Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers - Jazz Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

World-Class Jazz - right here in Middletown! What is it that brings such amazing talent to The Buttonwood Tree? It's the great acoustics, a casual and inviting atmosphere and congenial, attentive audiences, so say the performers. This weekend is a great time to see for yourself how good it sounds and how good it feels to relax at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center while listening to fabulous music. Both Friday and Saturday nights offer jazz by professional, seasoned musicians who are on tour around the world.

Friday, Aug 30th - 8 pm - Avery Sharpe and Charles Neville "From New Orleans to New England"
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Saturday, Aug 31- 8 pm - Yoron Israel with "High Standards" - featuring Yoron Israel (drums, percussion), Laszlo Gardony (piano), Lance Bryant (soprano & tenor sax) and Henry Lugo (bass)
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Make your reservation online and save ... Come see for yourself how amazing the musicians are! 

 The Buttonwood Tree - 605 Main Street, Middletown, next to It's Only Natural market. 860-347-4957  Buttonwood website    Beverages and light refreshments available.  See more and listen:

From New Orleans to New England: Avery Sharpe & Charles Neville Duo


Charles Neville
Charles Neville’s saxophone work in his 50 year career has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, bebop, popular, and native American music. Best known for his work with his brothers in the New Orleans funk-pop group the Neville Brothers, he cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. Neville has played with R&B greats including Johnny Ace, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Big Maybelle, James Brown, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Ray Charles. At home in New Orleans, he played saxophone behind Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Ernie K-Doe and Huey “Piano” Smith
Avery Sharpe
Avery Sharpe learned both electric and acoustic bass as a teenager, and studied with Reggie Workman at the University of Massachusetts. He played with Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny before joining McCoy Tyner’s sextet; from 1984 through 2002 he played with Tyner’s trio. He has also played as a sideman with Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Ricky Ford, Joe Ford, and others. As a leader, he has releases on Sunnyside Records, and several albums on his own label, JKNM.
Sharpe is remarkably versatile as a bassist. He plays both bass guitar and upright bass. His humming-and-bowing, à la Slam Stewart, as well as his chord work on stand-up bass, are signatures of his unique style.

YORON ISRAEL bring his group, “High Standards” to TBT as they tour throughout the United States and looks toward South African and European tours next year.  His recent recording “VISIONS, The Music of Stevie Wonder” has received rave reviews and enthusiastic support from radio, print media and the public at large. “High Standards”, features Yoron Israel – drums, percussion, Laszlo Gardony – piano, Lance Bryant – saxophone, Henry Lugo – bass.

This foursome represents a depth of virtuosity and musical cohesiveness that is infectious. The ensemble is committed to forging ahead “New Standards” for the 21st century, by adding a highly personalized perspective to familiar performance, compositional and arrangement references, that will become common repertoire of choice for future generations of jazz musicians and listeners. For more information see

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