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MusicKind Friday Night Concert Series is underway!

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Music for Music’s Sake
The MusicKind Friday Night Concert Series
Is Underway!
Curated by music champion Joe Parillo and taking place at Dean’s List Academy (“People Helping People”), the series features some of the best-known names on the area’s eclectic jazz music scene. All shows cost just $10—children under 12 are free!—and all proceeds go to both the Dean’s List Academy and the artists performing in the series.
On Friday, May 29, the Bohemian Quartet takes the Academy stage, with its virtuosic traditional gypsy music. Stan Renard (strings), Christine Harrington (cello), Nancy Richardson (viola) and John DeBossu (bass) will blow you away with their fiery, modern take on the music of Romany.
Two weeks later, on June 12, it’s the Blue Lion trio, with special guest vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch. The acclaimed singer joins the stellar trio of Richard Sylvester (drums), Paul del Nero (bass), and Joe Parillo (piano) for a night of jazz not to be missed.
See attached for the complete list of artists that are performing in this excellent series. 
The Dean’s List Academy 
is located at 25 Esten Avenue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. All shows start at 8pm. For more information, contact Joe Parillo directly at joemparillo@gmail.com
Bohemian Quartet Press Release:
Beyond Tradition preserves and expands the rare and remarkable
Romany musical cultureThe mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but The Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble-featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass-specializes in music of the “Romany” or “Gypsy” tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles.

The Bohemian Quartet was formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and John DeBossu on upright bass. Together, they’ve made a commitment to the genre, and aspired to performing it with both reverence and adventure. Indeed, like every good curator, the BQ at once embraces the ancient traditions, and still wanders off in newer, lovely, unpredictable directions.

BQ borrowed its name from a quartet formed over 100 years ago in Czechoslovakia. That group, later called the Czech Quartet, ultimately disbanded in 1934. Appropriately enough, the two entities-BQ v.1 and today’s iteration-share much more than a name. They shoulder a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romany tradition, as well as the ability to play that historic repertoire with extraordinary joie de vivre. On the aptly titled Beyond Tradition, the quartet’s new recording, the group’s intentions are true and accomplished. The project was recorded live at the lovely Blackstone River Theater (http://www.riverfolk.org) and St. Paul’s Church in Portsmouth, RI (home of The Portsmouth Arts Guild). Produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with zippy tempos, virtuosic playing, spry strings crying and dancing, and above all the flair of performance that makes this sound so utterly riveting. On “The Violins Stopped Playing,” an epic, two-part piece commissioned by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the music ebbs and flows through the romance, heartbreak and exhilaration of great Romany music. Other tracks on Beyond Tradition, which consists of songs interspersed with insightful commentary, are also noteworthy and informative. The band’s performance clearly demonstrates the musicians are up to the task of playing these intricate melodies.

Accolades have followed the quartet since its inception. The quartet was featured on the “One World Show,” produced by Robert Malin, for which they received an award for Best Music Documentary. Beyond Tradition also enjoyed placement on the 2010 preliminary ballot by the Grammy Association.

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Visit us today @Jazz Connect, NYC-TONIGHT Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen “Kind of New” @Winter Jazz Fest

Visit our table at Jazz Connect 2015!



Jazz Connect Conference 2015 : Today at Saint Peters Church,

New York City



Be sure to check out WCS’ Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen “Kind of New”

at Winter Jazz Fest NYC tonight !


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At JUDSON CHURCH 55 Washington Square Park South in NYC @ 6:45



For more information on Jazz Connect 

For tickets visit WinterJazzFest page 

For more information on Jason Miles

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TODAY’S ‪Whaling City Sound jazz releases: “Samsara”‬ & “‎Motif‬”


WCS068 “‎Samsara”‬ by Expansions‬: The Dave Liebman Group


WCS070 ‪”‎Motif”‬ by ‪‎The Greg Abate Quartet‬

Click on cd covers above for more information!

Five days after this news-worthy show at Narrows, Whaling City Sound is proud to release both cds!


