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Weirs Jazz Series

 

2019 Weirs Jazz Series

 

Weirs Beach:  On Friday, July 5th, the Patio Garden Restaurant at Weirs Beach will kick off its seventh season of summer jazz concerts in Weirs Beach. The Weirs Jazz Series was recognized as the “Best of NH” during its inaugural season in 2013, and has grown to feature jazz acts from Boston, NYC, and other jazz hotspots. The Patio Garden will present three jazz shows every weekend through Sunday, August 18th, weather permitting. The casual, outdoor Patio Garden Restaurant is located at the end of the Weirs Beach boardwalk, across the footbridge from Lakeside Avenue. The restaurant is only a one-minute walk from the Weirs Public Docks. The concerts at the Patio Garden are free and open to all ages. Table, bleacher, and bar rail seating is provided. Full dinner and liquor service is available during the concert. The restaurant is part of the Winnipesaukee Marketplace at 21 Weeks St, Laconia, NH 03246. For more info, visit weirsbeach.com/weirs-jazz-series; or visit facebook.com/weirsjazz; or call 603-366-5800; or email patiogarden@weirsbeach.com.

 

Friday, July 5, 7pm-10pm: Drummer Mike Walsh Jazz Trio

Walsh is a NH-seacoast based full-time drum instructor and performer. He teaches at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, and is the drummer for several seacoast bands, including Mother Superior and The Sliding Royales, Equal Time, Fiveighthirteen, and Weird Turn Pro. Walsh has been a student of drumming for over 30 years, and has studied with Bob Gullotti, Les Harris Jr., Nancy Smith, Dave Dicenso, Steve Michaud, Dan Weiss, and Peter Moutis. Appearing with Walsh is Tom Robinson on piano and Mike Rossi on bass.

 

Saturday, July 6, 7pm-10pm: Clandestine Jazz Collective

This trio combines the musical efforts of saxophonist Andrew Emanuel with Chazz Rogers on bass and Keith Perry on guitar to create an exciting environment for the enjoyment of jazz. The group is based out of the University of New Hampshire, and plays all over the Granite State.

 

Sunday, July 7, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames

The house band for the Weirs Jazz series, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August for over 20 years. The group plays jazz standards from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, as well as arrangements of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is Rob Ames, whose 2016 record album of all originals, “Songs from the Boardwalk”, featuring his soprano saxophone playing, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and elsewhere. The band features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Craig Bryan on drums.

 

Friday, July 12, 7pm-10pm: Vermont Standard Jazz Trio

Led by trombonist and award-winning Vermont educator Bear Irwin. Irwin has been teaching all over the state of Vermont since 1970. He has served with and managed many prominent VT jazz organizations. He currently teaches trombone at Middlebury College, and plays with many different ensembles throughout Vermont.

 

Saturday, July 13, 7pm-10pm: Left Ear Trio

Led by New York City based guitarist Michael-Louis Smith, the Left Ear Trio showcases Smith’s medley of jazz, funk and afrobeat. A top-tier bandleader and recording artist, Smith has toured nationally at major venues such as LA’s Troubadour Club, NYC’s legendary Apollo Theater, and Vermont’s Discover Jazz Festival.

 

Sunday, July 14, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames

The house band for the Weirs Jazz series, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August for over 20 years. The group plays jazz standards from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, as well as arrangements of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is Rob Ames, whose 2016 record album of all originals, “Songs from the Boardwalk”, featuring his soprano saxophone playing, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and elsewhere. The band features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Dave Ellis on drums.

 

Friday, July 19, 7pm-10pm: Avi Rafaelov

Saxophonist Avi Rafaelov learned his musical craft in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Rafaelov has played with many of the top-name jazz musicians in Israel and at many of the top Israeli venues. At the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he studied and played with George Garzone, Tia Fuller, Terence Blanchard and Phil Wilson. He currently lives in Manchester, NH.

