Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

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Friday, July 28, 8 PM

Paula Cole

Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always returns to her hometown for a memorable night of smash hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” She’s touring in support of her newest record, Ballads, which features American jazz and roots standards from the early to mid-20th century.  LEARN MORE

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Sunday, July 30, 5 PM

Cherish the Ladies

For more than thirty years, the talented women of Cherish the Ladies have been delighting audiences with their expert musicianship and dynamic live performances. LEARN MORE

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Wednesday, August 2, 8 PM

Rickie Lee Jones

Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz and pop since the late 70’s with hits like “Chuck E.’s in Love,” Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization, an aesthetic she continues with her newest record, The Other Side of Desire. LEARN MORE

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Thursday, August 3, 8 PM

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker stands among the legends of funk, forging the first half of his stellar career as a sideman for the genre’s forefathers James Brown and George Clinton. His soulful saxophone playing and vocals are firmly rooted in funk music history.  LEARN MORE

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Friday, August 4, 8 PM

Chris Smither

One of the most revered folk/blues stylists of the last fifty years, Chris Smither has left a vibrant, lasting impression on the roots music world. Armed with a warm, gravelly baritone, deft fingerpicking and a stable of wry, often heartbreaking songs, Smither remains as affecting and dynamic as he did when he burst onto the scene over 40 years ago.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 6, 5 PM

Cécile McLorin Salvant 

A fearless and electrifying jazz vocalist of astonishing power and originality, Cécile McLorin Salvant has vaulted into the very top of the jazz singing pantheon since her 2010 win of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Thursday, August 10, 8 PM

Fred Hersch Trio

JazzChat, 7 PM 
Proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, ten-time Grammy Award nominee Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential force who has long defined jazz’s creative edge as improviser, composer, bandleader and educator. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Friday, August 11, 8 PM

Danilo Pérez

with Ben Street & Lee Fish: Panamonk
JazzChat, 7 PM

As a performer and innovator, Danilo Pérez has made a considerable mark in the jazz world. The Grammy-nominated pianist is touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his landmark Thelonious Monk tribute record Panamonk. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 12, 8 PM

Paula Cole
Jazz Program

JazzChat, 7 PM
Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas with such smash hits as “I Don’t Want to Wait,” but in this concert, Paula returns to her beginnings as a jazz singer, performing American jazz and roots standards from the early to mid-20th century.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 13, 2 PM

Diva Jazz Orchestra

JazzChat, 1 PM
DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA is a straight-ahead, super- swingin’ power-house ensemble comprised of 15 of the world’s most consummate jazz musicians, who just happen to be women. DIVA is rooted in the tradition and excitement of the great big bands, with a focus on originality and personality. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 13, 7 PM

John Pizzarelli

Sinatra & Jobim at 50 with Daniel Jobim
JazzChat, 6 PM
Come on out for an evening highlighting the intrinsic simpatico between jazz and Brazilian music! World-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli and pianist/composer Daniel Jobim, grandson of bossa nova icon Antonio Carlos Jobim, pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary release of the 1967 Grammy-nominated album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. LEARN MORE

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Wednesday, August 16, 8 PM

Delta Rae

Opening Act: Lauren Jenkins
A much-buzzed about folk-rock group from North Carolina that deftly balances Americana with soul and anthemic pop, Delta Rae will be making their second stop in Rockport. Delta Rae is on tour this summer in support of their forthcoming new release, A Long And Happy Life.  LEARN MORE

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Thursday, August 17, 8 PM

Cyrille Aimée

Winner of the Montreux and Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competitions, the dynamic young Cyrille brings an exotic, highly rhythmic-based approach to jazz singing, incorporating a Gallic gypsy swing with hints of salsa and samba into well-worn standards and original compositions. LEARN MORE

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Friday, August 18, 8 PM
Saturday, August 19, 8 PM

Tom Rush

with Matt Nakoa
In what has become a delightful, much-anticipated Rockport tradition, folk legend Tom Rush returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rush’s easy, world-weary baritone and nimble finger-picking combined with his wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 60’s urban folk revival. LEARN MORE

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Sunday, August 20, 5 PM                              

Kingston Trio

Known for their role in the folk revival of the early 60’s, their iconic takes on traditional folk classics like “Tom Dooley” and for their trademark three-part harmonies, The Kingston Trio returns to Rockport for an unforgettable evening of vintage folk classics.  LEARN MORE

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Thursday, August 24, 8 PM

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the seemingly ageless New Orleans institution known as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band comes to Rockport for its Shalin Liu Performance Center debut. The pioneering septet reignited and reimagined the Crescent City’s brass band tradition in the late 70’s and went on to become an iconic cultural ambassador for New Orleans all over the world. Learn more

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Friday, August 25, 8 PM*

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet

As the preeminent Cajun band in the world, BeauSoleil has been generously exporting the rich musical traditions of Southwestern Louisiana for close to forty years. After almost singlehandedly reviving Cajun music in the 70’s, they began incorporating various folk and world music traditions into their sound, creating a musical hybrid unlike any in the world. LEARN MORE

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Saturday, August 26, 8 PM

Joshua Redman Quartet

with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Marcus Gilmore
One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, saxophonist Joshua Redman “is unparalleled among horn players today” (JazzTimes). From McCoy Tyner to Brad Mehldau to The Bad Plus, Redman has collaborated with a diverse and prestigious list of musicians, all the while emerging as a modern jazz icon in his own right. LEARN MORE

