|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.
||The Soul of a Man
Bio: While performing across the Northeast and
beyond, The Soul of a Man has gained hoards of
fans throughout their years together. The group
combines an eclectic mix of New Orleans inspired
sounds with that of the raw emotion conveyed in
traditional blues music and funk. The Grammy
award winning producer, George Massenburg, has
been quoted as saying the following about The Soul
of a Man: “This is what today’s music is missing!” Be
prepared to get up out of your seats, as The Soul
of a Man is sure to make you move.
||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
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
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.
Website: http://www.noemusic.net/; http:
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 New York.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.