Presenting Sponsors

The 2013 MVJF is presented by Adagio Entertainments; in conjunction with The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

UMASS Lowell Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Platt UMASS Lowell’s Faculty Jazz Ensemble is comprised of a music performance faculty featuring on trumpet Walter Platt. Walter has performed with and or recorded with Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Temptations’, O’Jays, the Woody Herman and Cab Calloway orchestra’s. He has performed in the Newport and Montreal Jazz festivals and the prestigious Carnegie and Symphony Halls.

Wheatley Renown guitarist John Wheatley has carved out a thirty year career performing in the Boston area. Jon’s work has been acclaimed by such notables as the New Yorker Magazine,” Best in 2006”, for excellent solo’s, Jazz Times Magazine and by renown critic Dan Morgenstern “Best of 2005”. Participating on numerous recordings and jazz festivals in Europe and the United States has brought national exposure for his work.

Reid Ken Reid,saxophone is a UMass Lowell graduate. He has worked with notable artist Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bill Eckstine and Tony Bennett to name a few. He can be seen perfuming regularly with the” Boston Pops” at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood and the 4th of July celebration on the Esplanade. He has recorded with the Kenny Hadley Big band and Dick Johnsons Swing Shift.

Playing with the ensemble this year is Jeff Galindo on trombone, Whit Brown who has performed with the artists like Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Diana Krall on the bass.

UMass Lowell’s Director of instrumental outreach Deb Huber states “it jazz as it was meant to be”- different perspectives coming together and creating something new, the breadth and depth of talent is astounding and I look forward to their collaborations everytime.


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