september

 
Coming soon!


FRI 9/11   8PM

Kendall Moore Brass Ensemble

Trombonist and composer Kendall Moore will be exploring a new sonic landscape with his Brass Ensemble. He will be conducting and performing original compositions, along with arrangements and re-imaginations of music from such composers as Slide Hampton, David Moore (Bing
and Ruth), Rachmaninoff, and many others!

Trumpets: James Clark, Chris Klaxton, Alex Quinn

French Horns: Sophie Flood, Jennifer Larson

Trombones: Jim Robins, Brandon Newbould, Josh Gagnon

Piano: Mark Shilansky

Bass: Robert Gerry

Drums: Steve Grover

Kendall has performed regularly with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, with Ahmad Jamal and McCoy Tyner, has arranged for Khristian Dentley, Robert Irving III, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the Chicago Composers Orchestra.


$12/advance   $15/door                 BUY TICKETS

 

SAT 9/12  8PM

PRIMO CUBANO!

Get your dance shoes out for a hot night of dancing to one of our favorite bands! Primo Cubano plays traditional Cuban dance
music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. "Son" is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider

audience.






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FRI 9/18   8PM

THE TAYLOR O’DONNELL QUINTET:

JAZZ + SOUL

Contemporary vocalist Taylor O'Donnell returns to the Dance
Hall with a powerful quartet to pay tribute to the soulful voices who have influenced her unique, commanding sound over the years.  This group performs an array of inventively arranged R&B and soul favorites, along with original compositions by O'Donnell.  Using their deep roots in jazz, the musicians will interpret tunes by artists such as Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson.The quartet includes Chris Klaxton on trumpet, Tom Robinson on Rhodes, Seth Lewis on bass, and Les Harris Jr. on drums.


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SAT 9/19   7:30PM

IRISH MUSIC & DANCE CONCERT

featuring

LAUREL MARTIN, MARK ROBERTS, & KIERAN JORDAN

Laurel Martin (fiddle), Mark Roberts (flute, banjo, bouzouki), and Kieran Jordan (sean-nós / "old style" step dance) perform traditional Irish music and dance with the sweetest of melodies
and heartiest of grooves. As long-time friends through music, these three artists have collaborated previously in other groups, and they have toured and performed together as part of the fiddle ensemble, Childsplay. As a trio, they present tasteful musical selections, with dance woven in as rhythmic and visual accompaniment. Performing with lyricism and consummate skill, this group also sprinkles their concerts with entertaining and heart-felt anecdotes, promising an uplifting show of good tunes, good steps, and good spirits.


$16/advance   $20/door                 BUY TICKETS


Irish Sean-nós Dance Workshop

with Kieran Jordan

Sean-nós means "old-style" in the Irish language. As a solo, improvised form of dance, the sean-nós style is as varied and unique as every dancer who dances it. A sean-nós dance performance is often informal, playful, and expressive, allowing the dancer to engage in a here-and-now dialogue with the music. Distinct from more modern forms of Irish step dancing, sean-nós dancing feature short rhythmic patterns, subtle movements with footwork kept close-to-the-floor, and a loose, relaxed upper body. Beginner students will learn the basic movements and rhythms that progress into popular steps found in Connemara sean-nós dancing. Tap dancers or students with other percussive dance experience will explore the specific style and rhythmic phrasing of sean-nós dance, in relation to live Irish music.


Open to dancers ages 11 through adult. Please wear shoes with a smooth hard sole (tap shoes or Irish step dance shoes are also good options).

All levels 3-4:30 pm $20           REGISTER

 

FRI 9/25   8PM

SOJOY

"Proving that great music still exists even as new traditions are being forged." Portsmouth Herald

Jonny Peiffer began performing on the Seacoast in the late 90's with Drika Overton's Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival and 'Clara's Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker.' Now with Sojoy, he has gathered an ensemble of the finest improvisers in the area to perform music he has composed and perfected over the past decade and a half. His influences range from Ben Allison, Jaco Pastorius, and Andrew Hill to Ellington, Mingus, and Monk. Sojoy is a new spin on a modern Big Band tradition.

Jonny Peiffer - drums, composer

Zach Lange - trumpet

Matt Langley - saxes

Eric Klaxton - alto

Nick Mainella - tenor

Claude Fried - trombone

Scott Kiefner - bass


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SAT 9/26   7:30PM

TAP DANCER RYAN P. CASEY:

TALL TALES

Named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for 2015 and one
of Boston's "25 Most Innovative People Under 25," tap dancer Ryan P. Casey uses his towering, 6'8" talent to present brand new choreography (and some old favorites) that is thoughtful, comical, and inventive. Incorporating poetry, humor, and more, Casey playfully lampoons his height, doffs a top hat to idol Fred Astaire, and even tries his hand (and feet) at basketball all to a soundtrack including Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Count Basie. Peppered with musings on life and dance, "Tall Tales" takes tap dancing to new heights for this "improbably tall tap fave" (The Boston Globe).

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