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Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore – 2024 Spring Concert

Yoron Israel and High Standards – Saturday, March 16, 2024 – Alumni Hall Auditorium, on the campus of Stonehill College, Easton, MA

Time: 4:00 PM Masterclass / 6:00 PM Performance

Place: Stonehill College – 124 Belmont Street Easton, MA 02357

Tickets: $15 general admission for in-person and live stream options.

After the successful launch of the “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore” concert series in 2017, Ronja Music Company has been producing sensational bi-annual concerts in Brockton and Easton communities. This year’s spring concert, themed “Inspire,” will be available both live and virtually, on Saturday, March 16, at 6:00 PM, with a “Jazz Improvisation and Performance Masterclass,” 4:00 – 5:10 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments, as this Masterclass segment will be highly interactive.

This exciting evening of world-class music for all ages will feature internationally acclaimed Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/ Recording Artist /Artistic Director Yoron Israel and his band “High Standards,” with guest vocalist Leah Hinton, guitarist Cecil Alexander, saxophonist Ian Buss, pianist Laszlo Gardony, and bassist Avery SharpeMusical selections will include new compositions planned for the group’s upcoming recording.

$15 general admission for in-person and live stream options. (Ticket Link below)

This concert series is made possible through generous support of the Brockton Cultural Council, Stonehill College Music Program, and individual sponsoring partners and contributors. 

Become a “Sponsoring Partner” at the following levels: Virtuoso – $400, Fortissimo – $300, Forte – $200, Partner – $125.

Become a “Contributor,” by donating $25 – $124.

All “Sponsoring Partners” and “Contributors” are entitled to reserved seating at “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” concerts.

In-Person and Live-Stream Tickets are Available Now through Eventbrite:

Yoron Israel and High Standards – Friday, January 26, 2024 – 7:00 pm at
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
Critically acclaimed drummer, Yoron Israel, comes to Scullers Jazz Club with his group High Standards for an evening of original jazz.
PERSONNEL:
Yoron Israel, Drums and Percussion
Laszlo Gardony, Piano
Avery Sharpe, Acoustic and Electric Bass
David Gilmore, Guitar
Lori Williams, Guest Vocalist
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road – Boston, MA 02134

In the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston – Cambridge

Customer Service: Info@ScullersJazz.com  |  (866) 777-8932

Tickets: https://scullersjazz.com/
Jazz In The Sanctuary – South Shore, 2023 Fall Concert, with Yoron Israel “Global Soundzz”
Saturday, October 28, 2023  – 
  • “Meet The Artists” segment, 5:00 pm – 5:40 pm
  • Concert at 6:00 pm
Christ Congregational Church
1350 Pleasant Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Tickets are $15 for in-person and live-stream general admission.

After successfully launching the “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore” concert series in 2017, Ronja Music Company has been producing sensational bi-annual concerts in Brockton and Easton communities. This year’s fall concert, themed “Global Soundzz – Jazz from around the World,” will be available in person and virtually, on Saturday, October 28, at 6:00 PM, with a “Meet The Artists” segment, 5:00 – 5:40 PM.

This exciting evening of world-class music for all ages will feature music with an international flair, with the assembly of musicians from over the world coming together to produce one unified sound, led by acclaimed Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Bandleader, and JITSSS Artistic Director Yoron Israel. The other featured artists include vocalist, steelpannist Becky Bass (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), alto, sopranino saxophonist Lihi Huruvi (Israel), trumpeter, flugelhornist Haneef Nelson (USA), pianist Witness Matlou (South Africa), and bassist Fernando Huergo (Argentina).

Tickets are $15 for in-person and live-stream general admission.

The Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore concert series is made possible through generous support from the Brockton Cultural Council, Easton Cultural Councils, Ronja Music Company, Ebony Ivory Enterprise, and private sponsoring partners.

Become a “Sponsoring Partner” at the following levels: Virtuoso – $400, Fortissimo – $300, Forte – $200, Partner – $125.

Become a “Contributor,” by donating $25 – $124.

All “Sponsoring Partners” and “Contributors” are entitled to reserved seating at “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” concerts.

