At various town venues
The Arlington Jazz Festival, in its eighth year and running April 25 through 28, has scheduled a wide variety of musical events, presented over a four-day stretch in several venues around the town.
This year, the festival is headlined by Yosvany Terry, a Cuban-born musician, composer, Grammy Award nominee and Doris Duke Artist Award winner.
Fronting his world-class Afro-Cuban Quintet with his alto and soprano saxophones and beaded gourd chekeré, Terry will be joined by his longtime collaborators, Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano), Yunior Terry (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums).
Terry’s original music vividly embodies a sonic world marked by Afro-Cuban polyrhythms and exquisite postbop angles. He taps into his deep cultural roots as a Cuban leavened by insights gleaned on his global travels. Addressing ancient tradition and contemporary practice, Terry frames his charged improvisations within finely wrought small group arrangements that offer listeners easy access to music that’s genuinely new.
According to The New York Times, Terry’s music has “helped redefine Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz as a complex new idiom.” DownBeat Magazine praises his work as being “physical, cerebral and spiritual music, with a lot of stories to tell.”
The festival also continues to champion the vibrant jazz scene that flourishes beyond Boston’s city limits. An abundance of local talent will be on full display, including performances by Albino Mbie, Mimi Rabson, David Harris, Hilary Noble, Tino D'Agostino and special guest award-winning saxophonist Carla Marciano from Salerno Italy, making a special stop in Arlington while on a U.S. tour with her quartet.
For a complete list of all the artists involved this year, click here >>
The festival, which receives organizing and production assistance from Arlington-based Morningside Music Studio, has this solid mission: to raise awareness and appreciation of jazz through the confluence of top performers, local rising ensembles and student groups, while also fostering a sense of community and an appreciation that Arlington and surrounding towns are indeed a cultural destination.
Since arriving in New York City in 1999, Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Terry “has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom,” The New York Times reports. Born into an illustrious musical family in Camaguey, Cuba, Terry is an internationally acclaimed composer, saxophonist, percussionist, bandleader, educator and cultural bearer of the Afro-Cuban tradition.
After immersing himself in European classics at Havana’s National School of Arts and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory he went on to perform with major figures in every realm of Cuban music, including celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez, pianists Chucho Valdes and Frank Emilio, and Don Pancho y Los Terry, the band led by his father, violinist and shekere master Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry Gonzales.
From his earliest days in New York, Terry has been embraced by the jazz and contemporary music community, playing with Branford Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Taj Mahal and the Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Sextet.
While best known as a blazing improviser, he’s rapidly gaining renown as a composer, bandleader and educator with a string of high-profile awards, appointments and commissions. In 2015, Terry received the Doris Duke Artist Award and was hired by Harvard University as director of jazz ensembles and senior lecturer on music.
Who's behind festival
The nonprofit annual Arlington Jazz Festival is coordinated with assistance from Morningside Music Studio, directed by Dan Fox, an Arlington resident, who is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator. He established Morningside Music Studio 12 years ago to provide area students of all ages and musical abilities the opportunity to play in weekly ensembles and in recital concerts open to the public.
In other words, he offers wholehearted encouragement to “keep the groove in your life.” The Arlington Jazz Festival, also established by Fox, is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
April is observed nationally as Jazz Appreciation Month, and since 2012, International Jazz Day has fallen on April 30. The festival coincides with the celebration of Jazz Week in Boston and surrounding areas.
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This announcement was published Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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