ACUTE INFLECTIONS
$0.00
Wednesday 11/13
6:00 pm
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Acute Inflections is a chic NYC-based jazz duo featuring singer Elasea Douglas and bassist Sadiki Pierre. Their elegant and enchanting performances are beloved by the high-end private event industry, and their clients include Heads of State, Celebrities and CEOs, as well as Mercedes-Benz, ESPN, and Tiffany & Co. They have even opened for Jennifer Hudson, Sting, and other notable artists at some of their client’s events. Their debut ep, THE BRAVE, spent five weeks in the Top-10 of the RMR Top 50 Jazz Chart and had the #1 single for eight weeks. They also released a charming holiday album IN DECEMBER of 2018, and that too was well-received. A bright future awaits these talented artists.  There is no cover charge for this special cabaret debut but seats must be reserved.


Wonderful!

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AN EVENING WITH BILLY COLUCCI
$10.00
Thursday 11/14
6:00 pm
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Quiet, reclusive and massively talented Billy Colucci’s name is known to Baltimoreans who really know their jazz.

A master pianist and composer Billy Colucci has worked with everyone from Anita O’Day to Steve Allen and Andy Warhol. The South Philly native and long-time Fells Point resident is known for his intelligent, lyrical compositions and impeccable technique. As a kid in a home with no piano he used to draw piano keys on the kitchen table to practice. Oh – and he used to play record hops with Frankie Avalon as his vocalist!  Tonight he shares classic compositions in the tradition of Bill Evans and his beautiful and haunting originals.

David Foster accompanies on bass.




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ROGER STREET FRIEDMAN
$12.00 - $15.00
Friday 11/15
6:00 pm
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“Late to Bat, But Hits Another Home Run” said  No Depression magazine of New York singer-songwriter Roger Street Friedman after the release of his second album at the age of 54. The roots rocker, whose third album is expected late this year, sings about the joys and challenges of life, resonating with audiences of all ages. “One minute he’s turning out harmonically rich Paul Simon-esque art-folk; the next he’s digging into the kind of good 'n' greasy Americana groove John Hiatt would kill for.”-Jim Allen, CultureSonar. Accompanied by Matt Schneider on upright bass and fiddle and Dan Roth on drums.


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WINE + CHOCOLATE PAIRING
$35.00
Saturday 11/16
4:00 pm
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Join us for our wine + chocolate pairing event! Sample incredible wines selected by Alessandra Fabiani and pair with handcrafted chocolate from The Velvet Chocolatier. Four wines paired with four chocolates. $35 per person. Enjoy a 10% discount on ALL glasses of wines tasted, so you can enjoy a glass of your personal favorite. 15% discount off of bottles and select homemade Germano’s Piattini goods.








KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 11/16
6:00 pm
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Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville are a roots Rock band with a New Orleans flavor. The brainchild of New Orleans-raised guitarist/singer/songwriterSteve 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.

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 behind the drums. Johnson's songs are destined to become classics.


"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

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JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 11/17
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 11/20
6:00 pm
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Open Mic Night with Mary Reilly

Join us every third Wednesday at the Cabaret at Germano's for Baltimore's Best Open Mic Night. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00.  Sign-up is at 7:00 and the performance begins at 7:30.  Please purchase tickets in advance  online or by phone to allow us to serve you comfortably.  $10 cover for all in attendance.  

 Master cabaret artist, Mary Reilly, hosts.  Each month a different featured artist and theme. Michael Sheppard works his magic on the baby grand.  








MARK WADE TRIO
$20.00
Friday 11/22
6:00 pm
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Voted one of the top bassists of 2018 and 2016 in the prestigious  Downbeat Magazine Reader's Poll, Mark Wade has been an active bassist in the New York City area for two decades. (We are awaiting results of Downbeat’s  2019 poll!) His 2015 debut album Event Horizon and 2018 follow up Moving Day were released to international acclaim. He received great critical reviews from domestic and international publications such as Downbeat MagazineJazz In EuropeCadence MagazineSomething Else ReviewsThe New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz and Jazz Life (Japan). Wade has received several features and interviews about his recordings and was commissioned by Downbeat Magazine to write master class articles for its July 2015 and August 2018 issues.  Noted UK jazz journalist and author Sammy Stein featured Wade in her 2017 book All That's Jazz. He has been signed by Edition 46 Records in Berlin.
 
