Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in conjunction with Robert Talalla Productions and sponsors is proud to present the Fifteenth Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival, featuring an extraordinary music experience showcasing some of the region’s best performers. The Festival has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer season and its free and open to the public.
Performances take place on the Garden Terrace overlooking Pleasant Bay every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from June 26 through August beginning at 8:30pm. Cocktails and a light menu are available throughout the evening.
Reserved seating is offered to those dining in Twenty-eight Atlantic, the resort’s signature restaurant and a special prix fixe dinner is featured. For those desiring a more casual ambiance, al fresco dining is available at the Outer Bar & Grille, overlooking the pool and beach.
Whether you simply relax and enjoy the music while sipping champagne, dance under the stars or join us for dinner, you will find Wequassett to be the perfect setting for a most memorable summer evening. We invite you to join us.
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Boston Music Award winner Louie Bello can be seen in venues from Nashville and Boston to New York and LA. Louie recently opened for Country stars Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay, has written and performed with dozens of National Recording Artists, placed songs on major network shows and has taken the stage at local and national music festivals such as Mile of Music, Boston Fest, Red Gorilla Festival, SXSW and Phantom Gourmet’s Summer BBQ's to name a few. His single LIVIN IN THE SUNSHINE was featured in the top 200 songs of the year for the Boston Herald and he recently won The Improper Bostonian Best of Boston Award as well as the 2016 Nightlife Award for Best Performer.
Named a "Rising Star" Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine's 2009 Critics Poll, Tone Desare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. From Jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headline with Don Rickles, Tony has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe.
"He is two parts Sinatra to one part Bill Joel, meshed seemlessly....A Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer." - The New York Times
Kate's love for music began when she was just a little girl. At the age of seven, she discovered her talent for singing as she was sitting in her kitchen belting out the theme song from the movie “The Little Mermaid”. Her passion for music grew as a teen while singing at church and performing in high school musicals. At the age of 15, Kate was scouted at the Oregon State Fair by a local model agent and there began her career in modeling. After graduation she moved to New York to continue her career in modeling – she was featured in campaigns for Versace, L’Oréal, DKNY and Abercrombie and Fitch, and to pursue her first love, music.
In 2005 her career branched off when she was handpicked by director Luc Besson to star in the feature film Transporter 2, in which she also sang two original songs for the movie’s soundtrack. After having a successful career in both film and fashion, Kate is currently focusing on her true passion and calling in life; to sing, write and produce music. This summer marks the release of her new album Love, Loss and Recovery, with songs produced by several notable music producers including Lenny Kravitz.
NY press says she’s like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. Dare her.
She was Joan Rivers’ opening act. Come see why.
Direct from tours including headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sara McLachlan and playing world renowned clubs like NYC’s Birdland,
San Francisco’s Feinstein’s, Washington DC’s Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center, Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club and more - as well as multiple benefits for great causes, and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act, Suede is the real deal (says Joan) and is thrilled to be back at The Cape Cod Jazz Festival with Fred Boyle, piano, Rich Hill, bass and Steve Langone, drums – and who KNOWS who else might jump in!
The Boston Globe says she’s “Wicked exciting!”
"A spectacular evening of song and style. “
“Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation." - New York Times
"A great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete." -Steppin' Out Arts, NY
"A spectacular evening of song and style. Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation." - The New York Times
Dr. Michael White is a leading figure in traditional New Orleans jazz and one of the only few to creatively carry on the rich clarinet sound and style of that city. He is a relative of several first generation jazz musicians including bassist Papa John Joseph, clarinetist Willie Joseph and reedman Earl Fouche. He studied clarinet with noted band director Edwin Hampton and began his jazz career playing in social clubs and jazz funerals with Doc Paulin’s Brass Band.
Today, Dr. White has an active career as one of the most respected and visible of New Orleans musicians. He has performed in over two dozen countries, has played on over sixty recordings and has twelve recordings under his own name, including critically acclaimed Basin street Records releases which contain several of his original compositions. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and has served as musical director for several Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts.
