Musical Chairs is pleased to team up with Lexington High School's (LHS) jazz program
to present "2x2", a pair of duo performances featuring one of Boston's
premiere professional jazz duos with a promising student duo from
Lexington High. The evening will feature master bassist Rick McLaughlin's duo,
paired with two of LHS's top seniors, bassist Aidan Dwyer and guitarist Tim Watson.
Rick McLaughlin's work has been heard all over the world. A band leader, side-man, and member of the Grammy-nominated jazz group Either/Orchestra, he has performed on stages and in recording studios in places ranging from greater Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA; from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy; and from Phuket, Thailand to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over 20 commercially available CDs feature Rick, including his own debut as a leader, Study of Light, which garnered critical acclaim ("... illuminates your aural universe with singleness and sincerity." Marcel Polgar, Double Bassist Magazine). He has been heralded by MacArthur Fellow George Russell as "one of my favorite bassists." Paul Olson, of Allaboutjazz.com, says that McLaughlin is "the most valuable player" on a recent CD release. "Electric and exciting," wrote Michael Nastos of Cadence Magazine of McLaughlin, a bassist who delivers "firm yet discursive support" according to Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe.
McLaughlin has shared the stage with a wide range of musicians, from jazz luminaries such as Don Byron, Steve Lacy, John Medeski, Danilo Perez, and John Zorn, to rock musicians Willie "Loco" Alexander, Morphine and Peter Wolf, and country music star Roger Miller. A frequent collaborator with musicians from all over the globe, McLaughlin has also performed with Ethiopia's great singers Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayhu Eshete, as well as the innovator behind Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke. Collaborations with Ahmed and Astatke were with the Either/Orchestra and have been released on CD and DVD.
McLaughlin graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA
with both B.M. and M.M. degrees, the latter he received with Academic Honors
and Distinction in Performance. He is an endorser of AlterEGO instruments,
Gallien-Krueger amplifiers, and Hohner Melodicas.
Watson and Dwyer anchor the rhythm sections of both the LHS Jazz Ensemble and
the LHS Jazz Septet. Both have won regional and national honors, including a
first place finish at this year's Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival in
New York City.