Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in conjunction with Robert Talalla Productions and sponsors is proud to present the Fourteenth 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 28 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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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.
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.
Direct from world tours and sold out shows at clubs like NYC’s famous Birdland, Boston’s world renowned Scullers Jazz Club, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s, Seattle’s Triple Door, The Kennedy Center, and multiple fundraisers nationwide, including helping to raise $45,000 in just one night for a free clinic outside Washington, DC - and having the immense privilege and honor of being Joan Rivers’ opening act, commanding standing ovations from her eager audiences - Boston favorite, Suede, returns to The Cape Cod Jazz Festival with Freddie Boyle, piano; Rich Hill, bass and Steve Langone on drums.
“Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler - sassy, smooth and intoxicating.” - The New York Times
“Wicked exciting!” - The Boston Globe
"You are GREAT! I hope we work together a lot!" - Joan Rivers
"A spectacular evening of song and style. Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation." - The New York Times
Named a "Rising Star" Malle 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 to 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
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.
YeraSon, a Grammy Award winning New York based Cuban Charanga Orchestra, electrifies old-school Cuban music with a distinctly modern New York twist, interpreting authentic Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Boleros, Guajiras, and Merengue with inimitable drive and swing. The group's unique sound is at once elegant and energetic with a contagious rhythm that attracts dancing and listening crowds alike.
Bandleader Yrving Yeras was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and by age 14 was playing violin professionally in the Santa Clara Symphonic Orchestra - the youngest musician ever to be hired to play professionally in that orchestra's history, where he rose to earn the principal chair.
While still in Cuba, Yrving also created his own trio, Alma Latina, which had the privilege of touring Europe and Central America as Ambassadors of Traditional Cuban Music. Alma Latina was repeatedly invited to perform in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and throughout Cuba. Yrving has been a featured soloist in concerts at Lincoln Center and recently appeared in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Having multiple talents and interests, Ayla Brown has achieved many significant hallmarks in her young career. The Contemporary Pop/Country singer has performed to a national TV audience on Fox & Friends and The Huckabee Show, performed the National Anthem with the Boston Pops on July Fourth to an audience of more than one million people, sang the National Anthem and God Bless America live on ESPN at the 2013 Orange Bowl, was the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers National Anthem singer for two years and has performed overseas five times to American troops in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, Kosovo, Germany, England, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
Ayla has three albums under her name and most recently on Valentine’s Day 2017 released the upbeat, catchy country tune “Take Your Name” on digital platforms as well as radio.
Recognized as a pioneer and entrepreneur, Ayla founded and owns her own record company, Ambient Entertainment, and having a keen eye for business and building mutually successful partnerships, enjoys outstanding corporate relationships with the likes of Hilton Hotels, MAC Cosmetics, Texas Roadhouse and New Balance.
Prior to Ayla’s latest milestones, she was a national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS, was a Finalist on Fox Network’s American Idol in 2006 as well as a full scholarship Division 1 basketball player at Boston College.
Colin Hay is most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated front man. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.
Following international acclaim as lead singer of the Grammy Award winning band Men At Work, Mr. Hay embarked on a solo career, releasing several major label albums, including Looking for Jack (Columbia) and Wayfaring Sonsha (MCA). His newly released album Fierce Mercy explores themes of love, loss and mortality but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay’s work. He has created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (this is his 13th solo release).
In addition to touring and recording, Mr. Hay has contributed to countless TV and movie soundtracks and has appeared on numerous television shows, including NBC’s Scrubs, that have included performances of his classic songs. Mr. Hay has also been a featured member with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
“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.
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