Performers for Boston Jazzfest 2018

ALBINO MBIE

Albino Mbie is an award-winning musician and Berklee College of MusicAlumni from Mozambique. His music is a unique blend of Afro-Jazz andAfro-Pop with Mozambican voice, native languages, dance, music and culturetopped with global musical influences.Mbie received an honor as one of the first African Scholars and studiedMusic Production and Sound Engineering, Jazz Guitar Performance along witha minor in Electronic and Acoustics.In 2013, Mbie released his debut album, “Mozambican Dance”, for which hewon Ngoma Moçambique Award (“Revelation” Artist) of that year. He also wonthe first place in International Song Writing Competition, Nashville TN In2018

PAT BRAXTON

Pat Braxton was born in Somers Point NJ, and grew up in Boston MA. And now resides in Milton MA. She has released 3 projects. Them There Eyes (2010), God Bless the Child (2012) and her current release Pat Braxton Live At Scullers (2013) and upcoming release The Lady of the Day thissummer 2018

Pat is quickly becoming a trilling and engaging woman in jazz as a vocalist, composer, recording artist entertainer and a voting member of the Grammy’s. So much so that she has been Awarded Best Female Jazz Artist at The New England Music Urban Awards 2012 & 2013 and best Jazz Cd/Single 2013.Nominated at The London Urban Music Awards and for Boston Music Awards in the Jazz category.

ZEKE MARTIN

Born in Brussels in 1973, Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands.  Influenced by his father, Stu Martin, who played with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy Jones to name a few, Zeke’s musical repertoire includes a blend of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Rock and more.

In 1985, at the age of 12, Zeke had his first gig with Steve Lacy, in France. Shortly after, he moved to the United States where he began a successful career, including the formation of Zeke Martin & The Oracle in 2000. Since then The Oracle has released four CD’s entitled LANDSCAPES (2001), FUNKY STUFF (2006), U4RIA (2009), 4 (2012) and SAY WHAT (2014). Zeke’s band, The Oracle, was awarded Best Jazz CD (U4RIA) by the New England Urban Music Award (2010). The band has been reviewed in Jazz Times Magazine (April 2010 and January 2012) and by Scott Yanow from LA Jazz Scene (Jun. 2009, Jan. 2012). Their latest CD, Say What, has been submitted to the Grammys two years in a row (2014) and (2015).

BRADLEY BARTLET ROCHE

CopleySquare2016Bradley Bartlett-Roche, also known as the “Boston Piano Kid”, is 13 years old and currently resides in Massachusetts.For as long as he could sit up on his own, Bradley has loved to play the piano!

His passion for Blues/Jazz/Classic Rock/Boogie/Classical Music and the ability to create his own music from little more than a thought can only be attributed to the possibility that Bradley is indeed an “Old Soul”.  He plays from his heart and brings his emotions to life through the keys.  In addition to the piano, Bradley also performs on the Tenor Saxophone, Ukelele, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals and is also learning the Accordian.

Bradley cut his first CD  that was released in April, 2014 at the age of 11. Titled “Bermuda Love”, it is named after one of his favorite places on Earth, bringing with it a range of Jazz and Blues styles that reflect the spirit of the beautiful island and captivate the imagination

The Groovalottos

The GroovaLottos are a multi- Grammy nominated powerhouse soul-funk-blues band, said to play with their souls instead of their hands. A high energy band on a mission to unlock the spirit and the soul; and growing up mentored by and playing for a who’s who of classic soul, funk and blues legends, these journeymen are keepers of a musical tradition and legacy, rich with storytelling and infectious grooves. Incredible music and wild senses of humor make them one of the most entertaining bands around.

Yucco Miller

Saxophonist / Composer / Arranger

Yucco Miller (born in Japan) is a saxophonist.She has played piano since she was 3 years old. Then, started playing the saxophone at a high school.During her high school days, she won first prizes at many contests and played in Paris and Vienna.Studied Jazz, song writing, arrangements and went pro when she was 19 years old.Taught by Eric Marienthal from Chick Corea Elektric Band.

Played with Candy Dulfer, Glenn Miller Orchestra and Eric Marienthal.Played at festivals in Korea and Malaysia.Appears on Japanese TV programs.In September 2016, Yucco Miller released her 1st album “YUCCO MILLER”.