Jazz Schedule

April Hall Quartet

Saturday March 23rd

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page.  There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.

April Hall, vocals

Sonny Barbato, piano

Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass

Les Harris Jr., drums

April Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times Magazine

Hall an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s latest release, “Room for Two”, was named one of the top 100 Jazz Records by Jazz Times Magazine for 2012.

https://www.aprilhall.com/

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2019-03-23 20:00:002019-03-23 23:00:00America/New_YorkApril Hall QuartetFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page.  There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.April Hall, vocalsSonny Barbato, pianoKeala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bassLes Harris Jr., drumsApril Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times MagazineHall an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s latest release, “Room for Two”, was named one of the top 100 Jazz Records by Jazz Times Magazine for 2012.https://www.aprilhall.com/The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Rebecca Cline Trio

Thursday March 28th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.

Rebecca Cline, piano

Greg Ryan, acoustic bass

Neal Smith, drums

Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, Rebecca Cline has lived in Boston since 1999. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 with a degree in Latin American Studies, she spent several years living and traveling in Latin America: Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. She earned a second degree from Berklee College of Music in 2001, and has been teaching Latin jazz ensembles, Cuban piano classes, and jazz studies there since 2003.

Ms. Cline is the author of Latin Jazz Piano: Clave, Comping and Soloing, published by Berklee Press. She performs regularly with the Rebecca Cline Trio, and has been performing and recording with the band, Mango Blue, for over a decade.

https://www.rebeccaclinemusic.com/

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-03-28 19:00:002019-03-28 22:00:00America/New_YorkRebecca Cline TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.Rebecca Cline, pianoGreg Ryan, acoustic bassNeal Smith, drumsBorn and raised in the Southeastern United States, Rebecca Cline has lived in Boston since 1999. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 with a degree in Latin American Studies, she spent several years living and traveling in Latin America: Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. She earned a second degree from Berklee College of Music in 2001, and has been teaching Latin jazz ensembles, Cuban piano classes, and jazz studies there since 2003.Ms. Cline is the author of Latin Jazz Piano: Clave, Comping and Soloing, published by Berklee Press. She performs regularly with the Rebecca Cline Trio, and has been performing and recording with the band, Mango Blue, for over a decade.https://www.rebeccaclinemusic.com/The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Yoko Miwa Trio

Friday March 29th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Yoko Miwa, piano

Brad Barrett, acoustic bass

Scott Goulding, drums

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-03-29 19:00:002019-03-29 22:00:00America/New_YorkYoko Miwa TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.  Yoko Miwa, pianoBrad Barrett, acoustic bassScott Goulding, drumsMiwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.http://www.yokomiwa.comThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

After-Hours Jam with Andy Voelker

Friday March 29th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook pageThere is no cover charge for the jam sessions.

Andy Voelker, tenor sax

Jef Charland, acoustic bass

Steve Langone, drums

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2019-03-29 22:00:002019-03-29 00:00:00America/New_YorkAfter-Hours Jam with Andy VoelkerFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is no cover charge for the jam sessions.Andy Voelker, tenor saxJef Charland, acoustic bassSteve Langone, drumsHouse band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Marianne Solivan - Jazz Vocal Workshop

Saturday March 30th

Marianne Solivan conducts a Vocal Master Class at The Mad Monkfish!

Sign up in advance here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marianne-solivan-jazz-vocal-master-class-tickets-57545711773

Marianne Solivan is an internationally touring Jazz vocalist, composer, bandleader & educator. She has worked with luminaries including Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Lewis Nash, Johnathan Blake and Bruce Barth. She spent her school days gigging constantly, while at Berklee College of Music and then the New England Conservatory, where she earned her Master’s degree. Those early years enabled her to hone her skills as a band leader as well as amass a huge repertoire that can challenge any song hound. Solivan has taught all grade levels for over 18 years and currently runs her own Jazz Vocal Workshop Series in NYC. Her first CD Prisoner of Love received critical acclaim and a 4 star review from Downbeat Magazine in 2012 & her 2nd CD SPARK was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. She consistently tours the US and abroad. Solivan's teaching style is clear confident and honest. She has a unique ability to pinpoint issues and find a way to work on them. Her knowledge of vocal technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation help her to see and hear what a singer needs to work on on find ways to move their development forward. This master class will will focus on issues that all Jazz vocalists face; phrasing, time, telling the story and improvisation, whether scatting or over the melody. Singers will have the opportunity to sing with an accompanist and will get personal direct feedback. Auditing students will be able to see how each singers approach differs and get useful tips on how to better their own singing.

