Thursday, June 28, 2018

"The Sun, The Moon, But Mostly The Stars"

The Sun, The Moon, But Mostly The Stars is a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival Tanabata.

Billy Novick Trio
• Billy Novick - clarinet
• Gabriela Martina - vocals
• Dave Clark - bass

Billy Novick has had a whirlwind career in music for over 40 years as a performing artist, studio musician, arranger, and composer. As a performer, he has impressed audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his soulful, lyrical jazz clarinet and sax. His musical collaboration with guitar wizard Guy Van Duser has resulted in frequent appearances on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and a feature-length interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”. In 1986, Mr. Novick joined the internationally-acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band and continues to perform with them.

He has recorded seventeen albums under his own name, and, as a studio musician, has been featured as a sideman on more than 250 recordings and over 100 film and television soundtracks. His many film credits as arranger or composer include Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, and The Opposite of Sex. Novick’s jug band adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, with Dave Van Ronk narrating, premiered in New York’s Lincoln Center. He has composed extensively for modern dance, and his two full-length ballet scores, The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises, debuted at the Kennedy Center to sold-out houses and rave reviews.

Gabriela Martina is a singer, composer, arranger, and bandleader. This dynamic Swiss-born artist has been called “the real thing, the body, and soul of jazz. (Entertainment Radio, UK) In addition to leading her own groups, her musical versatility has allowed her to perform and collaborate with a wide range of musicians, including Meshell Ndegeocello, Jack DeJohnette, and Angelique Kidjo. Her newest album, No White Shoes, represents a major step in the singer’s sojourn as a 21st-century musician and it received a four-star review in DownBeat magazine.

David Clark was the resident jazz instructor at the International School for the Double Bass in Cincinnati, Ohio, during which time he was twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts jazz study grant. He is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches bass and jazz. As a performing bassist, Clark has appeared with a host of renowned musicians including Mose Allison, Lois Bellson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Frampton, and John Medeski, to name just a few.

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street (cor. Washington St./Rt127 & Leonard St., 3 miles from Rt. 128 rotary)
Gloucester MA 01930

Admission $20 at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets

Students - $15 at the door

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jazz at the Annisquam Village Church Saturday, July 7 at 8pm!

The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars," a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival, Tanabata, headlines the first of two concerts at the Annisquam Village Church in July. Slated for 7/7 at 8 pm (July 7th is the date of the Tanabata festival), the Billy Novick Trio incorporates the cosmic atmospherics with celestial jazz: Billy Novick on clarinet and keyboards, Swiss-born Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Dave Clark on Bass. 

Projections of the summer sky will serve as background with a lively intermission ‘pageant’; a reception follows, with ‘star bites’ and punch for all.

Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting. The church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), in Gloucester 01930. Handicap accessible.

Admission: $20 at the door or in advance at Brown Paper Tickets:
Students $15. at the door