Mechanics Hall Fall Brown Bag Concert Series

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Music / Singing - Performance

Date & Time: Wednesdays, November 13, 2019 - December 11, 2019
12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Cost: Free Admission
Sponsored by: Bay State Savings Bank
Description: November 13: Ball in the House

Ball in the House is an R&B/Soul/Pop a cappella group based out of Boston, MA, whose high energy shows have audiences singing, dancing, even beatboxing along.

With their extensive tour schedule (averaging 200 shows a year), Ball in the House has performed everywhere - from theaters to performing arts centers, fairs & festivals, to opening for some of the biggest acts in the world, such as The Beach Boys, The Jonas Brothers, The Temptations, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Blondie, Smokey Robinson, KC & The Sunshine Band, Diamond Rio, Colin Raye, Orleans, and numerous others.

They headlined the 2018 & 2016 China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, won the 2016 Boston Harmony Sweepstakes, and were voted 2014 APCA Band of the Year and 2009 Best of Boston for Outstanding Musical Performers. For six years, they were the voices behind all the Cool Whip commercials and recently wrote and performed the jingle for Amazons Prime Day. Ball in the House has appeared on Americas Got Talent, The TODAY Show, The Daily Buzz, the Philadelphia 4th of July Parade, and SBS Culture Club and MBC News in Seoul, South Korea.

www.ballinthehouse.com

Walt Weiskopf
November 20: Walt Weiskopf (Steely Dan)

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 20 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.

A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well regarded as a composer. His recordings as leader contain predominantly original work with unique interpretations of standards always in the mix. Walts seven books on jazz improvisation are among the most respected in the field.

Whether for quartet, nonet, or any configuration in between, Walts compositions and arrangements have attracted fans and critical notice.

Simplicity (Criss Cross Jazz-1993), met with immediate success. It was number one on Eurojazz radio for four straight weeks and inspired Mel Martin of Saxophone Journal to write: Walt Weiskopfs prime influence as a player appears to be John Coltrane, but he is no slavish imitator. He gets to musical matters in a powerful and positive way, asserting a definite viewpoint He displays much technical accomplishment, yet makes it sound basic and accessible.

Walts Song for My Mother (Criss Cross Jazz-1996), was awarded four stars in Downbeat Magazine. Bret Primack of Jazz Central Station listed Song for My Mother as one of the ten best jazz albums of 1997 and Crusader Magazine chose this recording as its number one Jazz Pick of the Year.

Walts subsequent recordings, from A World Away in 1994 (Criss Cross Jazz) to the most recent Fountain Of Youth (Posi-tone-2017), have also caused a critical stir.

In the September 1997 issue of JazzTimes, Bill Milkowski counted Walt among his five most underrated players; by 2000, Milkowski found that Walt had fulfilled his early promise, and is a major talenta monster tenor saxophonist as well as a prolific composer and accomplished arranger. Blaine Fallis review of Open Road (Posi-tone 2015) in All About Jazz said Weiskopf is freed up to take off on an improvisatory spectacle that paints the story of his great talent. About his most recent offering, a 2017 review in the New York City Jazz Record stated Fountain of Youth (Posi-tone 2017) could only have come from someone with broad experience in music and lifeWeiskopf understands it all.

waltweiskopf.com

Greg Abate
November 27: Greg Abate

Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist, and composer. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in the mid-70s, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.

In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to 87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

To this date Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings. Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co-sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad. He continues actively touring the globe as an International Jazz/Recording Artist.

Greg was inducted into the RI MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2016

www.gregabate.com

US Navy Band Northeast
December 4: NEC Symphonic Winds & Chamber Singers with the U.S. Navy Band Northeast

This annual holiday concert serves up the spirit of the season in a big way. Bill Drury and Erica Washburn from New England Conservatory conduct a broad repertoire. Also performing  Navy Band Northeast, a 35-musician ensemble based on board NAVSTA Newport and one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide.

necmusic.edu/choruses
www.usnwc.edu/Navy-Band-Northeast



Carlos Odria
December 11: Carlos Odria

Peruvian-born guitarist Carlos Odria has been described as a "breathtakingly talented musicianwith an immense technical skill" (Worcester Telegram) and as a "guitar wizard" (Gamble Rogers Fest). His original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American tunes deliver an exciting blend of international styles such as bossanova, Afro-Peruvian festejo, rumba flamenca, and Afro-Caribbean vibes with an improvisational approach inspired by the rich tradition of American jazz. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the Florida State University, where he also obtained a Certificate in World Music. He studied classical and Latin American folk guitar with acclaimed Peruvian guitarist Pepe Torres. Later on, he pursued advanced jazz studies with Richie Zellon, jazz guitar arranging with Leo Welch, and Venezuelan cuatro at the Jose Luis Paz Conservatory in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

In 2014, the debut album of Omnimusica, an ensemble in which Odria was the lead guitarist, was included on the official ballot for the 57th Grammy Awards, in the World Music category.

Dr. Odria has performed at numerous concert halls, universities, and festivals and has shared the stage with renowned jazz, classical, and world music artists such as Jeff Denson, Longineu Parsons, Leon Anderson, Jacksonville Children's Chorus, Mlimani Park Orchestra, Mia Gormandy, Haigiong Deng, Silviu Ciulei, Jorge Continentino, Jeff Brooks, and Etienne Charles. He has taught at Darton State College, Clark University, Worcester State University, and currently is an Associate Lecturer at the Performing Arts Department at UMASS Boston.

www.carlosodria.com
More Information: Website: https://www.mechanicshall.org/tickets/brown-bag-concerts/
E-mail: info@mechanicshall.org
Phone: 508-752-5608
Entered by: Mechanics Hall

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