Virtuoso bassist, innovative bandleader, composer of genius and legendary jazz character, Charles Mingus was a man driven by many passions. Mingus’s music is as varied and passionate as his personality, running the gamut from joyous gospel and a multitude of blues all the way to quasi-classical suites, political commentaries, and tender tributes to his musical heroes. In this show, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet showcases the full range of Mingus’s work, punctuating the selections with humorous, informative stories about the man and his music. Come on out, tap your feet, clap your hands, and feed your brain!
October 16th, 2015 7:30-9:30
300 S. High St.
Tickets: 410-752-4515 or visit ticket source.
Cold Spring Jazz Quartet will be appearing at 49 West, Annapolis’s finest coffeehouse and wine bar, on Friday, July 10th, from 8-11 pm. It’s a great place to listen to music while enjoying your favorite beverage. Get tickets by calling 410-752-4515. Hope you can join us!
By popular demand, we’re reprising our Horace Silver show. Come on out to Germano’s on May 29th and enjoy an evening of delicious Italian food, cool beverages, and scintillating Silver songs.
Open for dinner at 6; the music starts at 7:30, at Germano’s Piattini, 300 St. High St., in Baltimore’s Little Italy. Call 410-752-4515 for reservations, or click here for tickets.
I’ll be appearing on Chesapeake Collectibles, talking about the Louis G. and Shirley Hecht collection of jazz records now housed at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. This collection is amazing: it contains most of the significant jazz records of the 20s to the 40s, and even a copy of the very first jazz hit, “Livery Stable Blues.” The show airs at 8 pm on Maryland Public Television this Thursday, April 2nd. Tune in and find out more about this collection and jazz history!
Pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver was a pivotal figure in modern jazz: as a co-founder of the Jazz Messengers, he was one of the main inventors of hard bop. Silver’s work looked backward and forward, as he both returned jazz to its roots in blues and gospel and introduced novel rhythms and moods to the music. No matter the style, Silver’s tunes feature memorable melodies and a contagious beat. Many of his works, such as “Song for My Father,” “Doodlin,’” “The Jody Grind,” “Peace,” and “Nica’s Dream,” have become jazz standards. CSJQ will perform these favorites, vocals and instrumentals, along with several equally great but less-known tunes, in this all-Silver show. Come on out and let CSJQ—and Horace—blow your blues away!
I’ve just finished reading Silver’s autobiography and will share some entertaining stories from his fascinating life. Hope you can make it!
April 3, 2015
300 S. High St.
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CSJQ’s new CD, Warming Trend, is now available for purchase. Click here to sample tracks, download songs, or purchase the entire CD.
I’ll be on WEAA-FM’s “Morning Blend” this Thursday, Nov. 13th, starting at 7 am. If you’re up early, turn your radio to 88.1, where you’ll hear me talk with Robert Shahid about Cold Spring Jazz Quartet’s new CD, Warming Trend.