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Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club

Come Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club at Gigi’s!

Calling all jazz musicians!  Bring your instruments and join Blueprint Jazz Club for an evening of jazz, blues, funk and more!

Thanks to the continuing support from the Maynard Cultural Council we are able to bring the community and local musicians together in the Maynard Cultural District.

Maynard jams are always free and open to all ages/levels.

Jazz Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club

Come Jam with Blueprint Jazz Club at Gigi’s!

Calling all jazz musicians!  Bring your instruments and join Blueprint Jazz Club for an evening of jazz, blues, funk and more!

Thanks to the continuing support from the Maynard Cultural Council we are able to bring the community and local musicians together in the Maynard Cultural District.

Maynard jams are always free and open to all ages/levels.

Myanna’s All-Star Band

Myanna’s All-Star Band

Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

Legendary Boston-based saxophonist Myanna has invited some very talented collaborators to join her on the Sanctuary stage.

Myanna, one of the hottest saxophonists around, plays music that mixes jazz improvisation with funky rhythms, expressive playing, and catchy tunes. Featuring her soulful sounds, versatility, and unique arrangements, she performs regularly in clubs and concert halls with her own group, with the Love Dogs, and as a featured artist in a number of highly-regarded bands. She has won awards for Best Jazz Artist several times from both the Boston Music Awards and The Boston Phoenix readers poll. Myanna has recorded three or her own CDs, is featured on multiple recordings with The Love Dogs and as a side player on many other recordings.

Cassandre McKinley started a career in film and television as a kid and by 16, she had already signed with a New York talent agent. McKinley is best known for her powerhouse voice and stylistic versatility and ability to cross genres effortlessly. She is renowned for her spirited and emotional performances with a presence on stage that is exuberant and passionate yet warm and disarming. She has shared the stage, and in some cases, recorded with greats such as Peter Eldridge (New York Voices), Duke Levine, Dave Mattacks, Dick Johnson (Artie Shaw Orchestra), Clay Osborne, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Jerry Portnoy (Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters), the legendary Herb Pomeroy and others. McKinley has toured nationally and overseas and her music can be heard on over 500 national and international radio stations, cable and internet music outlets including iHeartRadio, Spotify, Pandora and XM Radio.

Dave Limina is a contemporary pianist, Hammond organist, keyboardist, composer, producer, educator, and chair of the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music. He has performed or recorded with such notable artists as the award-winning Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Gloria Estefan, Pee Wee Ellis, Martha Reeves, Brooke Benton, Scott Hamilton, Ernie Watts, Lori McKenna, Fred Wesley, Joey DeFrancesco, Mighty Sam McClain, Lenny Pickett, Hamish Stuart, Steve Forbert, Courage Brothers, and many more. He served as the keyboardist and conductor for the first national touring company of the Broadway musical, Rent and has been a session keyboardist appearing on hundreds of recordings and film soundtracks.

Guitarist Mike Mele has spent the last 30 years performing with many jazz and blues greats, including Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Tony Monaco, Bill Pierce, Joe Hunt, Barry Ries, Marty Rowen, and Melvin Sparks. Mike has been a member of the Ken Clark Organ Trio, and recorded the albums Eternal Funk and Mutual Respect for the distinguished Severn Records label. Mike was also a long-standing member of Michelle Willson’s Evil Gal Festival Orchestra, toured North America and Europe, and released the critically acclaimed album Wake-Up Call for Rounder Records.

Drummer and vocalist Eddie Scheer has been one of the pillars of the Boston Blues/R&B scene for over 20 years. As the leader of his award winning band The Love Dogs, he’s toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded four critically acclaimed CDs. He’s played with virtually every top level musician in the Northeast at one time or another, and has hosted his “Tuesday Night Allstars” series in Brighton for over a decade. His encyclopedic repertoire is surpassed only by his big smile and love of entertaining.

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 8pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants, click here.

Tickets: $20/Advance • $25/door

Jazz & Blues on New Year’s Eve

Jazz & Blues on New Year’s Eve with Lori Zuroff & Dave Lewis Soul Music

Celebrate the new year in style with bubbly, wine, cocktails and live music by Lori Zuroff & Dave Lewis from 6-8pm. Invite your family and friends to join you at Azucar Tapas Bar Maynard and ring the new year by saying “OLE”!

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The Bruce Gertz Quintet

The Bruce Gertz Quintet

Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

Award-winning jazz bassist/composer Bruce Gertz leads an all-star quintet featuring Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Grenadier, Tim Miller, and Austin McMahon performing original compositions with many familiar themes.

Bruce Gertz is an award-winning, bassist, composer, author, educator, touring and recording artist, and is on the staff of Berklee College of Music. In addition to a raft of Boston Music Awards, Gertz has garnered a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Performance grant, a composition award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and recognition from the music rights organization ASCAP, Billboard magazine and other organizations. As an instructor, he was recognized by the Jazz Education Network for clinician expertise and jazz performance.

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator. He has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with numerous jazz greats. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. His discography includes more than 60 recordings. As a clinician Bergonzi has taught at conservatories and music schools throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of a series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos and is a three-time NEA grant recipient.

Throughout a career that spans three decades, trumpeter Phil Grenadier has emerged as one of jazz’s most imaginative and innovative players. His three albums as leader, 2000’s Sweet Transients, 2003’s Playful Intentions, and 2014’s Shimmer, have won him copious international acclaim, while his collaborations with a broad array of notable musicians demonstrate the talent and adventurousness that led the San Jose Mercury News to call him “a trumpeter of rare fluency and depth.”

