|SATURDAY August 17
||SUNDAY August 18
||SHS Jazz Band
11: 15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bio: The Salem High School Jazz Band is made up
of the finest jazz musicians at Salem High School. It
is led by Cynthia Naiperkowski, coordinator of
music and band director. The band has opened the
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival every year.
||NSJP All Stars
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bio: The North Shore Jazz Project All Stars is a
student big band of select membership from high
schools throughout the North Shore. It is led by
Mike Tucker, artistic director. This will be the band’
s third year playing the festival.
||Tough Love Trio
Bio: The Tough Love Trio is composed of three
exceptionally active musicians in the Boston music
scene, Mike Mele (guitar), Steve Chaggaris
(drums) and Blake Newman (bass). Their repertoire
consists of standard/not-so-standard,
contemporary, and original jazz compositions, in
the classic lineup of guitar, double bass and drums.
Individually they have recorded and performed
internationally with a wide array of diverse artists,
and appeared on numerous radio and television
programs. Collectively, these assured stylists
deliver an elegant, mature, and distinctive brand of
jazz that has earned glowing reviews among
contemporaries and clients alike.
Bio: Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital
of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa
known for its rich musical and cultural heritage.
Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination
that have always characterized Mozambicans, he
built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil,
scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical
Albino Mbie is an active musician, and has
performed in several countries including
Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.
S., and Mexico. He has also produced and
recorded various projects in Mozambique and in
the United States. In 2012, he will graduate from
Berklee College with a degree in Music Production
& Engineering and Performance, and a minor in
Acoustics and Electronics.
Albino Mbie, a recent Berklee college of Music
graduate performed in July’s Berklee/SJSF
||Qwill & The Soul Review Project
Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2-3 p.m.
Bio: Singer/Songwriter and producer Jesse
Ciarmataro, aka Qwill, leads his group, The Soul
Review Project, mixing ambient textures, with
electronic inspired grooves to create an
avant-garde approach to the future of soul music.
The Soul Review Project features a powerful,
organic line up including John Aruda; tenor
saxophone (Jesse Dee, SuperHoney), Dennis
Monagle; drums (The Resonance, The Bandit
Kings), Cilla Bonnie; bass; vocals (Cilla Bonnie
band, Samantha Farrell band), Michael Feingold,
guitar (Erykah Badu, Jay-Z), and Yahuba
Garcia-Torres; percussion (Ryan Montbleau Band,
Nate Wilson Group).
||Tough Tenors: Mike Tucker and
Date: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2-3 p.m.
Mike’s Bio: Mike Tucker has performed as a
leader and a side man all over the world. In 2002
he competed as a semi- finalist in the Thelonious
Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in
Washington D.C., and soon after he attended
Berklee College of Music on a full tuition
scholarship where his career got a jump start.
The Mike Tucker Quartet has been invited to
perform at jazz festivals around the world. Besides
many engagements with his own group, Tucker is
currently a member of Sony Recording artist
Robin Mckelle’s group and has performed with
Esperanza Spaulding, Tiger Okoshi, George
Garzone, Joe Lovano, Melvin Sparks, George
Duke, Christian Scott, Fred Wesley, Eric Reed
and Carl Allen among many others.
In addition to his career as a performer, Tucker is
a sought after clinician and educator. He has
been invited to give master classes in the United
States and internationally.
He holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music
and a master’s degree in jazz performance from
New England Conservatory of Music. He is also an
AMSTAT certified Alexander Technique teacher
and specializes in instrumental technique as it
applies to proper use of the body.
Gordon’s Bio: “Sax” Gordon Beadle was born in
Detroit in 1965. He gained his first musical
experiences in Northern California with combos
and big bands in the Sacramento area, eventually
performing and recording with Bay Area Blues
giant Johnny Heartsman before leaving for the
East Coast. Early on, Gordon established a
reputation for his hard-blowing, gutsy sax style
and his ability to excite an audience.
Since coming to Boston, Gordon has become one
of the most sought-after saxophonists in his field,
both in recording studios and in clubs and concert
halls worldwide. He's been featured as a soloist
on both the tours and recordings of such highly-
respected artists as Duke Robillard, Jay
McShann, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Jimmy
Witherspoon, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, and
Roomful of Blues.
