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Syncopation vocal jazz ensemble brings contemporary a capella to Nashua Friday 8/31 at 8



The Boston Globe calls SYNCOPATION "the 21st Century Manhattan Transfer or Lambert, Hendricks & Ross" and it is easy to see why. 

Like those legendary vocal groups, Syncopation performs jazz and pop music in four-part harmony with a style that is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. As an added treat, each of the singers also plays an instrument or two | like trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion | providing the excitement of a band much larger in size.

You may have seen Syncopation on WBZ-TV singing with the Boston Pops on their 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (2009). The group often performs with instrumental accompaniment of piano, bass and drums, but they are equally renowned for their a cappella singing, which has earned them regional and national awards from Harmony Sweepstakes.

In its inception, Syncopation was mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer.  Their first album, A New Dance, featured contributions from bebop trombone legend Phil Wilson, formidable jazz fusion trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and Paul Stiller of the groundbreaking vocal group Vox One.

After signing a record contract with Geneon Entertainment in Japan, Syncopation's album Of Blue was recorded in Tokyo with some of Japan's hottest jazz musicians such as pianist Satoru "Salt" Shionoya.

On Wonderful You, Syncopation's most recent CD, the group interprets pop songs from the past 40 years. R&B, soul, folk, fusion and electropop are transformed by jazz harmonies, rhythms and style. "A unique spin on classic syncopated music with great voices," says Jordan Rich (WBZ).

A collaboration with Gold and Platinum Award-winning producer Anthony Resta has produced several Syncopation singles which have been released as digital downloads.

Syncopation has performed at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Meihou Music Festival in Japan, and the International Association for Jazz Education Conference.  The group regularly plays jazz clubs in New England like Scullers, Ryles, the Hi-Hat, the Sahara Club, and the Press Room. Media appearances have included radio (WBZ, Jordan Rich; WBUR, Robin Young's Here and Now; WGBH, Eric Jackson's Eric in the Evening) and TV (CN8's Backstage with Sara Edwards).

All About Jazz calls Syncopation "a thoroughly modern, bright, and fresh take on ensemble jazz vocals that effectively updates the entire genre."



September 2012's issue of NH Magazine profiles Studio 99's Ukulele Club


This profile of Studio 99's Ukulele Club appears in September 2012's issue of NH Magazine.  


Albany-based jazz/hiphop/soul comes to Nashua Friday, August 24 at 8

The Chronicles have quickly created a presence in the northeast music scene but have set their sights on reaching national and international audiences. While only a few years in existence the group has performed at major festivals including the Big Up, Bella Terra, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, and the BeatShot Music Festival.

Stylistically combining jazz, hip hop, R&B, funk, soul, and gospel, the Chronicles earn comparisons to Alicia Keys, James Brown, the Roots, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, and the Robert Glasper Experiment. Albany's Metroland newspaper recognized them in their 2011 "Best of Capital Region" issue as the best in live hip hop:

"...jazz chops out the yin yang, and new tunes at their fingertips every time they pick up their instruments."  

Also performing will be NYC soul jazz vocalist Mary Gatchell.


Friday August 17 @ 8 pm: Giacomo Gates


via NH Jazz Presents


The criteria for defining jazz singing will probably be argued for the rest of time. But no matter which side of the argument one may be on, there can be no doubt that Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Giacomo's own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.

Gates has five heavily acclaimed CDs, with his most recent release, "Songs of Gil Scott-Heron --- The Revolution Will Be Jazz" on Savant, garnering rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, NYC Jazz Record, All About Jazz, Hartford Courant, JazzTimes and Downbeat Magazines and a two page feature in Jazziz. Known for his interaction with his live audience through witty patter and informative introductions, every performance becomes a lesson in jazz history. Giacomo's sheer joy, exuberance, wit and unlimited creativity make him one of jazz's most compelling artists.



This week's NH Jazz Presents featured artist: Michael Benedict & Bopitude


Michael Benedict & Bopitude revisits the most memorable tunes of the hard bop era while bringing back to life some more obscure treasures from the past. The band features Michael Benedict on drums, David Caldwell-Mason on piano, Brian Patneaude on tenor saxophone, Chris Pasin on trumpet and Mike Lawrence on bass.

Jazz Times critic Bill Milkowski applauds Bopitude:

"Veteran drummer Michael Benedict's mission statement comes through loud and clear in the title of this aggressively swinging hard-bop offering. Straight-ahead fans will surely dig this."

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