Yoron Israel and Higher Standards – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 2023, 8:30 pm 
Tickets: $25.00
The Prime Smokehouse
1151 Falls Road, Suite 1018
Rocky Mount NC 27804
“I’m looking forward to our upcoming performances in Rocky Mount, NC (birth place of Thelonious Monk). Come out and join us for a great time!” – Yoron
Personnel:
Yoron Israel, Drums and Percussion
Jacques Swartz Bart, Saxophones
Kevin Harris, Piano
Avery Sharpe, Bass
Leah Hinton, Guest Vocalist
Yoron Israel with the Laszlo Gardony Trio, Jazz at the Arts 2023
Thursday, May 18, 2023 – 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets online or in advance at the MAA or at Arnould Gallery in Marblehead

Cash bar & light fare

For Tickets:
Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
The Marblehead Arts Association and Gene Arnould once again present Jazz at the Arts, a concert series at the Marblehead Arts Association, on Thursday, May 18th with the Laszlo Gardony Trio.
Internationally acclaimed Boston-based jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony is one of the most expressive and technically skilled pianists working in jazz today. “A formidable improviser who lives in the moment” (JazzTimes), Laszlo Gardony has performed in 27 countries and released 13 albums on the Sunnyside, Antilles, and Avenue Jazz labels during his distinguished decades long career. His 14th album as a leader, “Close Connection” (Sunnyside Records), which features his trio, Yoron Israel (drums) and John Lockwood (bass), was released on December 2, 2022.
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Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore, Spring Concert, with Yoron Israel and High Standards, featuring vocalist Nichelle Mungo – Saturday, March 4, 2023 – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Alumni Hall Auditorium, Stonehill College
320 Washington Street
Easton, MA 02357
$15 general admission for in-person and live stream.
$10 student (under 18 years old) for in-person tickets only.
Purchase Tickets here:
After the successful launch of the “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore” concert series in 2017, Ronja Music Company has been producing sensational bi-annual concerts in Brockton and Easton communities.

This year’s spring concert, themed “The Sanctuary Within,” will be available both live and virtually, on Saturday, March 4, at 6:00 PM, with a “Meet The Artists Session,” 5:00 – 5:30 PM, hosted by WGBH radio personality, Tessil Collins.

This exciting evening of world-class music for all ages will feature internationally acclaimed Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/ Recording Artist /Artistic Director Yoron Israel and High Standards, featuring vocalist Nichelle Mungo, a three-time winner of Showtime at the Apollo, and multi-year recipient of “Best Artist” Award by New England Urban Music Awards, along with saxophonist/flutist Chuck Langford, guitarist Tyrone Chase, pianist Laszlo Gardony, and bassist Henry Lugo. Musical selections will include new compositions planned for the group’s upcoming recording.

$15 general admission for in-person and live stream. $10 student (under 18 years old) for in-person tickets only.

This concert series is made possible through support from the Brockton and Easton Cultural Councils, Stonehill College Music Program, and private sponsoring partners.

Become a “Sponsoring Partner” at the following levels: Virtuoso – $400, Fortissimo – $300, Forte – $200, Partner – $125.

Become a “Contributor,” by donating $25 – $124.

All “Sponsoring Partners” and “Contributors” are entitled to reserved seating at all “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” concerts.

 

 

 

“Close Connection” – The Laszlo Gardony Trio Celebrates Its New Album – featuring Yoron Israel

Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm EST 

Berklee College of Music’s David Friend Recital Hall – 921 Boylston St 921 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02115

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Pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony celebrates his new trio album, Close Connection (Sunnyside Records) with John Lockwood (bass) & Yoron Israel (drums).

The brilliant Boston-based pianist and educator Laszlo Gardony celebrates his new Sunnyside Records album Close Connection with an album release concert on Thursday, January 26 at Berklee College of Music’s David Friend Recital Hall.

Joining Gardony in a program that embraces his Hungarian folk music and prog rock roots, are bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, who are also featured on the album.

