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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Macuco Quintet (Fri) & Daniel Carter/Jeff Platz Quartet (Sat); Jazz this weekend at Third Life Studio!

Macuco Quintet

       Friday June 23, 7:30 pm (one set)
       Admission: $10 at door (cash only)

Rick Stone – alto sax, clarinet
Joel Springer – tenor & sopranino saxes, melodica
Allan Chase – baritone, alto, & soprano saxes
Fernando Huergo – electric bass
Austin McMahon – drums, melodica

With a fresh take on Brazilian-Latin jazz, Macuco Quintet plays original pieces (and some by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal) that mix hip-shaking grooves, unexpected harmonies, playful melodies, and expressive improvisations. Influenced by jazz  composers Julius Hemphill, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Ra and others, and inspired by the nature, people & music of Brazil. Add a dash of nostalgia for 1970s jazz, then pour in some serious fun and a belief in the soul-nourishing power of music, and the Macuco Quintet stew is ready to serve!

Macuco Quintet was formed in Boston in 2014 by Joel Springer, a long-time member of Boston’s Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet. The group has a somewhat unusual instrumentation: three saxophonists (playing five different types of saxophone, plus clarinet), an electric bassist, and a drummer who sometimes plays melodica.

“Love the front line in this band: saxophonists Allan Chase, Joel Springer, and Rick Stone. And they’ll all be doubling, so expect provocative voicings and yummy sonorities. And, oh yeah, the rhythm team is also tops: bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Austin McMahon" -Jon Garelick, The Arts Fuse, 9/27/15


Mandorla Music Series continues with

Daniel Carter/Jeff Platz Quartet

       Saturday June 24, 8pm
       Tickets: $15, advance tickets here
       FB event page

Mandorla Music is thrilled to have NYC free jazz legend Daniel Carter (and his armload of instruments) and frequent collaborator guitarist Jeff Platz back. This time around they'll be joined by bassist Damon Smith and drummer Matt Crane.

Active since the early 1970s, reeds, flute & trumpet player Daniel Carter has played not just with such seminal contemporary free jazz figures as William Parker, Hamid Drake and Matthew Shipp but also with such diverse performers as Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Vernon Reid and DJ Logic, among many others. 

Guitarist Jeff Platz is well known to audiences in Boston, New York and Europe for what one reviewer recently called his "classic jazz guitar tone and an expansive palette of sounds and colors." 

Carter and Platz have worked together extensively, including on the 2013 release 'Past and Present Futures.'


THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of 
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

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