New Orleans jazz concert at Maudslay on Saturday, Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra on Sunday

The legendary New Black Eagle Jazz Band returns to Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) this Saturday, Aug. 10, followed by the Hal McIntyre Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 11. It’s all part of the 2019 Summer Concert Series, which features something for every musical taste from Big Band to jazz, from opera to bluegrass, from country to the Great American Songbook. It’s a gala year.

For over 49 years, from Symphony Hall to Singapore, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band has delighted audiences worldwide with its infectious, soulful, and uplifting style of traditional New Orleans jazz. Paying homage to the greatest musicians of the early jazz era –  Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington – the band has also developed its own eclectic sound, incorporating spirituals, 1920’s and 30’s popular music, and even some songs recorded by Elvis and Bob Dylan.

Widely recognized as one of the premier traditional jazz bands in the world, the “Black Eagles” (as the band often calls itself) have been featured in countless jazz festivals, both in the US and abroad, including the Newport, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals. The band also has performed with the Boston Pops, the Scottish National Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.

With a Grammy nomination to their credit, a vast repertoire, seven inspired musicians, and a highly entertaining stage manner, it’s no wonder that the New York Times has noted that the Black Eagles are “so far ahead of other traditional bands…there is scarcely any basis for comparison.” Maudslay Arts Center is proud to welcome them back to Newburyport.

Come back on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when The Hal McIntyre 14-piece Orchestra with Steve Marvin vocalist under the direction of Don Pentleton brings the Big Band sound to Maudslay with their musical tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Billed as “The Band America Loves,” the original McIntyre Orchestra debuted at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle NY in 1941, and played at headline venues including New York’s Commodore Hotel, Hollywood’s Palladium Ballroom and Chicago’s Sherman Hotel.

After McIntyre’s death, musical director and Big Band drummer Don Pentleton continued the band. Don’t miss this world famous orchestra and their tribute to Sinatra.

Whether you’re sitting under the stars on a moonlit evening, or lounging on a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series provides the perfect setting for your entertainment pleasure.

Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. and include The New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 10, and Amanda Carr with sax-man Elan Trotman on Aug. 17. Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. with The Hal McIntyre Big Band on Aug. 11.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport MA 01950. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving to the indoor performance hall adjacent to the patio when weather dictates.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, which can be casual or as elaborate as a gourmet meal with tablecloth and flowers and whatever suits the patron’s fancy. Delicious desserts such as seasonal cobblers, brownies, and Hodgie’s ice cream, and cold beverages may be purchased during intermission, all served by dedicated MAC volunteers, who continue to make this non-profit series happen.

While you’re there, buy a $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win a beautiful Les Paul Epiphone guitar, personally autographed by many of the 2019 Summer Concert Series musicians.

On Oct. 28, 2018, a large maple tree cracked during a coastal windstorm and fell right through the roof of the Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) Concert Barn causing extensive damage, which was not covered by insurance. Although many loyal supporters sent checks to assist in the repairs, there remains much to do.

“We have been repairing the damage caused by the October storm,” MAC vice president Cynthia Costello said, “while at the same time working on necessary capital improvements, including painting, replacing exterior shingles, updating the sound and lighting systems, and building a small indoor stage for performers. Your purchase of one raffle ticket – or more – will assist us in this important endeavor.”

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the concerts or at Coastal Connections, 35 Water St., Amesbury, or mail a check payable to “MAC” to MAC Raffle/Costello, 182 Whitehall Road Amesbury MA 01913. Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number. The winning ticket will be announced at the Amanda Carr concert on Aug. 17. This fundraiser supported by Coastal Connections, Inc.

Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $30. Groups of four or more are $25 each, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $25. Children 12 and under are free.

Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. with gates opening at 1 p.m. General admission is $20 with open seating on the patio and lawn. Tables and chairs are provided on the patio. Special group rates may be arranged by calling 978-499-0050. Children 12 and under are free.

For an up-to-date summer schedule, to purchase tickets online, or for further information about the performers, visit the MAC website at Tickets also may be purchased at the gate (check or cash only) or by calling 978-499-0050. There is no reserved seating. Gift certificates also are available.

The series is supported by The Newburyport Bank, dedicated MAC volunteers and patrons, and the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Saturday evening performances are sponsored by The Newburyport Bank.

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