MUSIC ON MONDAYS Concert Series At Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Begins 6/4
The 2018 Summer Concert Series returns to Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater with a new line up of concerts in June and July, including The Great American Songbook, Greg Abate, Stage Door Canteen, and Gregg Sullivan. The perfect end to a summer day, all concerts are 8 p.m. at the air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Julie Harris Stage. Individual tickets are $20.
Monday, June 4, 8:00pm
Celebrate The Great American Songbook with Debby Larkin (vocals), Jim Porcella (vocals), Maggie Scott (vocals & piano), Ron Ormsby (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums).
DEBBY LARKIN is one of Boston's Premier Jazz Vocalists. She graduated, with honors, from Berklee College of Music. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Performance and performs with some of the areas finest musicians. In addition to her many small group collaborations, she appears regularly with the White Heat Swing Orchestra and the Swing Legacy Orchestra. She swings in the style of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day and has the subtle coolness of Julie London and Peggy Lee.
JIM PORCELLA grew up in Medford, MA and while attending The Berklee School of Music in Boston he began performing throughout the New England area. He has recorded seven critically acclaimed CDs performed in jazz and cabaret settings in the Northeast, London, San Francisco, The Virgin Islands, and Vancouver. He has been the featured vocalist with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and performed as the lead vocalist in PrimaVera!, performing the music of Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Currently Jim is the leader of his own swing band, "Bombay Jim and the Swinging Sapphires", performs as a member of the "Swingin Tenors" and "GUMBO" a New Orleans Funk and blues band.
Maggie Scott is a veteran jazz vocalist, pianist, and a professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music since 1978. For years Maggie has performed as a soloist and with her trio at Boston area hotels and jazz clubs. Considered a trail blazer for female musicians, she was featured as a piano soloist in Gershwin's "Concert in F" with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and guest soloist with Keith Lockhart and Boston Pops Orchestra. Maggie was the first woman elected to the executive board of the Boston Musician's Local.
Monday, June 11, 8:00pm
Greg Abate plays a night of Jazz & Latin music, accompanied by Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.
Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, and International Jazz Recording Artist touring the globe 225 days per year. After finishing at the Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years, then Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area. Greg also played tenor sax with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Following this experience, Greg ventured out as a soloist playing Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, UK, Moscow and Georgia Russia. Greg has recorded over 17 recordings as leader and his newest release is Kindred Spirits with Phil Woods and The Tim Ray Trio. Greg is an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is a very active jazz clinician with workshops and master classes throughout the U.S and abroad. Greg was inducted into the RI MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2016. The Chicago Tribune says about Greg "...his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity" and JazzTimes says about Greg, "The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with and eager and easy virtuosity."
Monday, July 2, 8:00pm
Stage Door Canteen
Founded in the spring of 1992 by alto saxophonist Roger Gamache, the legendary Stage Door Canteen is no ordinary big band. At the heart of Stage Door Canteen stands a massive 12-piece horn section. There is simply something different about the big band sound. Drawing energy not from a synthesizer or turntable, but from the wind and spirit of twelve real musicians, there is no other experience like a great American big band; it will awaken something primitive in your DNA, the restless spirit that drifted up the mighty Mississippi and later took hold in the servicemen who won The War.
A musical tour de force, Stage Door Canteen hits an audience with everything: from the unmistakable jump-swing of the early big band era, to the blistering arrangements of the latter day big bands, to horn-band standards by Chicago EW&F and Tower of Power, to the Latin sounds of Tito Puente and the Mambo Kings, to the fiery Celtic strains of pipes and whistles, to hip-shaking Motown, to unbelievable reinventions of radio hits by Van Morrison and the B52s.
Monday, July 9, 8:00pm
R&B guitarist Gregg Sullivan, with Fred Boyle on piano, Rich Hill on bass, and Bart Weisman on Drums.
Gregg Sullivan will be performing R&B-jazz-groove tunes from The Crusaders, Steely Dan, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Gregg is a versatile guitarist and veteran sideman originally from the New York City (NYC) area and now resides on Cape Cod and teaches at the Cape Conservatory. He's performed and/or recorded with world renown jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, The Rascals and many more. Gregg has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing at legendary venues including: The Hollywood Bowl, Birdland in NYC, B.B. King's in NYC, The Fillmore in San Francisco, The Toronto Jazz Festival, and many others. Gregg also performs as a solo musician playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar in the tradition of Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, and Jerry Reed.