With her recently released CD, From This Moment On on Brownstone Recordings, Lisa takes her place as one of Boston's finest vocal improvisers. In May, she received her Master's Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a result of an injury in 1979, Lisa uses a wheelchair for mobility. She was the subject of a recent documentary "Key Changes: A Portrait of Lisa Thorson" broadcast on WGBH/Boston.
Monster Mash: A Jazz Odyssey (9/5/94)
The group's high voltage, electric jazz showcases the compositions of guitarist John Paul, who fuses bebop and swing with rock, funk, Latin and world music. Encore Magazine described it as "high energy music played with astonishing skill and inventiveness." New Hampshire native Paul, who was voted "Best Guitarist in New Hampshire" in 1989, has earned rave reviews from Guitar Player Magazine and several other music publications.
Emil Haddad, Dick Odgren (9/12/94)
Worcester legend Emil Haddad on flugelhorn, trumpet and vocals and pianist Dick Odgren have been a team since the early 80's. It seemed only fitting that the Studio 3's original "guinea pigs" should be invited back to help kick off the second season. Once again, the amazing communication between these two accomplished musicians is breathtaking.
Winner of the Downbeat Jazz Vocal Soloist award, Monica is quickly making a name for herself in the New England area. With a Bachelor's from the Eastman School of Music and a Master's from the New England Conservatory, Monica has impeccable intonation, a crystal voice, and great skill at improvisation. She released her debut CD, If You Never Come To Me, on Brownstone Recordings.
Dagnello Jazz Quartet (9/26/94)
Vocalist/arranger Linda Dagnello and her husband, drummer Bob Dagnello, lead a group that puts a fresh spin on old standards from the American Songbook. Another New Hampshire native, Linda almost conjures up Billie Holliday on "You've Changed". Their recent CD release is entitled Fever.
Heffernan-Sabatini Quartet (10/10/94)
Jim Heffernan on piano and Jerry Sabatini on trumpet and flugelhorn are complemented by bassist Bob Simonelli, making his fourth appearance on Studio 3, and Eric Nebbia, who was a member of the Marian McPartland Trio for three years. Their music, infused with African, Afro-Cuban and salsa rhythms, makes for a very high energy, entertaining show.
Bevan Manson Trio (10/31/94)
A brilliant pianist and composer, Bevan Manson has been one of the most popular teachers at the New England Conservatory of Music for eight years. His critically acclaimed 1990 release on Iris Records, Rhythm Chowder, features many of his lyrical compositions, which both respect and expand jazz tradition. His amazing trio includes two of New England's most sought after sidemen, bassist Bob Nieske and drummer Bob Gullotti.
Sled Dogs (11/7/94)
One of last season's most exciting groups comes back for a return engagement as they release their first CD on RAM Records, The Sled Dogs - The Music of Jim Kelly. Three Berklee teachers plus one rock and roll bass player combine the spontaneous improvization of jazz, the passion of blues, and the intensity of rock, with touches of reggae, country and even Irish music. The compositions by guitarist and Rhode Island native Jim Kelly and the saxophone stylings of Jim Odgren, formerly with the Gary Burton Quartet, give this band its extraordinary sound.
Toni Ballard with the Bevin Manson Trio (2/28/94)
The producer and host of Studio 3, Toni has been singing jazz in the New England area since the late 70's. Known primarily as a big band singer, she's worked with the Boston Big Band, where she met Tony D'Aveni, the Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. One of ten singers featured in the American Song Stylists Concert in New York in 1984, she recently finished a CD called I'm Your Pal which features guitarist Larry Coryell.
On one of this season's best shows, saxophonist and composer Cercie Miller leads an incredible group whose debut CD Dedication on Stash Records is getting national airplay. She founded the avant-garde jazz collective, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, which performed at the 1989 Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Cercie's group includes some of Boston's best: Tim Ray on piano, David Clark on bass, and Bob Savine on drums.
Heart and Fire (11/28/94)
After last season's hot performance, the seven-piece Latin jazz group makes a comeback. Their leader, trumpeter/composer/arranger Wayne Naus, toured extensively as lead trumpet with the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton. With a tour of Russia, a performance at this year's Boston Globe Jazz Festival, and a CD under their belt, Heart and Fire is gaining national prominence with their music, infused with authentic Latin rhythms.
Larry Baione Duo (12/12/94)
The chairman of the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music, Larry Baione has performed with Jackie Wilson and Stevie Wonder as well as jazz greats like Ran Blake and Jimmy Guiffree. Bassist David Hollender, also on the Berklee faculty, adds his lyrical playing to this stunning duo's version of beautiful jazz standards.
Mark Marquis Group (12/19/94)
Guitarist/pianist/composer Mark Marquis leads a seven-piece group that features trumpeter Jerry Sabatini and saxophonist John Vaillancourt. Marquis' compositions incorporate a wide variety of styles and textures. Taped in December of '94, the show also includes an instrumental of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
VOX ONE (1/2/95)
One of the producer's all-time favorite shows features New England's award-winning a cappella group, Vox One. With two CDs under their belt -- Vox One and Out There -- the internationally-acclaimed quintet's complex arrangements and uplifting quality define the spirit of art, music, and life.
Bob Stoloff (1/30/95)
This one-of-a-kind Studio 3 showcases the amazing vocal impressionism of Bob Stoloff. Associate professor at Berklee College, Bob worked in the early '80's with Bobby McFerrin in the a cappella group Jazz Vocal Summit and later formed the Berklee Vocal Summit, which has spawned many talented singers -- including Vox One. Bob's eclectic repertoire runs from Duke Ellington to Herbie Hancock to Mick Jagger.
City Trees (2/6/95)
Boston-based City Trees has been playing their high energy, contemporary jazz in New England since the summer of '92. Led by saxophonist Pete Levesque and guitarist Peter Fredele, the group performs their own compositions as well as their version of Miles Davis' "So What."
Kris Adams and Rob Levit (2/12/95)
Vocalist Kris Adams and guitarist Rob Levit are busy New England musicians. recording artists, and educators -- Kris at Berklee, and both at the New England Conservatory. Their duo work includes their own compositions and standards as well as lesser known songs by composers like Ornette Coleman. The improvisational interplay between these two seasoned musicians is an education in itself.
Tsidii LeLoka (3/6/95)
Making her American television debut on Studio 3, Tsidii LeLoka has been acclaimed by the South African press as Africa's greatest singing discovery since Miriam Makeba, with whom she toured in 1991. She was a featured vocalist on international tours with Harry Belafonte from '93 to '95 and recorded with Yusef Lateef '92 and Bob Beldon in '94. Tsidii was the only artist invited to perform at Nelson Mandela's first public appearance in South Africa following his release from prison in 1991. She is currently in the U.S. studying at the University of Massachusetts and Berklee College of Music.
Be-Bop Guitars (3/13/95)
The Be-Bop Guitars began as an outlet for six Berklee faculty guitarists to play the transcribed solos of Supersax, a band featuring five saxophones. Leader John Baboian soon began writing his own arrangements, and other group members have also contributed. Performing with the group is Ron Mahdi on bass, Jon Hazilla on drums, and special guest Jerry Seeco on trumpet, flugelhorn and flute.
Arthur Phillips Quartet (3/21/95)
Leading a quartet of Boston's young rising stars, tenor saxophonist Arthur Phillips has spent the past two summers playing at Boston's legendary Copley Plaza Bar as well as Maison Robert. Arthur's vocals are reminiscent of Chet Baker, and he plays saxophone in a style shaped by the 1950's Cool School of jazz.