02Thursday April 2: THE BONAVENTURE QUARTET
The Bonaventure Quartet began as an acoustic trio obsessed with the music of Django Reinhardt. But when Charles Williams began writing songs in the gypsy jazz style of Django, mixed in with contemporary influences like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, the band began to have it’s own unique flavor. The Creative Loafing named their CD The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour one of the ‘Best 100 Albums from Atlanta in the first decade of the new millennium’. The group has been performing around Atlanta since 2000 and has recorded four CDs in all, Blue Rendezvous, Songs from Trattoria de Cellina, The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour and their latest, Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge. In concert, the lineup ranges from four players all the way up to nine. For this performance, the Quartet will feature Amy Pike on vocals, Charles Williams and Dan Coy on guitars, Don Erdman on clarinet and sax, Mark Bynum on bass and Gabe Grantiz on accordion.
09Thursday April 09: KEBBI WILLIAMS
The Atlanta jazz scene has journeyed through plenty of changes over the past 15 years, from promoters such as Euphonic Productions and series such as Sounds from the Underground; from the reliance upon actual word-of-mouth promotion to the more pervasive social media. But the spirit of jazz has always remained strong, due in part to the steady, unflinching presence of prolific saxophonist Kebbi Williams.
“I have a deep deep love for the Atlanta jazz scene,” says the Atlanta native. “I feel like our scene is one of America’s best kept secrets — our music scene as a whole is a worldwide gem in my opinion.”
16Thursday April 16: THE UPBEATNIKS WITH KODAC HARRISON
Producing sounds inspired by the music and poetry of the Beat Generation, The Upbeatniks with Kodac Harrison, put a 21st Century spin on Jazz and Spoken Word.
23Thursday April 23: FRANK BARHAM
Born in Memphis, Tn. and raised in Durham, N.C., the blues have been a big influence on the music of Frank Barham. Bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and James Cotton motivated Frank to pick up the harmonica in the beginning. A love of jazz, R&B and specifically Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder led to Frank’s ultimate pursuit of the chromatic harmonica. As he studied the jazz repertoire, he found himself drawn to the music coming out of Cuba and Brazil. He was so deeply moved by these rhythms that he began to study percussion. A chance meeting with world renowned Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam led to private study of West African folkloric music.
30Thursday April 30: THE NICK LONGO BAND
Nick Longo was born in Georgia to a musical family that raised him on soul, jazz, and rock & roll. His father, being a professional sax player, made choosing a career in music an easy decision for Nick. Longo has performed with jazz greats such as Nick Brignola, Randy Brecker, and Earl Klugh. Nick has also worked on stage with music legends Ray Charles, Don Henley, and Lyle Lovett’s own Francine Reed. He continues to work exclusively in the music industry; and has been a professional musician for over 20 years.