Sunday, September 10, 2017

Acme Jazz Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Live Music at THE BLACK BOX

The Acme Jazz Quartet kicks off an exciting new season of live music at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music and event venue, on Friday, September 15 at 8 p.m. The Quartet features Kenny Hadley (drums), Mark White (guitar), Mark Poniatowski (bass) and Arnie Krakowsky (saxophone), four world-class musicians whose performance resumes include a long list of music royalty. 

A suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX presents wide-ranging music entertainment, slated to include a Big Band Brunch, classical concert, cabaret performances, New England Artist Series events and more this fall. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street.

Drummer Kenny Hadley has performed with Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Wolf, The Drifters and Rebecca Parris. His acclaimed Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. 
Acme Jazz Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Live Music  at THE BLACK BOX
Acme Jazz Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Live Music  at THE BLACK BOX

Bassist Mark Poniatowski is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. His extensive performing experience includes the Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival with the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Boston Blues Festival with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, as well as with Sid Caesar, Floyd Dixon, Janiva Magness, Rita Moreno and Junior Watson. 

Poniatowski’s recordings include “Mississippi Moan” with the Bruce Katz Band and “The George Carlin Show” soundtrack. Guitarist Mark White has performed with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, Boston Musica Viva under Richard Pitman, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble under Gunther Schuller, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet, George Russell, Gil Evans and Anthony Braxton, and numerous theatre engagements with touring Broadway companies. 

A Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, Mark White has taught over 25 clinics for Berklee in Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea. Saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky has performed with Dick Johnson and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Band, Phil Woods, Dave McKenna, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Tony Bennett. His recordings include “Where the Tenor Meets the Bone” and “Is It Minor Yours.”

Tickets for the September 15th evening with the Acme Jazz Quartet are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

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