 

Saturday, July 20, 7pm-10pm: Saxophonist Richard Gardzina Jazz Trio

Gardzina has performed with jazz greats Red Garland, David “Fathead” Newman, James Clay, Frank Rosalino, Mark Johnson, Tiger Okoshi, Richie Cole, Jerry Hahn, Amanda Carr, Christine Fawson, and Bob Moses; with the legendary Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam & Dave; and with the rock band Little Feat. Gardzina has released 3 original jazz CDs, teaches at NHTI in Concord, NH, composes music for dance companies, and is the staff composer/arranger/woodwindist for Rocking Horse studio of Pittsfield, NH. Appearing with Gardzina is Alan Rowe on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums. http://www.richardgardzina.com

 

Sunday, July 21, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames

The house band for the Weirs Jazz series, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August for over 20 years. The group plays jazz standards from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, as well as arrangements of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is Rob Ames, whose 2016 record album of all originals, “Songs from the Boardwalk”, featuring his soprano saxophone playing, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and elsewhere. The band features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Jared Steer on drums.

 

Friday, July 26, 7pm-10pm: Saxophonist Eric Chase Jazz Trio

Chase has been performing throughout New England for the last 38 years.  He was the sax player for a band that went through three name changes over 30 years (Straight No Chaser, Raccoon Beach, and The Attractions) but kept the same core of musicians. Chase played with this group at the Blue Note in New York City, the Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga Springs, and as the opener for Joe Lovano at the Portsmouth Music Hall. Chase has also played with the Seacoast Big Band, the Players, Tongue in Groove, and the Joe DeRose big band. Appearing with Chase is Joe Pierog on bass and Craig Fahey on drums.

 

Saturday, July 27, 7pm-10pm: Geoff Countryman

Geoff Countryman is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, engineer and teacher.  Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Geoff came to New York to attend NYU’s Jazz performance program where he studied with Gil Goldstein, Lenny Pickett, John Scofield, and Chris Potter.  Since graduating Cum Laude from NYU he has created an impressive body of work and has been in high demand. He can be seen in Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe”, has performed regularly with the Saturday Night Live Band and with Chico Hamilton’s “Euphoria”. He produced Kenny Werner’s album “Lawn Chair Society” (Blue Note Records) and Dave Douglas’ “High Risk” and is a featured performer on hip-hop artist T.I.’s platinum, Grammy nominated album “King” (Atlantic records) and the Emmy WInnning “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. Geoff has enjoyed working with a number of prominent artists including, Patti LaBelle, Ingrid Jensen, Hiromi, John Pattitucci, Randy Brecker, Leon Pendarvis, Mike Mainieri, producers Neil Jason and Al Bell, Emmy award winner Katreese Barnes, and Langhorne Slim among many others.

 

Sunday, July 28, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames with special guest Mike Levine

A special performance of the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet, with a guest appearance by smooth jazz recording artist Mike Levine on keyboards. Levine, of Miami, Florida, where he is a mainstay of the jazz and Latin scenes, has recorded several original CDs, including his latest, 2017’s “Star Gazing”, featuring Ed Calle, Will Lee, and other renowned South Florida musicians. As an accompanist, Levine has played with jazz instrumentalists Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielmans, Stanley Turrentine, Nat Adderley, Randy Brecker and Ira Sullivan; and jazz vocalists Michael Bolton and Mel Torme. Levine will appear with Rob Ames on saxophone, Al Hospers on bass, and Craig Bryan on drums. http://www.mikelevinemusic.com.

 

Friday, Aug 2, 7pm-10pm: Saxophonist/Pianist Fred Haas Jazz Trio

Haas is the Senior Lecturer Jazz Professor at Dartmouth College and has toured the world playing with Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Lena Horn, Gene Bertoncini, Sheila Jordan, The Dorsey Orchestra and many others. Haas founded and is the Director of Interplay Jazz & Arts. Appearing with Haas is guitarist Bill Rosen and vocalist Sabrina Brown. Rosen has studied and played with guitar greats Freddy Bryant, Jason Ennis, David Newsam, and Gene Bertoncini. Brown, inspired by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell and Ray Charles, performs the music of the Great American Songbook, and is the co-founder of Interplay Jazz & Arts with her husband Haas. https://home.dartmouth.edu/faculty-directory/fred-haas.