 
From May 2013 to May 2014, Wade served as an Artist In Residence at Flushing Town Hall and the Mark Wade Trio presented many concerts there. In 2012, he performed with jazz great Jimmy Heath as part of the “Four Black Immortals” East Coast tour. He has worked with notable jazz artists such as James Spaulding, Harry Whitaker, Pete McGuinness, Peter Eldridge, Don Byron, and he appeared on The Today Show with Stacey Kent. He performs regularly with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra led by trumpeter Bill Warfield. In 2006 and 2007, he was a featured jazz artist at the Natchez Music Festival. Wade has performed in New York City venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Iridium, and weekly at Birdland from 1997-1999.

With an impressive command of his instrument, Wade takes his tightly-knit acoustic trio beyond stereotyped formulas or just simplistic reinterpretations of known songs. Moving Day is a dazzling testament to his evolving artistry, where inventiveness is on full display."
-Jazz Trail 2018
 
 "I was hooked from the start and had to fight the impulse to just hit repeat over and over."
-The Jazz Owl 2018
 
'Mark Wade’s Moving Day is the perfect blend of exploration, exposition and pure joy of playing." 
-The Jazz Page 2018
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COLD SPRING JAZZ QUARTET PRESENTS "HIGHER STANDARDS"
$20.00
Saturday 11/23
6:00 pm
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Join Cold Spring Jazz Quartet as they revisit the Great American Songbook in a show devoted to the classics. These standards boast lovely melodies, but what really elevates them above the crowd are their witty lyrics. With that in mind, this event features the sharpest lyricists of the classic period, including Ira GershwinLorenz HartCole PorterJohnny Mercer, and Billy Strayhorn, among others. CSJQ performs these songs in a variety of jazz styles, with arrangements that embellish the vocals. Plus, as CSJQ fans have come to expect, bandleader Mark Osteen introduces the selections with amusing stories and curious facts. And you definitely don’t want to miss the audience participation portion of this show. So come out and help CSJQ create higher standards!

Every performance is pitch perfect, informative and musically exciting. It’s current. It’s classic. It’s cool. It’s Cold Spring Jazz Quartet! 

Mark Osteen, vocals and saxophones
Anthony Villa, piano
Gary Kerner, bass
Greg Mack, drums and percussion


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BRINJAL, BALTIMORE'S BEST BELLYDANCE BAND
$10.00
Sunday 11/24
12:00 pm
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We play the exotic melodies of the Middle East. 

Improvisation is a tradition within these songs, and some of our musicians are also dancers. 

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SARAH POTENZA IN CONCERT
$20.00
Sunday 11/24
6:00 pm
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We loved her on The Voice.  Sarah Potenza comes to Baltimore!  

Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to Pop” - Rolling Stone 
 
“A colossal voice” - Billboard Magazine 
 
“Truth telling and high camp” - NPR  
 
"...hard to ignore, even harder to pin down and as kinetic as a neon orange lightning bolt.Rolling Stone (#3 of 30 best things we saw at SXSW 2019) 
 
"The world needs Sarah Potenza’s voice..."- No Depression
 
"Not only will Potenza’s voice move you. Her words, as irreverent as they are at times, may empower you..."- Glide Magazine
 
"A feminist battle cry — appropriately released on International Women's Day. Potenza fuses bluesy vocals and a rock n' roll attitude to create her most powerful sound to date."- Popdust
 
"...“Diamond” is an anthem of self-acceptance and just the sort of song we all need when we’ve lost touch with our own shine."- Audiofemme
 
"Sarah Potenza is a one-of-a-kind singer of our time. Watch for her because this talented singer-songwriter is, without question, going places."-Rock and Blues Muse
"...universal anthems written with inclusivity in mind...brimming with confidence and boasting production that calls to mind the Mark Ronson vibe of Amy Winehouse’s 'Back to Black.'"- Rolling Stone

