Dino Govoni and the Horseneck Trio | Dino Govoni and the UMASS Dartmouth Faculty All-Stars | Southcoast Jazz Orchestra | Dori Legge with The John Harrison Quartet | Marcus Monteiro Quartet | The UMASS Dartmouth Latin Jazz Vision Ensemble
Dino Govoni- Sax
One of the most versatile contemporary saxophonists is undoubtedly Dino Govoni.
Govoni learned from two tenor sax greats, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, and furthered his studies by attending Berklee College of Music, studying with the late, great Joe Viola. Govoni hit the road right away with a variety of musical outfits, playing and/or recording with such diverse artists as Grover Washington Jr., Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Arturo Sandoval, Cindy Blackman, Oscar Stagnaro, Mark Walker, Joe Beck, Jason Miles, Prassana, Terence Trent D’Arby, Mike Clark, Robben Ford, Tom Brechtlein, Ed Spargo, Mel Tormé, the Manhattan Transfer, the Boston Pops, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, and Frankie Valli, among others.
In March 2011 Dino participated in a PBS music special featuring West African singer Angelique Kidjo and special guests Diane Reeves, Josh Grobin, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride.
Govoni has two recordings under his own name to date, “Breakin’ Out” and “In the Library”, both on the Whaling City Sound label. Dino has also been a side man on many sessions and recordings with many well-known artists as well and many local artists in Boston and New York. Watch for a new live recording to be released soon!
In addition to his performances, Govoni is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music
Paul Nagel- Piano
After graduating high school in 1970, Paul left Cubberley High in Palo Alto, CA and moved to Santa Cruz, CA to study music at Cabrillo College and play in the Jazz Band under the direction of Lile Cruse. He also studied briefly with pianist Tom Coster. He moved from Santa Cruz to Hollywood to play with guitarist Robben Ford from 1971 to 1972, backing blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon. Job highlights were the Monterey Jazz Festival 1972 and a benefit at Madison Square Garden, New York for Angela Davis. With Robben Ford, he also backed various artists such as Charlie Musselwhite, Chuck Berry, Al McKibbon and Eric Burdon.
In 1973, he returned to Santa Cruz and formed a quartet (The Hytones) with Stan Poplin and Jim Baum (from the Cabrillo and Ford band) and sax player Paul Contos. The Hytones played the opening of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center that year. Kuumbwa provided opportunities for Paul to play with visiting artists in need of a pianist (Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, Eddie Henderson, David Schnitter, Eddie Moore….to name a few.) He met bassist Ray Drummond and became a member of his quartet which featured Eddie Marshall on drums and Manny Boyd on saxophone. In 1979, Paul received a performance grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. He also played a few dates with bassist Ray Brown.
After moving from Santa Cruz to Oakland, CA. in the winter of ’79, Paul played with various Bay Area musicians; Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Stitt, Hadley Kaliman, Ray Obiedo, Larry Schenider, Larry Grenadier, Glenn Chronkite, and many more. In 1980, he met vocalist Bobby McFerrin and performed with him regularly at the Great American Music Hall in SF, as well as opening for Chick Corea for the first annual KJAZ Jazz Festival at Davies Hall.
In 1982, he joined sax player and vocalist Cornelius Bumpus and recorded two albums (“Clear View” & “Beacon”) followed by a national tour. Through the remainder of the eighties, Paul worked with various singers and instrumentalists such as Kitty Margolis, Madeline Eastman, Rhiannon, Harvey Weinaple, Jim Grantham, Bruce Forman. In ’93, Paul rejoined Bobby McFerrin to form the band, “Bang! Zoom!” which played a week at the Blue Note in NYC and various jazz festivals (Montreux, North Sea, Monterey, Istanbul, Madrid and Vienna). “Bang! Zoom!” also performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic and the National Symphony. Paul also plays Rhodes on Bobby’s “Bang! Zoom!” Blue Note recording, released in 1995.
Before moving to the east coast in 2000, Paul formed the trio “NLS” with drummer Jason Lewis and bassist John Shifflett. “NLS” worked as a rhythm section for various singers and instrumentalists; Anton Schwartz, Kitty Margolis, Harvey Weinaple and many others. In Sept. of 2000, Paul performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival (with NLS) in the “Tribute to Bay Area Pianists” Concert which also featured the late Smith Dobson and Ed Kelly. After meeting singer/guitarist Boz Scaggs while doing a demo with Cornelius Bumpus, Paul and Boz started work on standards from the Great American Songbook. “But Beautiful – Standards Vol.1” (Paul – pianist and arranger) was released in ’03 (which debuted #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts) and Boz, NLS, vocalist Monet and saxophonist Eric Crystal toured the U.S., Japan, Europe and Australia. Paul joined Boz’s “Hit’s” band in ’04 and toured throughout the U.S. and Japan through ’08. Paul played a week’s tour in Canada with Michael Zilber, Steve Smith, Dave Liebman and John Shifflett. He also did a two week east coast tour with vocalist/guitarist Madeline Peyroux in ’05.
