Bay Chamber Concerts will present award-winning jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman and his jazz quartet Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. The ensemble also will perform an afternoon concert for the inmates of the Maine State Prison as part of Bay Chamber’s Community Engagement program.

The quartet features Mark Turner (tenor sax), Joe Martin (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Gilad Hekselman (guitar and composition). Hekselman has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in New York since his arrival in 2004. In only a few years, the native Israeli has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in the New York jazz scene. The quartet has toured Switzerland, Japan, Scotland, Canada, Norway, Hungary and Israel, to rave reviews; and has been featured at world-famous jazz festivals such as Montreux, Duke Ellington, San Francisco and Tel Aviv.

Hekselman is the winner of the 2005 Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition and has been compared to Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel. His quartet’s recent album, “Hearts Wide Open,” received praise globally and made New York Times, Amazon and iTunes Best of 2012 lists.

The performance is 75 minutes long, with open seating and no intermission. Tickets are $35; $25 for those age 21 to 35; and $10 for those younger. They may be purchased online at; in Rockport at Bay Chamber Concerts offices, Shepherd Block building; by calling 236-2823; or at the Strand Theatre box office starting one hour before the event.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or