If you'd like to avail yourself of Marianne's advice, bring two copies of a lead sheet and be prepared to present a song. If you plan to sing, do prepare beforehand as you will get more out of Marianne's wisdom that way.

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

2019-03-30 13:00:002019-03-30 16:00:00America/New_YorkMarianne Solivan - Jazz Vocal WorkshopMarianne Solivan conducts a Vocal Master Class at The Mad Monkfish!Sign up in advance here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marianne-solivan-jazz-vocal-master-class-tickets-57545711773 Marianne Solivan is an internationally touring Jazz vocalist, composer, bandleader & educator. She has worked with luminaries including Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Lewis Nash, Johnathan Blake and Bruce Barth. She spent her school days gigging constantly, while at Berklee College of Music and then the New England Conservatory, where she earned her Master’s degree. Those early years enabled her to hone her skills as a band leader as well as amass a huge repertoire that can challenge any song hound. Solivan has taught all grade levels for over 18 years and currently runs her own Jazz Vocal Workshop Series in NYC. Her first CD Prisoner of Love received critical acclaim and a 4 star review from Downbeat Magazine in 2012 & her 2nd CD SPARK was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. She consistently tours the US and abroad. Solivan's teaching style is clear confident and honest. She has a unique ability to pinpoint issues and find a way to work on them. Her knowledge of vocal technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation help her to see and hear what a singer needs to work on on find ways to move their development forward. This master class will will focus on issues that all Jazz vocalists face; phrasing, time, telling the story and improvisation, whether scatting or over the melody. Singers will have the opportunity to sing with an accompanist and will get personal direct feedback. Auditing students will be able to see how each singers approach differs and get useful tips on how to better their own singing.If you'd like to avail yourself of Marianne's advice, bring two copies of a lead sheet and be prepared to present a song. If you plan to sing, do prepare beforehand as you will get more out of Marianne's wisdom that way.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

New York Jazz Vocalist Marianne Solivan

Saturday March 30th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page.  For this event, there is a $10-$25 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-vocalist-marianne-solivan-trio-tickets-54783843952

Marianne Solivan, vocals

Miki Yamanaka, piano

TBA, bass

Lee Fish, drums

Marianne Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard-swinging, passionate vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and wit.  Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Johnathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, and Gene Bertoncini, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation. Solivan's singing is a mixture of honest storytelling with a modern sense of self and determination.

Since moving to New York in 2007 Solivan has become one of the first-call singers on the scene. Her first consistent "hang" was Smoke Supper Club. Being a part of the scene has been a big part of the learning process, leading to many of her later musical collaborations with Jeremy Pelt, Ugonna Okegwo, Peter Bernstein, Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash. This visibility and consistency on the bandstand opened doors for gigs at the famed Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, The Blue Note, and many others.  

Solivan is teaching at LaGuardia Community College in Queens New York and the Kimmel Center For Performing Arts in Pennsylvania, as well as running her own Jazz Vocal Workshops.

"The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme.  She is well beyond the go-through-the-motions singers of the genre by an enormous margin." --Jordan Richardson, Blinded by Sound