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Greg Abate Quartet and the Dave Liebman Group “Expansions” 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 8pm
Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 2.01.40 PMNarrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan St
Fall River, MA 02721
$30 Advance | $33 Day of Show
Greg Abate
“Motif” song preview
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Dave Liebman
“Simply”-Samsara preview
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NarrowsSaxPoster(click above poster for detail)

Sax Under the Bridge:

Greg Abate Quartet and

The Dave Liebman  Group”Expansions”

At The Narrows

Fall River’s Narrows Center for the Arts and CD label Whaling City Sound present sax road warriors Dave Liebman and Greg Abate and their respective new bands on the same night, Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Narrows Center, starting at 8 pm. Both jazz veterans will be featuring music from their new Whaling City CD releases.


Greg Abate resides in Rhode Island, but spends very little time there. He tours, performs to sold-out crowds and records all over the world. The list of band mates on his many CDs as a leader reads like a who’s who of jazz masters, including pianists Kenny Barron and the late James Williams, saxophonists Phil Woods, Richie Cole and trumpeter Claudio Roditi. His latest band includes a dream trio of giants based in the Boston area. Pianist Tim Ray spend several years with Lyle Lovett, has shared the stage with Aretha and Bonnie Raitt, among others, and has had at New England Conservatory and Harvard. He is currently at Berklee College. 

Bassist John Lockwood has appeared on many recordings, is an anchor of the longtime jazz juggernaut The Fringe (with George Garzone and Bob Gilotti), and is featured on not less than six previous Whaling City releases. His impeccable taste, rock solid rhythmic drive and the famous Lockwood bounce elevate any performance, live or recorded, on which he is present.

Drummer Mark Walker is a multi-Grammy winner and Berklee professor. A mainstay behind Carribean Jazz Project and Paquito de Rivera, Walker has a remarkable following in the Latin jazz arena. As part of this group, Walker shows he can also contribute handily in be-bop and swing settings. When he performs, you can usually tell who the drummers are in audience; they are the ones with their jaws dropping.


Following the death of longtime jazz innovator and icon John Coltrane, his longtime drummer Elvin Jones tapped Dave Liebman for Elvin’s band and subsequent recording. Lieb also toured and recorded with Miles Davis shortly after the release of  “On The Corner.”  Lieb has over 200 CDs as a leader or co-leader and appears on 300 more.  After maintaining his own solid band for over 20 years, Liebman is now launching a new group, Expansions, with his breakthrough Samsara CD. Never one to rest on his laurels or the music from his significant past, Liebman remains a spiritual and musical leader for younger and older musicians who want to forge their own paths rather than follow. As Dave says of his latest group and music, “the direction is eclectic…with an emphasis on free collective improvising, along with rhythmic/harmonic devices that have become so prevalent…explored by the new generation, who, like their predecessors, have changed the jazz language.”

Rounding out the band are newcomers and veterans alike: saxophonist Matt Vashlishan, pianist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz.

The excitement will be tangible and the evening historic: a chance to see two saxophone veterans and their latest bands, both of whom have never sounded better, stronger and more committed to their art than they are today.

Click link to buy tickets: http://tickets.narrowscenter.org/

For more information call 508.324.1926

For more information on Greg Abate

For more information on Dave Liebman 

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11/5&10: Jesse Liam’s “One Step Closer” / CD Release shows

One Step Closer

Catch Jesse Liam on Tour

Friday, October 21st@The Viking Hotel, 1 Bellevue Avenue Newport RI, 7pm (401)847-3300  http://www.hotelviking.com/

CD Release Show #1: Saturday, November 5th@Music at the Mill, 711 Putnam Pike Greenville, RI, 7pm, $5 (401) 949-8988

With special guest Dan Lilley http://www.musicatthemill.com/

CD Release Show #2: Thursday, November 10th@The Mishnock Barn, 200 Mishnock Rd West Greenwich RI, 7pm, $5 (401) 397-3505

With special guest Mark Cutler http://www.mishnockbarn.com/

New father-son collaboration has 21-year-old singer Jesse Liam

‘One Step Closer’ to musical goals

Every day for the better part of a year, 21-year-old singer Jesse Liam and father/producer Jack Gauthier put their heads and voices together and made music.

