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2 vintage music festivals revived as 1

Posted Sep 28, 2017 at 5:59 AM

Updated Sep 29, 2017 at 1:26 PM

  

PORTSMOUTH - With a nod to two legendary Portsmouth music festivals and a focus on bringing local community entertainment to a new sector in the city, Cathartes, in cooperation with Cuzin Richard Entertainment, will present The Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival on Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Portwalk Place neighborhood. More than a half dozen blues and jazz acts will perform on as many stages inside Portwalk Place’s hotel and restaurant businesses from noon to 6 p.m. The festival is free and open to the first 1,000 festival goers; the festival brochure details the locations and performances at each of the stages within Portwalk Place.

Cathartes, the Boston-based private real estate firm that created Portwalk Place, is sponsoring the new event, while Cuzin Richard Smith of Cuzin Richard Entertainment Agency (CREA) is producing the festival that brings together established and emerging local performers.

Jim Goldenberg, principal at Cathartes, sums up the company’s decision to make something old new again with sponsorship of the festival.

“The Seacoast is an incredibly fertile area for some really talented musicians of all genres,” Goldenberg said. “We felt there was a great opportunity for us, together with our restaurant and hotel partners on Portwalk Place, to create a unique event that will allow the community to hear some of the area’s top jazz and blues artists in a comfortable, convenient, and fun setting.”

The new festival pays homage to the heralded Jazz and Blues festivals in Portsmouth years ago and brings together local musicians, who often headlined at festivals here and throughout the region and nation. The original Portsmouth Jazz Festival (1982-1992) began on Ceres Street and was founded by entrepreneurs Dick and Jill Gallant, Mike Smith and Peter Rice. The Blues Festival, held from 1986 to 2006, was the brainchild of historian Valerie Cunningham and blues music maker, activist and educator TJ Wheeler.

Smith, who opened his entertainment agency in Portsmouth in 1976, notes: “During this time, these individual festivals had support from organizations such as The New Hampshire Council on the Arts and the Blues Bank Collective that aren’t here anymore. Thanks to Cathartes, we can celebrate our community’s vibrant jazz and blues musicians, many of whom performed in the original festivals.” The schedule includes jazz and blues soloists, jazz duos, trios and quartets as well as an R&B and a swing trio, all playing 40-minute sets simultaneously throughout Portwalk Place.

Enduring jazz and blues performers at the Festival include The Big Note Trio featuring Ben Baldwin and Kent Allyn; Bob Halperin; TJ Wheeler; Sharon Jones Trio; Pete Peterson; the Russ Grazier Quartet featuring alumni of PMAC; sax legend Charlie Jennison and keyboard man Ray DeMarco in separate sets with jazz vocalist Shelli LaTorre while emerging acts include the instrumental jazz trio The Pork Low Mainers and jazz trio Ollie & Them.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170928/2-vintage-music-festivals-revived-as-1

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Shelli LaTorre & David Newsam

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Profile Coffee Bar, 15 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, NH

Shelli will be playing piano and singing at The Profile Coffee Bar as part of their Friday Night Jazz Series. This night will be extra special as she will be joined by the renowned guitarist and Berklee instructor, David Newsam. The evening menu features wine and dessert, so it's a good night to enjoy your favorite temptations! For more information, give them a call at 603.501.1801 or click https://www.profilecoffeebar.com/

For more information on David Newsam, click http://davidnewsam.com/bio.html

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Shelli LaTorre & Charlie Jennison

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Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St, Laconia, NH 03246

Hear Shelli perform with the super-talented Charlie Jennison at Pitman's Freight Room! Pitman's has been completely renovated with modern amenities, including a large dance floor, and is rapidly becoming the premier location for arts and entertainment in the Lakes Region. This show is part of their Thursday Night Jazz Series. There is a $20 cover charge, but the venue is BYOB...so it will be the best $20 you spend this summer! For more information call 603-527-0043 or click here: http://pitmansfreightroom.com/UpComingEvents.html

For information on Charlie Jennison, click here: http://charliejennison.com/?section=bio

Shelli LaTorre

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Profile Coffee Bar, 15 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, NH

Shelli will playing and singing classic jazz at The Profile Coffee Bar as part of their Wednesday night music series. The evening menu features wine and dessert, so it's a good night to enjoy your favorite temptations! For more information, give them a call at 603.501.1801 or visit their website at https://www.profilecoffeebar.com/.

WSCA Button Factory Jazz Series: Shelli LaTorre and Mike Effenberger

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WSCA Button Factory Stage, 909 Islington Street #1, Portsmouth, NH

Button Factory Jazz is fully open to the public in the intimate space situated within the station’s walls, accented by the Button Factory Stage, and room for an attentive 50 person audience. The venue showcases an assortment of chairs throughout, as well as several non-matching, yet very comfortable couches that line the perimeter of the venue – fit for those folks who fall into them first. The series will feature an array of local and regional jazz musicians displaying their musical prowess, which is accessible to any open-minded individual seeking the thirst of a Thursday night spent basking in sonically mesmerizing treats.

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