His flamboyant solos have appeared on award-
winning recordings by such legendary R&B
pioneers as Jimmy McGriff, Champion Jack
Dupree, Rosco Gordon, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy
“T99” Nelson, Billy Boy Arnold and Charles Brown.
Also, Gordon has been called upon to play live
with many of the great artists of blues, jazz, and
soul, including Solomon Burke, Little Milton,
Johnny Copeland, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown,
Herb Ellis, Ben E. King, Keely Smith, Howard Tate,
Martha Reeves, Junior Wells, Mighty Sam
McClain, Charlie Musselwhite, Reuben Wilson &
the Masters of Groove, Johnny Johnson, James
Cotton, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Hubert
Sumlin, Big Jay McNeely, Sherman Robertson,
Junior Watson and John Hammond.
Gordon has performed in Europe, Australia,
South America, Africa, Central America,
Scandinavia, the Caribbean, all over North
America, and toured in opening bands for such
notable acts as the Rolling Stones, BB King and
the Neville Brothers.
||Eric Reardon and Noe Socha
Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 3:10-3:30 p.m.
Noe's Website Eric's Website
Bio: Guitarists Eric Reardon and Noé Socha
(pronounced “Noah”) met several years ago when
Socha played In a Pig’s Eye, Reardon’s family
restaurant. Since then they have played together
at clubs in Boston and on the North Shore, even
opening for Dave Mason at the Shalin Liu
Performance Center in Rockport in 2012. In 2009,
Reardon visited Socha in his native Italy, where
they played several venues as a duo.
Reardon, a Salem native, currently performs with
the Jackleg Preachers, HDRnB and Dave Bailin
and the Bailouts. Socha lives in Boston, where he
attends the Berklee college of Music.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 4-5:10 p.m.
Bio: Aruda Wakening, led by Scott Aruda
(trumpet/vocals) and John Aruda (saxophone),
over the years has performed with many local and
international music legends including Robert Cray,
The Temptations, Alice Cooper, Lou Rawls and
Susan Tedeschi, to name just a few.
The group features soul, and funk classics from old
to new, along with several original tunes. Currently,
the Aruda Brothers can be seen touring with local
Boston area legends Jesse Dee, Christian McNeill
& Sea Monsters, Dwight & Nicole and Tim Gearan.
||Dwight & Nicole
Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Bio: American recording artists Dwight & Nicole
(Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson) have inspired
comparisons to some of the greats: Etta James and
John Lee Hooker, The Rolling Stones and The
Staples Sisters, but it is their fresh blend of spirited
blues, rock and gospel that is landing them their
own spot among the celebrated music makers.
Riding a surge of accolades following their soulful
2010 release “!Signs,” they have appeared on the
Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish” list for 2011 and
have been nominated for five Boston Music Awards
and three Boston Phoenix awards.
Their live shows are equally celebrated. Dwight &
Nicole have been featured at the Life is Good
Festival, Tanglewood and Montreal jazz festivals,
and at premier clubs in the Northeast including the
Somerville Theatre and the prestigious Blue Note in
The Boston Globe calls the duo “riveting” and
describes it as “a tour de force that demands much
wider success … poignant … hard driving …and
heavenly.” Even Renaissance woman Dr. Maya
Angelou is a fan, exclaiming them to be simply
The duo has shared the stage with Ray
Lamontagne, Robert Randolph, Martin Sexton,
Rapheal Saadiq, Levon Helm, The Avett Brothers,
Michael Franti and Spearhead, BB King, Norah
Jones, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Dr.
Maya Angelou, Natalie Cole, Winton Marsalis, Carly
Simon, The Funk Brothers, Maceo Parker, Joan
Osbourne, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Buffet, John
Hammond Jr, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis
Their music has appeared on the following prime
time television shows: “The Forgotten” on ABC;
“Missing” on Lifetime; and “The Cleaner” on A&E.
Nicole appeared on NBC’s “The Voice Season 3.”
Date: Sunday, Aug. 18, 3:10-3:30 p.m.
Bio: Greg Luttrell is a singer, guitarist and
harmonica player from Detroit who relocated to
Boston and gets around doing performances of all
kinds of feel good music. Whether performing with
one of many bands or as a solo act, Greg's
energy and delivery are a unique experience.
