Thursday January 17, 2013

Carr Uman Rose Trio
plays tonight at Burdick’s

WALPOLE, N.H. -- The Carr Uman Rose Trio plays jazz at The Restaurant at Burdick Chocolates, 47 Main St., on Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The trio features Jesse Carr on tenor sax and vocals, Eugene Uman on piano and Genevieve Rose on bass.

Rose is a nationally renowned bass player, called to the Kennedy Center at age 23 to bring her group to the Women in Jazz program. Uman is a former student of Kenny Barron’s and the head of the Vermont Jazz Center. Carr has written, arranged and performed on numerous PBS film scores. The group aims toward listener accessibility via familiar melodies, and its own interest and enjoyment via fresh arrangements.

There is no cover charge. For reservations, call 603-756-9058.

Arts Block welcomes ‘Ladies in Jazz’

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- "Ladies in Jazz" at the Arts Block kicks off 2013 with vocalist Samirah Evans in concert with trombonist/vocalist elizabeth!, on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

The exclamation point punctuating this artist’s name is indicative of the exuberance elizabeth! brings to the bandstand. The native Vermonter now makes her living as a musician in New York City and Los Angeles. As a horn player, she has toured with pop star Michael Bolton, jazz drummer Matt Wilson and indie rocker St. Vincent, and has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard, Carnegie Hall and Chicago Theater.

Evans and elizabeth! will perform solos and duets over the course of two sets, backed by the David Westpahlen trio, consisting of David Westphalen (bass and trombone), Bob Merrill (piano) and Tim Gilmore (drums).

Advance tickets can be purchased for $12 at theartsblock.com or by calling 413-774-0150. Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the concert for $15 or $8 for students with a ID. The Arts Block is at 289 Main St.

Ladies in Jazz is a musical series conceived by Silktone Productions and co-produced with the Arts Block. Every other month, the series brings Evans together in concert with another female jazz vocalist or instrumentalist. The goal is to introduce new women artists to audiences in western Massachusetts, as well as bring established women artists to the area.

Evans was a fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years before relocating to Brattleboro, Vt., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In 2011, Evans released "Hot Club: Live at the Vermont Jazz Center" (Misha Records), her third CD and first recorded outside of Louisiana. She has shared stages with James Brown, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, Jr., among others and has toured Europe, Asia and South America as a headliner.

Jazz artists performing
at Wendy’s house in Guilford

GUILFORD -- Wendy’s House Concert series welcomes from across the Connecticut River "NH Jazz Presents" founder Jonathan Lorentz (tenor sax) and his trio on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 1 from across the Atlantic, internationally-known Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla with his solo performance of "Fiddler in the Loop" at 7 p.m. (potluck at 6 p.m.).

Admission to Jonathan Lorentz and his trio is $10-15 at the door. Admission to Luca Ciarla is $15. For information, call Wendy at 802-254-6189.

Saxophonist Lorentz will be joined by bassist John Hunter and drummer Tim Gilmore. For information, visit www.jonathanlorentz.com.

Luca Ciarla’s multi-media "Fiddler in the Loop" was made in collaboration with Italian visual artist and cartoonist Keziat. This past year Ciarla toured in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Croatia, Slovenia, Korea, and India including performances in the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Melbourne Jazz Festival.

Ciarla is simply one of the most creative and surprising violinists around. His music easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than 30 countries and on every continent.

For information, visit www.lucaciarla.com.