Bring an instrument to donate and
enter to win the door prize (more info)
Henri Smith and his band, New Orleans Friends and Flavours, brought the sold-out Larcom Theatre audience to their feet in April during his Mardi Gras concert. For Christmas 2013, crooner Henri Smith and his all-star band will bring the sounds and soul of New Orleans to New England once again for a special Christmas concert of traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with traditional Christmas favorites.
New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Creole and Cajun Music Legend Henri Smith, Singer, Recording Artist, Band Leader, and Movie Actor has been thrilling audiences while touring the United States and Europe. His career started in his home town of New Orleans where he polished his sophisticated and dramatic music delivery. He frequently performed and served as the emcee at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival -- the LARGEST Jazz Fest in the World!
After losing his home to Hurricane Katrina, Henri moved to Massachusetts. He now performs throughout New England with his all-star band New Orleans Friends and Flavours. See full Henri Smith bio here.
Amadee Castenell joins Henri Smith for his 2013 Christmas Concert. Amadee Castenell is a premier tenor saxophonist and flautist who has been nurtured by 30 years of playing in the rich multi-layered music scene of New Orleans. He currently appears on HBO's hit series Treme.
From 1973-1983 he was musical director of the band Chocolate Milk, writing and performing on their 8 albums for RCA Records. For 30 years he has also been an important member of the award winning, legendary musical genius Allen Toussaint Orchestra.
When not touring, he is a much seasoned and in demand studio musician. Amadee has recorded with such legendary artists as Dr. John (Grammy award winning "Going Back to New Orleans"), Robbie Robertson ("Storyville"), Lee Dorsey ("Night People"), and Neville Brothers ("Fire on the Bayou") to name just a few. From Etta James to Idris Mohammed, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Albert King all have loved the tasteful phrasing of his sultry soulful saxophone.
See Amadee with Irma Thomas, Dave Bartholomew and Allen Toussaint in this music clips video from HBO's hit series Treme. On Friday, Henri Smith will perform some of the songs from this video.
Internationally-acclaimed jazz/cabaret artists Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter are among the most original and creative vocal duos performing today. Their sophistication and style is evident in their exquisite interpretations of both classics from the Great American Songbook and musical gems from more contemporary composers like Dave Frishberg and Stephen Sondheim.
Beginning their musical Odyssey in Boston, Lynne & Mike relocated to Los Angeles, soon performing on national and international radio and television, major concert stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and releasing seven acclaimed CD’s.
Described by the Hollywood Reporter as "Caviar" and by Ron Della Chiesa as "arguably the finest vocal/instrumental cabaret duo in America," they have devoted their performances and original songs to humanitarian causes including their Jazz is a Rainbow projects for under served children and their efforts for the United Nations Children’s Fund.
They are the recipients of the First Encore Cabaret Humanitarian Award and the writers of the "We Dream A Brighter Day" anthem for UNICEF, which is included on their new, holiday CD, "Christmas In Your Heart."
Carmen Spada graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a dual major in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition. Formally a pianist, he also studied voice and taught himself accordion while at Berklee and is in demand today in the jazz, pop and world genres for his complete range of performance and composition abilities. Spada currently divides his professional time between Toronto and Boston and has performed at the Berklee Performance Centre, Beantown Jazz Festival, The Redroom at Cafe 939, Prudential Centre Summer Concert Series, Block Island Summer Concert Series, The Harvard Club, and a number of other venues and private functions in Massachusetts. Spada also enjoys a monthly residency at Manhattans in Guelph, Ontario, where he performs with his current jazz trio of Pat Collins on bass and drummer and Order of Canada member, Terry Clarke.
Carmen Spada is also well known and recognized in the Italian cultural circles of Toronto and Boston and performs annually at the Wakefield Italian Festival in Wakefield, MA, as well as the St. Anthony Feast in Hamilton, Ontario, Festa Della Madonna Delle Grazie in Mississauga and previously at St Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester, MA as well as New England's largest Italian feast, St. Anthony's, in Boston's historic North End district.
Carmen Spada won the 2010 Rose Theatre Songwriting competition in Brampton for his original song, Why You Make Me Fall In Love With You.
Spada has performed with Dave Young, Nick "Brownman" Ali, Ernest Dawkins, Ted Warren, Marc Rogers, Mark McLean, Kelly Jefferson, William Sperandei, Kelsley Grant, Chendy Leon, Richard Whiteman, Drew Birston, Chris Bilton, Michael Ciufo, Rita Chiarelli, Sebastian Carubia, Lenny Solomon, Kevin Fox, Justin Abedin, Kevin LaLiberte, Jason Camelio, Daniel Ian Smith and Steve Rochinski. He currently performs and tours with Juno winning guitarist Robert Michaels, New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith and world music ensemble, Luna Bianca.
Local actress and singer, Diane DiSanto, will also join Henri for some Christmas favorites.
We are proud to sponsor an instrument drive for The Musary at this Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas concert. Everyone who brings an instrument to donate will be entered to win a door prize at intermission. The Musary serves as a free lending library of musical instruments.
The Musary is a 501(c)3 on-profit organization that that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people, especially young people, in our community to get involved in music. It is the Musary's goal to lend musical instruments to anyone in need, "No Strings Attached." To learn more about The Musary, borrow an instrument or donate, visit their website.
"My daughter had been asking for violin lessons since she was four. When I reached out to the Musary, they were able to provide her and five of her friends with mini-violins just right for their hands. Thanks to the Musary, six budding musicians were able to explore and develop a love for music in a comfortable group setting. We couldn't have done it without the Musary!"
"When my son became convinced in middle school that the bassoon was the only instrument for him, I knew we needed a trial period first. The folks at The Musary worked hard to find us an instrument to try -- not an easy task, given how rare bassoons are. We were able to admire its beauty and construction, while also realizing my son needed to grow a bit before he could "fit into" such a large woodwind."
"What a wonderful resource for inspiring musicians! ... Any instrument, just ask. If they don't have it the Musary will do what they can to help aspiring musicians have access to the instruments."
"Michaela loves the trombone she had taken the flute and did not like it. The Musary is perfect she asked me if she could try the trombone and I wasn't ready to sign a contract and start all over again. This has been great she loves the trombone and is getting better every day. Thank you so much."
"The Musary has provided our school's music program with a library of instruments, opening many avenues to musical exploration and discovery."
Less than 24 miles from Boston, the historic Larcom Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Beverly, MA only 3 miles from 128 at 13 Wallis Street, with plenty of free parking (see map).
This gracious showplace was built, in 1912, on the birth site of one of America’s most widely read nineteenth century poetesses, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom Theatre's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
After seven years of wowing audiences with his turn-of-the-lastcentury- style stage magic production at the 1920 Cabot Street Cinema Theatre (just 4 blocks away), Cesareo Pelaez, the founder of the Le Grand David stage magic ensemble, led the purchase of the Larcom in 1984 and immediately set to work restoring its pristine beauty.
The Beverly Historical Society recognized Cesareo with an award for the integrity and authenticity of his restoration. When Cesareo finished his work there, the Larcom’s elegant horseshoe balcony, antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings once again took you back in time to an age when American life moved more slowly and more deliberately.
Cesareo had a great love for antique theatres and is the one man who can be thanked for the preservation of both the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre and the Larcom Theatre. Today the Larcom once again opens its doors and beckons you to enter its historic world.
There is plenty of free parking at the municipal parking lot on Bow Street, about 150 feet away and at the City Hall parking lot about half a block away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm.Click here for detailed directions to the historic Larcom Theatre.
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