http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com/

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2019-03-30 20:00:002019-03-30 23:00:00America/New_YorkNew York Jazz Vocalist Marianne SolivanFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page.  For this event, there is a $10-$25 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-vocalist-marianne-solivan-trio-tickets-54783843952Marianne Solivan, vocalsMiki Yamanaka, pianoTBA, bassLee Fish, drumsMarianne Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard-swinging, passionate vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and wit.  Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Johnathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, and Gene Bertoncini, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation. Solivan's singing is a mixture of honest storytelling with a modern sense of self and determination. Since moving to New York in 2007 Solivan has become one of the first-call singers on the scene. Her first consistent "hang" was Smoke Supper Club. Being a part of the scene has been a big part of the learning process, leading to many of her later musical collaborations with Jeremy Pelt, Ugonna Okegwo, Peter Bernstein, Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash. This visibility and consistency on the bandstand opened doors for gigs at the famed Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, The Blue Note, and many others.   Solivan is teaching at LaGuardia Community College in Queens New York and the Kimmel Center For Performing Arts in Pennsylvania, as well as running her own Jazz Vocal Workshops. "The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme.  She is well beyond the go-through-the-motions singers of the genre by an enormous margin." --Jordan Richardson, Blinded by Sound http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com/The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Tim Ray Trio

Thursday April 4th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Tim Ray, piano

David Clark, acoustic bass

Mark Walker, drums

Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 80 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, John Patitucci, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. Tim has also performed repeatedly on national TV and radio broadcasts, including “The Tonight Show”, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and “Austin City Limits”. He has several solo and trio recordings to his credit as a leader - his latest CD release, titled “Windows”, was released on the Whaling City Sounds label in 2016, and features John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums). He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Find more info on Tim and his recordings at www.agitatedcatmusic.com.

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-04 19:00:002019-04-04 22:00:00America/New_YorkTim Ray TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Tim Ray, pianoDavid Clark, acoustic bassMark Walker, drumsTim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 80 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, John Patitucci, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. Tim has also performed repeatedly on national TV and radio broadcasts, including “The Tonight Show”, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and “Austin City Limits”. He has several solo and trio recordings to his credit as a leader - his latest CD release, titled “Windows”, was released on the Whaling City Sounds label in 2016, and features John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums). He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Find more info on Tim and his recordings at www.agitatedcatmusic.com.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Yoko Miwa Trio

Friday April 5th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Yoko Miwa, piano

John Sullivan, acoustic bass

Scott Goulding, drums

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-05 19:00:002019-04-05 22:00:00America/New_YorkYoko Miwa TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Yoko Miwa, pianoJohn Sullivan, acoustic bassScott Goulding, drumsMiwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.http://www.yokomiwa.comThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

After-Hours Jam with Andy Voelker

Friday April 5th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook pageThere is no cover charge for the jam sessions.

Andy Voelker, tenor sax

Jef Charland, acoustic bass

Dave Brophy, drums

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2019-04-05 22:00:002019-04-05 00:00:00America/New_YorkAfter-Hours Jam with Andy VoelkerFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is no cover charge for the jam sessions.Andy Voelker, tenor saxJef Charland, acoustic bassDave Brophy, drumsHouse band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Peter Kontrimas Quartet

Saturday April 6th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Mike Monaghan, saxophone

Russell Hoffman, piano

Peter Kontrimas, acoustic bass

Les Harris Jr., drums

A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music where he studied classical bass, Kontrimas is also owner and engineer of PBS Studios in Westwood, Mass. which is often the choice of jazz and classical musicians world-wide, including Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, Hal Crook, Ruby Braff, Laszlo Gardony, Tiger Okoshi, Greg Abate, Jonathan McPhee, Emmy winner Brad Hatfield and numerous international artists from Japan, Korea, Poland, and Italy. Other musicians of note who have recorded at PBS or on site include Benny Carter, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, John Tchcai, Roswell Rudd, and Grace Kelly.

 

Peter Kontrimas’ supportive bass playing and lyrical solos have earned him club, concert and broadcast dates with Shirley Horn, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Rebecca Parris, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, and Dick Johnson. In addition, he has recorded with Gary Burton, Jerry Bergonzi, Alvin Queen, and Paul Broadnax and has appeared numerous times on the NPR program “Jazz Set”. Club performances include The Blue Note and Birdland in NY, the Regattabar and Scullers. Festivals and concert appearances include Saratoga/JVC, Jazz Ottawa, Boston Globe, Orange County Center for Performing Arts, Portsmouth, The Cambridge River Fest, Tanglewood, and the Jazz Series at Symphony Center in Chicago.

