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Adam Swanson


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Annapolis Jazztet


Photo Contemporary, classic jazz delivered by one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the region with a sensational repertoire that appeals to all ages.


Betsey Hobelmann


Photo The lovely Betsey Hobelmann returns to the Cabaret in "Milestones: a review of life in song." From auditions, to influential songs and artists, to past and present favorites, Betsey pinpoints the crucial music that shaped her love for singing. She is accompanied by Celeste Johnson on piano.


Calla Fuqua


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Carlo Aonzo Trio


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“Il mandolino ha spesso viaggiato in terza classe per mari e continenti, dentro valigie di cartone; ha visto terre sconosciute e ovunque sia approdato ha preso dimora e si è intelligentemente integrato con la cultura locale. Ne è conferma il fatto che lo strumento abbia aspetto e accordature diverse a seconda delle realtà in cui si è stabilito”. Carlo Aonzo


Charisma Wooten


Photo Ms. Wooten returns to Germano’s Trattoria for her fourth year with An Evening of Eclectic Songs. Whether the music is classical, jazz, American show tunes, spirituals, gospel or folk music, this vocalist entertains you with drama and comedy.

"Wooten’s other strength is her confident command of her audience.  She led two of the more effective audience participation numbers I’ve seen of late.    And she performed one of the best bows and runoffs I’ve ever seen in a cabaret – as she rode the crest of her audience’s enthusiasm."

Michael Miyazaki
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Charisma Wooten as Jackie Moms Mabley


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Chris Urquiaga


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Christy Trapp


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Cold Spring Jazz Quartet


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Coup de Bop


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David DeBoy and the Hons


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ellen cherry


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Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano Master Class


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Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano


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“EXHILARATING … THE SOPHISTICATED CABARET CHILDREN OF BOBBY SHORT AND LENA HORNE … MR. COMSTOCK AND MS. FASANO ARE TURNING THE NEIGHBORHOOD INTO A HOTBED OF PLEASURE.” ~ Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“MASTERFUL … THEY TAKE IT TO A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL.” 
~ Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

“AMERICA’S FIRST COUPLE OF CABARET …  A MASTER CLASS IN HOW TO MAKE A SONG A THREE-ACT PLAY … FASANO’S SEXY INTELLIGENCE PLAYS AGAINST COMSTOCK’S IMPISHNESS AND HEART, ALL SET TO THEIR SPARE, JAZZ-INFUSED ARRANGEMENTS.” 
~ Michael Miyazaki, Cabaret Scenes


Gary Rubin


Photo Join Gary Rubin, a local favorite, accompanied by Brent Hardesty at the piano, as they weave their magic, singing the classic songs of Sinatra, Bennett, Darin and Buble. A delightful evening of nostalgic and contemporary classics that will compel you to hum and sing along with them and will make everyday a special occasion. You will walk out smiling!


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Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet


Photo Glenn Angus has taken many famous melodies from the Classical Music repertoire [the music of Beethoven, Grofé, Rossini, Grieg, Fauré, Tchaikowsky, and others], and has created jazz charts for them. It is amazing how the music of the masters can change form, shape, and mood in a new jazz style. The quartet's first set will be all classics to jazz. The second set will be more familiar jazz standards. Members of the Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet: Glenn Angus, Violin George Spicka, Piano Phil Ravita, Bass John Kessell, Drums


Holland & Coots


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"Holland and Coots take you on a musical journey that radiates joyful ebullience one moment and wistful lyricism the next."
- Bryan Wright, owner Rivermont Records

"[They] should come with seat belts and a warning about excessive amounts of white-knuckle, adrenaline-charged, exuberant effervescence!"
- Tony Caramia, Director of Pedagogy Studies, Eastman School of Music, regarding Holland, Coots, and Spitznagel's recording "Three's Company"

"[This] is ... piano music at its best, presented in great variety, performed by superb musicians..."
- Max Morath, regarding Holland, Coots, and Wright's recording "Live from Buenos Aires

 


Hot Club of Baltimore with Alexis Tantau


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Jeanne Gies


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Dubbed a 'pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, Jeanne is recognized for her full-bodied voice and distinctive phrasing. UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up: 'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .

 


Jennifer Blades and John Bowen


Photo We've all heard songs that trace the story and glory of romantic love. Love found. Love lost. Love the second time around. But what about love that is obsessive, secretive, and self-destructive? Not a show for the faint of heart, Here in the Dark sings the intoxicating siren song of bad decisions, unhealthy behavior, and fatal attraction. Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Patsy Cline, Rihanna, Sara Bareilles, and others coalesce in a heady musical vortex where love just isn't the answer. Baltimore's own cabaret gem Jennifer Blades is joined by music director and pianist John Bowen as they journey into the dark.


Jennifer Blades as Julia Child


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"Always engaging." - Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


Julie Kurzava and Diane Kinsley


Photo Through the endless optimism of the 20s and the deep depression of the 30’s, George and Ira Gershwin’s songs captivated America. George’s energetic, colorful tunes combined with Ira’s breezy wit, set the standard for popular music as the day. Not only were they icons themselves, but they were hugely influential among their peers on Broadway and in Hollywood.  Singer Julie Kurzava and pianist Diane Kinsley go back to that time, presenting standards and lesser known songs by George & Ira Gershwin, plus a few from their friends and contemporaries, including Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern & Cole Porter. Julie Kurzava brings her whimsical style, combined with Ira Gershwins breezy wit – a combination that is just “S’wonderful”.