Luttrell is an outstanding guitar player and his
voice has been likened to Marvin Gaye, Lenny
Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Brad Nowell. He
honed his skills playing in blues and cover bands
in the 1990s and formed his own funk and soul
band, Michigan Blacksnake, and hit the road at a
furious pace. They were nominated for a Boston
Music Award as Best Funk Band in 2000.
He now leads the Greg Luttrell Band which spent
the winter playing a residence in Shanghai.
|Diane Blue & Toni Lynn Washington
Date: Sunday, Aug. 18, 4-5:10 p.m.
Toni Lynn's Bio: Toni Lynn Washington is
considered Boston’s “Queen of the Blues,” where
she has a long and storied history. Raised in a
procession of gospel choirs in North Carolina,
Washington settled in New Orleans and shared
the stage with blues/soul legends like Jackie
Wilson, Johnny Adams, Big Joe Turner, Sam and
Dave and Bobby Blue Bland. She worked
regularly in clubs all over New Orleans, before
marrying a military man and touring in the 1960s
with the USO in the U.S. and Asia.
Washington spent some time in Hollywood before
moving to the East Coast, where her career has
blossomed in the last couple of decades in
Boston. She was signed to Tone-Cool Records,
was awarded the 1999 Boston Blues Festival’s
Lifetime Achievement Award, has been nominated
for two W.C. Handy Awards, had her music used
in feature film soundtracks, and she appeared on
National Public Radio in the company of Etta
James and John Lee Hooker. Washington
continues to tour in the U.S. and abroad, featured
in popular clubs and festivals worldwide.
Diane's Bio: Boston’s Diane Blue is a soul-
stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a
crowd-pleasing entertainer. Voted “Outstanding
Female Singer” in The Blues Audience 2011
Readers’ Poll, Blue is a soulful and sassy
performer with a strong and energetic delivery,
serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B.
She won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues
Challenge, earning the honor of competing at the
2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis,
Tenn. She was nominated “Best Blues/R&B Act”
and “Best Female Vocalist 2007” by the
Providence Phoenix and also nominated “Best
Local Blues Act” by Motif Magazine in 2007. In
addition to performing with Washington, Diane
has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist
extraordinaire Ronnie Earl, as well as international
performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former
sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson
and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New
Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.
S. and abroad as a featured performer.
Together with a top-notch band, Ms. Washington
and Ms. Blue are sure to chase your blues away!
Date: all day Saturday/Sunday
Bio: Radio Scotvoid is a Scottish DJ based in
Salem who this year saw his original music be
picked up on French imprint Tiburoni Records.
He also released his debut 7-inch single on his
own record label, Radio Scotvoid Productions.
Scott is the resident DJ of the Boston 8bit
collective and also hosts his weekly radio show
out of his bedroom recording studio. While he
admits he’s all about synthesizers, Scott says he
loves all things funky. A huge fan of vinyl and
cassette tapes, Scott will keep you entertained by
spinning all original ’60s and ’70s jazz fusion and
soul on his turntables. This will be Scott’s fifth year
as the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival’s on-stage DJ.
Date: Sunday, Aug. 18, 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Bio: The Brooklyn-based funk army known as
Turkuaz “is like tossing a lit match into a dumpster
full of fireworks” (bestnewbands.com). Their stage
show combines influences from Sly and the Family
Stone to Talking Heads into an explosive auditory
and visual circus, a full-frontal assault on the
senses. After multiple residencies at New York’s
Brooklyn Bowl, two blowout performances at Bear
Creek Music Festival, and tours spanning the east
and west coasts, Turkuaz has developed a
reputation from New York to San Francisco as the
band that plays louder, faster, and harder than all
Born as a side project by co-founders Dave
Brandwein and Taylor Shell, Turkuaz was formed
in Boston in February 2008.
Dave and Taylor formed the current funk
monstrosity from amongst their musician friends.
Turkuaz’s first show was to 1,000 people at the
Berklee Performance Center and was met with
rave reviews. After eight months in the Boston
music scene, the band migrated as a whole to
Brooklyn, with the intention of bringing their brand
of funk to New York.
With two independent album releases, tours up,
down and across the country, a solid and ever-
growing fan base, and the desire to only get
bigger, Turkuaz keeps on perfecting their brand
and continuing their upward trajectory at concerts
and festivals across the country.