LACONIA — The Jazz Bar at Tower Hill, located at 290 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, will expand to three nights of live jazz music this week, with performances Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Full bar, dinner, and desserts are available. Info www.NHJazz.com (603) 366-9100
Tower Hill Entertainment proprietors Jay and Anthony Santagate are setting out to create "NH's own jazz mecca" at Weirs Beach. In the wake of a sold-out opening night at the Jazz Bar, and having already gained the attention of the regional media outlets (including NH Magazine), the two brothers are working to create visits to Weirs from all parts of New England, as well as locally. The Santagates (both tireless restaurant and music club devotees) recently renovated the space that has become the Jazz Bar and have since filled it with jazz history, including: portraits, classic records, and vintage horns.
The weekend ahead includes three shows, each offering a unique jazz club experience.
Thursday July 18 @ 8 p.m: Richard Gardzina performs with the Jazz Bar Trio. No Cover
Saxophonist Richard Gardzina's rich tone and swing-heavy melodic style have garnered him the reputation as a "timeless troubadour." Fellow saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz calls Gardzina "a mentor and guru for up-and-coming saxophonists. He's Stan Getz, John Coltrane, and Clarence Clemmons all in one."
Saturday July 20 @ 9 p.m.: Good Places, feat. Ian Sleeper, Charlie Weinmann & Kevin Ashley. No Cover
Good Places plays modern groove-jazz that borrows from blues, funk and the classic rock sounds of Zeppelin, Floyd and Skynyrd. Now six years in the running, this band continues to hone their musical chops, with two members at UNH and a third (Kevin Ashley) serving in the United States Marine Corps Band. The group (all originally from the Lakes Region) will play a rare no-holds-barred reunion show at the Jazz Bar that is likely to go into the wee hours, and may feature special sit-in guests.
Sunday July 21 @ 5:30 p.m.: Jonathan Lorentz Trio. No Cover
Lorentz plays modern NY-style tenor saxophone, with heavy influence from jazz of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Playing tunes from the great American songbook, Jon likes to rediscover classic jazz standards and present them through the lens of exciting improvisations.
Jonathan Lorentz (Courtesy photo)