Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #44

Contents

BERKLEE ALUM WINS SPOT TO PLAY WITH STARS

MFA REVEALS THE DRAMA OF JAPAN

SPEAKEASY’S “ZANNA DON’T” CASTS A RISING STAR

BOSTON BLUES AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE

KBAR SITS DOWN WITH PETER FONDA

3:10 TO YUMA IS A WILD RIDE

“THE HUNTING PARTY” NEEDS TO BE HUNTED!

SINGLETON’S CRIME DRAMA IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY

UP-COMING EVENTS


BERKLEE ALUM WINS SPOT TO PLAY WITH STARS

by Kay Bourne

f6861f75969e389151bc67b110a8345d.85.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #44 Gifted arranger Lance Bryant – who also plays the sax and sings – won the ‘Steppin’ Out’ talent contest in a duel of eager and musically adept vocalists and their bands. The coveted win means he joins the roster of celebrity musicians who’ll perform at 20th annual event benefiting the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury.

The worship leader of the Andover Baptist Church and Berklee College of Music graduate, stunned the judges and audience alike, Monday night, September 10, at Scullers with his jazz arrangement of the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

Interchanging his sax and doing vocals which quoted the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the “I just want to do God’s will” passage, thrilled listeners. And when he got to the line, “I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” there were sighs and shouts and arms lifted in praise. The meaningful lyrics were supported by a muscular jazz composition. Lance’s second offering, the poignant “The Very Thought of You,” showed his strengths as a balladeer. Bryant‘s sidemen went the distance with him as well: Stanley Swann, drums, Larry Roland, bass, and Carl Reppucci, piano.

None of the contestants came away embarrassed that evening. The other entries were: the energetic Joe Gallo with the well- modulated, sexy voice and powerhouse five-man band including maestro Frank Wilkins on keyboard and Herman Johnson who wallops out vigorous riffs on his soprano sax; Dorchester’s own, Wendy Jones who gave a daring challenge by singing her own intriguing compositions; and jazz vocalist, Pauline Jones who gave a dramatic reading of Nina Simone’s “Four Women.”

A sparkling line-up for “Steppin’ Out At The Emerald Ball” on Saturday, NOVEMBER 3 will feature guitarist/vocalist George Benson. The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel will also provide the stage for urban music’s Vivian Green, R&B singer Freddie Jackson, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Myanna, the Samurai drumming group Master Tsuji Samurai Taiko, and a host of gospel artists. Back at the popular night is Boston’s R&B party band Motown Express with Wannetta Jackson, Frank Wilkins, Pat Loomis, and Herman Johnson. The bill goes on and on.

Judges of the talent contest were Ruth Ellen Fitch, Dimock president & CEO; Chair of Dimock Board of Directors, Clayton Turnbul; Jeff Turton, host of Sunday Jazz Brunch on WFNXfm; saxophonist and recording artist Andre Ward ; radio and TV personality Coach Willie Maye; and vocalist and Berklee College of Music board member Vivian Male, who is also a star at this year’s “Steppin’ Out.”

The evening also saw the Ronald M. Leavell Award, for combining a love of music with a strong social activism, go to State Rep Gloria L. Fox. A supporter of the arts, she has spent her years as a legislator working on issues, such as health services, that matter to her constituents in the black community.

LANCE BRYANT’s website


MFA REVEALS THE DRAMA OF JAPAN

by Kay Bourne

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