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Newton Highland Jazz 2016-2017

Photo by Erin X. Smithers

This is the 34th annual jazz series where great music and great times are assured at Highland Jazz in Newton Massachusetts. This is a departure from their usual Saturday evening programs and is aimed at accommodating many of you who prefer to attend daytime concerts and avoid night time driving. Concert-goers will continue to enjoy two sets of music for the price of one, free parking, comfortable seating, unimpeded sight lines, available refreshments, but most-of- all, an exceptional lineup of talented musicians ready to satisfy their every jazz appetite.

They opened on Sunday, September 11, with “A Parris Afternoon” featuring Newton’s native Rebecca Parris, Boston’s First Lady of Jazz. She will be accompanied by Chris Taylor on piano, Peter Kontrimas on bass, and Jim Lattini on drums.

Next up on Sunday, November 20 is pianist Laszlo Gardony, who JazzTimes called “one of contemporary music’s original voices”, with an all-star Berklee quintet comprised of Bill Pierce, saxophone, John Lockwood, bass, Yoron Israel, drums, and introducing special guest, saxophonist Marco Pignataro, as it celebrates Gardony’s latest CD release “In Real Time”.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 with “Strike Up The Band” starring Newton’s own, Paul Broadnax, the venerable pianist, vocalist and his regulars, Peter Kontrimas on bass and Les Harris, Jr. on drums. They are joined by the fluid sounds of saxophonist Fred Haas.

Highland Jazz season finale on Sunday, May 7 , “Newton’s Best”, spotlights an array of Newton’s finest jazz artists in ensemble groupings including Cercie Miller, saxophone, vocalists Dominique Eade and Lisa Thorson, and Alan Chase, saxophone, accompanied by an esteemed rhythm section: Tim Ray, piano, John Lockwood, bass, and Yoron Israel, drums. Their appearance highlights the 2017 Newton Festival of the Arts, a robust, two-month long calendar of arts and cultural events taking place throughout the Garden City.

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