“It’s a confluence of musical styles in a highly interactive trio setting, where Laszlo’s Central European folk roots come to the fore alongside his lifelong love of jazz standards and his youthful infatuation with ’70s prog-rock. It’s where Bartok meets Monk and King Crimson, filtered through Gardony’s unique prism and expertly interpreted by his longtime simpatico rhythm tandem…and he calls it New Prog Jazz,” says writer Bill Milkowski, DownBeat and Jazziz contributor and author.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 – Jazz In The Sanctuary-South Shore  2022, Brockton, MA
“Appreciate Today”
5:00 pm – Meet The Artists Session hosted by WBGH radio personality Tessil Collins
6:00 pm – Concert featuring the Yoron Israel Quintet, saxophonist/flautist Chuck Langford, pianist George W. Russell, Jr., bassist Avery Sharpe, and trumpeter Phil Grenadier. 
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
900 Main Street,
Brockton Ma 02301
Tickets:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Youth – 18 years old and under
 The first 25 patrons will receive an autographed copy of Yoron Israel’s “This Moment” CD!

About this event

After the successful launch of the “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore” concert series in 2017, it has been an annual event.

This exciting evening of world-class music will feature internationally acclaimed Master Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/Author and Recording Artist Yoron Israel , along with pianist George W. Russell, Jr., bassist Avery Sharpe, saxophonist/flautist Chuck Langford and trumpeter Phil Grenadier. New music from Yoron Israel, compositions from his new recording, “New Dreams” and previously recorded works will be featured.

Additionally, the concert will honor the memory of Eric Jackson, The Voice of WGBH, Jazz Radio, Boston, who has been an integral part of the “Jazz in the Sanctuary-South Shore” concert series, since its origin in 2017, as host.

This promises to be another great addition to world-class music targeted for all ages. The first 25 guests who purchase tickets and/or confirm sponsorship will receive a free autographed copy of Yoron Israel’s CD “This Moment.”

Tickets: $15 general admission. For the live event only, $10 student (under 18)tickets are available.

This concert series is made possible through support from the Brockton, and Easton Cultural Councils and private sponsoring partners.

Become a “Sponsoring Partner” at the following levels: Virtuoso – $400, Fortissimo – $300, Forte – $200, Partner – $125.

“Contributor” by donating any amount, between $25 – $124.

All “Sponsoring Partners” and “Contributors” are entitled to reserved seating at all “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” concerts.

Ticket Link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-in-the-sanctuary-south-shore-2022-tickets-439365944367?fbclid=IwAR3DCmAXCXdaa0NwgUruDkXG2yauJ031lZVh7j00rYgieF9JrVHGL7T6G9k

Friday, September 9, 2022 –  Yoron Israel Trio Plus at Bop Stop – Music Settlement, Cleveland, Ohio
from 8:00pm – 10:30pm 
Tickets: $20, In Person
Show will be livestreamed on the BOP STOP Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and can be made at www.givebutter.com/Yoron
Location:
BOP STOP – The Music Settlement
https://yoronisrael.com/
Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Yoron Israel Trio at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli, Meredith, NH
Hermit Woods Loft
72 Main Street
Meredith,NH03253 United States+ Google Map
          Phone: 603-253-7968
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  Link to purchase tickets online

Yoron’s exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents are spotlighted with a dynamic jazz trio presenting original compositions and personalized arrangements by influential composers.

Yoron Israel’s varied credentials and illustrious career includes 12 recordings as a leader and over 200 recordings as an accompanist. His latest release, This Moment – Live in Boston has received rave reviews, and Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder was among Jazz Week’s top 100 recordings of 2012.

Other releases on his record label, Ronja Music, are A Gift for You and Basic Traneing. The latter reached number three on the National Jazz Charts in 2004. As co-leader of the Frank Walton/Yoron Israel Sextet, Live in Chicago (Hal-Wal Records) is another prolific recording that captured the ensemble in an inspired performance at the University of Chicago in 2014.

When not performing with his quartet, High Standards, or other Yoron Israel-led projects including, Organic and Connection, Yoron performs regularly with vibraphonist Laszlo Gardony, Ann Hampton Callaway, inn addition to numerous premiere Boston-based artists such as The Makanda Project, large ensemble, vocalists Gabrielle Goodman and Donna McElroy and Multi Instrumentalist Akili Jamal Haynes.

