Fall jazz se­ries kicks off Sept. 8

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - YOUR WEEKEND -

WATER­BURY » The Fall Jazz Se­ries at the Palace The­ater Poli Club opens with the James Mont­gomery Band and spe­cial guest Marissa Li­cata on Fri­day Sept. 8 at the Palace The­ater Poli Club.

The se­ries is pro­duced by New Eng­land Arts and En­ter­tain­ment. Show­times are 7 and 9 p.m., with the bar and doors open­ing at 6:15 p.m.

Blues leg­end James Mont­gomery “brings it on home” as he re­turns to the Poli Club with spe­cial guest Marissa Li­cata.

Whether it’s record­ing with Kid Rock, sit­ting in with Gregg All­man, or fronting his hot band of 30 years, Mont­gomery plays with author­ity.

While grow­ing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the mas­ters — James Cot­ton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells — at the leg­endary “Chess­mate.” Over the years, he’s car­ried on in the tra­di­tion and con­tin­ues to be a vital pres­ence in Blues as one of the most dy­namic per­form­ers on the scene. James re­turns to the Poli Club after sev­eral pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances.

Bos­ton and New York based, Hon­duran Amer­i­can vi­o­lin­ist, Marissa Li­cata, is a star pow­er­house soloist. Her elec­tri­fy­ing pas­sion and vi­brant pres­ence have been fea­tured on in­ter­na­tional and world-renowned stages. With over 15 years of clas­si­cal vi­o­lin train­ing, and her Bach­e­lor’s and Mas­ter’s de­grees from the New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory, Marissa proved her nat­u­ral ver­sa­til­ity on her very first au­di­tion for Ian An­der­son of Jethro Tull – win­ning the lead vi­o­lin spot on his 2006 US tour. She would go on to join Jethro Tull for 5 more in­ter­na­tional tours. She quickly be­came high in de­mand as both a fea­tured soloist and record­ing artist. Be­tween 2007-2011, Li­cata col­lab­o­rated on projects and per­formed on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tours with Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Dave Ste­wart of Eury­th­mics, Glo­ria Este­fan, Pras of the Fugees, Jer­maine Paul, Elle Varner, Gaby Wilson, and many more.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Hon­duran-Amer­i­can vi­o­lin­ist Marissa Li­cata joins the James Mont­gomery Band at the Poli Club on Sept. 8.

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