2017 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Saturday, July 22nd - Mike Levine Trio in the gWaston Gallery, 68 Main Street, Stonington, ME
Saturday, August 12th - Campbell Brothers, Part of the Deer Isle Jazz Festival, 7:30 PM at the Reach Performing Arts Center: BUY TICKETS >
Sunday, August 13th - Gary Smulyan, in the gWaston Gallery, 68 Main Street, Stonington, ME
The Campbell Brothers -Saturday, August 12 at 7:30pm at the Reach Performing Arts Center
The Campbell Brothers began performing in their father’s church and, as the music has moved from sanctuary to concert hall, the Band has performed for over twenty years at major festivals and venues, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the North Sea Jazz Festival and other festivals in Europe.
Based in the African-American gospel tradition, the music includes elements of jazz and blues. Chuck Campbell has been called the Jimi Hendrix and the Django Reinhardt of the pedal steel guitar. Combining pedal steel guitars, bass guitar and drums with gutsy gospel vocals brings the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description. National Public Radio has reported that the Campbell Brothers' music is “a soul-stirring blend of gospel and the power and volume of electric blues, a sound as hot as brimstone that kicks holy butt.”
Artifacts Trio Featuring Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Mike Reed - Friday, August 11 at 7pm at the Stonington Opera House
Flute, cello and drum trios are rare in jazz, and one with the full sound and rhythmic precision of this technically assured equal-partners collective is rarer still.
Flutist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Mike Reed draw upon direct involvement with Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a half-century-old organization that remains among jazz’s most influential. Though grounded in history, their original compositions are uniquely contemporary. Their arrangements of pieces like Steve McCall’s “I’ll Be Right Here Waiting,” are, as the New York Times said, “intrepid, soulful and hauntingly beautiful.”
Enjoy an exciting evening as the Artifacts trio brings its unique personality to their own music, and to works by composers including Pulitzer-Prize winner Henry Threadgill. Curated by award-winning music critic and journalist Larry Blumenfeld.
Gary Smulyan Duo - Sunday, August 13 at 7:30pm at gWatson Gallery
Standing at the summit of baritone saxophone players, Gary Smulyan, continues to enthrall audiences with his hearty tone and the energy of his playing. His music ranges from standards to his own compositions. Above all, he swings.
Smulyan, frequent winner of Downbeat Magazines critic’s and reader’s polls, has recorded twelve CDs as a leader and has played as a sideman on over 100 recordings. He has performed on twelve Grammy Award winning recordings.
Gary Smulyan began his career playing in Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and since then has performed with luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, and B.B. King. Today, besides leading his own band, he is a mainstay in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and performs frequently with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and others.