Yoron has performed, toured internationally and recorded with such renown artists as, Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, David “Fathead” Newman, Kenny Burrell, Clifford Jordan, Jim Hall, Gloria Lynn, James Williams, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oliver Lake, Eddie Gomez, Eliane Elias, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Vanessa Rubin, Cyrus Chestnut, and Avery Sharpe, among numerous others.

Currently working on a Doctorate Degree from Liberty University; Yoron earned his Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University (Chicago IL). He is currently Chair & Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music.

He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 1992, as a faculty member at Rutgers University, William Patterson University, and Mannes College – The New School For Music. He is also the Pastor of Music and Arts at Victory World Church, Canton MA.

Yoron continues to present music camps, clinics and workshops across the world. His educational DVD, Creative Improvisation for the Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press, continues to receive admiral reviews throughout the industry.

He has authored the highly popular Berklee Online course, entitled Drumset Fundamentals, and is currently working on two books that are planned for publication in 2018. Additionally, Yoron is the founder and producer of the concert series “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore”

Yoron endorses Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Mallets, and Brushes, Cympad, Foam Cymbal Pads, Earthworks Microphones, and Prologix Percussion Practice Pads.

A Listening Room Experience

Hermit Woods is excited to bring talented artists from across New England and beyond to perform for you. Each performance will provide you with an intimate, up-close, and personal experience with the performing artists. To do this, we ask that our audience please refrain from talking during the featured show. Your silence will allow both the artists and the audience to immerse themselves in the experience, which is not otherwise possible in larger, noisier environments.

All shows commence at 6:00 PM with a warm-up artist. We encourage you to arrive early and enjoy food and wine until 7:20 while listening to our first act of the evening. The kitchen will close at 7:00. We will introduce the featured artists at 7:20, and we will ask that the audience remain quiet during the performance. The first set will be from 7:30 to 8:15. There is a short intermission from 8:15 to 8:30, at which time you are encouraged to interact, freshen your drinks, and use the restrooms as needed. At 8:30, the show resumes with the second set, concluding between 9:00 and 9:15. After the show, we invite you to interact with the artists and purchase any music or merchandise offerings if available.

6:00 PM – 7:20 PM – Eat, drink, and be merry. Enjoy the pre-show entertainment

(7:00 kitchen closes)

7:20 – 7:30 – Artist introductions

7:30 – 8:15 – Shhh… Settle in and enjoy Artists’ set #1

8:15 – 8:30: Intermission – freshen your drinks

8:30 – 9:15: Shhh… Settle in again and enjoy Artists’ set #2

9:15: Mingle with the artists and check out the merch

Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8 pm – Yoron Israel with The Alex Minasian Quartet,
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 562-4148
For Tickets or show info:
About the Quartet:

Yoron Israel- Drums

Yoron Israel One of the most gifted and sought out musicians of his generation, Yoron Israel has performed with a long list of major jazz artists such as Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, and Abbey Lincoln among countless others. Yoron’s drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents, is spotlighted on his most recent release New Dreams. He currently serves as chair and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, and pastor of music and arts at Destiny Life Center International Church in Randolph, Massachusetts. He is pursuing a doctorate degree from Liberty University. Yoron is the author of the acclaimed educational DVD Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press.