Dr. White currently teaches African American Music at Xavier University and holds the Rosa and Charles Keller Endowed Chair in Humanities.
The White Heat Orchestra is nationally acclaimed as one of the hottest swing bands in the country today. The band was a major pioneer in the revival of swing and Lindy Hop in the 90s and performed for nearly two million fans at the Boston night club The Roxy over a four year period. White Heat Swing was the first swing band to receive Boston Magazine’s “Best Dance Band” award and has backed up Tony Bennett and Cab Calloway and recorded for Warner Brothers and Walt Disney.
An Emmy Award winner, Golden Globe nominee and Tony nominee, Jeff Daniels’ film and TV credits include Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Dumb and Dumber, Steve Jobs, The Martian and HBO’s Newsroom, as well as God of Carnage and Blackbird on the Broadway stage.
In 1976, Jeff bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, a road into the artist that he didn’t know existed.
In addition to acting and writing, Jeff has authored about 400 songs, played over 300 gigs the past 12 years from Maine to Alaska to California, drank from the fountain of youth by touring with his son’s band (the Ben Daniels Band), founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan for which he’s written 15 plays (working on #16) and can most recently be seen, after 20 long years, with the one and only Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER TO.
“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room,” says, band leader Jon Batiste. Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly just released her 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, which was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
She wrote her first song at 7 years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama’s Inauguration at 16. As a bandleader Grace has performed over 700 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Newport, and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Lewis and Gloria Estefan to name a few.
Winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone”. Grace was also voted #4 Alto saxophonist in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll., and was awarded “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the 2016 Boston Music Awards and “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.
Grace was also stoked to be invited to join the 10 piece house band for NBC’s new weekly variety show “Maya & Marty” starring Maya Rudolf & Martin Short produced by Lorne Michaels. She has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show “Bosch”, CNN.com, Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women 2011, Forbes, Billboard, Huffington Post, and many appearances on NPR. Grace has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, and International Songwriting Awards.
Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others. Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others. Chieli’s original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magna moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbio and Afro-Peruvian lando.
Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album "Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore “Yerakina”, Banda Magda will be touring its 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" worldwide.
TONY-AWARD Nominee, Constantine Maroulis became a household name through his memorable run as a finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. His charisma, rock n’ roll edge, and astounding vocals entranced the judges, along with the 30 million viewers watching the show at home.
Star of the hit Broadway Musical, ROCK OF AGES, the show enjoyed a successful run as one of the highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time, culminating in a myriad of awards and critical acclaim for Constantine, firmly establishing him as a world-class performer. Constantine went on to receive a Drama League Award Nomination for a Distinguished Performance Award for Rock Of Ages, as well as his work in the musical, Jekyll and Hyde.
He has also received a TONY-nomination for the critically acclaimed show Spring Awakening and is currently starring in the revival of Jekyll and Hyde.
Constantine returned to his TV roots this year as a special correspondent for AMERICAN IDOL on ABC TV.
Mary C and The Stellars captivating performances continue to electrify and energize crowds all over the globe and has drawn the attention of various music media outlets, including VH1, AOL MUSIC, BUZZFEED, USA TODAY, ELLE MAGAZINE, Blues Rock Magazine, SIRIUS Radio, The Huffington Post and more. Their sound is a unique mix of Rock and Soul, highlighted with a blend of pop, blues and a touch of funk. They have shared the stage with Nick Jonas, opened for the Women’s Final Match at the US OPEN and were featured at Rachael Ray’s SXSW festival concert. The Stellars give you a taste of New York City - individuals with a lot of sass, style and soul!
“Powerhouse vocalist, Mary C – her soulful, blues drenched voice calls to mind Amy Winehouse or Joss Stone” – ELLE MAGAZINE
“Mary C is simply Mary C: An electrifying performer who is killing with her band, The Stellars!” - The HUFFINGTON POST
“With the huge success of British singers like Adele and Joss Stone, you could be forgiven for thinking that soul music came from the UK, but Mary C and The Stellars will remind you that soul music grew up right here in the states, and they play it old school!” – NYC Radio SoundCheck