First Friday (10/4): 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 (10/11): NATE ARONOW NEXTET.
Nate's innovative band plays original compositions and arrangements that are remarkable in their variety and sophistication.
Third Friday (10/18): 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 (10/25): BOP BUDDIES
This surreal quartet pushes past the boundaries of mainstream jazz and even music itself, arriving at something brand new. Be prepared.
Say what you will about Christopher Columbus, he DID set forth in search of new worlds, just as the POSTunderground House Band does every Friday night (8:30 to 11:30 PM). So I guess you could say that our Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria are Phil Grenadier, trumpet, Matt Stavrakas, bass, and Greg Conroy, drums. King Ferdinand, I reckon, would be John Mulroy, piano, (not on the bandstand tonight, actually). John Purcell, alto, must therefore be Queen Isabella.
And (just to torture this politically incorrect metaphor to death) that makes our guest artist, JON WHEATLEY, guitar, Christopher Columbus. Columbus, however, was devoid of all humanity, whereas Jon’s playing exemplifies mankind’s finest qualities. The beauty he creates is of the highest order, and we need all the beauty we can get. This is a relatively rare opportunity to catch one of the best guitarists on earth, so be there or be flat!
SET ONE 7:30 to 8:30 PM: Nate Aronow Nextet. Nate's innovative band plays original compositions and arrangements that are remarkable in their variety and sophistication.
There will eventually be lots of music happening on Sunday afternoons prior to the Jazz Hang, including frequent performances by Brookline Music School ensembles. For now, though, the monthly Bluegrass Jam is the only regularly scheduled event. An October date for that will be announced soon.
Jazz is thriving academically but it's on life support economically. So where do aspiring jazz player go to meet and perform together? (Rhetorical question.) Every Sunday from 3 to 6 PM, the POSTunderground Community House Band (Juliet Eastland, piano, John Purcell, saxophone, Gonn Shani, bass, Simone Cooke, drums) holds forth from 3 to 6 PM, playing nothing but the finest jazz standards and compositions. Aspiring jazz players of all ages and levels are cordially invited to sit in and road test their chops in a thoroughly noncompetitive environment. This leisurely three-hour stretch of time isn't structured like an open jam session. Aspiring players are featured with the house band one or two at a time, allowing listeners a chance to focus on each musician individually. Food and admission are always free at the POSTunderground, so plan to chow down, hang out, and listen as well as play.