrod Jazz Lounge. Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub will host the ever-popular Stage Door Canteen - a massive twelve-piece horn section that drives its pulse-pounding music, from early jump swing to classic big band standards, from Latin to Motown and beyond. Toni Lynn Washington will be at Grumpy’s on Locust Street. Boston-based blues, R&B and jazz singer, Toni has recorded four CDs and garnered seven W.C. Handy Blues Music Award nominations, including three for Soul-Blues Female Performer of the Year.
Capping the week of Jazz events JazzFest Falmouth will present the remarkable Grace Kelly Quintet on Saturday, September 29th, at 7:30 PM, at Highfield Theater, 58 Highfield Drive. Doors will open at 6 PM for Chef Anthony’s Barbecue. Tickets for the concert are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Twenty-year-old saxophonist, singer and composer Grace Kelly has been dazzling listeners since she was nine. Ms. Kelly already has more than five hundred performances to her credit, including appearances at Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Birdland, and venues in Europe and Asia. She has produced seven CDs. She has appeared and recorded with many greats, among them Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Harry Connick Jr., Frank Morgan, Esperanza Spalding and Hank Jones. She has played on CDs with Lee Konitz and Phil Woods, the who said of her, “It’s not any one thing. She’s got the whole kit.”
Along the way, Boston-based Ms. Kelly, who graduated from Berklee College of Music in December, has garnered countless awards, including Best Jazz Act for four years in the Boston Phoenix’s Best Music Poll, and its National Best Jazz Act of 2012. She received the ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composer Award four times and was named Jazz Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards twice. In 2009 the DownBeat Critics Poll added Kelly to its list of Alto Saxophone Rising Stars -- the youngest ever to be so named -- and Glamour Magazine included her among its Top Ten College Women of 2011.
“Grace Kelly is a unique and genuine talent. Great young performers are nothing new, but someone who possesses such ease of expression and musical personality at such an early stage of her career is a find, indeed. I can’t wait to see what her future holds,” said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart.
Appearing with Ms. Kelly on Saturday will be Jason Palmer on trumpet, Peter McCann on guitar, Evan Gregor on upright and electric bass and Jordan Perlson on drums and percussion.
The Bart Weisman Jazz Group will open for the Grace Kelly Quintet. Mr. Weisman is a Cape Cod drummer, and leader of several bands that play at nightclubs and in concert (they have opened for the Boston Pops), and for various events, such as parties and weddings. Mr. Weisman founded the Provincetown Jazz Festival and is host and performer for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum jazz concert series.
On Sunday, September 30th, two Jazz Brunches will close JazzFest Falmouth 2012. Award-winning jazz guitar duo Stu Goodis and Tom Glenn will perform traditional jazz tunes for diners at Persey’s Place, 40 North Main Street. At the Nimrod Restaurant, 100 Dillingham Ave., the Downstreet Jazz Ensemble, with Joe Sutton (vocals), Sid Bearon (piano), Alan Clinger (guitar) and Tom Renshaw (bass), will perform.
Tickets and more information on JazzFest events can be found on line at www.JazzFestFalmouth.org. Tickets are also available at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, Under the Sun in Woods Hole, and at the Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons.
JazzFest Falmouth is one of two major annual arts festivals sponsored by ArtsFalmouth, Inc., a non-profit alliance of artists, cultural groups, businesses and interested citizens that was formed to celebrate the area’s arts. For more information on ArtsFalmouth please go on line to ArtsFalmouth.org.