The 16th annual Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon series commences December 9, and runs every other week through April 6 (except for a 3-week break after Christmas).
The shows are held at Bistro Nouveau at Eastman. The restaurant’s award-winning appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts will be available for all performances, which begin at 4.
This season’s lineup includes familiar faces from past years, along with some exciting newcomers.
Dec. 9 Al and Elizabeth Alessi – Jazz Vocalist & Entertainer and his talented daughter. making her JOSA debut
Dec. 23 Jody Ebling – Captivating Jazz Vocalist
Jan. 13 Greg Abate – International Saxophonist
Jan. 27 Fred Haas & Sabrina Brown – Saxophonist & Vocalist Extraordinaire
Feb. 10 Cercie Miller – Jazz Saxophonist
Feb. 24 Tiger Okoshi – International Trumpeter
Mar. 9 Shawnn Monteiro – International Vocalist
Mar. 23 Steve Marvin – Jazz Vocalist & Entertainer (Easter Show)
Apr. 6 Richie Cole – World-Class Alto Saxophonist (Season Finale)
All performers are backed by the JOSA Ensemble:
Pianist, Bill Wightman, from Sunapee, NH, is the Instrumental Music and Music Technology Director at Proctor Academy. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and, since the mid 1970s, has been performing, teaching, directing and producing in music and theatre both in education and for the public throughout New England and New York.
Bassist, John Hunter from the Portsmouth, NH area has performed from coast to coast accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson and Joe Williams to name a few. His playing is always highly intuitive, his repertoire extensive, and he’s a great listener and all around human. The Rockingham Gazette says, “[John is] fast emerging as one of the most respected bass soloists in the country.”
Percussionist, Tim Gilmore from Lebanon, NH, attended Berklee College of Music, and studied with both drum legends Max Roach and Alan Dawson. Having performed with such jazz greats as Mary McPartland, Dick Johnson, and Warren Vache among others, Tim is a recipient of the Presidential Arts Scholarship. He brings to JOSA an up-beat and delightful attitude, and is known for his occasional, intricate and sometimes epic (never to be missed) drum solos.
Reedman and flutist, Richard Gardzina from Barnstead, NH, has a BA and MA. in music composition from both the University of North Texas and UNH. His performances include dates in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New England with such jazz greats as Red Garland, David “Fathead” Newman, Little Feat, and “Blue” Lou Marini to name a few. With two CD releases to his credit, Richard brings consistent freshness and innovation to JOSA with solos that support and compliment the performance of each featured artist.