Provincetown Jazz Festival Set to Begin Thursday

PROVINCETOWN – The 15th annual Provincetown Jazz Festival will be held later this month at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Since 2005, the festival has presented jazz musicians from the United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

“There really wasn’t a jazz festival at the time I moved down here that was a multiple day multiple artist jazz festival type format,” said Executive Producer and Performer Bart Weisman.

“Everything just kind of gelled together and the sponsors have been wonderful and both venues have been terrific to us, both the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.”

This year’s event will feature nine jazz musicians making their Provincetown Jazz Festival debuts.

“I came up with the concept of having debuts every year and new artists every year,” continued Weisman.

Jessica Curran, a jazz-pop vocalist, composer, arranger and lyricist will perform alongside Fabiano de Castro from Brazil on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Weisman himself on drums.

Curran has appeared with the Cape Symphony, shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin and has played at notable venues such as the Stockholm Concert Hall, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth Texas, Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago, and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Henry Acker, a 15 year old gypsy jazz guitarist will take the stage alongside his father Victor Acker on guitar, and his uncle Dana Acker on double bass.

The young Acker plays in the style of Django Reinhardt and was the recipient of the 2017 Djangofest North West Saga award as well as a two time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Student Award for Jazz guitar soloist.

Katie Thiroux, a Los Angeles based bassist and jazz musician will perform with Kevin Harris on piano, Jeremy Turgeon on trumpet who is also making his festival debut, and Weisman on drums.

Thrioux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura bass playing, assured singing, compelling compositions, and in the words of musical icon Quincy Jones, “This girl is it!”

Finally Kevin Harris, a New York-Boston based pianist who will also play alongside Thrioux, will take the stage for his own performance and play jazz tunes with Max Ridley on bass and Lee Fish on drums, both of whom are making their festival debuts along with Harris.     

Harris has played all over the world with notable appetences in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Denmark, Italy, Peru, Cuba, Panama, Seoul, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv among many others.

The festival will consist of two concerts, the first is set to take place Thursday, August 15 at The Crown and Anchor in Provincetown beginning at 7 p.m.

A free bus will be available for attendees of the Thursday concert. The bus will leave the Hyannis Exit 6 commuter parking lot and will also stop at the Harwich Exit 10 commuter parking lot.

The second will take place Monday, August 19th at the Cotuit Center for the Arts beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Curran and Henry Acker will take the stage for the Thursday concert while Katie Thiroux and Kevin Harris will perform at the Monday concert.

Tickets are $30.00 per concert, a portion of the proceeds from the festival are donated to Jazz in the Schools Program on Cape Cod and other worth causes.

For more information visit Provincetownjazzfestival.org or contact Executive Producer and Performer Bart Weisman at 508 274 2513.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the CapeCod.com News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.



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