ARTISTS Saturday, June 16

11 AM | Worcester Youth Jazz Orchestra

 Founded in 1947 by Harry Levenson, the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) have maintained a presence in Central Massachusetts for more than 70 years offering musical training, orchestral experiences and fostering life long friendships for aspiring young musicians. What began as one orchestra with a loan of $150 from Teen-Age Canteen of 45 students has grown to  more than 200 students in four orchestras, a wind ensemble, a jazz program.  The orchestra made its debut on May 19th, 1948 at Atwood Hall at Clark University and celebrated its 70th Anniversary Concert on May 20th, 2018 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester with members from that original 1947 class in the audience.    The Worcester Youth Jazz Ensemble focuses on traditional and current big band repertoire. The group members are guided through a history of big band arranging and composition, and perform selections from key eras and writers. Focus is placed on ensemble technique, blend, historical practice, interpretation, innovation, and thematic and stylistically appropriate improvisation.

Founded in 1947 by Harry Levenson, the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) have maintained a presence in Central Massachusetts for more than 70 years offering musical training, orchestral experiences and fostering life long friendships for aspiring young musicians. What began as one orchestra with a loan of $150 from Teen-Age Canteen of 45 students has grown to  more than 200 students in four orchestras, a wind ensemble, a jazz program.  The orchestra made its debut on May 19th, 1948 at Atwood Hall at Clark University and celebrated its 70th Anniversary Concert on May 20th, 2018 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester with members from that original 1947 class in the audience.  

The Worcester Youth Jazz Ensemble focuses on traditional and current big band repertoire. The group members are guided through a history of big band arranging and composition, and perform selections from key eras and writers. Focus is placed on ensemble technique, blend, historical practice, interpretation, innovation, and thematic and stylistically appropriate improvisation.

Noon | Fabiola Mendez Trio

 Fabiola Mari Méndez Quiñones was born on February 20, 1996.  She started taking Puerto Rican cuatro classes at age 6.    When she was 8, Fabiola started studying music at the Humacao Musical Institute, where she studied for three years and was part of the “Rondalla de Puerto Rico”. In January 2007, she was invited to play with the Rondalla at the Three Kings Day Concert with the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra at the Fine Arts Center.    In August 2007, she joined the Antonio Paoli School of Music in Caguas.  There she studied under the tutelage of several renowned Puerto Rican teachers such as: Eric Milland, Raul Rodriguez, Luis Aponte and Saviel Cartagena. In this school, she was part of several ensembles including:  Cuerdas de Ensueño, Rondalla Cuerdas de Mi Tierra, Flute Cocktail, Supari Mai Steel Ensemble and the Advanced Concert Band.  In 2013, she joined the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe, a school member of the Berklee International Network.   Fabiola has participated in several Cuatro competitions winning prizes in all of them, including being selected as the winner of the “National Cuatro Player Competition” in 2011 by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. In addition, she has participated in nine recordings as a cuatro and tiple player. Foremost among them are: Banco Popular Christmas CD “Eco” (2008), Fabiola Mendez & Herencia Criolla (2009), Ready for Departure (2014), and Guille & the B.Band (2015).   Fabiola has had the chance of playing large venues in both Puerto Rico and the United States.  The most noteworthy of these include: Cuatro Festival in California (2008), Three Kings Day Concert with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (2011), Puerto Rican State Inauguration Ceremony (2013), Radio Isla 1320 Concert with the PR Symphony Orchestra (2014), Heineken Ventana al Jazzfest (2015), Totó la Momposina meets Berklee (2015), and Jolgorio Navideño (2016), where she had the honor of opening for Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri.   During the last few years, Fabiola has had the privilege of receiving acknowledgements such as the dedication of the Mapeye Festival 2011, the Quincy Jones Award 2016, and recognition as the first Puerto Rican cuatro player to graduate from Berklee College of Music from the PR House of Representatives. 

Fabiola Mari Méndez Quiñones was born on February 20, 1996.  She started taking Puerto Rican cuatro classes at age 6. 
 
When she was 8, Fabiola started studying music at the Humacao Musical Institute, where she studied for three years and was part of the “Rondalla de Puerto Rico”. In January 2007, she was invited to play with the Rondalla at the Three Kings Day Concert with the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra at the Fine Arts Center. 
 
In August 2007, she joined the Antonio Paoli School of Music in Caguas.  There she studied under the tutelage of several renowned Puerto Rican teachers such as: Eric Milland, Raul Rodriguez, Luis Aponte and Saviel Cartagena. In this school, she was part of several ensembles including:  Cuerdas de Ensueño, Rondalla Cuerdas de Mi Tierra, Flute Cocktail, Supari Mai Steel Ensemble and the Advanced Concert Band.  In 2013, she joined the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe, a school member of the Berklee International Network.
 
Fabiola has participated in several Cuatro competitions winning prizes in all of them, including being selected as the winner of the “National Cuatro Player Competition” in 2011 by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. In addition, she has participated in nine recordings as a cuatro and tiple player. Foremost among them are: Banco Popular Christmas CD “Eco” (2008), Fabiola Mendez & Herencia Criolla (2009), Ready for Departure (2014), and Guille & the B.Band (2015).
 
