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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

New! Shelli with the Portland Jazz Orchestra

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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/.

Aug2

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 & 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

Jul10

Shelli LaTorre & The Moonlighters Orchestra

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Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ

I'll be performing with the "Moonlighters Orchestra," a classic 17-piece swing band. This is one of my favorite gigs--it’s an outdoor concert and will be held at the Public Gardens on the eastern side of the restaurant. . Bring your lawn chairs. Our stage backdrop will be the New York skyline. Needless to say, the view is awesome, and, admission is FREE!

Mar22

Shelli LaTorre

Blue Mermaid, 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, ME

Come hear Shelli playing and singing a variety of your favorite jazz and pop tunes at Blue Mermaid in Kittery, ME. The menu features favorites like Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Guava-braised Short Ribs, New World Paella and Island Shrimp Pad Thai, along with many options for soup, salad, sandwiches and burgers, small plates and grilled seafood. They have eight rotating beers on tap from craft brewers, a wide selection of wines and a very tasty assortment of cocktails. For directions and more information, give them a call at 207-703-2754, or visit their website at http://bluemermaid.com/

Nov25

Shelli LaTorre & Casey Mancuso

The Garden Grille and Bar, 100 High Street, Portsmouth, NH

Come hear Shelli and special guest Casey Mancuso playing and singing a variety of your favorite jazz and pop tunes at The Garden Grille and Bar at the Hilton in Portsmouth. The menu features great local food and beers. For directions and more information, give them a call at (603) 431-1499, or visit their website at http://www.hgiportsmouth.com/Garden-Grille-en.html.

Shelli LaTorre @ The Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival

Hampton Inn & Suites, 23 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, NH 03810

See Shelli as part of the Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival, sponsored by Cathartes and produced by Cuzin Richard Smith of Cuzin Richard Entertainment

The Hampton Inn is one of 8 venues in Portsmouth that will be participating in this event:

12:15 to 1:00pm. Shelli LaTorre on piano and vocals

2:40pm to 3:25 pm: Shelli LaTorre on vocals and Ray DeMarco on Piano

4:00pm to 4:45pm: Shelli LaTorre on vocals and Charlie Jennison on Piano

For more details, call 603.430.3033.

Nov5

Shelli LaTorre & Special Guest Robyn Plocinski

The Garden Grille and Bar, 100 High Street, Portsmouth, NH

Come hear Shelli and extra special guest Robyn Plocinski playing and singing a variety of your favorite jazz and pop tunes at The Garden Grille and Bar at the Hilton in Portsmouth. The menu features great local food and beers. For directions and more information, give them a call at (603) 431-1499, or visit their website at http://www.hgiportsmouth.com/Garden-Grille-en.html.

Oct21

Shelli LaTorre

The Garden Grille and Bar, 100 High Street, Portsmouth, NH

Come hear Shelli playing and singing a variety of your favorite jazz and pop tunes at The Garden Grille and Bar at the Hilton in Portsmouth. The menu features great local food and beers. For directions and more information, give them a call at (603) 431-1499, or visit their website at http://www.hgiportsmouth.com/Garden-Grille-en.html.

Sep5

Shelli LaTorre & The Moonlighters Swing Orchestra

Liberty House Restaurant, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Outdoor summer swing!

This is one of Shelli's favorite gigs. The concert will be held at the Public Gardens on the eastern side of the Liberty House Restaurant overlooking New York City.

Shelli will be performing with the Moonlighters Swing Orchestra, a classic 17-piece swing band.

Admission is FREE!

Sep2

Shelli LaTorre

The Garden Grille and Bar, 100 High Street, Portsmouth, NH

Come hear Shelli playing and singing a variety of your favorite jazz and pop tunes at The Garden Grille and Bar at the Hilton in Portsmouth. The menu features great local food and beers. For directions and more information, give them a call at (603) 431-1499, or visit their website at http://www.hgiportsmouth.com/Garden-Grille-en.html.

Aug3

Shelli LaTorre & Casey Mancuso

Shipyard Brew Pub, 28 Commons Way, Eliot, Maine 03903

Come hear Shelli and extra special guest, Casey Mancuso, playing and singing a variety of your favorite jazz and pop tunes at The Shipyard Brew Pub in Eliot, ME. The menu features award-winning craft beer and Maine seafood. For directions and more information, give them a call at 207-686-2026 or visit their website at http://www.shipyardbrewpub.com/.

Jul29

The Shelli LaTorre Trio

Patio Garden Restaurant, 21 Weeks Street, Laconia, NH 03246

Enjoy classic jazz with Shelli and some of the best local jazz musicians! This is a beautiful outdoor venue and reservations are suggested if you want to make sure you are seated near the band.

For more information, click on http://weirsbeach.com/reasons-to-visit/activities/music/music-at-the-marketplace/ or call 603.366.5800.

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