Happy spring! The ice and snow are melting, the rivers are roaring with life and the birds are returning. It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and savor the inimitable delight of live music!

In this missive I give to you two great shows to check out, a few shows to plan for and an inspiring quote on the relationship of music and dreams from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel.

This Friday, March 31 I’m very excited to return to Chandler’s at Yankee Candle (South Deerfield MA) for a very special night from 6-9 PM for Tex Mex! The menu is about half the price of usual entrees at Chandlers. I’m doing a very special ‘South of the Border’ show, focusing on music from Mexico all the way down to Brazil. Joining me will be Mowgli Giannitti on bass, fresh from his musical odyssey to Cuba.

Then next Friday, April 7 I’m performing bossa novas with Nancy Janoson and Jason Shwartz at The Lounge, Brattleboro, VT. The evening will feature bossa nova music from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a focus on the work of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Joao Gilberto. This is a very special trio to play in and I feel grateful to be able to share this gentle, heart-filling music with you. We play from 7-10 PM and it’s free!

Lastly, mark your calendars for two great spring shows. Both are at the Arts Block in Greenfield MA, part of Wayne Roberts’ Sunday Night Jazz Series there.

April 30 is Chet Baker Tribute with Ed Brainerd and Wayne Roberts. This is a rare area appearance of this music and not to be missed.

May 28 is the Bossa Nova show with Nancy Janoson and Jason Shwartz.

“I’ve received a lot of very important messages through dreams and learned a lot of very deep things about life through dreams. To me, the dream world and music are almost the same in the sense that you are connecting with the universe at large. Through both of these mediums we can gain access to realms that you can’t in the normal waking state of being. Music is a metaphor for dreams, which is a metaphor for music, which is a metaphor for life.” – Kurt Rosenwinkel (His new album Caipi is a masterpiece – highly recommended!)

Great Shows In the Pioneer Valley To Check Out

March 29 Kurt Rosenwinkel, Regatta Bar (I’m going, see you there)

March 30 John Stowell, The Lumberyard, Amherst, MA

March 31 Eugene Uman Trio, The Lounge, Brattleboro, VT

April 7-8 Solo Jazz Piano Fest, 8:00 PM, Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, VT

April 29 Adam O’Farrill Quartet – Emerging Artist Series, 8:00 PM, Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, VT

Upcoming Shows

Friday, March 31 6PM – Chandler’s Restaurant, South Deerfield, MA

South of the Border show with Mowgli Giannitti

Friday, April 6 6PMChandler’s Restaurant, South Deerfield, MA

Accompanying Lenny Zarcone

Friday, April 7 7PMThe Lounge, Brattleboro, VT

Bossa Nova Night with Nancy Janoson and Jason Shwartz

Sunday, April 30 5PMArts Block, Greenfield, MA

Chet Baker Tribute Show with Ed Brainerd and Wayne Roberts

Sunday, May 28 5PMArts Block, Greenfield, MA

Bossa Nova Trio with Nancy Janoson and Jason Shwartz

Saturday, July 8 7:30PM – 1794 Meeting House, New Salem, MA

O-Tones Trio with Ann Percival and Kerry Blount

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!


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  Mar 29, 2017