Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

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Thank you to our Jazz/Folk/Pop Season Corporate Partners!
We also would like to thank the
Massachusetts Cultural Council for their generous ongoing support.

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Sunday, July 2, 5 PM

John Davidson

Singer, comedian, movie actor, Broadway star, game show host…John Davidson has spent a lifetime in entertainment. Thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, his supple voice, storytelling verve and rakish charm have only improved with age. LEARN MORE

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Friday, July 14, 8 PM

Lisa Loeb

One of the leading lights of the 90’s alternative folk movement, Lisa Loeb continues to write and perform powerfully intimate and melodically-charged tunes like her #1 smash hit “Stay (I Missed You)”- a song that remains the only single by an unsigned artist to top the Billboard pop charts. LEARN MORE

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Saturday, July 15, 8 PM

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas have emerged as one of the most acclaimed purveyors of traditional Celtic music playing today. Fraser, a two-time Scottish National Fiddle Champion and esteemed long-time veteran of the traditional Celtic music scene, has been called “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced” (Scots Magazine).  LEARN MORE

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Sunday, July 16, 5 PM

The Subdudes

A fixture in New Orleans for the last 30 years, The Subdudes combine Americana, country soul, folk and rock and roll for an intoxicated blend of passionate, joyous roots music.  They are touring off their acclaimed all-acoustic 11th record 4 on the Floor.  LEARN MORE

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Friday, July 21, 8 PM

The Brothers Four

Still going strong after more than half a century, The Brothers Four continue to thrill audiences with their pristine harmonies and classic folk sound. The quartet’s many hits, including favorites like “Try to Remember” and “Greenfields,” turned The Brothers Four into one of the leading lights of the early 60’s folk revival. LEARN MORE

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Saturday, July 22, 8 PM

Martin Sexton

Owning one of the most powerful and dynamic voices in American popular music, Martin Sexton straddles the worlds of folk, soul, country, and rock and roll with ease. For the last 25 years, his earnest songwriting, quirky stylistic shape-shifting and seemingly boundless vocal range has created a legion of devoted fans across the country, and the world. LEARN MORE

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Sunday, July 23, 5 PM

Jim Messina

As a founding member of both the country rock supergroup Poco and the pop juggernaut Loggins & Messina (“Danny’s Song,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance”), the veteran troubadour has already made his sizable mark on rock and roll. Thankfully, he’s still going strong. LEARN MORE

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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?” as well as tunes from her most recent record, 7, that Cole describes the sound as “a soft, soulful album made in the 1960’s.”  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
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
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

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

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 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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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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