 




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JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 11/24
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








CHRISTINE THOMAS AND MICHAEL TAN IN "DING-A-LING, I FEEL SO CHRISTMASY!"
$20.00
Saturday 11/30
6:00 pm
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Ding-a-ling, I Feel So Christmas-y! captures the holiday spirit from madcap to meditation, with a few stops along the way at madness and merriment. Christine Thomas and Michael Tan present an entertaining evening of songs familiar and new (and some familiar and new, at the same time!) from musicals, movies, TV, and sanctuaries of various faiths.  Kick off the Christmas season with some Crabs for Christmas, spend your Hanukkah in Santa Monica, and enjoy All Those Christmas Clichés. 

Mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called her voice“an amazing instrument.” The Washington Post said, “her voice is lovely and her stage presence is natural and full of vitality." Backstage Baltimore referred to her as "a vocal powerhouse." Recent performances include Marmee in Little Women (in which she also made her directing debut), Rachel Lynde in Memoirs of Anne, the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha (for which she was nominated for a WATCH award), Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, and in Faust  as a chorister with the Washington National Opera. As a cabaret artist, Ms. Thomas has appeared at Germano's in Little Italy as well as at Spotlighters, and in venues in Milwaukee and NYC. She is the owner and proprietor of Mezzoid Voice Studio in Baltimore, where she helps up-and-coming singers become curiously strong singers. More info at www.mezzoid.com
 

Michael Tan is a local music director, with more than 50 shows in seven local theatres over the last 14 years. His favorites include: First Date, Das Barbecü; Evita; Altar Boyz; Into the Woods; Company; Avenue Q; A Little Night Music; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Sweeney Todd; Bare: a Pop Opera; Six Dead Queens and An Inflatable Henry (American Premiere); Falsettos; Sunday In The Park With George; and The Spitfire Grill. He directed the BPF musical Unraveled on the Gravel (World Premiere, 2nd Best Production). His favorite onstage roles include Michael Novak (God of Carnage), Murray (The Odd Couple), Gregor/Papa and the Arbiter (Chess), The Senator (Hello Again), and Officer Murphy/Frank Maurrant u/s-one performance in role (Street Scene). To pay the bills, he is the Director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education - ACCESS at the Community College of Baltimore County, providing programming to adults with developmental disabilities.

 


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TWISTED KNICKERS BURLESQUE AND BRUNCH
$15.00
Sunday 12/01
12:00 pm
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Twisted Knickers is back for burlesque and brunch Sunday, December 1st.  Twirling their tassels will be: the tapping tease, Tapitha Kix; the temptress in a teacup, Tempette La Couer; the statuesque red-headed beauty Ruby Spruce; and the woman who's a little wicked and little wild, Bella La Blanc. Hot Todd Lincoln is the emcee and will dazzle and amuse you with bad puns and feats of strength. Picking up the gloves and boas tossed into the audience will be stage wrangler Dirk Hamfist.
 
Providing the music is the bitter, salty, savory and sweet sounds of Baltimore band Umami. Umami is Scott Shuster on guitar and Melissa Ultra Sharlat on drums, both singing their hearts out to impossibly cute renditions of songs from the 50s to the 80s we all grew up on. Learn more about the duo at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/umamitheband.
Doors open at noon and show time is at 1 p.m.



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TODD HARRISON TWINING AND FRIENDS: WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES TO TOWN
$15.00
Sunday 12/01
6:00 pm
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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. 








JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 12/01
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








THE GOLDEN GAYS NYC IN "THANK YULE FOR BEING A FRIEND"
$28.00 - $35.00
Thursday 12/05
6:00 pm
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Direct from Off-Broadway, it’s The Golden Girls musical drag parody for the NEW generation.  The girls you love, like you’ve never seen them before.  Live singing, dancing, schmacting!  Oh my!    

Picture it: Baltimore, Christmas 2019.  

