10th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival April 23-25

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Last updated: April 09, 2021

Written by Mary Curtin

The 10th Arlington Jazz Festival will once again be presented virtually, this year from April 23 to 25, from 8 to 9 nightly.

For this milestone anniversary year, presenter Arlington Jazz has scheduled a series of one-hour concerts, presented online over three evenings.

The festival will be broadcast live from PBS Studios in Westwood and will be available for real-time viewing on the Arlington Jazz Facebook event page >>

The following musical artists will share their work in this virtual festival setting, perfectly synchronized with Jazz Appreciation Month, in April:

  • Witness Matlou Trio (Friday April 23, 8 p.m.): Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Matlou is a composer and performer whose work is influenced by South African folk music, contemporary classical music, jazz and other world music. Matlou received his master’s degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied with Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, George Garzone and Joe Lovano, with whom he performed at Lincoln Center and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. . Matlou also shared the stage with other artists such as Gary Burton, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood and Antonio Sanchez. Alongside Witness Matlou for the Arlington Jazz Festival, John Lockwood on bass and Lee Fish on drums.
  • MIXCLA (Saturday April 24, 8 p.m.): MIXCLA is an Afro-Cuban jazz trio that quickly gained the attention of major local and international agents. The trio headlined the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival, the 2016 Celebrity Series of Boston Stave Sessions, the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club in 2018 and 2020. MIXCLA is made up of Gerson Lazo Quiroga on bass, Takafumi Nikaido on percussion, and Zahili Gonzalez Zamora on piano.
  • The Dan Fox Group (Sunday April 25, 8 p.m .: Trombonist Fox, the main organizer of the Arlington Jazz Festival, has assembled a remarkable group of local musicians to perform an ensemble of original music, as well as jazz and Brazilian standards. The following band members joining Fox have toured and recorded with a multitude of acclaimed acts: Jacques Schwarz-Bart (sax with D’Angelo and Roy Hargrove); Gregory Ryan (bass with Bobby Sanabria and Arturo O’Farrill); Alexei Tsiganov (piano with Esperanza Spalding and Antonio Sanchez); and Rafael Barata (drums with Hermeto Pascoal and Eliane Elias).

The Arlington Jazz Festival is free and donations are greatly appreciated.

Presented online by Arlington Jazz. More information: arlingtonjazzfestival on gmail.com, (339) 707-5170.

Festival updates available at arlingtonjazz.org/2021-virtual-jazz-festival-lineup.

Further Information: The nonprofit Arlington Jazz is coordinated with help from Arlington-based Morningside Music Studio under the direction of Fox, an Arlington resident who is a multi-instrumentalist and dedicated music teacher.

The Arlington Jazz Festival has been held annually since 2012, usually in April, which has become internationally known as Jazz Appreciation Month. Since 2018, Arlington Jazz has also embarked on presenting a series of workshops and additional concerts throughout the year.

All events are free or for a minimal entrance fee. The 2021 Arlington Jazz Festival is funded in part by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Arlington Jazz also relies on generous donations from its growing fan base.


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