Currently living in the Southcoast of Massachusetts, Paul plays frequently in neighboring Providence and Newport Rhode Island as well as Boston and Cape Cod. You can catch him with John Allmark, Greg Abate, Dan Moretti, Dave Zinno, Phil Grenadier, Steve DeConti, Marty Ballou, Dick Lupino, George Masso and numerous others.
Dave Zinno- Bass
DAVID ZINNO studied at Berklee College and at the University of Rhode Island. He studied bass with Bill Piacitelli, Gary Peacock, and Walter Booker, Jr. and has performed with Dianne Schurr. He lived in New York City for ten years, where he performed with Jimmy Cobb, John Medeski, Larry Willis, Sonny Fortune and others. He played in the Broadway pit orchestra for Sugar Babies and An Evening with Michael Feinstein. He also wrote, produced and performed music for national advertising campaigns and is currently teaching at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. Recent recordings include Un (Rope a Dope Records), BTYZ and Man on a Bridge, among others.
Vinny Pagano- Drums
Vinny is one the premier drummers and session men in Rhode Island and Southeastern New England.
He has worked with Chuck Berry, J. Giles, Boz Scaggs, and Burt Bacharach. He is a very talented and experienced percussionist, he can play it all but jazz is surely where his heart is.
John Harrison III- Piano
Pianist, arranger, composer, and producer, John Harrison III has toured frequently on the festival circuit in Europe and the USA. After obtaining a B.A. degree in Music with a major in composition from Berklee College of Music, he continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts. He is a former faculty member at Berklee and a current faculty member at UMass Dartmouth. His other teaching credits include guest faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and L’Ecole des Musiques, Toulouse, France.
He has accompanied many of the regions best known musicians in live performances, on tour and in recording sessions. He was the Musical Director for Capitol recording artists, “Tavares.”
John also has two CD’s as a leader. In 1995 “Going Places” was released by TCB records of Motreaux, Switzerland. His current release, is “Roman Sun” with the Whaling City Sound label. His original compositions have been published by Black Hawk records, Parr records, TCB records and WCS records.
Jim Robitaille- Guitar
Guitarist and composer, Jim Robitaille, has performed internationally as a sideman and a leader of his own groups. His television and live performances include: The BET Jazz Channel, The Time Warner Music Choice Jazz Channel, PBS Television, The Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C, The Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, N.Y, The Wang Center, Boston, MA, The Knitting Factory and Smoke in New York, as well as several tours in the U.S and abroad, performing at festivals and clubs.
Robitaille has performed and or recorded with Jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Santi Debriano, Oscar Stagnaro and Jim Odgren, and has appeared on over 20 recordings as a leader and sideman.
The Jim Robitaille Group’s debut recording entitled “To Music”, featuring saxophonist Dave Liebman, received international critical acclaim, winning three international composition awards for three of his compositions from the recording. The CD was number five in the top ten list of 2004 by the Daily Ipirotikos Agon and the Apopsy in Greece and was the publishers pick for All About Jazz and the Boston Herald. The recording received international airplay and was #1 chart-bound on the Jazz Week Jazz chart.
•The 9th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition sponsored by BMI.
•The 2002 Great American Song Contest, First Place Instrumental Category.
•The 2002 Great American Song Contest, Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award.
•2011 Assets For Artists.
•The Julius Hemphill Jazz Composers Alliance Competition.
•The International Songwriting Contest.
•Numerous performance grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council For the Arts since 1989.
Robitaille has studied Guitar and Improvisation with Jazz guitarist Jon Damian at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Improvisation with Charlie Banacos. Robitaille has performed concerts and taught workshops, clinics and master-classes in Quebec Canada, St John U.S.V.I, and at Westfield State College, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University, Holyoke Community College, The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Cape Cod Community College, Connecticut College, Western New England College, Bristol Community College, Falmouth Academy and Tabor Academy.
Chris Poudrier- Drums
Brockton born drummer Chris Poudrier has had an eclectic career spanning thirty years. Not limited or bound to a specific genre his talent, passion, dedication, and musicality afford him the luxury to play all styles at a very convincing and inspiring level. Poudrier graduated from UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education Cum Laude. Endorsements include Regal Tip Drum Products and Istanbul Agop Cymbals. In addition to drum set professor and musical director for the UMASS Dartmouth Latin-Jazz Ensemble Poudrier has been called upon several times as Guest Faculty for Berklee College of Music’s annual Percussion Festival. Chris’s prowess extends beyond the drumming world where he is an active composer, plays the Irish Uilleann Pipes and is a skilled Bodhran player. The following list of international, national, and regional artists he has worked with include: Dave Liebman, Tony Monaco, Jerry Bergonzi, Karl Berger, Clyde Criner, Santi Debriano, Billy Preston, Shawnn Monteiro, Bruno Raberg, Dino Govoni, Andy McWain, Assif Tsahar, Jim Robitaille, Bruce Bartlett, Brad Hatfield, Phil Grenadier, Dave Limina, Bobby Keyes, Chiara Chivello, Alon Yavnia, Fernando Huergo, Greg Abate, Rick Britto, Bob Nieske, Matt Richard, Sophia Koutsovitis, John Harrison III, and Akili Jamal Haynes among others. Poudrier’s work is documented on many recordings and he can be seen performing live in the greater Boston area weekly. Highly regarded as an outstanding musical and organic performer on drum set, Poudrier imparts years of experience to his students. Students find their own inner voice and play not as drummers, but as musicians. Through a deep understanding of the music one plays, and technique combined with musicality, students play with drive and groove, passion and originality, thus giving a moving performance to all.