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the store, each department was dripping with Yuletide decor.  Sophia was nestled all snug in her bed, while visions of sugar prunes danced in her head.  Before traveling to spend the Holidays with their families, Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose participate in a golden gift exchange full of hilarious surprises.  But just as they get to the airport a winter storm blows in, leaving them trapped!  In an unexpected Charles Dickens twist of events, the three grannies must visit their past, present, and future to save Christmas (and find Sophia)...just in time for turkey lurkey!  Lucky audience members may even have a chance to make their stage debut with the bosom buddies and become the next #TokenSophia!        

Tickets: 

$28 General Admission

$35 VIP- Includes premium front reserved seating, GGNYC swag, and an official #TokenSophia photo following the show with the cast starring YOU as Sophia!  We provide the wig, glasses, and handbag.  You provide the Sicilian attitude.

The Golden Gays NYC stars Jason B. Schmidt (as Dorothy), Andy Crosten (as Blanche), and Gerry Mastrolia (as Rose) along with Musical Director, Mason Griffin.  A musical parody, their shows consist of live singing and dancing, along with hilarious sketches from the television show's most memorable moments.

The Golden Gays NYC (or GGNYC) burst onto the scene in 2017- first at RuPaul's DragCon then at the famed Rue-La-Rue Cafe. What began as a flash mob extravaganza has skyrocketed to sold-out engagements, tours, and cruises all over New York City and beyond.  In the summer of 2018, their hit musical "Hot Flashbacks" premiered to rave reviews Off-Broadway at Theatre Row.   You can frequently find the girls at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York's premier destination for queens from RuPaul's Drag Race.  Their Christmas 2019 Tour marks the fifth successful GGNYC tour, each expanding their reach further across America.  "Hot Flashbacks", "Thank Yule For Being A Friend", and their summer Pride smash “The Golden Games” has played to enthusiastic audiences in New York City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Rochester, Atlantic City, Cumberland (MD), New Hope (PA), Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Asbury Park (NJ), where their brunch shows at The Asbury Hotel have become an iconic staple of the community.  Look for the GGNYC booth at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC every September.  The ladies are breaking into the Florida circuit this December when “Thank Yule For Being A Friend” plays a two week residency at the Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.  You can also catch GGNYC sailing on the high seas with Celebrity cruises: first in August with Vacaya, then in February 2020 with Flip Phone Events’ “Golden Fans at Sea”.

 

 


“It’s like vaudeville for the new generation!”

“They had me laughing so hard my cheeks hurt!”

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CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THE ERIC BYRD TRIO
$20.00
Friday 12/06
6:00 pm
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For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso YoungJr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a Trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to The Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. On each recording, they take a rigorous, modern approach to standards as well as original compositions, playing with great acuity within the broad and rich jazz tradition.

Collectively, they have played with jazz trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Randy Brecker, jazz guitarists Charlie Byrd and Mike Stern, jazz saxophonists Bob Berg, Buck Hill, David “Fathead” Newman, and Cecil Payne, jazz pianists George Colligan and Kenny Drew, Jr., jazz saxophonists and flautists Sonny Fortuneand Gary Thomas, be-bop jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, flautist, and saxophonist Ira Sullivan, jazz steel pan player Othello Molineaux, jazz vibraphonist Warren Wolf, gospel harpist Jeff Majors, jazz vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Rebecca Parris, gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams, and Cuban American singer/songwriter Jon Secada.

Eric, Bhagwan, and Alphonso are educators with advanced degrees in Music History, African American Music, and Jazz Performance. They frequently give clinics on music history, jazz, and the relationship between the spirituals/gospel, blues, and jazz. Because of their immense knowledge of music, commitment to music education, and ability to teach diverse and international audiences, they have been sponsored by the Untied States Embassy as Kennedy Center/U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors touring South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern & Western Europe, and the Middle East. The Trio has also delighted audiences across the globe at the historic Montreux Jazz Festival and in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dubai, Estonia, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Scotland, and Trinidad and Tobago.

 








AN EVENING WITH ALI RYERSON
$20.00
Saturday 12/07
6:00 pm
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Back by popular demand, internationally renowned jazz flutist Ali Ryerson returns to Germano’s, joined by two of her very favorite musicians, pianist Wade Beach and bassist Victor Dvoskin, both well known to local jazz fans. Come and enjoy this exciting jazz trio performing some of Ali’s favorite tunes, in both the jazz and Brazilian traditions. Reservations are highly recommended.

