CSJQ Presents: Blowin’ the Blues Away: The Music of Horace Silver

Horace SilverPianist, 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
7:30 pm
Germano’s Piattini
300 S. High St.
Click here for tickets

CD Release Party!

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet is thrilled to announce the release of their latest CD, Warming Trend. The new disc shows the group taking off in new directions.

  • Anthony Villa boosts the band’s straightahead chops.
  • Mark Osteen’s new compositions showcase the group’s mastery of many styles.
  • Four originals feature lyrics by award-winning poet Ned Balbo.
  • Guest artist Joel Michael-Schwartz adds that Gypsy sound to “Aubade.”

Join us for the release party on Nov. 14th, 2014, at Germano’s Piattini. The music starts at 7:30. You can hear all the tunes and can get your autographed copy of Warming Trend!

Germano’s Piattini
300 S. High St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tickets $10. http://germanospiattini.com/events/

Here’s a sneak preview of the CD cover.




CSJQ’s Upcoming Shows

My band, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet, has an exciting couple of months ahead.

On October 2nd, we’ll be performing at Baltimore’s grand movie palace, the Senator Theater,  before the screening of Singin’ in the Rain. We’ll be setting the mood with some standards from that period. We hit at 6:30, and the movie starts at 7 pm. CSJQ with Logo 2On October 10th, we will reprise our successful show “Night Songs: The Music of Film Noir,” at An die Musik Live! in Baltimore. Walk down the mean streets with us as we perform songs identified with the hard-boiled detectives and slinky femmes fatale of film noir. This show features evocative music, film clips, and introductions by me. Don’t miss this unique multi-media event! The show begins at 8 pm. For tickets, click here.

And on November 14th, we’re hosting a release party for our new CD, Warming Trend, at Germano’s in Little Italy. The disc, recorded at Secret Sound here in Baltimore features several new originals, including four with lyrics by award-winning poet Ned Balbo. The planet is warming up, and so is Cold Spring Jazz Quartet—but in a good way!

Come on out, listen to the new tunes and get your autographed copy! The music starts at 7:30. Germano’s is located at 300 S. High St in Baltimore. For tickets, call 410-752-4515 or click here.

CSJQ at 49 West on June 20th

My group, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet, will be appearing at 49 West in Annapolis on Friday, June 20th. We’ll feature our signature blend of current, classic and cool jazz, but with a special treat: a preview of some of the new tunes from our forthcoming CD, to be recorded in July.

Come on out and join us for a nice meal, a delightful beverage, and some cool jazz! We play from 8 until 11 pm. Tickets are $10; please call 410-626-9796, or visit http://www.49westcoffeehouse.com/ for tickets. CSJQ with Logo 2

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet Presents “Night Songs: The Music of Film Noir”

CSJQ with Logo 2For more than fifteen years, CSJQ has been treating Baltimore-Washington audiences to their scintillating blend of current and classic jazz. The emphasis for this evening, however, is on the classics, as CSJQ performs the music of 1940s and ‘50s film noir.

The words “film noir” conjure up images of smoky night clubs, rain-slicked streets, world-weary detectives and dangerous dames. On the soundtrack one hears a slinky jazz saxophone. But actually the films noir of the 1940s didn’t have jazz scores. What they did have was a large body of tunes drawn from the Great American Songbook—classics such as “I’ll Remember April” (Phantom Lady), “Stella by Starlight” (The Uninvited), “I Hear a Rhapsody” (Clash by Night), “Your Red Wagon” (They Live by Night), “Never Let Me Go” (The Scarlet Hour) and “One for My Baby” (Road House), as well as the title themes for Laura and Body and Soul, among others. In the 1950s and afterward, jazz soundtracks set the mood for films such as The Big Combo, and Sweet Smell of Success, for TV crime series such as Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, and Mike Hammer, and for neo-noir films like Taxi Driver and Chinatown.

Along with this evocative jazz, the show will feature introductions by CSJQ saxophonist and vocalist Mark Osteen—a film scholar and the author of Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream.

“Night Songs” is a dazzling and unique multi-media event sure to delight both jazz aficionados and classic movie fans.

Friday, January 24th, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm. Germano’s Piattini; 300 South High Street, Baltimore 21202. Tickets $10. To purchase a ticket and make a reservation, please call 410-752-4515.