 

http://www.pbsstudio.com/about/about.html

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2019-04-06 20:00:002019-04-06 23:00:00America/New_YorkPeter Kontrimas QuartetFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Mike Monaghan, saxophoneRussell Hoffman, pianoPeter Kontrimas, acoustic bassLes Harris Jr., drumsA graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music where he studied classical bass, Kontrimas is also owner and engineer of PBS Studios in Westwood, Mass. which is often the choice of jazz and classical musicians world-wide, including Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, Hal Crook, Ruby Braff, Laszlo Gardony, Tiger Okoshi, Greg Abate, Jonathan McPhee, Emmy winner Brad Hatfield and numerous international artists from Japan, Korea, Poland, and Italy. Other musicians of note who have recorded at PBS or on site include Benny Carter, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, John Tchcai, Roswell Rudd, and Grace Kelly. Peter Kontrimas’ supportive bass playing and lyrical solos have earned him club, concert and broadcast dates with Shirley Horn, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Rebecca Parris, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, and Dick Johnson. In addition, he has recorded with Gary Burton, Jerry Bergonzi, Alvin Queen, and Paul Broadnax and has appeared numerous times on the NPR program “Jazz Set”. Club performances include The Blue Note and Birdland in NY, the Regattabar and Scullers. Festivals and concert appearances include Saratoga/JVC, Jazz Ottawa, Boston Globe, Orange County Center for Performing Arts, Portsmouth, The Cambridge River Fest, Tanglewood, and the Jazz Series at Symphony Center in Chicago. http://www.pbsstudio.com/about/about.htmlThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Gilson Schachnik's Samba Trio

Thursday April 11th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Gilson Schachnik, piano

Fernando Huergo, electric bass

Steve Langone, drums

Gilson Schachnik is a Professor in the Ear Training Department and adjunct faculty in the Ensemble  and CWP Departments at Berklee College of Music. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gilson toured the country with Rosa Maria and Patricia Marx. He also recorded jingles for BASFand TV Cultura.

After receiving a scholarship in 1990, Schachnik moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend Berklee and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition. Since then, he has performed with Al Jarreau, Peter Erskine, Harvey Mason, Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Pierce, Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sanchez, and many others.

Schachnik joined the faculty in 2002, and wrote Beginning Ear Training. In 2010, he and Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli formed the group Mozik, releasing their first recording, Mozik. Since then the group has performed extensively in the U.S. In addition to being an active performer in the Boston area, Schachnik has been a member of Berklee's audition team and has performed auditions and given master classes in Canada, Brazil, and Palestine.

http://mozikmusic.com (Gilson Schachnik)

http://fernandohuergomusic.com (Fernando Huergo)

http://stevelangonedrums.com (Steve Langone)

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-11 19:00:002019-04-11 22:00:00America/New_YorkGilson Schachnik's Samba TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.  Gilson Schachnik, piano Fernando Huergo, electric bassSteve Langone, drumsGilson Schachnik is a Professor in the Ear Training Department and adjunct faculty in the Ensemble  and CWP Departments at Berklee College of Music. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gilson toured the country with Rosa Maria and Patricia Marx. He also recorded jingles for BASF and TV Cultura.After receiving a scholarship in 1990, Schachnik moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend Berklee and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition. Since then, he has performed with Al Jarreau, Peter Erskine, Harvey Mason, Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Pierce, Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sanchez, and many others.Schachnik joined the faculty in 2002, and wrote Beginning Ear Training. In 2010, he and Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli formed the group Mozik, releasing their first recording, Mozik. Since then the group has performed extensively in the U.S. In addition to being an active performer in the Boston area, Schachnik has been a member of Berklee's audition team and has performed auditions and given master classes in Canada, Brazil, and Palestine.http://mozikmusic.com (Gilson Schachnik)http://fernandohuergomusic.com (Fernando Huergo)http://stevelangonedrums.com  (Steve Langone)The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Yoko Miwa Trio

Friday April 12th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Yoko Miwa, piano

Brad Barrett, acoustic bass

Scott Goulding, drums

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-12 19:00:002019-04-12 22:00:00America/New_YorkYoko Miwa TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Yoko Miwa, pianoBrad Barrett, acoustic bassScott Goulding, drumsMiwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.http://www.yokomiwa.comThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

After-Hours Jam with Andy Voelker

Friday April 12th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook pageThere is no cover charge for the jam sessions.