Ali Ryerson is considered to be among the top jazz flutists in the world, consistently ranking in Downbeat Jazz Poll, and by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center; the Monterey Jazz Festival to the famed Blue Note jazz club in both NY and Japan. She has released nearly two dozen highly acclaimed jazz albums on major jazz labels and has performed with a multitude of jazz icons during a career spanning four decades. Her CD, ‘Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band’ was in the TOP 10 on the Jazz Charts for over 6 weeks! Don’t miss the Ali Ryerson Trio LIVE at Germano’s!

The cover charge is $20 for this one-night-only performance.

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Consistently ranked among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll for well over a decade,  Ali has recorded and/or toured with jazz greats such as Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Kenny Barron, Kenny Werner, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, Stephane Grappelli, Harold Danko, Art Farmer, Mike Mainieri, and Joe Beck, as well as a guest appearance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. 

Ryerson has released over two dozen albums on major jazz labels, including Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s final jazz label, Red Baron. When Ryerson’s groundbreaking Jazz Flute Big Band released their debut CD, Game Changer on Capri Records, the album hit the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks. 

 

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AN EVENING WITH BROOKS WILLIAMS
$20.00
Sunday 12/08
6:00 pm
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At the crossroads of blues and American roots music you’ll find  Brooks Williams. “Setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues,” says Blues In Britain, and creating a “beautiful fusion” (Keys And Chords). Just when you think he can’t sing a blues-ier note, he sings it. Just when you think he can’t strum a deeper groove, he strums it. Brooks was born in Statesboro, Georgia, USA, and did his apprenticeship in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York and Boston, following in the footsteps of Chris Smither, Rory Block, Shawn ColvinMaria MuldaurDavid Bromberg and Leo Kottke, all whom he gigged with from time-to-time when he was starting out. The result of those early years is an unflagging career that goes from strength to strength. “Lucky Star,” Williams’ 28th solo recording, is already turning heads and making itself known on blues, folk and Americana playlists throughout the world. The Second Line groove that runs throughout every track would make the late Allen Toussaint proud.  

Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” That voice earned Brooks a nomination for Best Male Vocalist by Spiral Earth, one of the UK’s most respected roots music publications. Praised by The Washington Post, Blues Matters, fRoots, Rolling Stone, the Boston Globe and Mojo, Williams is at the top of his game. His tour schedule has never been busier. He writes and records at an astonishing pace. He loves it, and that love exudes from every note. 


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JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 12/08
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








MARIAH BONNER: SONGS FOR LOVERS
$15.00
Thursday 12/12
6:00 pm
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In her final performance of the year, Mariah Bonner will sing songs by composers such as Burt Bacharach, Rodgers and Hart, Leonard Cohenand more... Enjoy an evening of modern and fresh cabaret Marcus Dagan on the keys.

 


"No need to go to New York for an evening of sophisticated Cabaret. Ever since Mariah Bonner returned to Baltimore, she has brought excitement and entertainment with her witty and smooth repertoire. The great American songbook is her base.  From there you never know where she will take you. Be assured...it will be a very pleasant ride!  

- Beth K.

 

We really enjoyed hearing Mariah. Wonderful music selection and very expressive!

- Kathy E.

 

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CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH MICHAEL A. BROWN, SR.
$20.00
Friday 12/13
6:00 pm
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Spend an evening with the marvelous crooner, Michael A. Brown, Sr. as he sings your favorite holiday classics  such as The Christmas Song, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland. Expect Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett gems, as well.  He is joined by Kevin Hutt, Jr. on the baby grand and violin. 








THE HOLLAND & COOTS HOLIDAY SHOW
$20.00
Saturday 12/14
6:00 pm
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Exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting!" is probably the best (and most alliterative) way to describe the jazz duo of Holland & Coots.  Brian Holland and Danny Coots began performing together in 2010 after spending decades individually on the jazz and ragtime circuits honing their skills on piano and drums, respectively.  Since joining forces, they've been on a mission to introduce audiences all over the world to their style of music and fun.  With a delightful mix of jazz, blues, stride, boogie, pop, and ragtime, Holland & Coots have created something for every musical taste. 

