Ed Harlow Quartet
The Music Room [Northborough]
|Date:||June 16, 2023|
|Location:||The Music Room|
|Address:||40 Church St Northborough|
Originally from Marshfield, saxophonist, composer and educator Ed Harlow has been based in the greater Boston area since 1987. He has toured the US, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, France and the Caribbean with groups such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Orchestra and Volo Volo de Boston. Mr. Harlow has also performed with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Danilo Pérez Paquito D’Rivera and Luciana Souza.
Mr. Harlow has ten publications with Advance Music and has released three CDs as a leader. The latest is The Gringo Kings (2018), which features an eight piece Latin Jazz collective focusing on Mr. Harlow’s original writing.
Mr. Harlow is also the founder of the Soular Jazz Foundation, which uses music events to help accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Each year, the foundation stages the Soular Jazz Festival in Northborough, MA, which features multiple jazz bands performing on a sound system powered by the sun.
More information at sjfoundation.net
Bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band, and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer.
Mr. Lockwood is a fixture in the Boston Jazz scene both as a performer and educator at the Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.
Acclaimed Boston-born drummer and composer Lee Fish has been part of the thriving Brooklyn music scene since 2018. A fixture at Wally’s Cafe during his student tenure at Berklee — playing with such distinctive leaders as Jason Palmer, Esperanza Spalding, Nadia Washington, and Evgeny Lebedev — Lee became a highly sought collaborator in Boston, who’s now flexing his breadth as a leader in New York City.
Having earned his master’s degree on full scholarship at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Lee received his earliest musical education on the road. Long before he studied under Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington and Joe Lovano, at age 3, he would perform with his parents’ band Amante at venues across North America, from Florida to Quebec. Since then, he’s performed all over the world on nearly every continent, appearing on more than 50 recordings, including Mike Tucker’s 2014 release Live! Featuring Warren Wolf, and Jason Palmer’s critically acclaimed 2019 release Sweet Love that received four stars from DownBeat Magazine.
In the studio and on the bandstand, Lee has enjoyed artistic associations with a range of icons, including Danilo Perez, Warren Wolf, Gary Burton, Julian Lage, John Ellis, David Gilmore and Ryan Scott, among others. Lee’s artistry allows energy to inform his choices on the bandstand. His aesthetic reflects joyful confrontation. He seeks to challenge traditional constructs, mingle genres and push the music in soulful new directions, always inviting the listener along for the ride. According to DownBeat critic Matthew Kessel, Lee’s “funky rhythms bring to mind a New Orleans snare player.”
A central Massachusetts native and 2009 Berklee College of Music graduate, Stephen Chaplin began playing piano at age 10, quickly progressing under the tutelage of regional legend Dick Odgren and within the periphery of a flourishing regional music scene that included a great many artists too numerous to count or name, not the least of whom was the late great Emil Haddad.
Before graduating high school, Stephen performed regularly with his brother and Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Ensemble performer Greg Chaplin on bass and with Mark Whitfield, Jr. on drums, including performances as the warm-up act for international artists such as Chris Botti, Peter Cincotti, and Earth, Wind & Fire. After graduating from Berklee, Stephen went on to graduate with honors from Brooklyn Law School, after which he returned to his hometown of Hopedale, where he currently lives and remains active in his community. Stephen can be heard as a music minister at his church (Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hopedale), as a freelance keyboardist with local artists and ensembles throughout central Massachusetts, and as the pianist in Milford’s Homegrown Jazz Trio, which is co-led by bassist Greg Chaplin and drummer Bob Tamagni, and which hosts the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra’s Homefield Credit Union Jazz at Caffe Sorrento series in downtown Milford.