Coming Attractions: Jazz Week 2012 Update

Bassist Fernando Huergo

Swarms in the train station! Improv in the library! Video game hits and poetry! Must be Jazz Week—and there’s plenty more, including a major CD release by Argentinian bassist Fernando Huergo paying tribute to the land of the Albiceleste.

By J. R. Carroll.


Following an event-packed first weekend, Jazz Week 2012 leads off the month of May.


The sounds you’ll hear at midday in South Station this week don’t come from train whistles. The inspiration of saxophonist and master of street music Ken Field, Jazz Swarms take over one of our great public spaces from noon to 1 p.m. Starting off with the gentler sounds of flutes, led by Matt Samolis, on Monday, April 30, the decibels increase with Todd Brunel’s Clarinet Swarm on Tuesday, May 1; Gregg Moore’s Trombone Swarm on Wednesday, May 2; Ken Field’s Saxophone Swarm on Thursday, May 3; and, finally (with a tip of the hat to the Duke), tooting through the roof with Jerry Sabatini’s Trumpet Swarm on Friday, May 4. And if those aren’t enough massed instruments for you, the John Payne Quartet brings a 30-piece Saxophone Choir with it to Ryles at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Fresh from participating in Monday evening’s epic International Jazz Day concert at the United Nations, pianist Danilo Perez brings the spirit of that event to the Regattabar with musicians from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Participants include vocalist Sofia Rubino, alto saxophonist Lihi Haruvi, tenor saxophonist Zach Giberson, violinist Alex Hargreaves, pianist Caili O’Doherty, bassist Spencer Stewart, drummer Isaac Haselkorn, and percussionist Sergio Martinez.

Libraries are home bases for several events on Thursday, May 3. If all the saxophone swarming has given you a craving for more, the central branch of the Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square will play host at 2 p.m. to the NEC Honors Saxophone Quartet (Jake Dockterman on soprano, Alex Rezzo on alto, Katy LaFleur on tenor, and Clayton Hamilton on baritone saxophone) as part of the library’s “Never Too Late” series in Rabb Auditorium.

Stick around for a bit and at 6 p.m. you can also catch “Improvise Your Life,” an interactive workshop with saxophonist Tom Hall, author of Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide and the creator/host of ImprovLive 365, a daily webseries about creativity.

On a visual note, Artists-at-Large will once again be busy for Jazz Week (April 27 to May 6) with another exhibit, I See Jazz 2, which will run through May 30 in the Main Hall of the Boston Public Library Hyde Park Branch.

To the north, there’s also free music when the Wakefield Library hosts the Aris Valeris Quartet.

In the evening, Bob Sinicrope and the World Leaders focus on music of South Africa at Ryles at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 4 starts a busy final weekend for Jazz Week 2012 with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire at the Regattabar at 7:30 p.m.

Protean pianist Donal Fox has once again reconfigured his quartet with Kim Thompson taking over the drum chair. They’ll be across the Charles River at Scullers at 8 and 10 p.m.

Across the Mystic River in East Boston at ZUMIX, vocalist and pianist Marlene Del Rosario (with guitarist Patrick Mottaz and bassist Dave Clark) offers an evening of originals and standards.

The kids can get into the action on Saturday, May 5 when saxophonist Arni Cheatham and trombonist Bill Lowe invite them to the Boston Children’s Museum for Riffs & Raps at 1 and 2 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Outpost 186 in Inman Square presents a genuinely unusual multimedia collaboration that brings together the Powers Jazz Band and ChagallPAC with poets Diana Norma Szokolyai & Derek J. G. Williams and composers from Bunker Hill Community College for, as they describe it, “smashing video game hits from Mario Bro’s to Street Fighter” and poems with “electrified preludes, interludes and postludes” under the guidance of “semi-conductor” and arranger David Wang.

From Buena Vista to Boston, Cuban trumpeter Yaure Muniz has infused jazz with traditional son and rumba. His Beantown Social Club caps Saturday with a 10 p.m. performance at the Beehive.

Sunday, May 6 brings Jazz Week 2012 to a satisfying conclusion.

Musical and culinary fusion join forces at 2 p.m. when trumpeter Stanton Davis brings his quartet (with guitarist Jeff Lockhart, bassist Tim Ingles, and drummer Kenwood Dennard) to Samba Steak and Sushi House in Framingham.

Wrapping up Jazz Week 2012 on a very high note (for a bassist), Fernando Huergo celebrates the release of his Suite in Blue and White CD, an extended exploration of Argentina’s diverse regions and musical styles, at 7 p.m. at the Lily Pad.

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