Tim Ray, piano
Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums
Perhaps 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. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.
Tim’s busy schedule has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. He has also performed repeatedly on “The Tonight Show” (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Austin City Limits” and various other national TV and radio broadcasts.
He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Tim was previously on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, has lectured and taught improvisation at Harvard University and MIT, and also conducts workshops and clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Yoka Miwa, piano
Brad Barrett, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums
Internationally recognized pianist, Yamaha Pianos Artist, JVC Victor Entertainment recording artist and Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll winner, Yoko Miwa has spent the past decade honing one of the most musical trio sounds on the jazz scene.
Yoko Miwa's latest jazz album Pathways reached #6 on the Jazz Week chart! This September, a two page spread on her will be featured in Downbeat Magazine, the premier jazz publication.
She was recently chosen from among 181 international candidates for a full-time position in Berklee College of Music’s piano department, where she’d been teaching part-time since 2011.
A favorite of Jazz at Lincoln Center, she was chosen to perform at their annual Jazz and Leadership Workshop for The National Urban League’s Youth Summit in July 2015.
Andy Voelker, tenor sax
Andy Voelker invites a bassist and drummer to join him for a performance, after which he invites guests from the audience to join the jam!
Come join us for this fun-filled late night two hour extravaganza! You won't regret it! (Unless you do, in which case nothing can be done about it!)
Jerry Bergonzi. tenor sax & piano
Phil Grenadier, trumpet
Will Slater, acoustic bass
Austin McMahon, drums
He first gained recognition as he became a frequent guest-artist on several Dave Brubeck ensemble tours and recordings during the 1970s, and he held the saxophone chair in the Dave Brubeck quartet from 1979 – 1982. Bergonzi recorded nine albums with Brubeck, from 1973 to 1981.
Bergonzi teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
He is the author of Inside Improvisation, a multi-volume series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos, and another series of books about improvisation published by Advance Music. He is also the author of the book/CD set Sound Advice, published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz.
Bergonzi is also a professional level pianist and bass guitarist. Bergonzi plays a mouthpiece by Aaron Drake (Drake “Jerry Bergonzi” Signature Mouthpiece).
He has recorded on the Blue Note, Red, Not Fat, Concord, Atlantic, Label Bleu, Enja, Columbia, Deux Z, Denon, Canyon, Cadence, Musidisc, Ram, Ninety One, Freelance and Savant recording labels.
Patrice Williamson, vocals
Joe ‘Sonny’ Barbato, piano
Ron Mahdi, acoustic bass
A regular at Boston’s celebrated Regattabar since 1996, Patrice has also appeared in the company of Tony Bennett, James Moody, and Cassandra Wilson at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival; and Danilo Perez and Kevin Mahogony at the Marblehead Jazz Festival.
Around the U.S., she’s been heard at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Hatch Shell, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; as well as the IDB Cultural Center Concert Series in Washington, DC.
Singapore, having had a taste of her, wanted more; and Patrice has since returned to the scene of her first triumph as a special guest performer in the nation’s New Year’s Eve Millennium Celebration; and as part of the Eden Project, an international group of female jazz improvisers who rocked the International Women’s Forum in March 2000.
The critics and the jazz community have not been slow to recognize that this talent is for real. The response to her debut recording, My Shining Hour (released in September 1998) has been overwhelmingly positive, drawing favorable comparisons to legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She was honored with a coveted “Best of Boston” award in 1997, and in 1999 and 2000 was a nominee for “Best Jazz Vocalist” by the Kahlua Boston Music Awards.
Her former teachers, now senior colleagues, are quick with their own praise. Says Dominique Eade, “Patrice is a hard-swinging interpreter and a refreshingly accomplished jazz vocal improviser.” Ran Blake, head of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, sums it up: “It’s a breathtaking voice.”
Sheila Jordan, famed jazz singer and teacher, returns to Thelonious Monkfish for an 89th Birthday Celebration and Concert! Come help us celebrate one of jazz's living legends!
Miss Jordan will be accompanied by The Yoko Miwa Trio, starring Yoko Miwa, pianist, Brad Barrett, acoustic bassist and Scott Goulding, drummer. Yamaha Artist Yoko Miwa and her trio have been gaining national attention of late with a two page article about them in Downbeat Magazine and having landed at #6 on the Jazz Charts with their recent CD called Pathways!
There will be two shows: Please choose the 8pm or 10pm show when you purchase ticket. Ticket purchase allows entry to one show only. There is a $10 minimum for food and beverage. Buy tickets at: www.eventbrite.com/e/nea-master-sheila-jordans-89th-birthday-celebration-concert-tickets-35768429335