Experience a Musical Rebirth

Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.


Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.


Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.


Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.


The Rebirth Brass Band plays The Sinclair on Dec. 2 and 3. 

The Innovative, the Experimental, the Collaborative

The Celebrity Series of Boston has announced the line-up for the 3rd annual Stave Sessions, a unique music series that showcases the innovative, the experimental, and the collaborative approaches of emerging artists.   The 2017 Stave Sessions will take place March 21-25, 2017.  

Stave Sessions highlight contemporary musicians often early in their careers who take diverse approaches to their music, integrating musical training and non-conforming styles to deliver performances that defy standard labels.   Shows take place at 160 Mass Ave., a unique and intimate venue located on the Berklee College of Music campus where floor-to-ceiling windows offer concertgoers an urban backdrop with views of the city and an upscale, cabaret vibe.

“At Celebrity Series of Boston, we look for ways to showcase and support emerging artists,” said Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director.  “Stave Sessions allows us to do this, bringing together artists who are doing unique work, often building on classical, conservatory training to create works that defy expectations.  Each show is an exceptional experience that you won’t want to miss.”  

In the first two years, Stave Sessions artists included Roomful of Teeth, Brooklyn Rider, Gabriel Kahane, Kneebody + Daedelus, My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon and others.  Featured performances for the 2017 series include:

·         yMusic Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comprised of six musicians (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet), yMusic commission from and collaborate with many of the era’s most compelling creators of pop and classical music including Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Ben Folds, José Gonzalez, and Andrew Norman, among many others.

·         Melissa Aldana Trio    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rising tenor sax star Melissa Aldana, the first woman to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition, makes no secret about being inspired by Sonny Rollins: like Sonny in the late 50s, she fronts a piano-less trio (Pablo Menares on bass, Jochen Rueckert on drums). But she’s coming into her own as an artist: her 2016 record “Back Home” was widely praised.

·         Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  Thursday, March 23, 2017

Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece big band have been celebrated for their “slashing fury and awesome full-ensemble precision” (The New York City Jazz Record) and “brilliant soundscapes” (Globe and Mail). The Society led the Big Band Category in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll in 2015 and their recordings have earned GRAMMY and JUNO Award nominations. The set will include songs from the Society’s new recording, Real Enemies, among other selections.  

·         TIGUE and Innov Gnawa, Friday, March 24, 2017

TIGUE is a percussion trio using members’ conservatory training and eclectic influences to create music that sits at the intersection of contemporary music and art rock. Innov Gnawa performs Moroccan gnawa music: hypnotic Islamic liturgical chants with plucked string and percussive instrumentation. Together, they explore traditional and modern approaches to trance.

·         Blonde Redhead featuring ACME, Saturday, March 25, 2017

Formed by Japanese lead singer and guitarist Kazu Makino and Italian twin brothers Amedeo (guitar/vocals) and Simone Pace (drums), Blonde Redhead have built their decades-long career as a driving creative force on the indie music scene. They will perform their seminal 2004 album Misery is a Butterfly in its entirety featuring ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble. NPR called ACME “contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times described their performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.”


Doors for all sessions open at 7:30 p.m. Performances will begin at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets for each show are $25 / $10 student and a week-long pass is available for the first 40 tickets for $50. Student tickets are available online or at the Berklee Performance Center box office.  Prices are subject to change. Tickets are on sale now at www.stavesessions.org.

Three Nights of Botti in Boston

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop muisc and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.


Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.


Impressions, Botti’s 2012 Columbia Records and Grammy winning release, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums – including When I Fall In Love (2004), To Love Again: The Duets (2005), Italia (2007), and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009) – that has firmly established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.


With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

Chris Botti will be at the Wilbur Theatre Dec. 8, 9 & 10. Showtimes are 7:30. Tickets $50-69

Jingle All The Way

KISS 108, Boston's #1 Hit Music Station, unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2016, presented by Capital One, taking place on Sunday, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the TD Garden.

KISS 108's on-air personality, Matty in the Morning, officially announced the all-star performers for KISS108's Jingle Ball 2016 which will include Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Diplo, Ellie Goulding, DNCE, Tove Lo, Alessia Cara and Daya, plus a Special Guest appearance from Niall Horan.


Ticket prices are $25.50, $45.50, $65.50, $95.50, $155.50 and $255.50


An Early Present From TSO

Isn’t it a bit early for Christmas music?

If your answer is no, then you should head to the Dunkin’ Center in Providence this weekend and hear some truly progressive Christmas music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and its Ghosts of Christmas Eve Show.

We’ll let the Band explain what the show is, via their Facebook page:

“'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve' was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO had never done. It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become.”

And for the uninitiated, and or the Grinches ad Scrooges who think Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a humbug, here’s a clip of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing O' Come All Ye Faithful/O' Holy Night.

Enjoy the show. And Happy Holidays!