Emmanuel Music continues the exploration of the chamber works of Felix Mendelssohn and Hugo Wolf. Highlights will include the complete “Goethelieder” by Wolf, Mendelssohn’s gorgeous “Lieder ohne Worte” (“Songs without words”) and the solitary Wolf String Quartet in d minor.
At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. The follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. The new release features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons.
Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins.
In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”
Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.
These many years later, Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution. He keeps looking to the future of the blues through his ongoing work with his 16-year-old protégé, Quinn Sullivan.
“I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff,” he says. “I want people to remember them. It’s like the Ford car—Henry Ford invented the Ford car, and regardless how much technology they got on them now, you still have that little sign that says ‘Ford’ on the front.
“One of the last things Muddy Waters told me—when I found out how ill he was, I gave him a call and said, ‘I’m on my way to your house.’ And he said, ‘Don’t come out here, I’m doing all right. Just keep the damn blues alive.’ They all told me that if they left here before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So as long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep it alive.”
Boston Women in Media and Entertainment’s live interview series, “The Story Behind Her Success,” in partnership with Tocci Dental, continues on May 12 with WCVB NewsCenter 5 anchor and BWME member Maria Stephanos. Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Candy O’Terry, the luncheon will take place at the Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Emmy award-winning Arts and Entertainment Critic and BWME board member, Joyce Kulhawik will kick the afternoon o
(02/02/16 Needham ,MA) Maria Stephanos February 2, 2016. Staff photo by Faith Ninivaggi
ff. Tickets include a plated lunch and a post-interview meet and greet; they are $45, $35 for BWME members. Proceeds will benefit BWME Cares, the organization’s professional development fund. Tickets are available at www.BWME.org.
A Massachusetts native with over 25 years of journalism experience as an anchor and reporter in New England, Stephanos joined WCVB-TV in February 2016. She’ll sit down with O’Terry to chat about her early days in her hometown of Groveland, her passion for getting to the heart of the story, and the winding road that led her to one of the most coveted anchor desks in the business.
“The Story Behind Her Success shines a spotlight on women in the media and entertainment. It reveals the stories behind their success, including all the bumps along the way. The signature series is the brainchild of O’Terry, who has interviewed over 600 women in her broadcasting career, many of them for the award-winning show “Exceptional Women” for Greater Media.
Gershwin: Of Thee I Sing (concert version)
The first musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1931, CpM will perform the concert version of the Gershwins’ most successful Broadway musical. More information to come in February 2017.
Join over 200 guests from the arts, business, and legal communities of Greater Boston to celebrate our thriving creative economy and recognize those business and legal professionals who work to strengthen it. Martinis & Masterpieces features live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, amazing views, entertainment surprises, artwork by local artists, a silent auction featuring art and gift packages.
More information will be posted in mid-February 2017.
Grammy Award winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell is the definition of a renaissance
man. In his nearly five decades in the music business, he has achieved success as a singer,
songwriter, producer, music supervisor, and most recently, radio host. His breakthrough
performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II helped Tyrell reinvent and re-
popularize classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. His hits include, “Way You Look Tonight,”
“The Simple Life,” “Crush On You,” and “The Sunny Side of The Street.”
As an artist, all nine of his American Standards albums have achieved top 5 status on Billboard’s
Jazz charts. His first album, A New Standard, was amongst the best selling jazz albums for
more than 5 years. Steve’s latest album, That Lovin’ Feeling, debuted in the top 5. On it, he
celebrates what he calls the Great American Songbook 2, featuring seminal rock era classics
penned by legendary songwriters, including Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Barry
Mann and Cynthia Weil, Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber, among others. He teamed with Judith Hill of
20 Feet From Stardom, as well as Neil Sedaka, Bill Medley, and B.J. Thomas for duets that put a
new spin on their signature songs.
The 2017 season of the Newport Music Festival will feature a marathon of over 60 chamber music concerts in 17 days featuring a cast of 100 musicians from 17 countries performing at 12 different venues in Newport, including the famed Newport Mansions. More details will be available March 1, 2017. Be sure to save these dates – JULY 7-23.