THE BLACK BOX to Host Holiday Jazz Brunch This Month

THE BLACK BOX to Host Holiday Jazz Brunch This Month

BLACK BOX Jazz presents a holiday jazz brunch featuring guitarist Mark White, bassist Mark Poniatowski, pianist Joe Mulholland, drummer Kenny Hadley and friends on Sunday, December 17 at 12:00 noon. Celebrate the season with holiday music favorites while enjoying a light continental brunch.

A suburban hub for great music and the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

Mark White has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, George Russell, Gil Evans and Anthony Braxton, as well as the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, New England Ragtime Ensemble under Gunther Schuller, and Boston Musica Viva under Richard Pitman. A Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, he has taught over 50 clinics for Berklee in Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea. White has played many theatre engagements with touring Broadway companies and has recorded for Blue Note, King, MMC Records and Heineken Jazz Festival.

Kenny Hadley has performed with Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Wolf, The Drifters and Rebecca Parris. His renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. The band's acclaimed recordings include Come Sunday, A Beautiful Friendship and Common Thread.

An Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Joe Mullholland is an accomplished pianist, recording artist and composer. He has released three CDs of original music written for his sextet, and he has composed numerous electronic scores for Boston-area dance companies. Mulholland performs regularly as a jazz pianist and vocal accompanist at the Regattabar, Ryles, Scullers, and at the Waterfront Jazz Festival, among others. He previously taught jazz piano and ensembles for more than a decade A. Brown University.

Mark Poniatowski is an Associate Professor in Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music. His extensive performing experience includes the Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival with the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Boston Blues Festival with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, as well as with Sid Caesar, Floyd Dixon, Rita Moreno and Junior Watson. Poniatowski's recordings include Mississippi Moan with the Bruce Katz Band, More Than Live with Janiva Magness, The George Carlin Show soundtrack, Room for Two with April Hall, and a self-titled CD, The Mark Poniatowski Situation.

Show tickets are $20; an optional continental brunch is available for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.


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