We can’t think of a better way to bring holiday cheer to Baltimore!


"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

 



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OPUS CONCERT THEATRE PRESENTS "AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS"
$20.00
Sunday 12/15
12:00 pm
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Opus Concert Theatre proudly presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. A poor widow and her young disabled son, Amahl, are on the verge of starvation, when a knock at the door reveals Three Kings, each bearing gifts as they follow the star in the East. When Amahl and his mother learn the purpose of their journey, lives are changed forever. Sung in English, the  show includes an entertaining pre-show Lecture, the 1 hour opera and then we all enjoy a Holiday Favorites Sing-A-Long!  

Let us be a part of your Joyous Holiday Celebrations. 

CAST

Mother - Diana Cantrelle
 
Amahl - Alexandra August Mercado
 
King Kaspar - Leroy Smith
 
King Melchior - Peter Tomaszewski
 
King Balthazar - Tim Kjer
 
Page - Thomas Schiller

Maestro Isaiah Shim

Concert Pianist - Ellen Suh

Director - Kevin Crysler

Opus Concert Theatre Ensemble Singers

 

Brunch seating at noon.  Performance begins at 1pm.








DAVID DEBOY AND THE HONS IN "CRABS FOR CHRISTMAS"
$15.00
Sunday 12/15
6:00 pm
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The Rockettes may be coming to Baltimore, but at the Cabaret at Germano's we are celebrating Christmas Bawlmer style. It's a Crazy Carnival of Crabby Christmas Carols, audience participation, surprises and fun for all ages. David DeBoy will be performing hits from his album "Crabs For Christmas for Twenty Years" plus premiering new songs. Joining David will be Da Hons and special guest, David Zee, an award-winning composer, recording artist and performer with national credits.

Celebrate the season like a true Balti-moron. 








JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 12/15
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








GUNHILD CARLING IN CONCERT
$22.00
Monday 12/16
6:00 pm
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Gunhild Carling is a Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. She is famous for playing three trumpets at the same time. Gunhild also plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder, string instruments (such as banjo, ukulele and harp), and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics. Carling competed as a celebrity dancer in Let's Dance 2014 on TV4, placing third.

In 2013, she performed with her 'Carling Big Band' at the Royal Palace in Stockholm in the celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf's Ruby Jubilee. In 2016, Carling performed at King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday celebration.

She is featured as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in several of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox's adaptations of pop songs, which include a jazz swing version of Rick Astley's "Never Going to Give You Up", a 1920s jazz swing version of "Material Girl", a vintage jazz version of Europe's "The Final Countdown", a jazz cover of Pharrel Williams' "Happy", and a 1920s hot jazz cover of ABBA's "Dancing Queen". Since 2017, Gunhild is touring US with some of the most incredible swing musicians in the country, such as Daniel Glass, Dave Post, Carl Sonny Leyland, Chloe Feoranzo, John Hatton, among many others.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 12/18
6:00 pm
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Open Mic Night with Mary Reilly

Join us every third Wednesday at the Cabaret at Germano's for Baltimore's Best Open Mic Night. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00.  Sign-up is at 7:00 and the performance begins at 7:30.  Please purchase tickets in advance  online or by phone to allow us to serve you comfortably.  $10 cover for all in attendance.  

 Master cabaret artist, Mary Reilly, hosts.  Each month a different featured artist and theme. Michael Sheppard works his magic on the baby grand.  








HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
$20.00
Thursday 12/19
6:00 pm
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Actors Alessandra Fabiani, Jillian Puhalla, Ana Carelli, and Francesca Fabiani perform songs, monologues and original scenes in this heartwarming cabaret about family and friendship.