 

Saturday, Aug 3, 7pm-10pm: Adventure Time Trio

Drummer and composer Brooke Sofferman studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with jazz legends George Russell, Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Cecil McBee, John Abercrombie, Fred Buda (Boston Pops) and John McNeil, and is now on the NEC faculty. Sofferman performs and records around New England, New York and the East coast with many of the top tier jazz musicians, such as Jerry Bergonzi, John Medeski, Chris Potter, George Garzone, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood, Bevan Manson, Herb Pomeroy, and John Abercrombie.  Besides performing live with his group and as a sideman, he has released 3 CDs of original music, and has been featured on dozens of recordings.

 

Sunday, Aug 4, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames

The house band for the Weirs Jazz series, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August for over 20 years. The group plays jazz standards from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, as well as arrangements of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is Rob Ames, whose 2016 record album of all originals, “Songs from the Boardwalk”, featuring his soprano saxophone playing, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and elsewhere. The band features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Jared Steer on drums.

 

Friday, August 9, 7pm-10pm: Drummer PJ Donahue Jazz Trio

Donahue has played on 11 albums, and has performed with Maceo Parker, The Headhunters, Corey Glover, The Rebirth Brass Band, The Radiators, SemiSonic, Chris Duarte, Tim Reynolds, Johnny Winter and members of The Commodores. He currently performs with many groups including Elsa Cross, the Amorphous Band, FunkyTown, Todd Royce, Joe Gattuso, and Steve Carter. Appearing with Donahue is Steve Carter on guitar and Steve Roy on bass.

 

Saturday, August 10, 7pm-10pm: Trumpeter Russ Ryan Jazz Quartet

Trumpeter Ryan has performed with Greg Hopkins, Jeff Stout, Bill Pierce and Tiger Okoshi. He’s a soloist with the Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra and the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, plays in the Adagio Big Band, and is a member of the River City Band and the B Street Bombers. Appearing with Ryan is Travis Shelby on guitar, Justin Greenberg on bass, and George Farrell on drums.

 

Sunday, Aug 11, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames

The house band for the Weirs Jazz series, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August for over 20 years. The group plays jazz standards from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, as well as arrangements of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is Rob Ames, whose 2016 record album of all originals, “Songs from the Boardwalk”, featuring his soprano saxophone playing, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and elsewhere. The band features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Dave Ellis on drums.

 

Friday, August 16, 7pm-10pm: Honey Bees Trio

Led by eclectic songwriter Mary Fagan, a chanteuse whose musical influences range from Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan, the Honey Bees is a NH-based trio that plays lively music from a wide mix of genres, from 1930s- and 1940s- era Jazz, to Western Swing. With the exquisite talents of Chris O’Neill on lead guitar, and master Jock Irvine on upright bass, they play a crowd-pleasing mix of familiar favorites and original songs that blend seamlessly together, creating a swinging-good time! https://www.maryfagan.com

 

Saturday, Aug 17, 7pm-10pm: Wangari Fahari Trio

Wangari Fahari is a Kenyan-born singer, songwriter, and producer who performs Afro pop, jazz, folk and world music. Best known for her acoustic sounds, Fahari has played with drummer Gabriel Harris of Rhythm Village, singer-activist Joan Baez, and African drummer Remi Kabaka. A civil and environmental activist, she founded Fahari Records, a music company focused on arts with a cause, and is currently one of the directors of Artists For Wildlife Conservation. Fahari has teamed up with philanthropic institutions such as The American World Jewish Association, One World Children Fund, and The Greenbelt movement to raise funds and awareness for Kenya wildlife conservation, Agro forestry, and human rights.

 

Sunday, Aug 18, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet featuring Rob Ames

The house band for the Weirs Jazz series, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August for over 20 years. The group plays jazz standards from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, as well as arrangements of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is Rob Ames, whose 2016 record album of all originals, “Songs from the Boardwalk”, featuring his soprano saxophone playing, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and elsewhere. The band features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Craig Bryan on drums. Tonight’s performance concludes the Weirs Jazz Series for the 2019 season.