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Rockport Jazz Festival - Kurt Elling

With a perfected four octave range, astonishing technical mastery, and a knack for storytelling, Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Every one of his ten albums has been nominated for a Grammy, and, year after year, he has won DownBeat’s Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Male Singer of the Year.”

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/16/2013 - 20:00

Rockport Jazz Festival - The Four Freshmen

Dominating the airwaves in the 1950s and influencing major groups like The Beach Boys, The Four Freshman are America’s most enduring vocal group today, headlining concerts around the globe from Moscow to Manhattan. 

Open-harmonic jazz arrangements blended with a classic big band sound have earned the group six Grammy nominations and a place in the Vocal Hall of Fame. Enjoy pop tunes and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Artists' Website  Videos

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/15/2013 - 20:00

Rockport Jazz Festival - OPENING NIGHT Roberta Gambarini

Under the tutelage of the legendary James Moody, vocal virtuoso Roberta Gambarini’s career has flourished. Her warm timbre and impeccable timing has caught the ear of jazz greats and has led to performances with such celebrated artists as Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, and Christian McBride. 

Event Date: 
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 20:00

Kaki King

Best known for her percussive, virtuosic take on string instruments, Brooklyn-based guitarist-composer Kaki King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what is expected. For her solo performance, she brings a collection of several rare instruments, including a harp guitar, a dojo, a hybrid between a guitar and koto that King made herself, and, of course, her custom Ovation Adamas guitar.

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 20:00

Yoron Israel Jazz Quartet

YORON ISRAEL bring his group, “High Standards” to TBT as they tour throughout the United States and look toward South African and European tours next year.

His recent recording “VISIONS, The Music of Stevie Wonder” has received rave reviews and enthusiastic support from radio, print media and the public at large. “High Standards”, features Yoron Israel – drums, percussion, Laszlo Gardony – piano, Lance Bryant – saxophone, Henry Lugo – bass. For certain engagements, the group is augmented with guest artists Thaddeus Hogarth – guitar & harmonica and Larry Roland – poet.

Event Date: 
Sat, 08/31/2013 - 20:00

From New Orleans to New England: Avery Sharpe & Charles Neville Duo

Charles Neville’s saxophone work in his 50 year career has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, bebop, popular, and native American music. Best known for his work with his brothers in the New Orleans funk-pop group the Neville Brothers, he cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. Neville has played with R&B greats including Johnny Ace, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Big Maybelle, James Brown, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Ray Charles.

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 20:00

Co-Bill: Beth Patella and Kelly Kancyr

Beth Patella and Kelly Kancyr share the night together with their acoustic guitars and lucid voices! A beautiful mix of folk and country – a sure-to-please and inspire show with Beth Patella’s newly released Album, Coming Home.

Beth Patella – vocals, guitar
Gary Maus -guitar
Kelly Kancyr – vocals, guitar

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/23/2013 - 20:00

Christa Joy & The World Cup Rodeo

A folk country foursome with pedal steel drums, bass, guitar, and vocals will be joining the Buttonwood Tree this summer.

Singer-songwriter Christa Joy weaves compelling melodies with thoughtful lyrics, finding meaning and magic in everyday life.

At turns jubilant and wistful, Christa sings with a reverence for the preciousness of this life: brief, tough, and beautiful.

You can hear her recent album stream on bandcamp:

Tickets: $10

Event Date: 
Sat, 08/17/2013 - 20:00

A Summer Jam with Ron Barnes & Friends

A night of joy, happiness, song and dance to the uplifting music performed by Ron Barnes and his band. Gwenath Douglas, a gospel jazz artist, will be joining him.

The music genre is gospel but it will not stop you from dancing. The inspirational lyrics that you will hear, you will remember when you need them most.

Ron’s soulful voice is intriguing and heart felt. He will be performing songs from his debut album, “Purpose Driven Life” as well as new music to be released soon.

Tickets: $10

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/16/2013 - 20:00

Kirtan with Shubalananda

Shubalananda Saraswati (Larry Kopp) is bringing his spiritual musical performance called kirtan to The Buttonwood Tree. He has been performing kirtan, a form of yoga, for many years. Kirtan also includes a musical aspect, similar to our own American gospel music. He has pioneered the practice through his magazine “Time & Space, a Kirtan Journal” and his book, Kirtan Wallah. Both the practice and his band have become extremely popular.

Event Date: 
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 19:30


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Rockport Music

The 2015 Winter Jazz, Folk and Pop concerts are in full swing!

Performances at
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966