Drummer Austin McMahon is sought out for his versatility. He actively performs in an array of jazz and world music ensembles ranging from trio, to chamber jazz, and big band. He recently recorded with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Macuco Quintet, Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet, and groups that he co-leads including The Lost Melody, and Man On Land. McMahon has recently appeared with Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz, Jerry Bergonzi, Carmen Staaf, Noah Preminger, Kevin Harris, Jason Palmer, Grace Kelly, Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), and David Liebman and has performed at such iconic venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s, Jordan Hall, and numerous festivals, concert halls, theaters and clubs throughout the US and abroad.

Tim Miller is an American guitarist and composer at the forefront of progressive fusion and jazz. He first became known for his distinctive acoustic-electric sound, melodic compositions, and unique approach to improvisation. His latest album, “Synergy,” is the culmination of this aesthetic vision.

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.   Visit Discover Maynard for a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants. 

Tickets: $15/advance • $20/door

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria Hosted by Blueprint Jazz Club

Blueprint Jazz Club is excited to announce we will be continuing monthly jazz jams at @evvivatrattoria MAYNARD this fall!

ALL AGES AND LEVELS  ARE WECLOME!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Thursday of each month! 

NO COVER!!!

This program is made possible with a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council and Evviva Trattoria Maynard . 

9/21

10/19

11/16

12/21

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria Hosted by Blueprint Jazz Club

Blueprint Jazz Club is excited to announce we will be continuing monthly jazz jams at @evvivatrattoria MAYNARD this fall!

ALL AGES AND LEVELS  ARE WECLOME!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Thursday of each month! 

NO COVER!!!

This program is made possible with a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council and Evviva Trattoria Maynard . 

9/21

10/19

11/16

12/21

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria Hosted by Blueprint Jazz Club

Blueprint Jazz Club is excited to announce we will be continuing monthly jazz jams at @evvivatrattoria MAYNARD this fall!

ALL AGES AND LEVELS  ARE WECLOME!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Thursday of each month! 

NO COVER!!!

This program is made possible with a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council and Evviva Trattoria Maynard . 

9/21

10/19

11/16

12/21

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria

Fall Jazz Jams at Evviva Trattoria Hosted by Blueprint Jazz Club

Blueprint Jazz Club is excited to announce we will be continuing monthly jazz jams at @evvivatrattoria MAYNARD this fall!

ALL AGES AND LEVELS  ARE WECLOME!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Thursday of each month! 

NO COVER!!!

This program is made possible with a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council and Evviva Trattoria Maynard . 

9/21

10/19

11/16

12/21

Concert: Portrait in Jazz

Fugitive Music presents: Portrait in Jazz

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 KamalGary BohanChris HildebrandBob AbruzeseGrant Smith, and Brad Ellenberg.

Bob Abruzese (Bass) — Boston-based 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. A Berklee alum, Bob has studied privately with Bruce Gertz, Ed Friedland, and others. He has performed with countless talents, including Shirley Lewis, Boston Baked Blues, Amyl Justin, Jason Ricci, Jerry Portnoy, Kenwood Dennard, Herman Johnson, Portrait in Jazz, and many more. He has toured throughout the US and Europe playing in clubs and festivals.

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. For 10 years, he 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. As a composer, Gary has contributed some beautiful compositions to the Portrait In Jazz repertoire. He is the author of “Sharkey: When Sea Lions were Stars of Show Business (1907–1958)” on Excelsior Editions (SUNY Press)

Brad Ellenberg (Guitar/Composer) — Brad has been performing professionally since the 80s 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, filling the role of band leader and freelance guitarist at various stops along the way. He has toured throughout the Northeast US and in England. 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 CDs from Portrait In Jazz: “Rendezvous,” “Return Engagement,” and “Metamorphosis,” with at least 20 more still unrecorded.

Chris Hildebrand (Sax) — Chris has been passionate about jazz since hearing his first Charlie Parker album in high school. He attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship and Northern Illinois University, playing lead alto for Frank Mantooth’s Jazz band at NIU. After playing as a full-time musician in Chicago in multiple swing and society bands — including some well-known groups like The Temptations and The Four Tops — he obtained a degree in electronics engineering. Since relocating to the Boston area, he has expanded his playing, being influenced by many styles and great players, including funk, gospel, and contemporary jazz.

Ashley Kamal (Vocals) — Ashley is a recent graduate of Brandeis University where she studied Applied Mathematics and Vocal Performance as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow. She began singing before she could talk (there is video evidence) but started training classically in middle school. While her repertoire includes music that spans the decades from the 17th century to today’s current hits, she feels a special affinity for the music being created while singing and interpreting jazz standards with Portrait In Jazz.

Grant Smith (Drums/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 performed with Itzhak Perlman on “In The Fiddler’s House” and the PBS Great Performances show “Rejoice” with Cantor Helfgot. Grant has played on many memorable stages along the way including Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and Washington DC’s Kennedy. Grant was also in the Yidstock All Stars band at the Yiddish Book Center’s annual festival.

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  Click here for a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants.

Tickets: $14/Advance, $18/door

Photos: Dan Busler Photography