Sunday Night Jazz with Gretchen Klempa at The Press Room in Portsmouth.
About Gretchen Klempa
Vocalist Gretchen Klempa, from Gretchen and the Pickpockets, recently garnered Jazz Artist of the Year in both the 2018 Boston Music Awards and the New England Music Awards. Along with fellow Seacoast native Jeff O’Brien, who studied jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, the two have curated a show that features swing era vocal classics with a modern twist. The pair play with a rotation of talented musicians throughout the Seacoast and Boston area. Musicians featured in this show include Tom O’Connell, and Mike Effenberger along with several other local favorites.
About Sunday Night Jazz
As legendary as The Press Room itself, the Sunday Night Jazz series has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.
For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast at The Press Room every Sunday night. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.
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