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Saxophone summit in Portsmouth, N.H.

Matt Langley is one of five tenor saxophonists featured in a free ‘play-and-tella’ session at The Press Room in Portsmouth, N.H.

Matt Langley is one of five tenor saxophonists featured in a free ‘play-and-tella’ session at The Press Room in Portsmouth, N.H.

FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ: The Seacoast Jazz Appreciation Project, an initiative of the Seacoast Jazz Society, presents a Northeast Saxophone Summit next Sunday in Portsmouth, N.H.

The event at The Press Room features a performance by an octet — five saxophonists plus a rhythm section.

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It also includes a dialogue between the musicians and audience.

The five featured tenor saxophonists are likely familiar to New England jazz audiences. They are Rich Gardzina, Fred Haas, Charlie Jennison, Matt Langley, and Jonathan Lorentz.

Backing them up is the rhythm section of Ryan Parker, piano; John Hunter, bass; and Tim Gilmore, drums.

“This is certainly the largest group we’ve presented yet in our popular ‘play-and-tell’ series,” said Terry MacDonald, the Jazz Society’s liaison to the Seacoast Jazz Appreciation Project.

“And with a front line made of five tenor saxophones, the session promises to be a unique one, offering as many as five different approaches to playing the same instrument,” he said.

Following the project’s event, which is at 4:30 p.m., the octet will present another performance from 6 to 9 p.m., which is subject to The Press Room’s normal $10 cover charge.

The Seacoast Jazz Appreciation Project was launched in 2009 with an objective of enhancing the appreciation of jazz for listeners at all levels and demystifying the genre for its newest listeners.

Call 603-431-5186 or visit www.seacoastjazz.org or pressroomnh.com.

CLASSICAL PAIRS: In a departure from their usual performances, members of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra team up in small groups to play classical music for diners at The Landing restaurant in Marblehead on Tuesday.

Marshunda Smith performs with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra.

Marshunda Smith performs with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event is a fund-raiser for the orchestra and part of The Landing’s continuing series of charitable endeavors that highlight local performers.

The musicians perform a variety of classical chamber music works and other pieces for quartets and trios.

The final concert of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra’s 65th season is 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Swampscott High School.

The event at The Landing is 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is donating a percentage of the evening’s food and beverage payments to the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra.

For advance reservations, call The Landing at 78-639- 1266. For more on the orchestra, call 781-286-0024 or visit nspo.org.

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP: A new play by Dan Sklar is presented at The Actors Studio of Newburyport as part of its Stage Three Workshop Series, Friday through April 21.

“Hack License,” is about a 22-year-old female New York City cab driver who is cheerful, wise, and a good listener. People find themselves making significant life choices in her taxi, while she waits for Mr. Right to hail her. Marc Clopton directs.

Sklar teaches creative writing at Endicott College in Beverly and is a published writer of plays, poems, and short stories.

He has had plays produced at several venues in New York and Boston.

Stage Three is a theater lab experience designed to promote the development of new works.

Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $18; $15 for students and senior citizens. Call 978-465-1229 or visit newburyportacting.org.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Pike Messenger, author of more than 300 essays in the Tri-Town Transcript from 2006 to 2011, speaks at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Messenger wrote the column Water Closet: Ipswich River Watershed and Beyond. He reads, reminisces, and shares the best of his musings on a wide range of “wet” subjects, including alewives, native and Colonial land use, local aquatic plants and animals, and floods. Copies of his essays will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to area conservation groups such as Middleton Stream Team and Ipswich River Watershed.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Dancers,” an exhibit of oil paintings by artist and illustrator Susan Spellman, is at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through

Dancers, an exhibit of oil paintings by artist and illustrator Susan Spellman, is at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through May 5.

Dancers, an exhibit of oil paintings by artist and illustrator Susan Spellman, is at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through May 5.

May 5. The paintings were inspired by Spellman’s lifelong passion for dance and portray a variety of styles including swing, jazz, modern, and ballet. Spellman, of Newburyport, started her career as an illustrator working primarily for book and magazine publishers. For the past 10 years, she has more vigorously pursued her passion for painting, with a varied approach that includes still life, plein air, and most recently, portrait painting. . . . ”From Pencil to Print,” an exhibit of children’s book art by author and illustrator Katy Bratun is at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery in Salem through May 13. Bratun creates whimsical woodland creatures with human qualities. And her illustrations reflect the contrasting warm and cool colors familiar from her childhood in New Mexico. Bratun, of Salem, has illustrated more than 30 children’s books.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.
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