Andy Voelker, tenor sax

Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass

Steve Langone, drums

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2019-04-12 22:00:002019-04-12 00:00:00America/New_YorkAfter-Hours Jam with Andy VoelkerFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is no cover charge for the jam sessions.Andy Voelker, tenor saxKeala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bassSteve Langone, drumsHouse band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Jerry Bergonzi Quartet

Saturday April 13th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Jerry Bergonzi, tenor sax

Phil Grenadier, trumpet

Matt Stavrakas, acoustic bass

Austin McMahon, drums

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator.

Bergonzi 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 such as recording with Dave Brubeck. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. His discography includes more than 60 recordings, notably Standard Gonz with the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet on the Blue Note label; he also has 60 recorded song titles registered with ASCAP.

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, entitled Inside Improvisation, published by Advance Music (seven volumes: Melodic Structures, Pentatonics, Jazz Line, Melodic Rhythms, Thesaurus of Intervallic Melodies, Developing a Jazz Language, and Hexatonics), as well as the book/CD set Sound Advice. The Inside Improvisation series is now available in French, German, and Italian translations.

Bergonzi is a three-time NEA grant recipient.

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2019-04-13 20:00:002019-04-13 23:00:00America/New_YorkJerry Bergonzi QuartetFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.  Jerry Bergonzi, tenor saxPhil Grenadier, trumpetMatt Stavrakas, acoustic bassAustin McMahon, drumsTenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator. Bergonzi 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 such as recording with Dave Brubeck. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. His discography includes more than 60 recordings, notably Standard Gonz with the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet on the Blue Note label; he also has 60 recorded song titles registered with ASCAP. 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, entitled Inside Improvisation, published by Advance Music (seven volumes: Melodic Structures, Pentatonics, Jazz Line, Melodic Rhythms, Thesaurus of Intervallic Melodies, Developing a Jazz Language, and Hexatonics), as well as the book/CD set Sound Advice. The Inside Improvisation series is now available in French, German, and Italian translations. Bergonzi is a three-time NEA grant recipient.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Donna Byrne Quartet

Thursday April 18th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Donna Byrne, vocals

Tim Ray, piano

Marshall Wood, acoustic bass

Jim Gwin, drums

"IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS . . . ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG JAZZ SINGERS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. SHE'S THE REAL MCCOY."  - TONY BENNETT

Donna has been invited by none other than Tony Bennett to open several of his shows both in the U.S. and abroad

Donna Byrne is a jazz singer at the top of her game. With sultry good looks and a quick wit, Donna is not only a masterful singer, but also a true entertainer. She has performed with such renowned artists as: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Frank Wess, Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Bill Cunliffe, Harry Allen, Gray Sargent, Carmen Cicero, Dave Frishberg, Eddie Higgins, James Williams and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. She has opened for such performers as Lou Rawls, Bob Newhart and the great Tony Bennett on his national tour (the “thrill of a lifetime” for Donna). Her unforgettable performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing audiences at such venues as: Blue Note Jazz Club, Tavern on the Green, Blues Alley, Scullers, Regattabar, Jazz Bakery, The Rainbow Room, and London’s Pizza on the Park. She’s also toured Florida, performing with Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna and Ruby Braff. Her audiences have been filled with such luminaries as the legendary Margaret Whiting, who “thoroughly enjoyed Donna's performance,” and Tony Bennett, who dropped in for his birthday just to hear Donna sing his classic “It Was Me.” Mr. Bennett became an ardent fan, once flying home early from the Super Bowl just to catch Donna perform.

