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Free 2018 Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival at Portwalk Place Set for Veterans Day

PORTSMOUTH, NH – In its second year, the Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival at Portwalk Place features more than a dozen blues and jazz artists performing at eight stages inside Portwalk Place hotels and restaurants on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11 from noon to 6 pm. The revived music festival is sponsored by Cathartes, the private, Boston-based real estate developer that built Portwalk Place, (tucked between Deer and Hanover Streets),in cooperation with Richard Smith, head of Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates (CREA), since 1976, in Portsmouth.

The original Portsmouth Jazz Festival (1982-1992) began on Ceres Street and was founded by hospitality entrepreneurs Dick and Jill Gallant, Mike Smith and Peter Rice and produced by CREA. The Blues Festival, presented from 1986 to 2006 at various outdoor settings, was the brainchild of historian Valerie Cunningham and blues music maker, activist and educator, TJ Wheeler. When it was staged at Strawbery Banke museum, the Blues Festival was produced by CREA.

The 2018 festival is free and open to the public. Brochures listing performers, performance times and stages are available on site and in advance at participating Portwalk Place businesses. Once again, all performances feature local and regional headliners – most are recording and touring artists, and were Standing Room Only last year. Parking is available at the Portwalk Garage, with an entrance on Hanover Street, and at the Vaughan Street Parking Lot near the Deer Street entrance.

The line-up this year includes three return performers: the Russ Grazier Quartet & the PMAC Jazz Institute Band; southern style blues singer and guitarist, Pete Peterson, and Charlie Jennison, who performs with jazz vocalist Shelli LaTorre and in two following sets with jazz pianist Mark Shilansky and singer Sarah Kervin. New on the bill this year is the jazz and blues Andrew Emanuel Quartet; country blues duo BAZA; the Matt Langley Jazz Quartet with Jody Bregler and the delta-infused Michael Vincent Band. Rounding out the schedule is a long-awaited return performance by the celebrated chanteuse, teacher, producer, recording artist and songwriter, Carri Coltrane, in her eponymous trio featuring Woody Allen on guitar and Gary Gemmiti on drums.

Smith is particularly pleased that the revived festival attracted so many music lovers last year and that it continues with the support of Cathartes. “This festival, made possible by Cathartes, pays tribute to performing artists who put Portsmouth on the map. It’s so important to continue what the original festival organizers created all those years ago because we’re still harvesting a wealth of local and regional talent. It’s a big part of why people really love being here. It benefits everyone.”

Managers at participating Portwalk Place fest venues welcomed the capacity turnout. “The PMAC crew was a big hit last year,” says Trevor Cross, general manager at Marriott Residence Inn. “The festival allowed local residents and hotel guests the chance to listen to variety of music in one central location.” Andrew Levinson, manager at Profile Coffee and Wine Bar adds: "Last year's festival brought Portwalk Place to life with great music and energy.  Profile was thrilled to be a host venue."

In addition to presenting another stellar line-up of local and regional talents, festival organizers are commemorating the national holiday with a ticketed evening concert after the free festival to benefit Veterans Count (www.vetscount.org/nh), a charity supporting veterans. “To Honor Their Service: An Evening of Jazz & Blues” features a double bill with longtime Seacoast favorite, Combo Sabroso, led by pianist Matt Jenson and featuring Cuban trumpeter Yaure Muniz (of Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban Allstars fame) performing Latin jazz and the legendary, eight-piece, Roomful of Blues at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center on Portwalk Place. The concert starts at 6:30 and ends at 10 pm; tickets are $30 in advance and available at www.facebook.com/PortwalkPlace/. The ticket price on the night of the concert is $40, cash only; sales to start at 6 pm.

For more information, contact Richard Smith at CREA, (603) 436-8596/richard@cuzinrichard.com

History

Shelli with the late jazz great, Jon Hendricks

Shelli with Bobby Valli!

New! Shelli with the Portland Jazz Orchestra

Performances

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Previous events

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/. There is a $5 cover charge

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.

https://www.facebook.com/buttonfactorystage/

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

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!

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