Tag Archive for "jazz"


May 1, 2012

Mad. Sq. Music: Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and former stand-up comedienne, noted for her critically acclaimed albums. McKay has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the film PS I Love You, as well as writing original music for… Read more

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Mad. Sq. Music: CANCELLED

Watts is a Grammy Award winner and one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in the world today. Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Watts brings a rare sense of elegance, tried-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk to his music. Voted best drummer by Modern Drummer… Read more


Mad. Sq. Music: Regina Carter

Carter’s most recent release Reverse Thread takes us through the world of hypnotically beautiful African folk melodies. Lauded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, Carter captures both the essence and allure of the original music through a lens of contemporary interpretation. To achieve the uplifting and stirring result, Regina added an accordion… Read more


Gretchen Parlato & Gregory Porter

Gretchen Parlato comes to the Oval Lawn with her sultry, intriguing voice and unique, rhythmically agile phrasing. Describing her style and versatility, The Boston Globe notes, “Her voice is a conflux where hope, sensuality and tragedy all merge…the most original jazz singer in a generation.” With her last release, The Lost and Found garnering the… Read more

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August 2, 2011

Pedrito Martinez Group

**Today’s concert will be at our rain location in the southern end of the park** Pedrito Martinez is a world-class conga player, singer, and bandleader. Originally from Cuba, Pedrito has settled in New York City and performed with dozens of top acts such as Paquito D’Rivera, Taj Mahal, John Scofield and more, and has been… Read more


May 4, 2011

Oval Lawn Series: Davell Crawford

The critically acclaimed “Prince of New Orleans,” Davell Crawford is a major force in American Roots music. Grandson to 1950s R&B star James Crawford and godson of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, Crawford developed his diverse musical talents at an early age and has become one of the most exciting live performers to come out of… Read more


March 1, 2011

Mad. Sq. Music Production Team Member Wins Grammy!

Photo courtesy of Michael Caulfield/WireImage.com A big congratulations goes out to Mad. Sq. Music friend and colleague, Seth Abramson of Rabbit Moon Productions, on his Grammy win last week for co-producing “Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard” – named Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. What a way to… Read more


January 7, 2011

David Wax Museum

Recently anointed as Boston’s Americana Artist of the Year, David Wax Museum has been called “one of Boston’s hottest new bands” (Boston Globe).   It is no surprise that their acclaimed performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival was hailed as one of NPR’s All Songs Considered Highlights of the entire weekend. The Museum fuses traditional… Read more


Mad. Sq. Music: Red Horse with Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky

Red Horse is the debut album from folk’s newest supergroup featuring Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky. Together these three veteran songwriters team up to cover each other’s songs and breathe new life into old favorites. Awash in gorgeous harmonies and simple acoustic production, this album is sure to be an instant folk classic… Read more


Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, and educator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important and omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. He has played with and arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Named “Hot Jazz Artist” of 1992 by… Read more