Alex Minasian- Piano

With two degrees from NYU, Alex Minasian has, at a remarkably young age, established himself as a versatile pianist, educator, and impresario in many different musical genres. . As a pianist, Alex has studied with some of the greatest pianists in jazz history, including Hank Jones, Don Friedman, and James Williams, and has performed in most of the country’s most famous jazz rooms, such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Cafe Carlyle, Yoshi’s, Bohemian Caverns Iridium, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, and the Apollo Theater.  He has shared the stage with such legends as James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, QUESTLOVE, Sam Moore, Marylin McCoo, Curtis Fuller, Hank Jones, and Clark Terry, and with such jazz greats as Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, Kenny Washington, Annie Ross, Sheila Jordan, Gary Bartz, and Hugh Masekela. Alex was the last pianist for the late iconic singer and NEA Jazz Master Little Jimmy Scott, and is the pianist and musical director for the renowned jazz singer Mark Murphy, and performs as a pianist and musical director for singer, actor, songwriter, and musical historian Billy Vera and his 18-piece big band. Currently, Alex is the pianist for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Little Anthony and the Imperials..Alex has also headlined such important jazz celebrations as the Rochester Jazz Festival appearing as co-leader of a trio with Canadian bassist Brandi Disterheft..Alex counts among his influences Hank Jones, with whom he enjoyed a special friendship in his later years. To have had this access, and the freedom to ask him musical questions, was invaluable and inspiring In 2013, Minasian, Disterheft, and veteran drummer Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), formed the Hanky Panky Trio to honor Hank Jones. The Hanky Panky trio is featured in Season 2 of the hit Netflix show, ‘Orange Is The New Black’..They have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Sheila Jordan, and as a trio at the Istanbul Jazz Festival. Alex has been featured in Yerevan Magazine, a Los Angeles–based Armenian publication promoting Armenian news and culture.

Bill Pierce- Saxophone

Bill Pierce is a saxophonist and educator. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1972. Over the years, Bill has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends. He appeared with artists such as The Four Tops and toured with Stevie Wonder’s band. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as musical director, and regularly performed with the Freddie Hubbard Quintet. In 1985, Bill joined the Tony Williams Quintet and made five recordings with the group. Since 1999, Bill has been a member of the Kevin Eubanks Quartet, which has released six recordings. For more than 35 years, he has divided his time between academia, performing, and recording under his own name for the Sunnyside label. Bill has released recordings of his own group and has been featured at many major American, Japanese, and European jazz festivals.

Bill was the chairman of the woodwind department at Berklee College of Music. He retired from that position in 2018.

Vince Dupont- Bass

New Hampshire native Vincent Dupont is a young bassist who has just recently made his way onto the New York jazz scene through his enrollment in the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University. He first began playing electric bass in his early teenage years and picked up the upright bass in high school when he first was exposed to jazz. At age nineteen, he became the full-time bassist for Winard Harper’s band, Jeli Posse. He took part in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of its class of 2016, as well the Ravinia Steans Music Institute in Chicago the same year. Since graduating in 2017, he is rapidly becoming a first-call bassist, performing with people like Russell Malone, Lew Tabackin, Harold Mabern, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and many more. He has had the opportunity to perform in clubs like Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley, Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, and Boston’s Scullers and has played festivals such as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland, and the Staten Island Jazz Festival.

For tickets: https://prod5.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=183015~d9433c7f-6460-4bb3-8c24-1659bd316930&epguid=f0ec0aed-f4bb-448d-8dcc-85035e7071ee&showing=183016&

 Saturday, February 12, 2022 – 5:00 to 7:30 PM – CD Release Celebration of “New Dreams” – presented by Green Street Baptist Church, Melrose, MA 02176
Green Street Baptist Church
179 Green Street
Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 665-7331
The live show is SOLD OUT but you can access the show via LIVESTREAM by using this link:
This exciting evening of world-class music will feature internationally acclaimed Master Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/Author and Recording Artist Yoron Israel, along with saxophonist Marco Pignataro, pianist Alex Minasian and bassist Vince DuPont.
“New Dreams” is a work that was completed during the pandemic that celebrates human resilience and our varied aspirations toward new hope and replenished joy.
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Jazz in the Sanctuary –  South Shore 2021 (Hybrid Concert) – Messiah Baptist Church
Messiah Baptist Church
80 Legion Parkway
Brockton, MA 02301
Master Drummer Yoron Israel Presents “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” The 2021 Live and Virtual Edition and CD Release Celebration of “New Dreams”.

After a successful launch of the “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore” concert series in 2017, it has been an annual event at Messiah Baptist Church, 80 Legion Parkway, Brockton MA. This year’s concert will be available both live and virtually, on Saturday, December 4, 6:00 PM.