https://www.donnabyrne.com/

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-18 19:00:002019-04-18 22:00:00America/New_YorkDonna Byrne QuartetFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Donna Byrne, vocalsTim Ray, pianoMarshall Wood, acoustic bassJim Gwin, drums"IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS . . . ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG JAZZ SINGERS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. SHE'S THE REAL MCCOY."  - TONY BENNETTDonna has been invited by none other than Tony Bennett to open several of his shows both in the U.S. and abroadDonna Byrne is a jazz singer at the top of her game. With sultry good looks and a quick wit, Donna is not only a masterful singer, but also a true entertainer. She has performed with such renowned artists as: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Frank Wess, Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Bill Cunliffe, Harry Allen, Gray Sargent, Carmen Cicero, Dave Frishberg, Eddie Higgins, James Williams and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. She has opened for such performers as Lou Rawls, Bob Newhart and the great Tony Bennett on his national tour (the “thrill of a lifetime” for Donna). Her unforgettable performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing audiences at such venues as: Blue Note Jazz Club, Tavern on the Green, Blues Alley, Scullers, Regattabar, Jazz Bakery, The Rainbow Room, and London’s Pizza on the Park. She’s also toured Florida, performing with Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna and Ruby Braff. Her audiences have been filled with such luminaries as the legendary Margaret Whiting, who “thoroughly enjoyed Donna's performance,” and Tony Bennett, who dropped in for his birthday just to hear Donna sing his classic “It Was Me.” Mr. Bennett became an ardent fan, once flying home early from the Super Bowl just to catch Donna perform.https://www.donnabyrne.com/The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Yoko Miwa Trio

Friday April 19th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Yoko Miwa, piano

John Sullivan, acoustic bass

Scott Goulding, drums

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-19 19:00:002019-04-19 22:00:00America/New_YorkYoko Miwa TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Yoko Miwa, pianoJohn Sullivan, acoustic bassScott Goulding, drumsMiwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.http://www.yokomiwa.comThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

After-Hours Jam with Phil Grenadier!

Friday April 19th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook pageThere is no cover charge for the jam sessions.

Phil Grenadier, trumpet

Matt Stavrakas, acoustic bass

Gary Fieldman, drums

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

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

Growing up in a musical family in San Francisco, he and his brothers Larry and Steve were all introduced to trumpet in childhood by their father Albert, who handed his lifelong love of music down to his sons.

Grenadier has toured across Europe, South America and the United States with seminal guitarist John Scofield’s group, which also included bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart, with the tour culminating in a sold-out performance at NYC’s Carnegie Hall.

Grenadier has played on more than 50 albums while working with a varied assortment of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick and Steve Smith’s Vital Information, Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers, Chris Potter, Anthony Braxton, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Billy Kilson, John Hollenbeck, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Moses, Drew Gress, Ira Coleman, Bob Nieske, Harvey Wainapel and brother Larry Grenadier. Phil Grenadier continues to imbue his own work with the knowledge, experience and inspiration that he’s gained through his myriad creative associations.

http://philgrenadierjazz.com

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2019-04-19 22:00:002019-04-19 00:00:00America/New_YorkAfter-Hours Jam with Phil Grenadier!For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is no cover charge for the jam sessions.Phil Grenadier, trumpetMatt Stavrakas, acoustic bassGary Fieldman, drumsHouse band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.Throughout a career that spans nearly three decades, trumpeter Phil Grenadier has emerged as one of jazz’s most imaginative and innovative players. His two albums as leader, 2000’s Sweet Transients and 2003’s Playful Intentions, have won him copious international acclaim, while his collaborations with a broad array of notable musicians demonstrate the raw talent and adventurousness that led the San Jose Mercury News to call him “a trumpeter of rare fluency and depth.” Growing up in a musical family in San Francisco, he and his brothers Larry and Steve were all introduced to trumpet in childhood by their father Albert, who handed his lifelong love of music down to his sons.Grenadier has toured across Europe, South America and the United States with seminal guitarist John Scofield’s group, which also included bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart, with the tour culminating in a sold-out performance at NYC’s Carnegie Hall.Grenadier has played on more than 50 albums while working with a varied assortment of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick and Steve Smith’s Vital Information, Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers, Chris Potter, Anthony Braxton, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Billy Kilson, John Hollenbeck, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Moses, Drew Gress, Ira Coleman, Bob Nieske, Harvey Wainapel and brother Larry Grenadier. Phil Grenadier continues to imbue his own work with the knowledge, experience and inspiration that he’s gained through his myriad creative associations.http://philgrenadierjazz.comThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Eula Lawrence Quartet

Saturday April 20th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.

