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Jazz at ACA delivers cool vibes, warm soul

EulipiaJazz will present the last in its three-concert series at the Arlington Center for the Arts Theater, 41 Foster St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.

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The concert features vibraphonist Rich Greenblatt and Brass Taco, and The Cal Tjader Project, a group led by bassist Scott Samenfeld celebrating the music of vibraphonist Tjader, a pioneer of Latin jazz. The concert is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Arlington Cultural Council.

Organizers promise the concert's cool vibes will warm your soul.

Greenblatt and Brass Taco perform Greenblatt’s most recent compositions from his newest recording "My Take." This Boston-based, star-studded ensemble can swing, play the Blues, evoke classical orchestral ensembles and bring to mind exotic lands. Rich’s compositions are beautifully melodic, rhythmically grooving and appeal to new listeners as well as jazz purists.

Greenblatt is a vibraphonist and composer who plays with "dazzling speed and a truly magical touch." His compositions are lyrical, rhythmic and harmonically colorful. His newest recording draws inspiration from jazz, blues, world music, impressionist classical composers and visual cues from New England flora.

He has performed at jazz festivals in the US and Europe. He is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music and endorses Musser vibraphones and Vic Firth mallets and sticks.

Greenblatt – vibraphone, composition; Greg Hopkins – trumpet; Allan Chase – alto and baritone saxophones; Kevin Harris – piano; Keala Kaumeheiwa – bass; Bob Tamagni – drums.

The Cal Tjader Project will perform the music of Tjader, a seminal contributor to the evolution of Latin jazz. The band will feature Rich Greenblatt on vibes. The group is the brain-child of Samenfeld.

Greenblatt – vibraphone; Mark Mullins – trumpet; Dan Zupan – saxophones and flute; Susanna Fiore – piano and percussion; Ethan K – guitar; Samenfeld – bass, Karen Gruber – congas and percussion; Phil Neighbors - drums.

The concert will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors will open at 7p.m.).

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit

EulipiaJazz supports improvisation and collaboration between artists across multiple disciplines in an effort to create a vibrant scene for great performances featuring local artists.

The story was published Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

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