Sunday Night Jazz ft. Donna Byrne Quartet
Sun, Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm
Doors at 5pm | Show at 6pm | All Ages
About The Donna Byrne Quartet
When not opening for Tony Bennett, vocalist Donna Byrne dazzles audiences throughout New England. A longtime collaborator with the Traditional Jazz Series at UNH (performing with Dave McKenna, among others), Byrne is no stranger to The Press Room stage.
Her quartet features Byrne’s husband, bassist Marshall Wood, Boston legend Tim Ray (Tony Bennett, Kurt Elling, Lyle Lovett) on piano, and Jim Gwin (Boston Pops, James Taylor, Chick Corea) on drums.
Donna Byrne: Vocals
Tim Ray: Piano
Marshall Wood: Bass
Jim Gwin: Drums
About Sunday Night Jazz
As legendary as The Press Room itself, the Sunday Night Jazz series has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.
For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast at The Press Room every Sunday night. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.