world voice

Celebrate World Voice Day

Take Care of Your Instrument!

Where: The Somerville Armory

When: Wed. April 16  from 7 – 9:00 PM

How much: $25

If you were planning to run in the Boston Marathon on April 21, you would be doing some serious training right now! As a singer, you are a vocal athlete, and you’ve got to keep your voice in good shape to prepare for gigs and touring. This short presentation and workshop will give you all the tools you need to keep your voice healthy and strong for the long run.  It will introduce you to:

  • The four main muscle systems that are involved in singing (the motor, the vibrator, the resonators and the articulators),
  • How functional voice training works to keep these systems at peak efficiency,
  • Practices to promote vocal health,
  • What to do when you have problems with your voice.

There will be plenty of Q & A time as well as some interactive exercises and short demonstrations.  Refreshments available.

Not a singer? Come learn how to take care of your voice for public speaking and presentations!

Reserve your spot by buying now!

Jazz Vocal Showcase

Where: Ryles Jazz Club

When: Tues. April 22 at 8:00 PM

How much: $7 at the door, Online at

An evening celebrating the voice in jazz, pop, & blues


  • Matt BenDaniel
  • Leni Webber
  • Heather Thomas
  • Hanna Rose Alex

Hosted by Celia Slattery

Accompanied by the Joe Reid trio

More about the performers: 


Matt BenDaniel has performed jazz, pop and folk vocals at Ryles, Club Café, Somerville Armory, Passim, Johnny D’s, Hard Rock, and Amazing Things. He has studied voice at Berklee, with Rebecca Parris and Celia Slattery, and guitar with Ksenia Mack. He has performed in a dozen musical stage productions. Matt manages/emcees Open Mic Events for Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA) and at Bestsellers Cafe in Medford, MA. Matt will also feature a guest artist, Ron Wilhelmsen on Harmonica. Ron is an in-demand rising talent and has performed/recorded with Amy Correia, Raleigh Green, and Ksenia Mack.

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Since hitting the Boston music scene, Leni Webber has been wowing audiences with her unique sound.  With her soulful vocal style and charismatic energy she effortlessly connects with her audience, whether singing a Pop song, a rocking R&B tune, or a jazz classic. More recently accompanying herself on piano, she is able to showcase her superb rhythmic sense and musicality. Her influences are wide-ranging, from Adele, Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin to Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder. Her jazz interpretations pay tribute to Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington and other jazz greats. Leni has performed at numerous venues including Johnny D’s, Ryles Jazz Club, the Lilypad and Smoken’ Joe’s.


A truly unique blend of jazz, blues, and soul make up the voice and artist that is Heather Thomas.  Featuring echoes of Peggy Lee and other late jazz songstresses, she is here to present her disregard for heartache through both original work and personal playlist, placing big-band era presence and bluesy crooning into a modern context.



While recently seen by audiences at the Boston Center for the Arts as a performer in the contemporary dance company, KAIROS Dance Theater, Hanna Rose Alex is excited to once again share her passion through voice.  With a strong background in musical theatre, she enjoys interpreting the humor and drama of the text while exercising the musical freedom, grooves, hooks, and ghost notes of jazz.

Open Mic Series

Come practice your performing skills and try out new material at this new open mic series at the Somerville Armory! Open to vocalists of all ages and all styles.  Hosted by Celia Slattery with Accompanist Bill Duffy.  Please bring sheet music in your key or feel free to bring your guitar and accompany yourself!

Where: Cafe at the Somerville Armory

When: 7-10 PM on the first Thursday of each month 

  • Thurs. May 1st with featured performer, Phil Kassel and accompanist, Bill Duffy.

How much: $10/gen, $9/studio members, $6 listeners

Meet the 2014 past and future featured performers…..

  1. Casey Thomas, Long-time victim of musical wanderlust, breathes new life into songs long forgotten. After croonin’ in California, swingin’ in New York, jammin’ in Chicago and funkin’-it-up in New Orleans, Casey brings it on home to Boston with a gumbo of sound rich & soul-satisfying.  Having entertained audiences at intimate jazz cafes & bustling street-corners, at raucous beer-halls & in off-Broadway plays, Casey has been shaking up the Cabaret scene with his always eclectic blend of jazz, blues, roots and rock ‘n roll.
  2. Sara Brodsky weaves song and spoken word into one-woman cabaret shows.  The written threads are original.  The musical threads are spun from jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway and a bit of pop.
  3. Phil Kassel is a career public interest lawyer who sings songs from most every genre at local venues and open mics. A serious student of voice and the author of numerous previous shows, he’s appeared at such venues as Jimmy Tingle’s, Ryle’s,  the Amazing Things and the Cambridge Multi-Cultural arts’ centers. Beverly Creasey of said Phil can take on a ”dark, sardonic vocal pitch” or “lighten to a soaring tenor;” he “brought down the house” at a previous BACA Festival.


    Casey Thomas

    Casey Thomas

  4. Phil Kassel

    Phil Kassel

    Sara Brodsky

    Sara Brodsky