ICYMI: John Stein with Ed Lucie and Mike Conners perform for #VAHA New Bedford’s Centre Street Sessions

ICYMI: John Stein with Ed Lucie and Mike Conners perform for #VAHA New Bedford’s Centre Street Sessions

Watch: Set 1 / Set 2

Guitarist and composer John Stein returns to New Bedford as the featured artist for September’s virtual AHA night (VAHA) with Ed Lucie on electric bass and Mike Connors on drums. Recorded earlier at the New Bedford Art Museum (NBAM/Artworks), the two 45 minute sets will stream from the VAHA webpage and thereafter at AHA New Bedford’s Facebook page beginning at 5:30 and 7:15 on the evening of Sept. 10.

John Stein just retired from 36 years on the faculty of Berklee College in Boston, and his most recent CD, Watershed, was on the JazzWeek national radio chart for a record 28 weeks, including several weeks in the top 10 and peaking at #2.

For over 20 years, the city of New Bedford, MA has celebrated the second Thursday of every month as AHA (Art, History, Architecture) Night, and provided many events in the downtown area, including special activities for children, and always for no charge.

Centre Street Sessions usually take place in the Summer months of June through September outside, in the parking lot of Fiber Optic Center, in the heart of the Historic District and within the Whaling Heritage Historical National Park. Sponsored by AHA, Fiber Optic Center and Whaling City Sound these concerts have showcased many performers and enabled people to enjoy world-class music in a relaxed, informal, and acoustically comfortable setting.

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AHA! FACES OF BASS

AHA! FACES OF BASS

AHA! Faces of Bass series continues!  Just one month to go until the performance of Dave Zinno!  Come on down and enjoy some bass!!

8/10: Peter Hand Trio to Play Jazz, Latin and Funk at AHA Night

8/10: Peter Hand Trio to Play Jazz, Latin and Funk at AHA Night

On Thursday, August 10, the Peter Hand Trio returns to New Bedford to perform at AHA Night, with New York-based guitarist Peter Hand and standout Southcoast musicians Marty Ballou on bass and Mark Walker on drums. Presented by Whaling City Sound for this month’s AHA theme “Jammin’ In The Streets”, the trio will play music of jazz greats Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, Latin & Brazilian jazz, plus a healthy dose of funk and R&B standards. 
 
Guitarist, composer and arranger Peter Hand has worked with many top artists and bands including Houston Person, Lee Konitz, Carmen Lundy, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. His most recent album, Out Of Hand, (Savant Records), received rave reviews and reached No. 4 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart of top 50 CDs. Jazz & Blues Report says “Hand is a wonderful guitarist in the vein of a Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and the like with a definite blues sensibility”, and Downbeat stated “When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it”.
 
Marty Ballou is high on the list of New England’s “first-call” bassists. Highly regarded nationally for his work in the jazz and blues fields, he is equally at home in other genres including folk, rock, pop and Americana, with a massive list of credits, including working with Peter Wolf, Herb Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Cheryl Wheeler, Duke Robillard, John Hammond and Jimmy Witherspoon.
 
Drummer Mark Walker has played on over 60 albums, including five Grammy winning and nine Grammy nominated projects. He has had long-standing relationships with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera and the group Oregon, and has performed & recorded with Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, James Ingram, Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias, the Caribbean Jazz Project and Andy Narell. 
 
– Centre Street Sessions presented by Whaling City Sound. This month in the New York Meets New Bedford Series: Guitarist Peter Hand, accompanied by bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Mark Warker, plays live in the Kaller Beef parking lot (Centre Street) with sets at 5:30 & 7:15pm. Rain location: BayCoast Bank (23 Elm Street).-

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