Jazztober brings Jazz Stroll and Jazz Brunch

Tish Adams

Tish Adams will entertain at the Jazz Brunch at the Coonamessett Inn, noon to 2 PM on Sunday, October 21

Jazztober October 20 and 21, 2018

October means jazz in Falmouth: a Jazz Stroll on Saturday, October 20, and a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 21. Sponsored by ArtsFalmouth and the Falmouth Village Association, the two events feature local and regional jazz musicians playing an eclectic array of jazz, blues, and contemporary music from American Standards to progressive jazz, and original compositions.

The Jazz Stroll takes place from 5 PM to 8:15 PM on Saturday, October 20 in shops, restaurants and public buildings along Queen’s BuyWay and Main Street. Each performance is an hour and 15 minutes, with starting times staggered so that attendees can attend one performance after another.

All Jazz Stroll events are free and open to the public. Shops and restaurants will be open for business during the stroll. It’s a great opportunity to check out recent renovations at a number of the venues, to admire the scarecrows that decorate Main Street and shop a sidewalk sale or two.

On Sunday, October 21, from noon to 2 PM, jazz ensembles will entertain during Sunday Jazz Brunch at three restaurants in town: the Coonamessett, Liam Maguire’s, and The Pickle Jar.

Saturday, October 20, Jazz Stroll

 5 to 6:15 PM Falmouth Station, hosted by Friends of Falmouth Station, 59 Depot Street

Falmouth Academy Jazz Combo

The Stroll starts at 5 PM at newly renovated Falmouth Bus Station. The Falmouth Academy Jazz Combo, featuring pianist James Goldbach, a sophomore from Plymouth, and bassist/violinist Lucca MacDonald, a sophomore from Barnstable. The two talented students will play jazz standards and contemporary pop music.

In collaboration with the Jazz Stroll, The Upper Cape Camera Club, in coordination with the Falmouth Art Center, will have a Jazz Photography exhibit on display at the Station during the Jazz Stroll. The Depot now features a café, seating, and a Book Nook, courtesy of the Falmouth Public Library

5 to 6:15 PM ByWay Barber, 49 N. Main Street

Pat Ryan Trio

. The Pat Ryan Trio featuring Pat Ryan on guitar, Rich Hill on bass, and Dave Scandurra on drums, will play an eclectic mix of contemporary, original progressive jazz, as well as some fresh takes on classic standards. The group has been praised for its “warm, open and melodic sound evocative of the classic recordings of Metheny, Scofield, Frisell, Pastorius, Haden, DeJohnette and Motion.

The Buyway Barber offers barber chairs from the 1930s, a friendly, folksy environment, and a full range of services for men, women, and children.

5:30 to 6:45 Vagabond View Photography and Rural Roots, 95 Palmer Ave

Andrew Sexton Trio

The Andrew Sexton Trio plays an eclectic repertoire of jazz standards, originals and selections from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Vocalist Andrew Sexton chooses tunes that have lyrics or stories that have a special meaning for him. His honest vocal delivery and unadorned guitar work is supported by Alec Zeuli on saxophones and flute and Craig Hamilton on acoustic bass.

Vagabond View Photography features photography by Lee Geishecker ranging from scenery and landscape to weddings and portraits, both studio and outdoor. Rural Roots offers old and new gifts, apparel, jewelry and more.

5:45 to 7 PM Palmer House Inn, 99 Palmer Ave

Alan Clinger and Rod McCaulley Jazz Duo

Guitarist Alan Clinger and bassist Rod McCaulley will play mainstream jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

The Palmer House is a romantic Victorian B&B located in the Historic District. Carefully curated to preserve its historic character, the Inn has been updated to provide all the comforts of the Cape Cod get-a-way.

6 to 7:15 PM Falmouth Museums on the Green, 65 Palmer Ave

Vintage Slang

Vintage Slang is a funk, soul, and jazz quartet reinventing classics by Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, and Marvin Gaye while bringing in newer grooves by Outkast, Anderson Paak, and others. The group consists of Michael Scena on vocals, Neil Ganju on guitar, Chris Harris on bass, and Travis Shores on drums.

Falmouth Museums on the Green is a two-acre campus in historic downtown Falmouth. The Visitor’s Center, Cultural Center, colonial gardens, and historic walking tours are not-to-be-missed.

6:15 to 7:30 PM, Eight Cousins, 189 Main Street

Bill Taylor Trio

Jazz saxophonist Bill Taylor, pianist Brian Lamont, and bassist Doug Ricciardi will entertain with jazz, samba, and swing.

