Boston, MA — Sam Trump and Harold Green will bring Soul and Stanzas to the stage at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sept. 26. The performance kicks off the Museum’s Fall Thursday Evening Concert Series, which features contemporary music, emerging talent, and young artists. Opening the show will be Boston-based music collective Nwasoul.
Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and producer from Houston, Texas, who launched his career at the age of seven when he picked up his first trumpet. In 2009, he moved to Chicago where he earned a fine arts degree in music from Colombia College, and quickly immersed himself into the city’s live music scene, becoming widely known as a bandleader, sideman, mentor, and music curator.
His debut album, Purple Skies documents the early maturation of his solo artistry, covering topics of love and romance, family, inspiration, societal interdependence, and the Black American plight. All songs are produced by his long-term collaborator and Los Angeles-based producer, Calvin Valentine. In addition to his solo work, Trump is a co-founder of ChiBrations, a social platform that highlights soul singers in Chicago. Deemed a “Renaissance Musician” by The Chicago Tribune in 2016, he is also an original member of long-standing hip-hop/soul/jazz band Sidewalk Chalk, for which he plays the trumpet.
Harold Green is an acclaimed Chicago-based poet whose vibrant storytelling and passionate lyrical delivery pushes beyond the traditional spoken word format. Green has captivated audiences both domestically and internationally and was chosen to be the Inaugural Poet for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
NwaSoul is a Boston-based music collective, founded in 2011 by Berklee College of Music alum Bobhartley Etienne. Over the years, the lineup of artists has evolved, with alumni including vocalist Jonathan Hoard, who was featured on Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem”. Today’s roster is more solidified and features Etienne (bandleader/bassist), Aaron Venable (drums), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Craig Hill (saxophone), Tricia Reed (vocalist), Daniel Abraham and Ben Stepner (keys) and singer Malaya Tina Watson.
Nwasoul released their EP Prepare to Fly in 2017, and performs regularly throughout Boston, with a weekly residency at Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen.
The Thursday Evening Concert Series takes place in the Museum’s Calderwood Hall, located at 25 Evans Way in Boston. Tickets are required and include Museum admission. Admission is $27 for adults; $24 for seniors; $17 for members; $15 students and children; and youth age 7 and under not admitted. For information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-278-5156.