Gregg Sorensen writes-
I’m very pleased to inform you that jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly, a rising star on the international jazz scene, has just asked The Polygroove Orchestra, made up of five Rockport High School students, to perform as the opening act for her concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. Rockport Music is thrilled to present its hometown band of young musicians, continuing its commitment to supporting youth in the Rockport and Gloucester Public Schools and in communities throughout the North Shore.
Rockport Music presents the Grace Kelly Quintet
Opening Act: The Polygroove Orchestra
Friday, November 5, 8PM
Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street in Rockport MA
Ticket prices are $25, $37, $46
Tickets may be purchased at www.rockportmusic.org or at 978-546-7391
Grace Kelly is 18 years old and is considered of the greatest jazz saxophonists in the country.
She is also a singer, songwriter and arranger.
She is from Brookline, Massachusetts.
Grace performs in jazz clubs all over the United States and in Europe.
She’s performed at the top jazz festivals in the United States.
Harry Conick Jr, Wynton Marsalis are supporters of Grace.
The Boston Phoenix reader poll named her the “Best Boston Act” for jazz, three years in a row.
For such a young performer she has produced 5 CD’s.
The Polygroove Orchestra, made up of five Rockport High School students, will be the opening act.
The Polygroove Orchestra
The Polygroove Orchestra consists of five Rockport high school students, who, as part of the school’s music program, joined together to form a jazz combo in 2009. After working together for school performances, the group began to perform publicly and became known as the Polygroove Orchestra. They have played at a number of events and venues, including the Rockport HarvestFest, the reception to welcome the new Rockport Town Administrator, the Sandy Bay Yacht Club Lecture Series, Gloucester’s Battle of the Bands Fundraiser, the Rockport Rotary Club’s Tree-Lighting Dinner, Rockport PTO fundraisers, and a student-organized rally to support the recent town override. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, standards, and rock, and they bring a fresh perspective and youthful energy to each performance.
Band members are:
Alex Caffi – drums
Erik Lees – bass
Robin Lovell – keyboard
Alek Razdan – tenor sax/clarinet, vocals
Evan Razdan – trumpet