Catching up

Arthur and AB5 have been busy testing the waters of live performances, figuring out what safety looks like in live entertainment, performing outdoors vs. indoors, and performing virtually vs. in person. All of these topics are sensitive and complex but are worth a shot since music is our passion (and our livelihood).

In addition to teaching both virtually and in person, Arthur has kept busy performing in such locations as Chelmsford Center for the Arts, the Vaughn Mall Stage in Portsmouth NH, The Tap in Haverhill MA, Medford Boat Club, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, and more.

Arthur has also continued to keep live jazz alive in a safe environment by hosting the Arthur’s House of Jazz at the Sahara Club in Methuen, MA (very Thursday, 7:30-10:30 at 88 Oak St in Methuen – see for more detail). He has brought in such acts as Greg Abate, Dave Schumacher, Donna Byrne, Russ Hoffmann, Jon Wheatley & Sheryl Bailey, Debby Larkin & Jeff Stout, Nick Goumas, and many more – all incredibly skilled musicians delivering top-notch performances. To support live jazz, check out and come see a show one upcoming Thursday (or all of them)!

Arthur is excited to also get back to AB5 and his own performances.

Recent activities have included:

1/5 Trio at Andover Senior Center 12-1

1/13 Trio Joy Nest 7-10 Newburyport

1/14 Duo at Gulu-Gulu in Salem, MA 8-11

2/8 Judging the Cape Cod Districts Jazz Auditions

2/12 Quartet/jam session at Joy Nest in Newburyport 12:30-2:30

2/25 CCA Chelmsford Black History Month Celebration with Steve Hunt, Ron Mahdi, Yoron Israel and myself 2-4

3/2 Jazz at the Sahara, Methuen Arthur Bakopolus Quintet Dave Schumacher, Steve Hunt, Bruce Gertz and myself 7:30-10:30

3/4 Duo at Gulu-Gulu in Salem, MA 8-11

Upcoming shows include:

3/10 Trio at Joy Nest in Newburyport 7-11pm

3/19 Jam at Joy Nest in Newburyport 1230-230pm

3/31-4/2 Orchestra for Into The Woods at Arlington HS Auditorium

5/5-5/7 Orchestra for Hunchback of Notre Dame by Actors Singers in Nashua NH

7/23 Trio at Exhibit A Brewing Company in Framingham 1-3pm

…with many more dates still to come!

We hope to see you at an upcoming show.

Stay safe, and keep jazz a-live!

Check out this video of a recent performance – closing night at The Tap in Haverhill 2022 with Arthur Bakopolus, Russ Hoffmann, Keala Kaumeheiwa, Gary Johnson, and special guest from NYC Dave Schumacher playing the tune Confirmation:

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