Fall Jazz Series: James Montgomery Band & Marissa LicataSeptember 08, 2017
Blues legend James Montgomery "brings it on home" as he returns to the Poli Club with special guest Marissa Licata. Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters—James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells—at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.
Boston and New York based, Honduran-American violinist, Marissa Licata, is a star powerhouse soloist. Her electrifying passion and vibrant presence have been featured on international and world-renowned stages. With over 15 years of classical violin training, and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory, Marissa proved her natural versatility on her very first audition for Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull—winning the lead violin spot on his 2006 US tour. She would go on to join Jethro Tull for 5 more international tours. Marissa quickly became high in demand as both a featured soloist and recording artist. In the years from 2007–2011, Ms. Licata collaborated on projects and performed on national and international tours with Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan, Pras of the Fugees, Jermaine Paul, Elle Varner, Gaby Wilson, and many more.