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Manchester synagogue to host international jazz fest in December

MANCHESTER – Beth Sholom B’nai Israel (BSBI) of Manchester will present the Fourth Annual Jazz Festival on Dec. 7, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd. in Manchester.

Artistic director Alex Nakhimovsky, along with Festival producer Ken Wichman, have put together a lineup of jazz greats that includes New York’s Yotam Silberstein Quartet featuring jazz superstar bassist John Patitucci. Silberstein, a guitarist originally from TelAviv, will play Brazilian, world music, blues and bebop. Rounding out the quartet is pianist Vitor Gonçalves from Brazil, and Daniel Dor, another Israeli native, on drums.   

Kicking off the evening will be The Hot Club of New England, with local musicians Matt and Atla DeChamplain on piano and vocals respectively, and Jason Anick on violin. Also performing with the group will be Max O’Rourke on guitar, and bassist Greg Loughman. Next up will be The Greg Abate Quartet. Abate was recognized as a top saxophonist, flutist and composer in a recent DownBeat poll. He will perform along with Avery Sharpe on bass, Matt DeChamplain on piano, and Ben Bilello on drums. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The festival will run 7-10:30 p.m. For tickets (beginning at $35) visit www.myshul.org/jazzfest2019. Student tickets available.

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