I’m back from performing and judging at the Asia Pacifica Harmonica Festival in Taiwan. What a trip! Thank you to everyone who reached out and shared their excitement and well wishes about me taking this special journey. I have lots of stories, photos and videos that I will share with you soon.
This Thursday, September 1 I am honored to once again perform at Wendy’s Soiree in Guilford, VT. Wendy’s house concerts are always special. It’s a beautiful location but most importantly it is a real listening room that fills with appreciative listeners (but still room for dancers too).
I’m playing music that is one of my core passions – bossa nova. With all the focus on Rio de Janeiro thanks to the summer Olympics, it’s a timely theme.
This is my last public show in a while, so don’t miss this opportunity. I’m primarily doing private shows in the fall, so if you want to see me you’re welcome to book me for a private show. Here’s the information about Thursday’s show from Wendy, see you there!
“I was a beach boy, and I believe I learned my songs from the birds of the Brazilian forest.” – Antonio Carlos Jobim
I am pleased to announce our next Jazz Soiree on Thursday evening, September 1st at 7:30PM with Rob Fletcher, nylon string guitar and vocals; Nancy Janoson, flute and saxophone; and Mowgli Giannitti, upright bass. $15-20 at the door. The evening will feature bossa nova music from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!! No potluck but BYOB to share welcome.
Bossa nova began on the beaches of Rio in the late 50s and exploded onto the worldwide scene in the early 60s with Stan Getz and Astrud and Joao Gilberto’s recording of Girl From Ipanema. A musical combination of samba and American jazz, the bossa nova (literally meaning ‘new trend’) incorporates youthful optimism and romance, beach culture, nature, introspection and the delight of the senses. Bossa nova’s sophisticated harmonies and melodies and its introspective, relaxed rhythms continues to captivate people globally.
The group will focus on interpreting the songs of bossa nova’s greatest composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim and its greatest artist, singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto. They will also perform sambas, biaos from northern Brazil, choros and jazz sambas. Singer and guitarist Rob Fletcher sings many of the songs in the original Portuguese.
Rob Fletcher performs jazz, blues and vintage pop throughout New England. An exceptional vocalist, guitarist and chromatic harmonica player, he has performed at Woodstock ’94 (350,000 attendees), the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, the National Harmonica Festival (SPAH), Garden State Harmonica Festival, Buckeye Harmonica Festival, Virginia Harmonica Festival, Paradise City Arts Festival, the National Guitar Workshop and at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Rob has studied Brazilian Portuguese with native Brazilian Pati Sato and has studied bossa nova guitar with Freddie Bryant. He currently studies with five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson as well as Eugene Uman, the Director of the Vermont Jazz Center. He recently studied with National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and vocalist Jay Clayton. He has previously studied with jazz guitar greats John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick and Ralph Towner. Rob has a degree in jazz guitar performance from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Nancy Janoson is a well-known flutist and saxophonist in the Pioneer Valley. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and has performed throughout the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe in a multitude of venues. Currently, she is part of a classical flute trio – The Northampton Flutes, a member of a big band – The Bad News Jazz and Blues Orchestra, a member of the Florence Community Band, and a band leader of The Nancy Janoson Jazz Quartet. Nancy performs in venues such as the Loft, Galaxy, Lathrop, Amherst Historical Society, Veterans Hospital in Leeds, and many others. She has recorded two CDs.
Mowgli Giannitti primarily works as a freelance bassist in southern Vermont and the surrounding areas. Mowgli is a Vermont native, and recent composition graduate of Bennington College. Recent and current non-Jazz Bass projects include composing and directing music for Bennington College’s spring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, repeating these roles for Jiyoun Chang’s developing theatrical production, The Oddysey Project, and singing a supporting lead role in Kitty Brazelton’s developing Opera The Art of Memory. He soon plans to travel to Cuba to immerse himself in, and study the intricacies of Latin Jazz.
“The language of music is enough.” – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Don’t miss this one and please spread the word!!!
2596 Tater Lane
Directions: Take I-91, getting off at Exit One and driving about one mile south on Route 5. Turn right onto Guilford Center Road (just across from the Guilford Country Store) Drive 8/10 mile to Tater Lane and turn right. Drive another 8/10 mile (keeping left) to driveway on the right (first driveway after Pine Ridge Drive and marked with tall banners).
OR from Route 9 and West Brattleboro, turn on South Street at the firehouse and drive 2.6 miles to my driveway on the left marked by tall banners.
Great Show In the Pioneer Valley To Check Out
Kurt Rosenwinkel – Saturday, September 17th, 8:00 PM, Vermont Jazz Center – HIGHLY recommended
Thursday, Sept. 1
Wendy’s Jazz Soiree
2596 Tater Lane
Rob Fletcher & Friends Bossa Nova Jazz Trio
Saturday, Sept. 3
Pleasant Valley Brewing
16 Main St.
Saxtons River, VT
Sing Sing Swing Jazz Duo
Thursday, Sept. 8
Thursday, Sept. 8
Brattleboro Senior Center
207 Main St.
Saturday, October 15th
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Rob Fletcher Originals
Find out more
Rob Fletcher is available for your party, corporate event, or wedding in a variety of settings. You can choose solo or duo performances of jazz or vintage pop for intimate settings or with a full band to dance the night away!
Check out www.toasttown.com for more information, audio, song lists, testimonials and more.
Corporate work teams interested in team building can explore the power of music to build their team at www.musicofteams.com.
Thank you for enjoying the magic of live music!