The end result is Jesse’s second album, One Step Closer, a 10-song country-pop-folk-rock release that reflects the duo’s effortless joy and attention to great songs and quality musicianship.

Jesse and Jack have been working together as musicians since 2006, and the partnership has matured from a father-son novelty to something more.

“I’ve always enjoyed making music with my son,” Gauthier says. “But with this record, I’m seeing that it can really stand up to anything, musically and sonically. I think Jesse’s at a point where he’s really developed into his own voice and identity.”

One Step Closer opens with the wistful country rock of “See You Later, See You Soon” and takes trips to pop (“Three Words”), balladry (“All That I Want”) and bluesy stomp (“Let It Slide”) with seamless cohesion. Throughout it, Jesse’s clear, strong voice – forged from dedication to the craft and an unteachable passion for singing – ties all the different themes and styles together with Jack adding harmonies and making all the arrangements sit just right.

“Both of us wanted to add different things to it and make it perfect,” says Jesse, a senior at Rhode Island College. “All of the different ideas we threw back and forth to each other just came together naturally.”

“It was a great process,” Jesse says, “We also co-wrote two songs (‘One With the World’ and ‘Throw Me A Line’), and that was another avenue for my Dad and I to expand on our musical bond. Overall, it was just great to hear it finished, to get the CDs back all mastered and packaged and hear it as a complete record … I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

For Jack, a Grammy-nominated recording engineer, former producer of Dispatch and manager of blues legend Duke Robillard, One Step Closer represents an opportunity to put together an all-star cast of support players and writers.

“Through all the years of producing, I’ve connected with many artists ­­– both musically and as friends,” he said. “They’ve all made an impact on the business in different ways, yet all of them enthusiastically wanted to be part of our album.”

With guest appearances from Robillard,  Mark Cutler and Thom Enright , along with a slew of talented session players, great musicianship is stamped all over this collection of tunes.

Jesse and Jack will be touring New England in support of One Step Closer  this fall alongside keyboardist Peter Ciorlano and drummer Dan Hann. The album is available as a CD or as a download only at iTunes and cdbaby.com, keyword Jesse Liam.


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Bohemian Quartet upcoming shows

Our newest client, the Bohemian Quartet, is a four-piece string band comprised of a violin, viola, cello and bass. The Quartet was founded by virtuoso violinist, violist and active conductor and arranger, Stan Renard, in 2005. Nancy Richardson, violist, has enjoyed a career in both performance and music education. Christine Harrington is a cellist and orchestra director in the Cranston, RI, public schools. John DeBossu is one of the most respected upright bass players in the Rhode Island area and has been performing on various stages all over New England.
The quartet is based in Providence, Rhode Island. The name Bohemian Quartet was borrowed from the original Bohemian Quartet; also known as the Czech Quartet after 1918. The original Bohemian Quartet was founded in 1891 and disbanded in 1934. The new Bohemian Quartet performs a vast and unique repertoire revolving around traditional Gypsy or Romany music as well as traditional Eastern-European folk music. The music has been collected via recordings, transcription, and interviews, and arranged by Stan. The quartet was featured on the One World Show produced by Robert Malin; receiving an award for Best Music Documentary-2007 in Rhode Island. The Bohemian Quartet’s recently released CD, Beyond Tradition, was placed on the 2010 ballot for three nominations by The Grammy Association. The mission of the Quartet is to create an awareness of, and love for, Romany music.

Upcoming shows:

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Smith Arts Center-Ryan Recital Hall
Providence College
Providence, RI
Admission: FREE
Sponsored, in part, by RISCA

Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Towers
35 Ocean Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Admission: FREE
Sponsored, in part, by RISCA

FOR MORE INFO SEE their client page

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