Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Pops with Amanda Carr

Punxsutawney Phil
Punxsutawney Phil was right—we’ve had another six weeks of winter!

James O'Dell
But, never fear, April is almost here and that means the Concord Band Spring Pops concerts. Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7 at 8:00 pm, 51 Walden in Concord is the place to welcome Spring.

Music Director James O’Dell will reprise the best numbers from the Band’s March concert. Continuing our tribute to the anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the Band will perform Overture to Candide and the sailor's dance from On the Town.

Amanda Carr
Jazz vocalist Amanda Carr is back to warm your hearts along with the seasonable weather. Amanda adds a jazz and Latin feel to the Pops concerts, including her fabulous renditions of Route 66, One Note Samba, and Blue Moon.
Richard Given

Trumpet soloist Richard Given will thrill the audience with A Trumpeter's Lullaby.

Friday evening's concert is presented by The Rotary Club of Concord, Pops sponsor for more than 40 years. Tickets are available via email at info@rotaryclubofconcord.org.

Saturday night's concert is hosted by The Concord Band, and tickets are available online at www.ticketstage.com/concordband.

For more information, call the Band’s announcement line at 978-897-9969, or view our website at www.concordband.org.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spotlight: Guest Artist Amanda Carr

Guest Artist Amanda Carr
Amanda Carr recently joined public radio station WICN, Jazz+ for New England, as Executive Director, having been involved with the station for over 20 years following her first-ever interview as a jazz artist. In addition to her music and production background, Amanda brings her sales and marketing knowledge to her role at the station.

Amanda is an international recording and touring artist who has received worldwide critical acclaim of her fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. The Wall Street Journal hails her, “...a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”.

While still performing and tapping into her roots of pop, blues, folk & rock with artists like the legendary James Montgomery and Myanna, Amanda has been a guest vocalist with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, among many other guest vocal appearances. A headline artist at EuroJazz Festival, she recorded “Live in San Giorgio” with Trio Martinale in Torino, Italy.

Her Portuguese rendition of ‘Mas Que Nada’ labeled her the Top Three Vocalists of 2009 in the jazz category in Brazil’s ‘Rio Review’. Amanda successfully created and headlined a cross-country tour show of  “A Tribute to Peggy Lee” which sold out thirty dates and still remains a draw for audiences.

Among her corporate and commercial work, she has composed and performed music for two PBS documentaries, one being ‘The Story of Golf’ which received an Emmy Nomination, and also acclaim for her musical contributions to ‘Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History’. Her original work with childrenʼs music for the  ‘Lilʼ Iguana’ series is among her favorite composing and recording projects. She is the writer and composer for The Boston Anthem which has been adopted by major Boston sports teams, corporations, organizations and schools.

Her most ambitious project, a big band album entitled “Common Thread”, debuted on the top of multiple Jazz Best Seller charts and in the top 50 on Billboard. Paying homage to her big band musician parents, Amanda founded ‘American Big Band Preservation Society’ in 2009,  a non-profit that preserves the essence of American musical heritage.

She was chosen to represent the USA in a music ambassadorship to Shanghai, China in 2014. Currently, she is Artist Liaison for the esteemed organization, ‘Boston Women in Media and Entertainment’ authoring a popular online interview series. Amanda is an official CBS Radio commentator for Boston’s prestigious annual “Boston Pops July 4th” concert on the Esplanade with WBZ News Radio.

With five jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Amanda continues to perform as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest artist. Amanda was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for 2015 by Rotary International, and she was nominated for 2016 Boston Music Awards Jazz Artist of the Year. Closer to home, Amanda Carr is one of only two artists in history named Honorary Member of the Concord Band.

Source: www.amandacarr.com Used with permission.

Friday, March 16, 2018

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