11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival in April; Complete range
Last update: March 11, 2022
Written by Mary Curtin
UPDATE March 10: The Arlington Jazz Festival, in its 11th year, scheduled a wide variety of musical events, presented over a four-day period at multiple venues across the city.
This year’s headlining concert, held at the Regent Theater on the final day of the festival, features legendary Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter/composer Randy Brecker with drummer/composer Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble, which includes French pianist Alain Mallet, Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro, Colombian percussionist Ernesto Diaz and Puerto Rican saxophonist Edmar Colon.
Dan Fox, founder of the annual jazz festival, has managed to schedule virtual and live performances, with live events on site adhering to current health and safety protocols.
The Regent Theater has also risen to the occasion in these unprecedented times, being a safe and risk-free venue for all on-site events. All necessary protocols will be in place for the festival.
The festival ends at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.
Tickets (on sale starting March 1): $20 to $50. Presented by Arlington Jazz.
Brecker’s musical background has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including his work with his brother Michael Brecker, as well as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Brecker and Walker have worked together on several albums, including Steve Khan’s BackCaribbean Jazz Project’s Birds of a featherand guitarist Akio Sasajima’s upcoming release, Silence between notes.The gig in Arlington will focus on a combination of Walker originals heard on his album You get what you give, and a jazz repertoire reinvented with an Afro-Latin sensibility, informed by his work with Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Oregon, Caribbean Jazz Project and Lyle Mays. Brecker’s own Latin interpretations can be heard on records such as his “Randy in Brasil” as well as his work on “The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock”. James Nadal of “All About Jazz” cited Brecker’s contributions to Khan’s “Latin Genetics” cut on his Back album as Brecker “playing with a real street carnival approach”. In other words, this Jazz Fest musical rendezvous between Brecker and Walker guarantees an evening that will really cook, challenging the audience to stay seated. Far too much rhythmic energy will be generated to remain sedentary. The Arlington Jazz Festival also continues to champion the vibrant jazz scene that is thriving beyond the local city limits. An abundance of local talent will be on full display at this year’s Festival, performing at several different venues around the city.
Jesse Williams Group (with Cassandra McKinley, Bruce Bears, Mark Teixeira and Williams); El Eco (with Guillermo Nojechowicz, Marco Pignataro, Fernando Huergo, Anastassyia Petrova and Milena Casado); Saxafras by Tom Ferrante (with 5 saxes and rhythm section); and The Samba Jazz Project (with Dan Fox, Anna Borges, Ian Coury, Yulia Musayelyan, Fernando Huergo, Alexei Tsiganov and Rafael Barata).Basic info on the Arlington Jazz Festival roster:
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Performer/songwriter Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for over four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including his work with his brother Michael, as well as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. See more at randybrecker.com.
Walker is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, songwriter, and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. He has also been on the faculty of the Drummers Collective in New York and has conducted master classes, clinics and workshops in South America, North America and Europe, as a solo artist and with bands. such as Oregon, Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Sakesho, Lyle Mays Quartet, Chucho Valdes and Bill Watrous. Learn more about markwalkerlessons.com.
The non-profit organization Arlington Jazz is coordinated with the help of Arlington’s Morningside Music Studio (morningsidemusicstudio.com) under the direction of Fox, a local, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher.
The Arlington Jazz Festival has been held annually since 2012, usually in April, known internationally as Jazz Appreciation Month. Since 2018, Arlington Jazz has also embarked on presenting a series of additional workshops and concerts throughout the year. Many events are either free or have a minimal entry cost.
The 2022 Arlington Jazz Festival is funded in part by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Arlington Jazz also relies on generous donations from its growing fan base.
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This news announcement was posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 and updated on March 10 to add the full lineup.
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