Saturday: 1:00 PM on the Charles Neville Main Stage.
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The Dwonztet

The Dwonztet is a powerhouse ensemble led by jazz maestro Matt Dwonszyk, a bassist with a vision. Formed in 2012 at the prestigious Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in Hartford, CT, this group seamlessly blends jazz, blues, R&B, and hip hop into a vibrant tapestry of sound that defies genres.

At the heart of The Dwonztet is the enchanting Shenel Johns, whose soulful vocals breathe life into both timeless jazz standards and Dwonszyk’s original compositions. Adding a dynamic edge is spoken word and hip hop artist Ghazi Omair, whose powerful verses and recitations of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr. command attention.

The band’s chemistry is undeniable, thanks to its exceptional lineup: drummer Jonathan Barber, pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, and saxophonist Kris Allen. Their performances are marked by a relaxed yet precise interplay, honed through years of shared musical journeys.

The Dwonztet's latest release, "A Year and a Day," showcases their innovative spirit with one jazz standard and twelve original tracks. Despite being crafted during the isolating times of COVID, the album radiates Dwonszyk’s bass prowess and his signature blend of optimism, resilience, and creative generosity. This project is a testament to the band's versatility and Dwonszyk’s masterful command of diverse jazz idioms.

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The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival takes place on July 12th – 13th, 2024 in the streets surrounding Stearns Square.

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This festival is produced by Blues To Green, a nonprofit organization that harnesses music and the arts to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze social and environmental change.
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