Jazz Meets Burlesque @ West End Museum, Boston

•January 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Jazz Meets Burlesque”
Saturday January 28 2012 @ 7pm
West End Museum
150 Staniford Street
Suite 7
Boston, MA 02114
John Licata – Trombone
Bob McCloskey – Tenor sax
Chas McCann – Cornet
Karl Haakenson – Bass
Barry Lit – Drums
Dave Rumpler – Piano
Garrison Fewell – Guitar

Dazzling sights and sounds from Boston’s West End!


Sextet for Creative Music Celebration: Dec. 30th, NYC

•December 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Sextet for Creative Music Celebration: Dec. 30th, 2011, NYC


Steve Swell – trombone
John Tchicai – saxophone
Roy Campbell Jr.- trumpet
Garrison Fewell – guitar
Dmitry Ishenko – bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums

December 30th, 7pm.
@ Alain Kirli & Araine Lopez-Huici’s Studio
17 White St, #4A, NYC

Open Sound Concert w/ Variable Density Sound Quartet!

•November 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Variable Density Sound Quartet – Saturday Nov. 19th, 8:00-10:00pm
@ Third LIfe Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville Ave, Somerville.

Open Sound Series: http://opensound.org/

Garrison Fewell , guitar
John Voigt, electric bass
Curt Newton, drums

and special guest, Eric Hofbauer, guitar

Hi-Speed Coeds, (duo version)
Andrew Neumann, laptop, electronics, misc
Arvid Tomayko-Peters, TOOB, Laptop, electronics

solo: Andrea Pensado, electronics

Joe Burgio, movement
Betty Wang, movement
Lou Cohen, wiimote/laptop
Steve Norton, reeds
Matt Samolis, flute
Walter Wright, analog synths

The Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music

•November 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music

Friday November 18, 8:00pm at the Nave Gallery

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville, MA
$10 suggested donation, wheel chair accessible


  • Garrison Fewell, guitar and electronics
  • Forbes Graham, trumpet and electronics

Manyone Ensemble – interpreting poetry of May Swenson

  • Jodi Hitzhusen, classical soprano
  • Melissa Kassell, jazz vocalist
  • Todd Brunel, clarinets
  • Pamela Marshall, French horn
  • John McLellan, drums

Sonic Sandbox

  • Forrest Larson, analog electronics
  • David Brown, digiridoo
  • Todd Brunel, clarinets
  • with Tom Casale, double bass

Pass the word, invite your friends!
Join us for exciting music making Friday November 18 at the Nave Gallery.

 Read more about Vortex at http://improvortex.blogspot.com

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•November 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Friday, November 11, 2011 8:00 PM-11:00 PM
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Alden Hall in the Spaulding Recital Hall
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Doors open at 7 PM; shows start at 8 PM.
Tickets are: $10.00, general public; $8.00, students and WCUW members. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door.

“The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston’s eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters,” explains the Boston Phoenix’s Jon Garelick, who included Garrison’s “Variable Density Sound Orchestra” on his best of 2009 list.

Garrison Fewell, a professor at Berklee College of Music since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 30 years as one of the jazz world’s premier performer/educators. Fewell’s music showcases the melodic accessibility and sturdy framework of his compositions as well as the unbridled freedom of free improvisation.

“As a mainstay in Boston’s jazz scene, saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has helped cultivate the city as one of America’s most fertile hotbeds for creative music”. John Murphy, Jazz Times Magazine.




Jerry Sabatini earned a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation as a trumpet performance major from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2009. He studied jazz, world and experimental improvisational music, personal style, and composition with Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, Peter Row.

This concert is funded in part by the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

WCUW 91.3 is the proud recipient of a 2011 Worcester Cultural Commission Arts Lottery grant. This funding will allow WCUW 91.3 to continue presenting “low-cost” concerts in our FRONTROOM as well as at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Alden Hall

Italian Tour: October 21-30, 2011

•October 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

October 21, Via P0rta Rosso, Florence. 8:15 pm. http://www.viaportarossa.com/
Organ Trio: Garrison Fewell / Franco Santarnecchi / Piero Borri

October 22, Kaffeina, Montalcino (TO)
Organ Trio: Garrison Fewell / Franco Santarnecchi / Piero Borri


October 26. La Baia, Finale Emilia. Solo guitar and Quartet w/ Alessio Alberghini, sax, Francesco Boni, contrabsasso, Sebastian Manutza, drums. http://labaia.biz/


October 27, Garrison Fewell /Silvia Infascelli Duo (Guitar – Voice)

Enoteca Divino Invino, Via Asperti 12/B   Gorlago (BG)  Ore 21:00 tel. 0354251095

Friday, October 28, 9:30pm (2 sets) Garrison Fewell – Achille Succi Duo @Paprika Jazz Club, Dalmine (BG)  http://www.paprikajazz.it/

Saturday October 29, Tino Tracanna – Garrison Fewell Duo. Sorsi e Bocconi, Albino (BG) http://www.ilbeccofino.it/

Garrison Fewell — “unsung hero…” Vision Festival, 2011

•August 21, 2011 • 1 Comment

Review of “Ascension Unending” at the Vision Festival, 2011, NYC — by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NY

John Tchicai’s Ascension Unending, a Tribute to John Coltrane was next and it was one of my favorite sets this year. It dealt with the spiritual side of jazz rather than the long-winded free blowing which often takes place. The well-selected band featured John Tchicai & Alex Weiss on saxes, Rosie Hertlein on violin & voice, Garrison Fewell on guitar, Dmitry Ishanko on bass and Ches Smith on drums. There is something special about 60’s free/jazz legend John Tchicai that radiates from the man whenever I meet him or whenever he is on the stage. They performed some written music and John, Alex and Rosie all contributed songs, as well as one cover by Marion Brown. The Marion Brown piece featured enchanting three part vocal harmonies from John, Alex & Rosie singing their words in a very Sun Ra-like way. Boston-based guitarist Garrison Fewell is an unsung hero of mine and played some incredible (Bern Nix-like) counterpoint and haunting harmonies with the rest of the sextet. There were different combinations of players in which different nuances were explored. I particularly dug a trio of bowed guitar, ghost-like drifting violin and rubbed cymbals. Mr. Tchicai’s charming, deep voice was at the center of a few of these songs even singing some swell bebop nonsense words on one piece. Every piece was well worked out and well-chosen, fitting with the spiritual vibe of the entire set. On a later piece, Garrison Fewell sounded like Joe Morris at the beginning of his solo and like John McLaughlin circa ‘Extrapolation’ by the end of his solo. No small feat from one of those under-recognized guitar greats.