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Paul Combs' Pocket Big Band
Paul Combs' Pocket Big Band is now in its eleventh year of delighting audiences with exciting modern jazz. "This is a nine-piece powerhouse," wrote Ted Belastock in Quarter Notes Magazine. The band's repertoire includes both engaging arrangements of well-known standards and music many have probably never heard before. Among the rarities are compositions by Jazz Giant Tadd Dameron that Combs has discovered in the course of researching his biography of this very important American musician.
Belastock also wrote, "The group is tight, swings as an ensemble, and features fine solo performances by all." The Pocket Big Band has the orchestrational complexity of a big band, but is small enough to give all its members plenty of space for solos. It occupies a space between the big band and the combo, with many of the best features of both.
Writers from Florida to Maine have praised Paul Combs for his saxophone playing. "Paul plays heavenly alto." wrote Valerie Ridenour in Key West, The Newspaper. Larry Nai wrote in Cadence Magazine, "if you dig soprano saxophnone, you really should hear this guy." His long career has included music education as well as performance, and he is active as a clinician and festival adjuicator. A published composer and arranger, Combs started the the Pocket Big Band not only as a vehicle for presenting his own work, but as a forum for the writing of others. The band's extensive book has many arrangements written or adapted for this group specifically, and Combs is always open to the work of young, developing composers.
More About Amazing Things Arts Center
Visiting the Amazing Things Arts Center Framingham residents can discover music, visual arts, theatre, children's programming and more. The Center has produced more than 1,000 events with more than 35,000 attendees since it opened in May 2005.
The Center has more than 500 members and almost 200 volunteers. Amazing Things hosts more than 300 events a year under the leadership of Director Michael Moran
Originally housed in a storefront in Saxonville, in May 2007 Framingham Town Hall Meeting voted to lease the historic downtown Hollis Street Firehouse to Amazing Things Arts Center for $1 a year for 50 years. Afterwards, the Amazing Things Board raised more than $250,000 in cash and resources donated to renovate the firehouse to its present condition.
Membership levels start at $35 for students and senior citizens. Family membership range from $60 to $1,000.
Other events here
- Choro das 3 Fri, May 31, 8:00 pm
- Jim's Big Ego Sat, Jun 1, 8:00 pm
- Mae Buckley's Live - Jazz Five Sun, Jun 2, 2:00 pm
- Paul Rishell and Annie Raines w/ Rich Brown opening Fri, Jun 7, 8:00 pm
- Paul Rishell & Annie Raines in Concert Fri, Jun 7, 8:00 pm
- Natraj featuring special guest Indian classical vocal maestro Madhuvanti Bhide Sat, Jun 8, 8:00 pm
- Frank Sugrue - CD Release "Edge" - Luke McNeil Opens Fri, Jun 14, 8:00 pm
- Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos Sat, Jun 15, 8:00 pm