Wes Brown- Bass
Wes Brown has appeared on stage with many of the top names in jazz, including two years touring worldwide with the legendary Earl “Fatha” Hines. Known mostly as a bass player, he currently plays electric bass with Black Rebels (African Roots Reggae), Urban Family Band (soukous/Afro-pop), acoustic bass with various jazz ensembles, and percussion and bamboo flute with traditional West African groups, including Talking Drums and Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng. He is now working on a concert of European classical works for solo piano, performing the music of composers from Bach to Gershwin. Wes is a regular member of the Royal Hartigan Quartet which recently returned from its second trip to China; he also performs with Fred Ho’s Afro-Asian Ensemble and Monkey Orchestra including shows at the Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre during the past twelve months, and a 33-city U.S. tour the year before.
The Southcoast Jazz Orchestra (SJO) was founded in early 2009 by trumpeter Bob Williamson and drummer Neil Sylvia. The SJO began rehearsals at The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth, MA, in March 2009, and made their first appearance at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf Seaport Concert Series in July 2009.
The professional musicians and music educators of the SJO have played together in various orchestras, concert bands, jazz ensembles, quartets, and quintets over the past 3 decades.
The SJO is a traditional seventeen-member jazz band with trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and a rhythm section. The origin of this type of jazz ensemble can be traced all the way back to the 1930s and the Swing Era. While the terms “jazz orchestra” & “jazz band” are used to describe jazz bands, it is common for jazz orchestras to occasionally add vocals or additional instruments (such as strings, french horn, vibraphone, etc.) to enhance their sound on stage or while recording in the studio.
The SJO members who played at the July 2009 Mattapoisett concert included: alto saxophonists Billy Thompson & Sean Packard; tenor saxophonists Rick Britto & Chris Williamson; baritone saxophonist Karen Sanborn; trombonists Phil Sanborn, Dr. Mike Rocha, Karin Kingsland, & Travis Blischke; trumpeters Bob Williamson, Bill Fanning, Dan Lasdow, & Taryn Smith; pianist Matt Richard; guitarist Koby Williamson; bass guitarist Dave Gries; and drummer Neil Sylvia.
Dori Legge- Vocals
Belting out songs in front of an audience since third grade, Dori is natural and in her element on stage. Musical theatre, a jazz vocal degree and years of playing have helped increase her range and repertoire. As a song writer, Dori enjoys tapping into the positive energy of the band for her inspiration. Her other inspiration is found in her family, living in the Southcoast area and her work at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford.
Dan Schwartz- Percussion
Dr. Dan Schwartz can be seen playing with numerous bands in and around the South Coast.
Marcus Monteiro- Sax
In the year 1991, saxophonist Marcus Monteiro began his quest by experimenting and improvising. Starting with school lessons at 9 years old, Marcus’ appetite for music proceeded to grow. He soon turned to playing along with Maceo Parker and Dave Holland recordings in his bedroom. He found himself on stage with the much older musicians of the local Cape Verdean Vets Hall. From there he formed Gala Jive Jut, a quartet of genre-benders that worked the roots of funk.
Marcus spent four years studying performance and composition at UMASS Dartmouth. He studied under numerous artists including Rick Britto, Royal Hartigan, and Santi Debriano. Marcus has enjoyed being part of the festival circuit playing with Santi at the Panama Jazz Festival in 2006. More recently his own group, The Marcus Monteiro Quartet, opened for Esperanza Spalding at the Falmouth Jazz Festival. He has played professionally with various groups all along the east coast, mid-west, and the south. Urged back by popular demand, the Marcus Monteiro Quartet returned to Quebec for the third time in April 2009.
As a perpetual student, Marcus still studies music diligently. Whether it is improvisation, the Tala’s of Indian music, or the compositions of Maurice Ravel he seems to constantly find new sources to study. With Marcus’ wife Deborah expecting, he wanted to find a new methodology to introduce music to his child. He researched early childhood musical development and found Music Together. Marcus now teaches this immersion-based format.
In 2006, Marcus Monteiro’s debut album with his quartet was titled Mm4. The album which was released on the Whaling City Sound label received rave reviews. Marcus is an in demand saxophonist. On any given night, you can catch him playing various genres of music. Whether it is the experimental blues music of Neal McCarthy or the thumping house electronica of The Grand Army two things are guaranteed: No two gigs are alike and each one will leave you wanting “one more song.”
The UMASS Dartmouth Latin Jazz Vision Ensemble
Chris Poudrier- Conductor (see above)