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The Stephen Haynes Quartet

$15 Cover / Start 7:30pm / Doors 7pm


The Creative Music Series proudly presents

World class, important & distinctive Jazz musicians from a-far and a-near converging in Boston

Stephen Haynes, cornet

Royal Hartigan, drums, percussion

Bobby Zankel, alto

Rick Rozier, bass

Stephen Haynes, cornet

Led by the Cornet (and other brass) of Stephen Haynes from Wethersfield, CT., a “disciple” of the late great Bill Dixon and deserving of wider (at least New England) recognition – and curator along with Joe Morris of Hartford’s wonderful Real Art Ways Jazz Improvisers Series.

Stephens latest release in a trio: “you are not listening to a typical free Jazz session…you’re (also) not in the Jazz equivalent of Kansas anymore”.

Royal Hartigan, drums & percussion

From UMass Dartmouth, Percussionist/Drummer Royal Hartigan is also a pianist and tap dancer who has studied and performed the music’s indigenous West African drumming, dance, song, and highlife; Turkish bendir frame drum; Japanese taiko drumming; Philippine kulintang gong and drum ensembles; Chinese Beijing, Cantonese, and Kunqu opera percussion…(and so on).  And of course the jazz traditions!  

“My music is inspired by the spirit of world cultures voiced through an African American idiom, as a symbol of the equality and worth of all peoples.

Bobby Zankel, alto saxophone

From Philadelphiaalto saxophonist Bobby Zankel.  While not strictly speaking what is called a "post-Coltrane saxophonist," he has absorbed Coltrane's music into his own synthesis of traditional and avant-garde forms.  This music is an extension of what Zankel himself had been breeding in his mind.

“The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense”.  

Rick Rozier, bass

From Windsor, Connecticut, on Contra Bass Violin, Rick Rozier is also the principal of the bass section and the holder of the HSO (Hartford Symphony Orchestra) Claire and Millard Pryor Orchestra Committee Chair.  His ancestor is Joseph Antonio Emidy, who was the first black classical music composer in Great Britain to emerge from the African diaspora.

Rick brought a depth of musical knowledge from the disciplined classical tradition that he loves when performing as principle bass with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and more free flowing interpretive jazz conventions


The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in 1/ 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from Out-of-State, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area.  My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished and even unknown musicians to Boston.  CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.