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The String Trio of New York

$18 Cover @ the Door ($15 Students) / Start 8pm / Doors 7:30pm

First appearance since the 90’s…

Featuring Co-founder, Guitarist James Emery, Violinist Rob Thomas (of Berklee) and guest bassist John Lockwood (subbing for regular Tony Marino).

The Creative Music Series proudly welcomes…

The String Trio of New York

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“A virtuosic joy, a paradigm of jazz improvisation and control, a mélange of urban ghetto street cries and high art.”
The Boston Globe

“…as rhythmically alive, stylistically varied and consistently inventive…” NY Times

“As much as their improvisations appeal to the intellect, they appeal even more to the spirit, and ultimately to the viscera…” St. Louis Post Dispatch

“No individual or ensemble has done more to demystify chamber jazz…’ JazzTimes

Over those years and with only a few changes in personnel – including the award-winning violinist Regina Carter – the ensemble is still led by Mr. Emery with violinist Rob Thomas and bassist Tony Marino (members for 18 and 8 years respectively), and remains on the cutting edge of the music that it has pioneered.

James Emery, guitar

James Emery has received global recognition for his original approach as a composer / guitarist. A Guggenheim Fellow, Emery has composed over 150 works for a variety of formats including symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, and solo guitar.

Rob Thomas, violin

Rob Thomas is regarded as one of the most impressive contemporary jazz violinists.  His breadth of ideas, stunning technique and total command of the jazz vocabulary inspire all who hear him.  JazzTímes calls him “a violinist of exceptional creative resources… riveting as a solo voice with a rich complex tone that can sing or shriek.”

John Lockwood, bass

Lockwood studied at Berklee College of Music and was a student of Bill Curtis , Henry Portnoi and Arthur Webb . Since the mid-1980s he has been a member of the jazz The Fringe , which George Garzone and Bob Gullotti had founded with Rich Appleman in 1972. In addition, he toured Europe and the US with musicians such as Joe Henderson , Freddie Hubbard , Gary Burton and the Mel Lewis Big Band . He has performed with Pat Metheny , Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard , Woody Shaw , Toots Thielemans , Stan Getz , Art Farmer, and Benny Carter , as well as symphony orchestras such as Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops.


The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 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, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area.  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.