The 10th annual Arlington Jazz Festival will once again be presented virtually, since, as they say, this notable local festival must go on, no matter the pandemic weather. For this milestone anniversary year, presenter Arlington Jazz has scheduled a series of one-hour concerts, presented online over a 3-night stretch Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25, at 8pm. The festival will be live-streamed from PBS Studios located in Westwood (MA) and be made available for real-time viewing on the Arlington Jazz Facebook event page here. This event is FREE, with donations very much appreciated.
The following musical artists will be sharing their work within this virtual festival setting, timed perfectly to coincide with Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) which falls in April:
— Witness Matlou Trio (Friday, April 23rd, 8 pm):
From Johannesburg South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is a composer and performer whose work is influenced by South African folk music, contemporary classical music, jazz, and other world music. Matlou earned 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, whom he has performed with at the Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Matlou has also shared the stage with other artists such as Gary Burton, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, and Antonio Sanchez. Joining Witness Matlou for the Arlington Jazz Festival will be John Lockwood on bass, and Lee Fish on drums.
— MIXCLA (Saturday, April 24th, 8 pm):
MIXCLA is an Afro Cuban Jazz Trio that has quickly turned the attention of major agents locally and internationally. The trio has headlined at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival, the 2016 Stave Sessions of the Celebrity Series of Boston, the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival, Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club in 2018 and 2020, and more. MIXCLA is Gerson Lazo Quiroga on bass, Takafumi Nikaido on percussion, and Zahili Gonzalez Zamora on piano.
— The Dan Fox Group (Sunday, April 25th, 8 pm):
Trombonist Dan Fox, the Arlington Jazz Festival’s principal organizer, has assembled a noteworthy group of local musicians to perform a set of original music, as well as jazz and Brazilian standards. The following band members joining Fox have toured and recorded with a host of acclaimed acts: Jacques Schwarz-Bart (sax w/D’Angelo and Roy Hargrove); Gregory Ryan (bass w/Bobby Sanabria and Arturo O’Farrill); Alexei Tsiganov (piano w/Esperanza Spalding and Antonio Sanchez); and Rafael Barata (drums w/Hermeto Pascoal and Eliane Elias).