Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in conjunction with Robert Talalla Productions and sponsors is proud to present the Sixteenth 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 25 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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Drummer Steve Smith has a resume that stretches from Ahmad Jamal and Steps Ahead to the hugely successful band Journey, which has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. His explosive solos and intricate timekeeping served to gain him much acclaim from sources such as Modern Drummer magazine and it’s no surprise he won the magazine’s “#1 All Around Drummer” award five years in a row, was voted one of the “Top 25 Drummers of All Time” and was voted into the “Modern Drummer Hall of Fame”.
Steve’s newest band, Blue Groove Organ Trio, featuring guitarist Vinny Valentino and B3 organist Tony Monaco, is reminiscent of the classic Blue Note organ trios of the 60’s, effortlessly swinging thru specially arranged jazz classics while adding a few of their own compositions along the way.
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.
Funktapuss is a groove factory that has toured the United States, churning out funk, soul, and R&B classics by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Bruno Mars, James Brown, and many more. It’s no secret that Funktapuss keeps the dance floor full all night – or afternoon - long, from bars, to parties, to festivals. Start with soulful vocals, add a slamming rhythm section, and throw in the Full Force Horns…and you’ve got yourself a party.
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, appearing as guest vocalist with the acclaimed DIVA Jazz Orchestra on festival stages (Newport!) 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, 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
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.
Winner of NBC’s The Voice, Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Alisan Porter is a powerhouse siren with impressive writing chops to match her towering vocals. Born to a Broadway singer mom and rocker dad and singing with perfect pitch at nine-months old, she went from wowing America on Star Search at the age of five to starring in the John Hughes 1991 classic Curly Sue.
Post-high school, she logged time on Broadway, starring in the first production of Footloose and revival of A Chorus Line. She fronted The Canyons and released two solo albums, namely 2009’s Alisan Porter and Who We Are in 2014. During a 2016 respite from music, a friend secretly submitted her to NBC’s The Voice. Emerging triumphantly, she made history on the show, winning Season 10 and becoming the first victor for a female coach repping “Team Christina Aguilera.”
Staunchly committed to a personal vision, she turned down a major label contract in order to follow her heart as an independent artist. Exercising the limits of her robust voice, she conjured a style steeped in booming gospel, soulful blues, and rock ‘n’ roll energy. Now, the first single “Deep Water” introduces Alisan’s next phase with her show-stopping vocals on full display. Her new independent EP I Come In Pieces arrives this summer.
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.
Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys features Sarah on guitar and vocals, Mark Usher on lead guitar, “Rocket” Ron Siegel on upright bass and Liam Hogg on drums. A mix of Sarah's original compositions, some rockabilly roots classics, as well as some lost garage rock nuggets, it's rockabilly with a splash of soul...with a vibrant energy that's downright contagious. Over the past 15 years Sarah has traveled across the US and UK playing her original music while continuing to be a mainstay on the Cape Cod music scene. The band is celebrating their 10 year anniversary playing together this summer!
Sarah is also the founder of a local non-profit, Cape Wellness Collaborative, which provides integrative therapies to people facing cancer and is also the founder of Cape Cod Women's Music Festival.
WINNER of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song “Feels like Home”!
“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.
This virtuoso guitarist from France has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Mr. Wrembel has built his reputation as a stylist in the mode of iconic French Sinti guitarist Django Reinhardt and has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme for his Best Picture Oscar Nominated smash film Midnight in Paris, and he performed the irresistibly catchy song live during the 2012 Academy Awards.
This year marks the release of his new album The Django Experiment IV, the fourth in a series of recordings done in tribute to Reinhardt.
Stephane is accompanied by his long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass) and Nick Anderson (drums).
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
Paula Cole, the first woman in Grammy history to be solely nominated as Best Producer, has been nominated for 7 Grammys, winning Best New Artist of 1997. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton and many more.
More beautiful than ever, in a twenty-plus-year-career, Paula Cole releases Ballads, a twenty-song collection of American jazz and folk classics from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. It is dedicated to her father, Jim Cole.
Cole started as a jazz singer and now returns, at nearly 50 years of age, to pay homage to her first love of jazz and folk. A self-described “mother and human being first” Cole is a timeless voice not only in song, but for those who have felt pain, and who still stand shining light, against all odds. With a voice that is big, rich and gorgeous, a mind that is intelligent, and a heart that transforms suffering into beauty, Paula Cole sings for our enlightenment, for our souls.
“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone
“… a feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.” – Peter Gabriel