Eight Cousins, a family bookstore for all ages, will have a collection of jazz and music-related books on display. They sponsor the very popular “Where’s Waldo” scavenger hunt every year and other activities supporting reading by children and adults.

 6:30 to 7:45 PM Puritan, 199 Main Street

Paul Weller and Mark Elsner

Long-time teacher and master of reeds Paul Weller play flute, clarinet, alto and tenor sax, and sings. He will be joined by Mark Elsner on keyboard and trumpet

 Puritan Cape Cod is the Cape’s source for the latest fashions for men, women, and an outdoor lifestyle.

6:45 to 8 PM The Black Dog, 214 Main Street

Dawna Hammers Band

The Dawna Hammers Band features vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dawna Hammers, percussionist Lisa Esperson, bassist Rich Hill, saxophonist Klem Klimek, and guitarist Pat Ryan. The band plays originals and standard ballads, bossas, swing, and blues, everything from Billie Holliday to Joni Mitchell.

The Black Dog is a popular place to shop for T-shirts, caps, apparel, gifts, and more. A trip to Cape Cod is not complete without a visit to this iconic spot for souvenirs with the famous Black Dog logo.

7 to 8:15 PM The Gallery on Main, 317 Main Street

The Glenway Fripp Trio

Featuring Glenway Fripp on piano, Jim Peterson on bass, and Don Cross on drums, the Glenway Fripp Trio will present an all-instrumental show, drawing on jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Oscar Peterson as well as many others. The show will also include original compositions by Glenway Fripp.

The Gallery on Main, which opened last December, features works by many different artists and hosts live performances throughout the year. The shop is owned by artist Karen Rinaldo and musician Don Cross.

Liam Maguire’s, 273 Main Street

Jazz with Roger Gamoche and Friends

Roger Gamache, alto saxophonist and leader of the Stage Door Canteen, brings his jazz quartet to Liam’s from 4 to 7 PM on Saturday.

On Sunday, October 21, from noon to 3 PM, jazz ensembles will entertain during the Sunday Jazz Brunch at three restaurants in town: the Coonamessett, Liam Maguire’s, and The Pickle Jar.

Sunday Jazz Brunch

Enjoy a jazz brunch Sunday, October 21, at three locations in Falmouth: The Coonamessett, The Pickle Jar, and Liam Maguire’s.

Coonamessett Inn, 311 Gifford Street, Falmouth

Noon to 2 PM: Tish Adams Trio

A favorite on New England’s live music scene, vocalist Tish Adams has a compelling stage presence and an extensive repertoire of time-honored standards. She offers fresh interpretations, yet sets a sentimental mood, in a passionate tribute to the rich jazz tradition. She can burn an up-temp swinger or melt the audience with her sensitive reading of a slow, smoky ballad, and seasons her performances with long-forgotten gems, obscure treasures, and a dash of the blues. Tish’s originals are delightfully funny or as low-down as can be, with playful and cleverly written lyrics, as she turns unexpected topics into great blues stories.

Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Tish has long-time ties to Cape Cod. Her parents live in Falmouth, and she has other relatives scattered around the Cape. She has performed many times with Bart Weismann and his ensembles, including recurring performances at the Cape Codder in Hyannis, the 2015 Provincetown Jazz Festival, and ArtsFalmouth’s Arts Alive Town Dance in 2015. Tish’s Thursday morning Jazz radio program, “The Vocalists & Localists Show,” has been on the air for 21 years. She and ten other DJs broadcast 11 jazz shows a week live from the University of Rhode Island.

Performing with Tish are Gino Rosati on guitar and Joe Potenza on bass. “It’s my very, very favorite trio,” Tish said.

The Pickle Jar, 170 Main Street, Falmouth

Noon to 2 PM: Triple-Slide

Rusty Strange and Tom Goux perform jazz standards on the slide guitar, presenting timeless echoes of Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, the Gershwins, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, and more. Rusty plays lead on both resonator guitar (dobro) and on his 8-string lap steel guitar, which he personally designed and crafted himself. Tom sings while providing jazz harmonies on his Hawaiian slide guitar, using a unique double slide technique he’s developed over the last decade. Joining Tom and Rusty for this performance is John Dirac on guitar and bass.

Triple-Slide offers a full measure of classic American heart songs from New York and, from Nashville, a smattering of country classics. 

Liam Maguires, 273 Main Street, Falmouth

Jazz on Sunday from 1 to 3 PM with John MacNamara and Friends

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