This exciting evening of world-class music will feature internationally acclaimed Master Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/Author and Recording Artist Yoron Israel, along with vocalist Nedelka Prescod, saxophonist Bill Pierce, violinist David Eure, bassist Vince Dupont and pianist Alex Minasian, who are featured on Yoron Israel’s recent recording, entitled “New Dreams.” A work that was completed during the pandemic that celebrates human resilience and our varied aspirations toward new hope and replenished joy.

This promises to be another great addition to world-class music targeted for all ages. Eric Jackson, The Voice of WGBH, Jazz Radio, Boston, will be on hand as host.

The first 20 guests who purchase tickets and/or confirm sponsorship will receive a free autographed copy of Yoron Israel’s latest CD “New Dreams.”

Tickets:

  • $15 General Admission for both Live and Virtual Shows
  • $5 student (under 21)tickets are available for the Live Show only.

This concert series is made possible through support from the Brockton, Easton, and Hingham Cultural Councils and private sponsoring partners.

Become a “Sponsoring Partner” at the following levels: Virtuoso – $400, Fortissimo – $300, Forte – $200, Partner – $125.

“Contributor” by donating any amount, above $25.

All “Sponsoring Partners” and “Contributors” are entitled to reserved seating at all “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” concerts.

For tickets please visit this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-in-the-sanctuary-south-shore-2021-hybrid-concert-tickets-206588691337


With The Makanda Project:

Saturday, November 13, 2021, Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library – details soon.

1961 Centre St
West Roxbury MA 02132

617-325-3147

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Sunday, October 24, at 4:00 pm – Jazz Room Series at WP Presents –  The Art Farmer Tribute Quintet Concert and Archive Dedication, featuring  Yoron Israel, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Blake, Kenny Davis, and Geoffrey Keezer.
Location:  William Patterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, Wayne, NJ

This event celebrates the music and career of the legendary trumpeter Art Farmer, whose archive collection will now be a part of the William Paterson Living Jazz Archives.  This concert will feature a band of veterans of Farmer’s groups, including pianist and WP jazz adjunct faculty Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Yoron Israel, and WP faculty and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.   This concert will feature music from Art Farmer’s actual touring band books, from the new archive, and will celebrate this great musician and new collection at the highest musical level. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Art Farmer Archive and to the Living Jazz Archives.

Art Farmer

Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.
Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to the performance in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

William Patterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470

https://www.wpunj.edu/calendar/index.html

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Friday, October 1, 2021, GBH and JazzBoston present Jazz NOW: Master Jazz Composers, WGBH Studios, 8:00 pm EST – Virtual Concert, register at jazzboston.org