Kings of Crownsville


Photo Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville are a roots Rock band with a New Orleans flavor. The brainchild of New Orleans-raised guitarist/singer/songwriter Steve Johnson, the Kings play a rollicking, entertaining set that stirs Americana, Blues, and Jazz into the mix. Their signature horn section transports listeners to the streets of the Big Easy, while they also add precise three- and four-part harmonies to their musical gumbo. Think Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan. Finalists in the 2012 Baltimore Blues Society competition, the Kings perform regularly throughout the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. The Kings of Crownsville features Johnson backed by Ed Justice on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Jim Tavener on trombone, percussion, and vocals; Mike McCormick on keyboards and vocals; David Vermette on bass and vocals; and Rob Creath

"Homegrown Americana boogie blues and big band rockin' swing jazz is a chunky description of the Kings.  The 6-piece band lends guitar, bass, drums, piano, trumpet, trombone, and vocal harmony.  The result is a robust, polished sound that makes for easy toe-tapping and dancing."

 

Stephen Perraud. The Live Wire. June 2011


Larry Brown Quartet


Photo Pianist Larry Brown leads one of the most accomplished straight-ahead jazz groups in the Mid-Atlantic area, having performed at An Die Musik, Blues Alley, the Meyerhoff, the Kennedy Center, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, Alexandria Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Strathmore Mansion, and the Black Rock Center for the Arts. JazzReview.com describes The Larry Brown Quintet as "Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section." The group’s four CDs receive airplay all over the country, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Russia, and Japan. The band, which reprises the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era, was recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAM

Washingtonian magazine says, “Larry Brown is a pianist whose rendering of ballads is particularly moving”. The Washington Post calls him “an artist deserving of greater exposure” and says Brown “evokes the master touch”. 


Laurette Hankins-O'Connell


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“Hankins-O’Connell has an offhanded charm and forged a solid connection with the audience.  She is an effective comedienne, and did a stellar job in wringing out laughs from “My Mother’s Wedding Day” (Brigadoon).  Her patter was well-crafted, wittily providing interesting insights in the transition from stage to cinema of the works she was saluting.” -- Michael Miyazaki, Cabaret Times, 2015


Marcus Dagan


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Markia Nicole Smith


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Michel Nirenberg


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“In terms of style, substance, and execution, Nirenberg ranks high. This is some brilliant Brazilian jazz.” – Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“Here is a player who uses virtuosity not for self-aggrandizement but to glorify the music.” – Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

“Exquisite execution and virtuoso performances underpin a well-curated selection of music.” – Ken Avis, Baltimore Jazz Alliance

 


Occidental Gypsy


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Opus Concert Theatre


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Paul Teie


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Philip Thomas Quartet


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Renee Collins Georges


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Roger Schmelzer


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“Roger is confident, charming and original…quickly connecting with his audience thanks to lively arrangements of melodic tunes with clever or meaningful lyrics…”  MYRA CHANIN, Theatre Pizzazz 

“Roger makes it his business to entertain you.  He is fun, festive, fervent and friendly.  His love for the music is contagious and you’ll love the man who presents it!” MARILYN MAYE, cabaret and jazz artist.

“Roger is charming, quirky and original.” JASON GRAAE, cabaret artist


Ron Lewis


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Spenser Charles


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Stone Hill All-Stars


Photo Members of The Stone Hill All-Stars have been playing music together since the late 1980’s, providing back-up and studio work for Sleepy Labeef, Greg Kihn, The Honey Dewdrops, The Hello Strangers, Caleb Stine, Jeff Ross (The Hellecasters, The Desert Rose Band), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), Arty Hill, Mark Brine, and many other Mid-Atlantic and national bands.

The Stone Hill All-Stars' "Away," their third full-length CD, this one recorded live in the studio in a single afternoon.

Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 at door/$8 full-time students with ID

This is what it's all about: great songs, inventive arrangements, and timeless kick-ass roots-rock by guys who can really play. I loved it. I'll bet Les Paul would have loved to sit in with the Stone Hill All-Stars. Tasty licks up the wazoo! Find out what these guys are smokin' and get some! --Greg Kihn KUFX-FM, San Jose, California


The Apple Scruffs: The Beatles "Unplugged"


Photo With a dedication to accurately reproducing the music of The Beatles, The Apple Scruffs perform shows that allow audiences to re-discover the fab four's repertoire all over again. As a quintet, they are able to reproduce songs from The Beatles' later "Studio Years" such as "Strawberry Fields" "I Am the Walrus" and the entire Abbey Road album to name a few. No costumes, no wigs, just the music that changed the world. A charming intimate venue coupled with a tailored set of music that will make you feel that "maybe this is what it would have been like to sit in the studio with The Beatles".


The British Are Coming!


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The Encounter


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“I was fooled, as were others, judging by the gasps”  (Cassandra Miller for City Paper)

“...holds up well to the sort of stuff featured in that overblown show 'The Illusionists' at the Hippodrome last season.” (Tim Smith for The Baltimore Sun)

“A highlight...is their chemistry onstage...a beautiful duet between the both of them.” (Jason Crawford Samios-Uy for Backstage Baltimore)


The Golden Gays NYC


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The Hot Club of Baltimore


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The Naama Gheber Quartet


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Time For A Change Jazz Quartet


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Todd and Shawn Simon


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Todd Harrison Twining


Photo The marvelous composer, vocalist and musician, Todd Harrison Twining, puts us in the holiday spirit in this delightful cabaret of favorites perfect for the whole family.


Tony Ziesat


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     "Tony Z's vocal interpretations of the Great American Songbook and jazz standards are beautifully expressive of that body of work.  Hearing him live is a rare opportunity to experience the timelessness of those great songs in person.  Go see Tony Z and Stef as soon and as often as you can!"   -   Jimmy Kachulis, Professor of Songwriting and World Music, Berklee College of Music


Victoria Vox


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