Portrait In Jazz is a dynamic, original jazz band committed to creating exciting and meaningful music with more than 50 originals and hundreds of jazz standards in their repertoire. This performance will feature a balance between originals and time–honored jazz classics! Featuring: Ashley Kamal, Gary Bohan, Chris Hildebrand, Bob Abruzese, Grant Smith, and Brad Ellenberg.
Bob Abruzese, Bass — Boston-based upright and electric bassist Bob Abruzese has been a fixture on the Boston music circuit since the early 90s. Bringing a tasteful mix of jazz, blues, soul, and funk to his playing, Bob enjoys performing a variety of styles and types of gigs.
Gary Bohan, Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Composer — Gary has performed and recorded with Portrait in Jazz (formerly the Brad Ellenberg Quintet), Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Jazz Echo, and Naftule’s Dream. He also recorded and toured throughout North America, Europe, and Australia with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, including with Itzhak Perlman’s “In the Fiddler’s House” project, which resulted in a PBS documentary and two best-selling recordings.
Brad Ellenberg, Guitar/Composer — Brad has been performing professionally for decades in many diverse settings, ranging from a duo to a 20-piece big band, from founding Portrait In Jazz to performing in the pit on numerous shows over the years. Having received his Master’s in Jazz Composition at New England Conservatory, many of his compositions comprise the original repertoire heard on the first three CD’s from Portrait In Jazz — Rendezvous, Return Engagement, and Metamorphosis, with at least 20 more still unrecorded.
Chris Hildebrand, Sax — Chris attended Berklee College of Music as well as Northern Illinois University, playing lead alto for Frank Mantooth’s Jazz band at NIU. Aa a full-time musician in Chicago performing in multiple swing and society band — and for some bands who you may have head of such as the Temptations and the Four Tops. Since relocating to the Boston, he has continued to expand his repertoire to include funk, gospel, and contemporary jazz.
Ashley Kamal, Vocals — Ashley is currently a Brandeis University student majoring in Applied Mathematics and minoring in Music. At Brandeis, she studies classical voice and sings with a student led pop funk cover band. Ashley has been singing with Portrait in Jazz for the past several and has loved every second of it!
Grant Smith, Drums and Percussion — Grant has traveled many paths in world music, jazz, classical, and dance. His theater credits include “Shlemiel The First,” as well as Joel Grey’s “Borscht Capades.” He has toured globally from Krakow to Thailand. He has performed with Itzhak Perlman on “In The Fiddler’s House” and the PBS Great Performances show “Rejoice” with Cantor Helfgot.
Doors open at 7pm • Performance starts at 7:30pm
Tickets $12/advance, $15/door
Full bar • Table service
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