GBH and JazzBoston present JazzNOW: Master Jazz Composers, live from the acoustically acclaimed GBH Fraser Performance Studio. The performance features Bill Pierce on saxophone, Alex Minasian on piano, Gregory Ryan on bass and Yoron Israel on drums. They will be performing compositions by noted jazz masters Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson, both of whom have contributed significantly to the language of modern jazz. The ensemble will play a collection of both recognizable and obscure compositions by Walton and Pearson.
The concert will also serve as a tribute to the great Bill Pierce, a treasure of the Boston jazz community, who will have just celebrated his 73rd birthday a week earlier!
About the performers:
Bill Pierce is a saxophonist and educator. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1972. Over the years, Bill has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends. He appeared with artists such as The Four Tops and toured with Stevie Wonder’s band. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as musical director, and regularly performed with the Freddie Hubbard Quintet. In 1985, Bill joined the Tony Williams Quintet and made five recordings with the group. Since 1999, Bill has been a member of the Kevin Eubanks Quartet, which has released six recordings. For more than 35 years, he has divided his time between academia, performing and recording under his own name for the Sunnyside label. Bill has released recordings of his own group and has been featured at many major American, Japanese and European jazz festivals.
Bill was the chairman of the woodwind department at Berklee College of Music. He retired from that position in 2018.
Alex Minasian is a pianist, educator and impresario in many different musical genres. Alex has studied with some of the greatest pianists in jazz history—including Hank Jones, Don Friedman, Jean-Michel Pilc and James Williams—and has performed in most of the country’s most famous jazz rooms.
Alex was the last pianist for the late singer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Little Jimmy Scott. He was also the last pianist and musical director for the late renowned jazz singer the late Mark Murphy. Alex performs as pianist and musical director for singer, actor, songwriter and musical historian Billy Vera and his 18-piece big band. He currently tours with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and the Imperials.
In 2013, Minasian joined jazz bassist and composer Brandi Disterheft, veteran drummer Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), and formed the Hanky Panky Trio to honor Hank Jones. The trio is featured in Season Two of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. It has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Sheila Jordan and as a trio at the Istanbul Jazz Festival.
Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on both acoustic and electric bass. At home in a variety of musical worlds—accomplished in Brazilian, Cuban, funk and mainstream jazz styles—he performs in festivals and concerts worldwide. Gregory has appeared with numerous jazz luminaries. His Latin jazz resumé includes performances with the Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours, Yosvany Terry and Brazilian Jazz artists Helio Alves and Maucha Adnet.
Yoron Israel One of the most gifted and sought out musicians of his generation, Yoron Israel has performed with a long list of major jazz artists. Yoron’s drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents, are spotlighted on his most recent release New Dreams. He currently serves as chair and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA and pastor of music and arts at Destiny Life Center International Church in Randolph, Massachusetts. He is pursuing a doctorate degree from Liberty University. Yoron is the author of the acclaimed educational DVD Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press.
Eric Jackson, host of GBH’s Eric in the Evening, is moderating the event and a conversation with the musicians following the 8pm performance.
The free tickets for JazzNOW: Master Jazz Composers, featuring Bill Pierce, Alex Minasian, Gregory Ryan, and Yoron Israel are provided through the generosity of GBH, with support from JazzBoston. Event registration is required. Secure your seats today.
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Saturday, September 11, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street

Free to the public. It will be a special program celebrating what would have been Makanda Ken McIntyre’s 90th birthday.
The concert will also be live-streamed. We would rather see you in person, but if you live outside of Boston, or are otherwise unable to physically come . . . . We have made arrangements so that the technical problems that interfered with our streaming earlier this summer won’t be an issue.
We have put together a program of music that covers and highlights various styles and techniques that Makanda favored as a composer. We will also be joined for the occasion by Richard Harper, one of the musicians who were closest to Dr. McIntyre and most knowledgeable about his music.
Richard Harper was originally a student of Makanda Ken McIntyre’s; he then went on to join him on the faculty of the State University of New York at Old Westbury and also play piano in his ensembles throughout the 1970s. (He is featured on both the “Wildflowers” recordings from Studio Rivbea, and the SteepleChase album “Introducing the Vibrations.”) He also delivered a moving eulogy at Makanda’s funeral, which can be read at https://www.mkmjazz.com/tributes.php (click on Richard Harper at the right). Much of his current work in New York is as a trombone player, and on September 11 he will mostly play in our trombone section, while also being featured on piano for selected numbers. He will speak about Makanda as well.
Also for this event, our friends at MassArt’s sparc! the ArtMobile will join us and organize a live painting activity – for the first time since the pandemic began.
Personnel:
Kurtis Rivers – alto saxophone
Lee Odom – alto and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Sean Berry – tenor saxophone
Paavo Carey – tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase – baritone saxophone
Jerry Sabatini – trumpet
Haneef Nelson – trumpet
Alfred Patterson – trombone
Richard Harper – trombone, piano
Bill Lowe – bass trombone
John Kordalewski – piano
John Lockwood – bass
Yoron Israel – drums
After this, we will have one more concert at First Church, on Saturday, October 2.
After that, we are trying to figure out what will be possible, due to Covid. Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 1, 2 sets starting at 4:00 pm Bartlett Place, 2565 Washington Street, Roxbury Free concert

Saturday, August 7, 8:00 pm Outreach Music Festival, Schwaz, Austria

The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman Saturday evening program will be streamed – starts at 2 pm EST. This engagement is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through US Artists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tuesday, August 10, 8:00 pm Passau Jazz Festival, Passau, Germany

The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman

Saturday, August 14, 1:00 to 5:00 pm First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street

