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Table of contents: JazzBoston introduces Jennifer Roach Maceo Parker I Jazz at the Sanctuary Valentine's Day Listings Mardi Gras and jazz I Member's Connection: Win free tickets I No-cost jazz

Newsletter Editor: Grace-Mary Burega, Managing Editor: Jon Taubman
Executive Editor: Emmett Price

Introducing JazzBoston’s New Board Member, Jennifer Roach

“I listen to jazz while I work, while I commute, while I brush my teeth – all the time.” Jazz has been an important part of Jennifer Roach’s life since her childhood in Philadelphia. Her father, an optometrist, and jazz guitarist, regularly played local gigs with his band “The New Deal,” and Jennifer began studying piano when she was six. She continued her studies through high school and college, where she majored in economics with a double minor in music and business, and then at the Eastman School of Music.  

After moving to Boston in 2011 for her first job with Analysis Group, a consulting firm, Jennifer helped a colleague at work form Dig, a jazz-funk quartet with guitar, bass, and drums played by two engineers and a business development executive in addition to herself on piano. They started out practicing twice a week, but with all of them pursuing other careers, that got harder and harder to keep up. “Now that we’ve been together a few years” says Jennifer, “we don’t need to practice so much. Besides our music is very improvisational – big time!” Dig plays five or six shows a year.

Jennifer found JazzBoston by googling “jazz community in Boston.” She explains, “I was looking for other people who love jazz, and JazzBoston’s mission and passion resonated with me. I wanted to be part of that. I want more people to discover and love jazz as I have. So I became a member,” she continues, “and I went to my first Members and Friends party. There were a lot of great people! It was the first time I’d met Eric Jackson – that was really cool!”

Jennifer currently works at Yellow Wood Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm. Asked how her life in the worlds of finance and music fit together, she replies,” It’s hard to balance, but I’ll always keep a place for jazz in my life, no matter what I’m doing.”

We’re lucky that Jennifer found us, and we’re delighted to welcome her to JazzBoston’s Board of Directors.
Maceo Parker: "You can bet it's going to be funky!"
An Interview by Lydia Liebman 
Maceo Parker & His Legendary Funk Band are playing at the Dana Center on Friday 2/17.  A perfect opportunity for JazzBoston to connect with the legendary funk all star, whose birthday just happens to be Valentines Day, February 14th..."there's a lot of love here!"

JazzBoston board member and NY Publicist, Lydia Liebman, conversed with Maceo about his current project, and his career with two of the most influential artists of our time.

Lydia Liebman (LL): What have you been up to lately?
Maceo Parker (MP): Normally when you mention Maceo Parker the James Brown stuff comes to mind. Now I'm doing my own thing with a hint of the stuff I did with James which is the funky side of different genres of music. Lately I've been working with the Ray Charles band as Ray. It's the Ray Charles Band featuring Maceo Parker.

LL: Everyone knows the importance of James Brown on your career. What about Ray Charles?
MP: I was lucky enough to hear Ray's "What'd I'd Say" when it was first released. I witnessed it when they played it on the radio. I was listening to it and we absolutely went bonkers. We had to take a couple of hours to put the house back into shape after because we really went crazy. It was like the heavens has opened up. I was really into Ray Charles... I was into a lot of people but Ray was at the very top.

LL: Did you know Ray personally?
MP: I had seen James Brown and Ray Charles when I was in high school. And then I saw Ray again when I went to college in Greensboro, North Carolina. I said to him "I don't know how I'm going to do it but one of these days you're going to know my name." I had this strong conviction about it. Then in the early 2000's I opened for Ray in Europe. One show he let me come up and play some tunes with him. I loved the man. There are some people you just can't help but love.

LL: So how did you come together with his band now?
MP: I was born with a voice that could imitate him a little bit. Apparently it was enough for the band because when he passed away one of the Raylettes heard me and said "Maceo, you sound like he's come back through you!" I love it. I really love it. I just feel so lucky to be in a conversation with entertainers like Ray and James.

LL: So let's cut to the chase. What's the story with James Brown? How did you get that gig?
MP: I have two brothers; my older brother Kellis played trombone and then my brother Melvin, a year behind me, played drums. Melvin and I were both students at the time when James Brown came to town. I happened to be out of state but James ended up at a gig where my brothers were playing and he said "I sure like that drummer" in reference to Melvin. He told Melvin that if he wanted a job to let him know. So a year passes and my brother and I are just having fun and wondering if maybe we should just get out of school. Then we saw that James was playing again in Greensboro and we made it our mission to find him. After tracking down his limo we managed to get a minute to talk to him. Melvin reintroduced himself to him and said he wanted to take him up on his offer for a job... But his brother, me, would need a job too! He looked me in the eye and asked "do you play baritone sax?" Now I had fooled around on baritone but I wasn't a professional by any means. But you don't say no to James Brown! I said yes with a big old smile. Then he said if I could get a baritone sax I got the job. He shook my hand and then I knew I had the stamp of approval. And that was the beginning of my fifteen years with James Brown.