PARK SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE A CAPPELLA ENSEMBLES
$0.00
Thursday 12/19
6:00 pm
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The Little Italy community is proud to welcome back the Park School of Baltimore  a cappella ensembles, The Eightnotes and The Vocal Chords, who warm our hearts during the winter holidays as they go caroling among the Little Italy Restaurants.  The Eightnotes, the auditioned female a cappella ensemble and The Vocal Chords, the auditioned male a cappella ensemble perform traditional and contemporary songs.   Singers  create original arrangements tailored to the group, and often participate in competitions and festivals. The a cappella vocalists will be performing along S. High Street in and outside the restaurants this evening.  








AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS WITH TROY KOGER FEATURING THE TERRY KOGER QUARTET
$20.00
Friday 12/20
6:00 pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of Christmas and Holiday favorites! Troy Koger returns to the cabaret at Germano's accompanied by the Terry Koger Quartet to deliver an evening filled with a variety of tunes, from traditional Christmas hymns to your favorite jazzy holiday tunes! Sit back, relax, and ring in the holidays on a high note!

Troy Koger is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. As a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, he has trained as a tenor vocalist and has continued to pursue a career in music and theater. "Baltimore's 2015 Voice of Pride!", Troy is praised for his versatility as a singer, maintaining a wide range of repertoire spanning many genres including classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater. He has performed with Baltimore's Stillpointe Theater Initiative, and has graced some of Baltimore's biggest stages, including the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Hippodrome Theater. Troy appears throughout the Maryland region. 


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THE WORTHY BROTHERS MUSIC GROUP
$20.00
Saturday 12/21
6:00 pm
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The Worthy Brothers Music Group started with three brothers who grew up playing jazz together. Their unmistakable bond is evident in the high level of cohesiveness when they play. The original Worthy Brothers trio consisted of renowned instrumentalist Aaron Worthy, local legend and piano virtuoso Zachary Worthy, and acclaimed professional bass player Eric Worthy. They still play jazz, but also play different formats as a trio as well as with other professional musicians.




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BRUNCH WITH THE JACK DUNLAP BAND
$10.00
Sunday 12/22
12:00 pm
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Jack Dunlap has made a name for himself playing mandolin in the D.C. area. Formerly of the trio Bud's Collective, Jack has worked alongside past and present members of Mountain Heart, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Dailey and Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Blue Highway, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, to name a few. Though growing up playing bluegrass music, Jack stretches his instrument into other genres such as jazz, swing, blues, rock, classical, country, Eastern Indian folk music, Celtic, polka and many others. He worked as the apprentice to VA based mandolin legend Danny Knicely through the VA Folklife Program. Knicely and Dunlap recorded the album "Chop, Shred & Split - A Mandolin Player's Apprenticeship" together in 2015. The album went on to win Best Bluegrass Album of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES).

An ambassador of music, Jack Dunlap has made a bee-line for success. When he is not playing onstage, he is playing offstage. At the age of 25, Jack is already endorsed by Fairbuilt Guitars, Carey Mandolins and Eastman Guitars & Mandolins. 

In January of 2018, he started the Jack Dunlap Band along with his longtime musical partner Jacob Bly and drummer extraordinaire Randall Witherspoon. In September of 2018, the band performed at Watermelon Park Fest in Berryville, VA with saxophonist Justin Eller sitting in. After that performance, Justin joined the band full time. 

The Jack Dunlap Band released their debut album, The Adventures of Captain J-LAP & Major Jammage, in February of 2019. The record features 9 original tunes and one blues cover. Guesting are Wendy Dunlap on flute and Mason Wright on fiddle with Jack also playing the electric guitar.

They have also come to host a monthly concert in their hometown of Winchester, VA at the Bright Box Theater called Spotlight Sessions. The Jack Dunlap Band acts as the house band and they feature two different artists that you wouldn't expect to see together every show. Each artist gets their own set backed up by the band and at the end of the night everyone plays together. Each show is truly a one of a kind experience. You never know what's going to happen! 


Always forging ahead, Jack blazes his trail with the aid of the influences from Sam Bush, John Coltrane, Trey Hensley, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, Chris Thile, Joe Walsh and other musical greats.

 


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JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 12/22
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








AN EVENING WITH KRISTIN REBECCA
$10.00
Friday 12/27
6:00 pm
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Kristin Rebecca has a captivating performance style which combines her powerful, angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other. Her songs tell personal expressions, wider observations, narrative commentary and thoughtful reflections – each evoking a timeless narrative to pull you into the stories. She is an award-winning musician and a nationally touring artist.








