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May 19-21 Bass & Basse do Basie & Beyond


May 19 Narrows Center / Fall River, MA


w/ Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore

May 20 Shapeshifter / Brooklyn, NY
w/ Harvie S and Paul Wells

May 21 Deer Head Inn / Delaware Water Gap, PA
w/ Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore


The great Count Basie said, “If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” He could have easily been referring to Dave Bass and David Basse. Each artist’s music causes countless toes to tap, and now, performing together, they present a night of the Count’s music, their own tunes … and beyond.
Composer, pianist, and arranger Dave Bass started his jazz career in the 1970s touring the world and performing with artists as diverse as Brenda Lee and Bobby McFerrin. After a 20-year break, and a successful legal career, he’s back with a vengeance. DownBeat gave Dave’s most recent recording, NYC Sessions, a coveted 4-star review and named it one of the “Best Albums of 2015.”
David Basse, much like Count Basie, has deep roots in Kansas City. His soulful vocals have drawn praise far and wide, and the great Maya Angelou exclaimed, “I love the soul that is your voice.”
Both artists recorded extensively with the late, great Phil Woods, and Bass & Basse are honored to include Phil’s long-time rhythm section, Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore, on their Narrows and Deer Head Inn gigs

“Man! This is a helluva recording. I love it and am very proud to be on it. It’s swingin’ all the way!”

– Phil Woods (RIP) on NYC Sessions
“NYC SESSIONS covers a broad range of material for a unified whole…due in part to Bass’ savvy as an arranger and programmer, and his top-notch crew, not to mention his own sparkling keyboard work.”
– Jon Garelick / DownBeat
“Bass writes and plays in a style that is easily identifiable and relatable, yet sophisticated and operates on a very high level. Dave Bass is back doing what he was born to do and, in doing so, is keeping the torch burning for elegant songwriting and classic bebop in the process.”- Eric Harabedian / Jazz Inside

“Not only is Mr. Bass in fine form…the music in all its diversity and passion [has] an unstoppable momentum under his leadership.”
– Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
“The soul of a bon vivant and the spirit of a hipster…Basse scats with insouciance, reels you into ballads with a raconteur’s charm.”
– George Kanzler / Hot House Magazine
“…the rich substance, clear intonation and sincerity of delivery that are all qualities of Basse’s style…shades of Eddie Jefferson all the way.”

– Scott Yanow / LA Jazz Scene
“A hip and swinging singer who digs into the lyrics that he sings.” – Scott Albin / Jazz Times
“David Basse is the working man’s hi-tone remedy to a week spent fighting the boss, busting the hump, and dialing back stress.”
– Mark S. Tucker / Acoustic Music Exchange


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11.12.15 WCSound and the Narrows Center presents Dave Douglas Quintet

Guess who’s on the cover of JazzTimes?

Dave Douglas

Coming Thursday 11.12.15 to

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Narrows Center · 16 Anawan Street · Fall River, MA 02721

Whaling City Sound and the Narrows Center presents

Dave Douglas Quintet

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25 Advance | $28 Day of Show

“…the quintet arrives at a new peak…” -David Adler


Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.
His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two GRAMMY® nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas; a duo with pianist Uri Caine; and, debuting in 2015, High Risk, an electronic music-influenced quartet with Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto.

Two 2015 projects demonstrate his virtuosity as well as his penchant for wide ranging explorations of new genres and creatively enriching partnerships with other musicians. High Risk, released June 2015, is a collaboration with electronic music artist Shigeto, backed by Jonathan Maron on bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. According to Seth Colter Walls in Pitchfork: “Simultaneously chill and surprising, it’s the sound of a group discovering a valid language, and then proceeding to push the limits of that new aesthetic.” Sound Prints: Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival captures the Wayne Shorter-inspired collaboration between Douglas and Lovano. Martin Johnson of the Wall Street Journal calls the music “diverse, abstract and yet highly accessible” while Fred Kaplan wrote in Stereophile: “They’re among the most vibrant, dizzying jazz bands around. Douglas and Lovano bounce off each other with an energy and virtuosity I’ve rarely seen either sustain in other settings (and that’s saying a lot).”
Venue Information:
Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02721 – 508-324-1926, 02721


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9/13: Don’t Miss This Angel! Tiny Tavares and legendary band debuts at the Narrows Festival of the Arts

05-atxxlTiny Tavares plus The Rhythm Section:

John Harrison III, Bill Miele and Jackie Santos will be performing at



Few musical groups have achieved the kind of astonishing pop success as that little band of Cape Verdean brothers out of Providence/New Bedford called Tavares. Surely you recall the string of hits: “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “It Only Takes a Minute,” and “Whodunit,” to name a few. These are songs that have earned an exalted place in the pantheon of pop music. In fact, they won a Grammy for their cover of “More Than a Woman” on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.

“Tiny” Tavares, one of the brothers responsible for the band’s enormous achievement, has embarked on a solo act. That solo act debuts at the Narrows Festival of the Arts.

Normally, the emergence of a Tavares brother is reason enough for celebration. But there’s more. The band supporting Tiny as he rolls out his new act is the same rhythm section that supported and toured internationally with Tavares itself. John Harrison III (piano), Bill Miele (bass), and Jackie Santos (drums) were all a part of the rhythm section that took the Tavares dance pop juggernaut on the road around 1978 to 1980.

The festival show happens Saturday, September 13th and makes the Narrows Festival of the Arts, sponsored in part by New Bedford’s own acclaimed boutique label, Whaling City Sound, a mighty fine day indeed.

And to make it just that much sweeter, it’s free admission, and the outdoor, main stage bill also includes headliner Shemekia Copeland, Yarn, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. Lots of great music on Fall River’s historic waterfront, amazing sponsors, and the debut of Tiny Tavares’ solo act, complete with a band that helped the R&B/dance group reproduce the magic that made it so legendary. Catch this one, or you’ll be missing much more than an angel. You’ll be missing an awesome day of truly excellent music.


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