Fabiola has had the chance of playing large venues in both Puerto Rico and the United States.  The most noteworthy of these include: Cuatro Festival in California (2008), Three Kings Day Concert with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (2011), Puerto Rican State Inauguration Ceremony (2013), Radio Isla 1320 Concert with the PR Symphony Orchestra (2014), Heineken Ventana al Jazzfest (2015), Totó la Momposina meets Berklee (2015), and Jolgorio Navideño (2016), where she had the honor of opening for Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri.
 
During the last few years, Fabiola has had the privilege of receiving acknowledgements such as the dedication of the Mapeye Festival 2011, the Quincy Jones Award 2016, and recognition as the first Puerto Rican cuatro player to graduate from Berklee College of Music from the PR House of Representatives. 

1:15 | Algonquin Regional High School Jazz I

 Directed by Eric Vincent, local favorites Algonquin Regional High School Jazz I has a roster featuring students from both Northborough and Southborough. These amazing young musicians are making their second appearance at the Soular Jazz Festival representing local talent and our very future.

Directed by Eric Vincent, local favorites Algonquin Regional High School Jazz I has a roster featuring students from both Northborough and Southborough. These amazing young musicians are making their second appearance at the Soular Jazz Festival representing local talent and our very future.

2:15 | Dan Gabel and the Abletones Combo

 Dan Gabel is the most amazing individual: Despite his relatively young age, Dan has amassed an enormous amount of knowledge and experience one would only expect of a person nearing retirement age. His skill as a trombonist and arranger, as well as the leader of his own successful swing band, can be credited to his touring with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien, as well as his own independent years of collecting, researching and documenting vintage big band recordings. From this, Dan's "ear" is without fault, which is crucial to writing accurate and exciting transcriptions and arrangements. His talent as a trombonist is in demand, and would be a welcomed spot in any band or orchestra. Not withstanding, his ability to copy various styles is beyond reproach.  -Alan Glasscock

Dan Gabel is the most amazing individual: Despite his relatively young age, Dan has amassed an enormous amount of knowledge and experience one would only expect of a person nearing retirement age. His skill as a trombonist and arranger, as well as the leader of his own successful swing band, can be credited to his touring with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien, as well as his own independent years of collecting, researching and documenting vintage big band recordings. From this, Dan's "ear" is without fault, which is crucial to writing accurate and exciting transcriptions and arrangements. His talent as a trombonist is in demand, and would be a welcomed spot in any band or orchestra. Not withstanding, his ability to copy various styles is beyond reproach.

-Alan Glasscock

3:30 | South Combo

 The South Combo has won numerous awards for their creative performances. The South Combo members write many of their own arrangements and strive to use music as an integral part to actively improve their lives.

The South Combo has won numerous awards for their creative performances. The South Combo members write many of their own arrangements and strive to use music as an integral part to actively improve their lives.

4:30 | The Gringo Kings

  The Gringo Kings is led by composer and saxophonist, Ed Harlow. Based in the greater Boston area since 1987, Harlow has toured the US, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, France and the Caribbean with groups such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra.     Harlow has also performed with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Paquito D'Rivera and Lionel Loueke. Harlow has eight publications with Advance Music and has released two CDs as a leader. Harlow has worked with the Danilo Perez Foundation in Panama as a clinician and performer since 2014.     The Gringo Kings in has been Harlow's main vehicle for creative composition, arrangement and performance since 2006. Consisting of five horns, piano, bass and drums, the Gringo Kings leaps from transformed covers to quirky originals with a nonchalance of hardened musical criminals. Soloists straddle the middle ground between predictability and the absurd. The band's musicians exist in a musical netherworld; neither small-group nor big-band.   Ed Harlow- tenor sax Rick Stone - alto sax Keira Harman - trombone Mike Peipman - trumpet Joe Casanno - trumpet Keala Kaumeheiwa - bass Mark Shilansky - piano Bertram Lehmann - drums   Get the Gringo Kings CD on iTunes    Get the Gringo Kings CD on CD Baby

The Gringo Kings is led by composer and saxophonist, Ed Harlow. Based in the greater Boston area since 1987, Harlow has toured the US, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, France and the Caribbean with groups such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. 

Harlow has also performed with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Paquito D'Rivera and Lionel Loueke. Harlow has eight publications with Advance Music and has released two CDs as a leader. Harlow has worked with the Danilo Perez Foundation in Panama as a clinician and performer since 2014. 

The Gringo Kings in has been Harlow's main vehicle for creative composition, arrangement and performance since 2006. Consisting of five horns, piano, bass and drums, the Gringo Kings leaps from transformed covers to quirky originals with a nonchalance of hardened musical criminals. Soloists straddle the middle ground between predictability and the absurd. The band's musicians exist in a musical netherworld; neither small-group nor big-band.

Ed Harlow- tenor sax
Rick Stone - alto sax
Keira Harman - trombone
Mike Peipman - trumpet
Joe Casanno - trumpet
Keala Kaumeheiwa - bass
Mark Shilansky - piano
Bertram Lehmann - drums

Get the Gringo Kings CD on iTunes

Get the Gringo Kings CD on CD Baby