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Sunday, August 27, 5 PM

Doc Severinsen’s Trumpet Kings
featuring The Byron Stripling Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning trumpeter known both for his time leading the famous Tonight Show with Johnny Carson band (and his notoriously flashy outfits) as well as his own prolific recording and touring career will be making his Rockport debut. Joined by trumpeter virtuoso Byron Stripling and his quartet, Severinsen performs a tribute concert entitled Trumpet Kings, celebrating the greatest jazz trumpeters of the 20th century.  LEARN MORE

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Thursday, August 31, 8 PM

Del McCoury Band

Del McCoury is a living legend, a bluegrass icon that has managed to stay relevant, fresh and inspired throughout his 52 year career. Owning one of the most recognizable high lonesome tenors in bluegrass history, McCoury and his band have been one of the driving forces in the current bluegrass revival.  LEARN MORE

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Friday, September 1, 8 PM

Chelsea Berry

Opening Act: Megan Burtt
A singer-songwriter of immense passion, depth and soul-baring honesty, Chelsea Berry returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center armed with a brand new studio album in tow. The powerful singer, who proudly calls the North Shore her home, has developed a steadily growing and devoted following in the last several years, both among fans and fellow songwriters. Learn more

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Friday, September 8, 8 PM

Tamir Hendelman Trio

With his hard-swinging approach and feather light touch, pianist Tamir Hendelman has emerged as one of the most intriguing jazz talents to arrive on the scene in quite some time. LEARN MORE

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Thursday, September 14, 8 PM

Alternate Routes & Nick Fradiani

Come on out for an intriguing double bill that brings together a road-tested melodically gifted Americana group with a recently crowned American Idol winner and budding songwriter. The pairing of singer Nick Fradiani with The Alternate Routes is a match made in folk pop heaven. LEARN MORE

Meet & Greet: $50   

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Sunday, September 17, 5 PM

Lizz Wright

A vocalist of uncommon talent and spirit who slides effortlessly between jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and folk, Lizz Wright has a smoky, supple voice that has beguiled fans and critics alike for over a decade. LEARN MORE

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Friday, September 22, 8 PM

Bettye LaVette

A soul queen with a commanding voice and a hugely charismatic stage presence, Bettye LaVette comes to Rockport in the midst of a long-deserved career renaissance.  The Grammy-nominated singer was recently given the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Female Singer of the Year. LEARN MORE

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Friday, September 29, 8 PM

Live from Laurel Canyon
Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock

Led by Brian Chartrand (of Sweet Remains) and featuring an impressive diverse cast of singers and artists, Live from Laurel Canyon tells the story of the musicians who came out of southern California in the 60s & 70s with original arrangements, songs and stories about the history and connection between the artists. Learn more

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Saturday, September 30, 8 PM

An Evening with the Cowboy Junkies

Known for their ethereal, gauzy take on folk, alternative rock and country, the Toronto-based Cowboy Junkies have forged an impressive 30 year career, scoring several hit singles like “Sweet Jane” and “Misguided Angel,” a handful of critically-acclaimed albums, and a dedicated throng of loyal fans.  Learn More

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Sunday, October 15, 5 PM

Patty Larkin & Liz Longley

Come on out for a folk-saturated double bill featuring beloved veteran singer-songwriter Patty Larkin and buzz-generating tunesmith Liz Longley. Though from different generations, both have a unique vision and style rooted in indelible melodies and a powerful poetic lyrical style. Learn more

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Saturday, November 4, 8 PM

Capitol Steps

As the granddaddy of political satire, The Capitol Steps have been poking fun at the D.C. establishment for over 35 years. The veteran troupe have become masters at skewering both sides of the aisle, their repurposed covers of pop songs loaded with puns and outrageous one-liners. No one is safe! Learn more

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Thursday, November 16, 8 PM

Rosanne Cash

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has long transcended her birthright as country music royalty, carving her own hit-laden career that has spanned close to 40 years. This fall she will be making her much-anticipated Rockport debut! Learn more

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Saturday, December 2, 3 & 8 PM

Cape Ann Big Band Holiday

Enjoy the holidays with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing holiday favorites, old and new, infused with a bit of jazz, swing, and rock n’ roll.  Learn more

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Sunday, December 3, 5 PM

An Evening with George Winston

One of the most successful and recognized solo pianists in the world, George Winston brings his remarkably enduring and highly imitated “rural folk piano” style to Rockport for the first time in a concert just in time for the holiday season. Learn more

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Friday, December 8, 8 PM

The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen are America’s most enduring vocal group. With pure energy and classic songs from the past and present, the Four Freshmen deliver a world of music that will take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment unique to the legendary Four Freshmen. Learn more

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Saturday, December 9, 8 PM

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Best known as the singer and keyboardist for The Rascals (“Good Lovin’” and “Groovin’” among other hits), the legendary Felix Cavaliere makes his debut in Rockport. Despite a career spanning five decades, Cavaliere remains at the height of his powers, that instantly recognizable soulful voice continuing to enthrall audiences all over the globe. Learn more

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Tuesday, December 12, 4 & 8 PM

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Now in its second decade of concerts around New England, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is again returning to Rockport.  Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for twenty-nine years. For the last fifteen, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season. Learn more

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Sunday, December 17, 3 PM

Back Bay Ringers

Back Bay Ringers (BBR) is an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 2003, BBR has quickly developed a reputation for excellence, regularly performing at such Boston-area landmarks as Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Prudential Center.  Learn more

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Wednesday, February 7, 7 PM

Beantown Swing Orchestra

Part of the Education & Outreach program
The 18-piece big band performs music of the swing era with its characteristic and infectious swing beat, as well as Sinatra classics. The Orchestra’s mission is to bring big band music back into the mainstream for future generations to enjoy. Learn more

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Thursday, March 15, 8 PM                            

Goitse

Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet known as Goitse (a Gaelic greeting meaning ‘come here’) has quickly become one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe. Learn more

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