Eula Lawrence, vocals

Tim Ray, piano

John Pierce, acoustic bass

Les Harris Jr., drums

Eula Lawrence was called one of Boston’s finest vocalists by Eric Jackson, Boston’s Dean of Jazz and WGBH Radio host. Eula has been a featured artist at both the Boston Globe Jazz Festival and the Toulon Jazz Festival in Toulon, France. In addition to opening for such stars as Eartha Kitt, Linda Hopkins, Jim Bailey, Vic Damone, Jimmy James and Della Reese, Lawrence has performed with many of the top names in jazz including George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Bobby Timmons, B.B. King, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Roy Haynes and Antonio Hart.

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2019-04-20 20:00:002019-04-20 23:00:00America/New_YorkEula Lawrence QuartetFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.Eula Lawrence, vocalsTim Ray, pianoJohn Pierce, acoustic bassLes Harris Jr., drumsEula Lawrence was called one of Boston’s finest vocalists by Eric Jackson, Boston’s Dean of Jazz and WGBH Radio host. Eula has been a featured artist at both the Boston Globe Jazz Festival and the Toulon Jazz Festival in Toulon, France. In addition to opening for such stars as Eartha Kitt, Linda Hopkins, Jim Bailey, Vic Damone, Jimmy James and Della Reese, Lawrence has performed with many of the top names in jazz including George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Bobby Timmons, B.B. King, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Roy Haynes and Antonio Hart.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

George Russell Jr. Trio

Thursday April 25th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

George Russell Jr., piano

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Inspirational Jazz Pianist George W. Russell, Jr. is a performer, a composer, and an educator. George began taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Along with studying formally, he had the fortune of growing up playing at his local church. There was no written music at church, so he was given the opportunity to develop his ear. As George continued studying music in college, he discovered jazz and the harmonies that were used in jazz. It was then that he began to understand, from a theoretical viewpoint, what exactly he was playing, both in church and from his classical repertoire. In that period of time, George’s unique fusion of Gospel and Jazz was beginning to form. His performances range from a solo piano, to a groove- oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding larger ensemble that arouses the listener’s intellect and, most importantly, touches their soul. His playing is filled with passion, fire, soul and, most of all, spirit.George will often refer to himself as “a drummer who happens to plays the piano.” This is made clear when you hear the strong sense of rhythm that envelops each and every performance.

George began teaching private piano lessons at the age of 16. This love for teaching encouraged George to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Duquesne University and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory.

While in grad school, George taught at local community music schools and eventually acquired a job as a piano instructor at Tufts University. He then went on to Chair the Jazz department at the New England Conservatory Extension Division. He also served as the Chair of the Jazz Department at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts for over 20 years.

Currently George is the Chair of the Harmony Department at the Berklee College of Music. Prior to becoming Chair, He served as a Professor of Harmony and Piano at Berklee. George has been awarded the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division. George has also been recognized with the highest award that Berklee gives to faculty, the Most Distinguished Faculty Award.