The Makanda Project featuring Michael Gregory Jackson Free concert Saturday, September 11, 1:00 to 5:00 pm First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street Makanda Ken McIntyre 90th Birthday Celebration – Free concert

Past Performance Venues, Yoron Israel as Bandleader:

Boston Area (Berklee Performance Center, Regatta Bar, Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Festival – Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Beantown Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Charles River, Cambridge River Festival, Cambridge Multi Cultural Arts Center, Marblehead Jazz Festival, Highland Jazz Series, Beehive, Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham Arts Center, James Library and Center for the Arts, Messiah Baptist Church – Jazz in the Sanctuary Series), New York/New Jersey (Blue Note, Birdland, Saint Peters Jazz Vespers, Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Burgdoff Center for the Performing Arts, The Priory Jazz Club, Robert Treat Hotel, Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Series), Washington DC (Jazz Alley), Rocky Mount NC(Dunn Center, Imperial Centre for the Arts), Chicago IL (Jazz Showcase, Roosevelt University, International House – University of Chicago, South Shore Jazz Festival – South Shore Cultural Center), Detroit (Cliff Bells), Louisville (Jimmy Can’t Dance),  Lexington KY (Public Library Concert Series), Cincinnati OH (Rebel Urban Winery), Three Rivers MI (Riviera Theatre), Cleveland OH (The Bop Shop), Rome Italy(Alexanderplatz), Augsburg Germany (Jazz Club Augsburg), Freiburg Germany (Jazz & Rock Schuke Auditorium), Hamburg Germany (Jazz an der HFMT, Theater im Zimmer), Bologna Italy (Art Music School),Lugo Italy (Jazz Club Pub), Pescara Italy (Conservatory of Music Luisa D’Annunzio)

 

Date Group City Venue Country
11/08/19 Yoron Israel “Project Trio – New Dreams” Brockton, MA Messiah Baptist Church United States
Time: 7:00pm. YORON ISRAEL & HIGH STANDARDS, “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore”, Concert Series, featuring Yoron Israel – drums, percussion, Walter Smith – tenor and sopranos saxophones, Laszlo Gardony – piano, Kaela Kaumeheiwa – bass, guest vocalist – Gabrielle Goodman and host, Eric Jackson, WBGO radio. Messiah Baptist Church, 80 Legion Parkway, Brockton, MA, 508-584-1963 More information
10/24/19 Laszlo Gardony Trio New York City, NY Birdland Theater United States
Time: 7:00pm. Perform with Laszlo Gardony Trio, Birdland Theatre, 315 West 44th Street, NYC, 10036, 212-581-3080 More information
10/04/19 - 10/05/19 Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert Boston, MA Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium United States
Time: 7:00pm. Featured Performing Artist, 42nd Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave., Boston MA More information
09/28/19 Makanda Project Boston, MA Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2nd floor) United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 2300 Washington St. Perform with the Makanda Project, featuring saxophonist Craig Harris, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2nd floor, 2300 Washington St., Boston MA, More information
09/14/19 Makanda Project Roxbury MA First Church in Roxbury United States
Time: 1:00pm. Address: 10 Putnam Street. Perform with the Makanda Project, First Church Roxbury, Festival, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury MA 02119 More information
09/13/19 Felice Pomerance Boston, MA Four Seasons Hotel Boston United States
Time: 5:30pm. Perform with Harpist Felice Pomerance, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston Street, Boston MA More information
08/17/19 Makanda Project Boston, MA Commonwealth Housing Development United States
Time: 12:30pm. Perform with the Makanda Project, Commonwealth Housing Development, 35 Fidelis Way, Boston MA More information
08/14/19 John Menegon New York City, NY Birdland Theater United States
Time: 7:00pm. Perform with John Menegon, Celebrates George Shearing, Birdland Theatre, 315 West 44th Street, NYC, 10036, 212-581-3080 More information
08/13/19 Greg Abate and John Menegon Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena United States
Time: 7:00pm. Perform with Greg Abate and John Menegon, Caffe Lena, 47 Philadelphia Street, Saratoga Springs, NY More information