LL: What's your show going to be like at the Dana Center? Will you be doing some of your hits with James Brown?
MP: I was born on February 14 so there's a lot of love here. I try to promote love all the time. If there's a microphone near me I'm going to promote love! I do a lot of the James Brown stuff and then I do my own stuff. It's all about partying and having a good time. I'll throw some Ray Charles in there and anything else I can think of that I want to do. I feature everyone in the group. It's just a nice atmosphere of entertainment and people having fun. And you can bet it's going to be funky!
Jazz at the Sanctuary starts February 10th in Canton!

"Jazz in the Sanctuary - South Shore" kicks off it's first concert of the series on February 10 at Victory World Church in Canton.

This exciting evening will feature acclaimed drummer Yoron Israel's quintet "Connection," which features Lance Bryant (saxophones), Ed Cherry (guitar), Bryan Carrott (vibraphone) and Sean Conly (bass). WGBH's Eric Jackson will be the host for the musical night. 

7 PM, Friday, February 10, Victory World Church, 465 Turnpike St, Canton. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students

Click here for more information and to buy tickets. 

Mardi Gras and jazz
Second Line Mardi Gras bands

Mardi Gras, also called Fat Tuesday, culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday. The nickname “Fat Tuesday” describes the last night of rich foods before fasting periods in Lent. The holiday has been celebrated for hundreds of years, and came to North America from Paris’ French Catholics.

The first Mardi Gras parade held in New Orleans was in 1837, and has since expanded as a tradition embraced by residents of New Orleans beyond those of French or Catholic heritage, and known worldwide. The Mardi Gras festivities includes Carnival, with parades and people dressed in colorful, purple, green and gold costumes.

Music heard during Mardi Gras is based on the New Orleans tradition of Second Lines, which is connected with brass bands that began to emerge in the first quarter of the 19th century. The music has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body." Traditionally, early brass bands moved in a procession or a parade performing the 'song of the day,' and often the music is walking tempo. These brass bands have evolved over time to share influences from funk, jazz, and rock music, but regardless of style, Mardi Gras has a history you can dance to from New Orleans to festivities in Boston.

Valentine's Day Jazz Listings
Top to bottom: Cyrille Aimee
Valentine's Day is a perfect time to spend with your loved one. Jazz concerts are a great date idea, as they provide the perfect atmosphere for the romantic holiday. Below we included a sampling of listings for local Valentine's Day jazz concerts. 
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Member's Connection
Clockwise from top left: Dianne Reeves, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron, Maceo Parker

Free Ticket Drawing

If you are a JazzBoston member, write to: now to enter a drawing for free tickets to any of the events listed below, and please note which shows and dates you are interested in.
You must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win.

Not a member? Join JazzBoston today for as low as $20/year and participate in our free ticket drawing listed in every issue of the JazzBoston newsletter. Members also receive discounts at participating venues. See the full list of venues here.

World Music/CRASHarts is offering a pair of tickets to the following show: 
Scullers is offering a pair of tickets to the following shows:  Regattabar is offering a pair of tickets to the following shows:
Dana Center is offering a pair of tickets to the following show: 
Rockport Music is offering 2 pairs of tickets to the following show: 
Special offer for JazzBoston members
Members of JazzBoston are eligible for a special half-price offer for Rockport Music's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra concert with the code JAZZHALF.
No-cost jazz
Clockwise from top: Maria Schneider, Darrell Katz, Peter Eldrige 

Darrell Katz and OddSong
OddSong is a unique chamber jazz ensemble and compositional vehicle put together by Darrell Katz, director of the Jazz Composers Alliance (JCA). It’s a saxophone quartet, expanded with the addition of voice, violin, and marimba. 7:30 PM, Monday, February 13, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

Kshitij Rawal: Groovcurry
Kshitij Rawal's Groovcurry is a collaboration of worldly musicians coming together to appreciate funk, reggae, and Latin music. 10 PM, Tuesday, February 14, Berklee Dining Hall, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

Dominant Funktion Live
The fusion and R&B group Dominant Funktion, led by tenor saxophonist Kevon Scott, will perform a combination of original music from their upcoming album, along with a range of covers and arrangements in the styles of neo-soul, R&B, and funk/fusion. 3 PM, Wednesday, February 15, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

Color Vibrations in Sound
This recital presents original music emerging from that place where color, image, and sound are one. 7:30, Tuesday, February 21, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

CI Film Noir Concert
Co-producers Aaron Hartley and Ran Blake present their 12th Annual Film Noir project, featuring students and faculty of NEC's groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation department. Featuring new music created by NEC musicians and special guests. 7:30, Tuesday, February 21, NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston.

