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Brown Bag Concert Series Fall 2016

Wednesdays at Noon
Free Admission

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608; 508-752-5608
Broadcast live on WICN 90.5 FM and streaming at wicn.org

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
From Berklee College of Music, trumpeter Jeremy Alvarez

An 18-year old trumpeter from Upland, California, Jeremy Alvarez has been recognized repeatedly throughout California’s jazz community.  In 2051, he was chosen to be the 19thJimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee College of Music, receiving a four-year, full-tuition award presented in conjunction with Monterey Jazz Festival. Jeremy joins such former Lyons winners as Jonathan Pinson (Wayne Shorter), Dayna Stephens (Kenny Barron), and Alex Hargreaves (Danilo Perez), among others.

Selected as a member of Monterey’s 2015 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy has had the great honor of playing with trumpet master Arturo Sandoval on three occasions, including being featured with Sandoval twice and playing lead trupet in the Arturo Sandoval Institute All-Star band. He has also been awarded the nationally recognized Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

Jeremy began his studies toward a Berklee degree in music performance in September 2015. He is currently performing in the world-renowned Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Prof. Greg Hopkins.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors

America’s Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Matt Savage with guest Mark Zaleski

Matt Savage is only 24 years old but his fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader, composer and teacher is impressive. He is also a Brown Bag veteran. His new album, “Matt Savage: Piano Voyages” was released in October. Savage has toured worldwide at Jazz Festivals and has performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Scullers, and many other highly regarded jazz venues. Boylston native and Brown Bag veteran Mark Zaleski is an internationally touring musician who has distinguished himself as a dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He has performed with Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Joan Rivers and Jethro Tull!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
All That (Holiday) Jazz!

The WPI Big Band directed by Rich Falco, together with Organist Lucia Clemente Falco, will treat us to a powerful mix of jazz with a twist! A Worcester Organ Concert presented in partnership with the Worcester Chapter AGO.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
NEC Symphonic Winds & Chamber Singers with 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 and holiday cheer. The students will be joined by Navy Band Northeast, a 35-musician ensemble based on board NAVSTA Newport and one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide.