Jazz – R&B Vocals Powerhouse vocalist Cassandre McKinley opens the season for The PCA Jazz Series backed by a formidable team of jazz greats: Tim Ray (piano), Bob Nieske (bass), Dave Mattacks (drums).Cassandre McKinley has a vocal style that walks the line between jazz and soul – a voice that is commanding, vibrant and rich with “chops” to spare. She has shared the stage and recorded with greats such as Dick Johnson (Artie Shaw Orchestra), Clay Osborne, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jay Geils, Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Jerry Portnoy (Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters), the legendary Herb Pomeroy and others. Tim Ray (piano) best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music.
Dave Mattacks (drums) his discography includes 5 CD’s with Paul McCartney & various CD’s / tours with – among many others – Elton John, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Everything But The Girl, Cat Stevens and many others.
Bob Nieske (bass) world renowned bassist with numerous recording credits with the likes of Alan Dawson, Dave Grisman, George Russell and others and has also released albums with his own groups.
Visit www.cassandremckinley.com for more infoFebruary 18, 2017 – Rhythm Future Quartet
Gypsy Jazz The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.Visit www.rhythmfuturequartet.com for more info. April 8, 2017 – The Rich Greenblatt Sextet
Swing-Funk with Vibes
The Rich Greenblatt Sextet plays a mix of Swing-Funk with Vibes, The group consists of a deep bench of talented musicians: Rich Greenblatt, Band Leader (Vibes), Greg Hopkins (trumpet, flugel horns), Andy Voelker (saxophones), Mark Shilansky (piano), Keala Kaumeheiwa (bass), Patrick Gaulin (drums)
Rich Greenblatt is a vibraphonist with “dazzling speed and a truly magical touch” writes John Blenn in ‘Good Times Magazine’. He has recorded four CDs as a bandleader: ’My Take’(2015), ‘Hat Trick’(2009), ‘Hot and Dry’ (2003) and ‘Mooin’ (1998). Rich has performed and recorded with such great artists as Kurt Elling, Billy Mitchell, Dennis Irwin, Oscar Castro-Neves, Garrison Fewell, Kevin Hayes, Greg Hopkins, Winard Harper, Yoron Israel, The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra , The English Chamber Orchestra and the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band. Rich is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. He is an endorsing artist for Musser vibraphones and Vic Firth mallets.Visit rich-greenblatt.squarespace.com for more info.