http://www.georgewrusselljr.com/

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-25 19:00:002019-04-25 22:00:00America/New_YorkGeorge Russell Jr. TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.  George Russell Jr., pianoA native of Pittsburgh, PA, Inspirational Jazz Pianist George W. Russell, Jr. is a performer, a composer, and an educator. George began taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Along with studying formally, he had the fortune of growing up playing at his local church. There was no written music at church, so he was given the opportunity to develop his ear. As George continued studying music in college, he discovered jazz and the harmonies that were used in jazz. It was then that he began to understand, from a theoretical viewpoint, what exactly he was playing, both in church and from his classical repertoire. In that period of time, George’s unique fusion of Gospel and Jazz was beginning to form. His performances range from a solo piano, to a groove- oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding larger ensemble that arouses the listener’s intellect and, most importantly, touches their soul. His playing is filled with passion, fire, soul and, most of all, spirit.George will often refer to himself as “a drummer who happens to plays the piano.” This is made clear when you hear the strong sense of rhythm that envelops each and every performance.George began teaching private piano lessons at the age of 16. This love for teaching encouraged George to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Duquesne University and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory.While in grad school, George taught at local community music schools and eventually acquired a job as a piano instructor at Tufts University. He then went on to Chair the Jazz department at the New England Conservatory Extension Division. He also served as the Chair of the Jazz Department at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts for over 20 years.Currently George is the Chair of the Harmony Department at the Berklee College of Music. Prior to becoming Chair, He served as a Professor of Harmony and Piano at Berklee. George has been awarded the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division. George has also been recognized with the highest award that Berklee gives to faculty, the Most Distinguished Faculty Award.http://www.georgewrusselljr.com/The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

Yoko Miwa Trio

Friday April 26th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. 

Yoko Miwa, piano

Brad Barrett, acoustic bass

Scott Goulding, drums

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.

In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.

Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

http://www.yokomiwa.com

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2019-04-26 19:00:002019-04-26 22:00:00America/New_YorkYoko Miwa TrioFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room. Yoko Miwa, pianoBrad Barrett, acoustic bassScott Goulding, drumsMiwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year.In 2017, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa was classically trained and didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.http://www.yokomiwa.comThe Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

After-Hours Jam with Andy Voelker!

Friday April 26th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook pageThere is no cover charge for the jam sessions.

Andy Voelker, tenor sax

Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass

James Davis, drums

House band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.

Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.

Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2019-04-26 22:00:002019-04-26 00:00:00America/New_YorkAfter-Hours Jam with Andy Voelker!For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is no cover charge for the jam sessions.Andy Voelker, tenor saxKeala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bassJames Davis, drumsHouse band plays a set and then invites guests to sit in on this late-night instrumentals jam.Saxophonist improviser and composer Andy Voelker has been aptly called a ”Lifer” in the world of jazz. His dedication to the roots of jazz, the real time application of past and present jazz styles, and the furthering of jazz as an art form remain Andy’s top priorities. Having grown up on the New Jersey shore surrounded by a family full of music lovers, artists, and writers Andy developed early appreciation for what is “good music”.Andy took up the saxophone in grade school band and never looked back. Moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of music, Andy stayed in Boston and continued his education on the bandstand. Andy was a pivotal member of the Matt Murphy’s Music in Brookline having both co-lead the weekly jam session and lead his own original groups at Matts - during the heyday of one of Boston’s most notable music scenes. Presently Andy is playing and recording with Clear Audience – a group he co-leads with his cohorts from the Murphy’s days. Andy is staying busy as one of Boston’s real deal jazz Saxophonists, hard at work performing around the greater Boston areas music venues bringing his forward thinking, soulful sound, and thoughtful improvisations to the present day music appreciators.The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish

April Hall Quartet

Saturday April 27th

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page.  There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.

April Hall, vocals

Joe "Sonny" Barbato, piano

Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass

Les Harris Jr., drums

Tom Hall, tenor sax

April Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times Magazine

Hall an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s latest release, “Room for Two”, was named one of the top 100 Jazz Records by Jazz Times Magazine for 2012.

https://www.aprilhall.com/

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2019-04-27 20:00:002019-04-27 23:00:00America/New_YorkApril Hall QuartetFor those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page.  There is a $10 cover charge for seats in the Jazz Baroness Room.April Hall, vocalsJoe "Sonny" Barbato, pianoKeala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bassLes Harris Jr., drumsTom Hall, tenor saxApril Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times MagazineHall an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s latest release, “Room for Two”, was named one of the top 100 Jazz Records by Jazz Times Magazine for 2012.https://www.aprilhall.com/The Mad MonkfishThe Mad Monkfish