Write of Spring
The Write of Spring concert features compositions performed by a dynamic faculty, encompassing all realms of jazz and leaving you wanting more. 7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 22, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

The Great American Songbook
Continuing their exploration of the American oeuvre, the spring Longy Opera Department scenes will feature songs from the Great American Songbook. From the golden age of Broadway and the Hollywood musical, these enduring songs from the 1920s to the 1950s remain embedded within our culture. 8 PM, Thursday, February 23 - Friday, February 24; Longy School of Music, Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall,  27 Garden St, Cambridge.

LongyLab 5
New and experimental performances by Longy students and faculty, curated by theory faculty Dr. Peter J. Evans. 6 PM, Saturday, February 25, Longy School of Music, Recital Room N1, 27 Garden St, Cambridge.

Longy @ Regattabar
Regattabar has been an outstanding venue for Longy’s efforts to bring music out from the proscenium and into the city—every performance in our last season was sold out! Here you can have a cocktail and a bite to eat, make yourself comfortable, and settle in for a night of fun. This year all the concerts will center around the music of our American Homeland. 7 PM, Monday, February 27, Regattabar, The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge.

Bass Department Student Concert
Some of the best up-and-coming students in the Berklee Bass Department will perform in a wide variety of styles and setups. 7:30 PM, Monday, February 27, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

"All Keys" Piano Department Faculty Concert
Berklee’s Piano Department faculty members will present an evening of solo piano performances. 7:30 PM, Tuesday, February 28, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

Piano Department Student Concert
Selected Berklee piano students will present a concert of solo piano performances. 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 1, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

NEC Jazz Orchestra
On Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m., the NEC Jazz Orchestra will present a concert led by Ken Schaphorst, chair of NEC's Jazz Studies Department. 7:30 PM, Thursday, March 2, NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston.

Jazz/World Music Faculty Concert
This year’s annual Jazz and World Music Faculty Concert at Wellesley showcases new works composed by our vibrant Jazz and World Music performance faculty. This concert features a program of innovative original music, celebrating creativity and the unique compositional “voices” of the Jazz and World Music Faculty at Wellesley. 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 4, Wellesley College, Jewett Art Center Auditorium, 106 Central Street, Wellesley.

Upper Structure Triads in Motion
Join Suzanna Sifter, piano professor, to learn a concise method to find upper structure triads for all tension-specific chord types. We will discover how to use upper structure triads in comping, harmonizing melodies, and improvising. The first half of this clinic will be a theoretical presentation of the topic, and the second half will be a demonstration with a jazz quartet. 1:15 PM, Tuesday, March 7, Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston.

Midday Muse: Maria Schneider
Schneider will be in residence at Wellesley all week, March 7 through 10, holding jazz clinics, lecture-demonstrations, and public conversations on a variety of topics, culminating in a concert with her full orchestra at Babson’s Sorenson Center. 12:30 PM, Wednesday, March 8, Wellesley College, Jewett Art Center Auditorium, 106 Central Street, Wellesley.

Business and Arts Conversation: Maria Schneider
Interview with Schneider on Artistshare, musical advocacy, being an entrepreneur. 12:30 PM, Friday, March 10, Babson College’s Black Box Theater in the Sorenson Center, 231 Forest St, Babson Park.

Peter Eldridge Duos
A night of duos featuring selected Berklee student vocalists with Peter Eldridge joining them on piano and vocals. 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 15, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

NEC at Boston Public Library: Never Too Late Series
NEC’s Community Performances and Partnerships program partners with Boston Public Library’s “Never Too Late” series for seniors to present a series of performances featuring NEC students from the Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation Departments. 2 PM, Thursday, March 16, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston.

Guitar Night: R&B/Funk Showcase
Berklee Guitar professor Thaddeus Hogarth presents Guitar Night: R&B/Funk Showcase. Six stellar guitarists lead their bands in a program on instrumental and cover material from the genres of R&B and funk. 7:30 PM, Thursday, March 16, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

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