First Friday (11/1): STOLI.
Stoli, a tasteful septet long associated with the John Payne Music Center, achieves a swinging sound and feel you can only get by playing together for years and years.
Second Friday (11/8): NATE ARONOW NEXTET.
Nate's innovative band plays original compositions and arrangements that are remarkable in their variety and sophistication.
Third Friday (11/15): DISTRICT 5
This quintet, led by saxophonist Elizabeth Reid, clearly demonstrates (yet again) that women in jazz are a force to be reckoned with.
Fourth Friday (11/22): JOHNNY HORNER TRIO. The very deep pianist, Johnny Horner, has long been a mainstay of the Boston jazz scene, and the POSTunderground is delighted to add his fine trio (Dave Gold, bass, David Mann, drums) to the roster. Now you can catch them every fourth Friday.
Don't miss tonight's special "Bend the Elbow/Thank a Vet" edition of Standards By Starlight. American Legion Commander Elmon Hendrickson, our Host at the Post, has invited the Brookline community into his magical basement space on Fridays (and Sundays) strictly out of the goodness of his heart. So he is simultaneously serving our nation and our community (sometimes quite literally as bartender) and deserves double thank-yous indeed for that. And, if it’s his fondest wish to have you come eat, drink and hang out at his place, who are you to disappoint him?
Everyone in the POSTunderground House Band is also a veteran! A veteran of the Boston jazz scene, that is! Phil Grenadier, trumpet, is obviously a paratrooper, because he drops in from high altitudes every Friday night (8:30 to 11:30 PM) to get the job done. John Mulroy,piano, is a proud member of COMPany A440. Greg Loughman, bass, must be an infantryman, because walking is the only way to carry out his mission. Obviously, Greg Conroy, drums, is a bombardier. And John Purcell, alto, as anyone can plainly see, is permanently on KP duty.
We will be featuring the music of Jerome Kern, who, as chance would have it, died on Veterans Day, 1945. Be there or be stars and stripes!
SET ONE 7:30 to 8:30 PM: District 5. This quintet, co-led by saxophonist Elizabeth Reid & pianist Jennifer Hruska, demonstrates (yet again) that women in jazz are a force to be reckoned with.
The Jazz Turnpike is a weekly jam session exclusively for high school and middle school jazz players, now in its fourth week! Matt Stavrakas, one of the most amazing bass players in Boston, is our guest in the house band (Juliet Eastland, piano, Simone Cooke, drums, John Purcell, alto) this week. That's reason enough to be there, but don't forget that food and admission are always free at the POSTunderground!