Gates Open 2:00PM
(In order of appearance)
Southcoast Jazz Orchestra // 2:20 pm
Bria Skonberg Quartet // 4:00 pm
Matthew Hartnett & The Gumbo All-Stars // 6 pm
Southcoast Brass Band // 3:30 & 5:10 pm
Headlining the event is the New York based Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg, who has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of 25 for the Future by DownBeat Magazine, Bria Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new. Bria released her debut LP in September 2016, which won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts. She collaborated again with producer Matt Pierson, as well as multi-Grammy winner Gil Goldstein, for her second Sony album, With A Twist, released May 2017. Her take on Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End of Love” has garnered over 1.3 million streams.
Back by popular demand, the influence of the French Quarter will again grace the New Bedford waterfront in the form Matthew Hartnett and the Gumbo All-Stars. With its New Orleans-style trombone-led jazz and a genuine heartfelt musical perspective with genre defying compositions and southern rooted influences, this NOLA-flavored group will have you dancing from the first note. Hailing from Houston Texas with roots in Lake Charles Louisiana, Matthew Hartnett brings to you his one of a kind style. Matthew has graced stages all over the world performing with various artist including Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, Talib Kweli, Mike Phillips, Joe Sample, and many more.
The festival kicks off around 2:15 with the 17-piece local favorite, the SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra, back for the seventh year with its classic big-band sound, a powerhouse group of regional musicians led by Symphony Music Shop owner, Bob Williamson. The band plays semi-regularly at Gilda’s Stone Rooster in Marion.
Rounding out this afternoon of incredible live music is the Southcoast Brass Band, a group of energized local musicians dedicated to the traditions of jazz & funk that radiate from New Orleans — with a special New Bedford influence.