AN EVENING WITH THE MARK KRAEMER QUARTET
$20.00
Saturday 12/28
6:00 pm
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Jazz saxophonist, recording artist, and composer, Mark Kraemer brings an exhilarating sense of passion and intensity to live performances. His sound is rich in texture and blends traditional Be-Bop, and modern Jazz with Latin and R&B influences.   Mark's commitment is inspiring and must be experienced.    He plays alto, soprano tenor saxophones, piano and wind controller.   Mark comes from a musical family.   His aunt taught him piano at age 6.  His father,  was a multi-instrumentalist, taught him clarinet at age 7,  At age 8, he performed his first jazz piece  with an upright bass, piano and drummer.  Mark attended the Peabody Institute studying clarinet.  

Mark's brother, the late great Neal Kramer, was a masterful guitarist; Mark's cousin Jeffrey Steinberg is a prolific composer, arranger symphony conductor and Grammy award winner.  At age 12, Mark picked up the alto saxophone and started his own group.   At 15, he joined a popular show band 4-piece horn section with 5 vocalists.   He then played various R&B and rock bands, until moving to Los Angles.   While in L.A., he studied with saxophonist studio musician Terry Harrington who played baritone on the Bart Simpson show. He then studied theory and improvisation with vibraphonist and recording artist Charlie Shoemake.  

After returning to Baltimore, he studied with legendary saxophonist and recording artist and Grammy Award winner Gary Bartz.  Mark launched his career performing with various groups at venues and events in the Baltimore-Washington areas, New York city, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 

Having recognized his potential, producer Jacques Burvick, who has produced and arranged for international recording artists, such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Norman Connors, Marion Meadows, Jon Lucien, the late Grover Washington, Jr., and a host of others, recorded Mark on the soon to be released CD. Mark's CD is a collection of Jazz compositions that bring a fresh approach to this genre of music.   The tracks were mixed by 4-time Grammy nominated engineer David Rideau, who has mixed gold and platinum projects for artists such as Janet Jackson, Sting, Tom Scott, Al Jarraeu, and others. 

Notable Performances:
River Center Theatre of Performing Arts, Gospel Play "Preaching to the Pastors.   Famous lead actor "Leon" (Temptations File - 5 Heartbeats). Video with G. C. Cameron: "It's a Shame" (The Spinners).   Video with G.C. & Vince Hutcherson at Club Elite in Baton Rouge.Artscape - Kenny Wright Group. Also opened for Kim Waters and Walter Beasley with Kenny Wright. Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival as a leader (repeat performer). Blues Alley with Norman Conners and Jean Carne. Bohemian  Caverns as a leader. Sweet Lorraine  (New Orleans) with Normal Conners.  NYC Brooklyn Exposure - leader with Ron Jenkins (bass); George Gray (drums). Gulf Coast Coliseum with Curtis Cobelo, Biloxi, MsAlys Stephens Robinson Performing Arts Center, Birmingham, Al., with Johnny  Angel and the Swinging Demons.  Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Md., with the Spindles, opened for the Whispers, Intruders,  & Dennis Edwards. Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, Md., with John Tegler and friends.


“Playing saxophone is an extension of my soul, playing jazz is a way of life.”

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JAM SESSION IN THE BAR
$0.00
Sunday 12/29
7:00 pm
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Come join our new weekly jam session, every Sunday at 7pm, in the downstairs bar at Germano's! Mike 'n' Ike will provide the house rhythm section, while Germano's provides a fabulous bar featuring everything from fresh carrot juice to old whiskey, plus fantastic food, all in a comfortable bar in the heart of Little Italy. Come join host Ian Rashkin (bass) and the rest of the rhythm section to play your favorite jazz standards, and not-so-standards; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Or come just to listen, taking in the sounds of many different musicians, much like the small plates - piattini - that Germano's is famous for.








RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH TIME FOR A CHANGE JAZZ QUARTET!
$25.00
Tuesday 12/31
6:00 pm
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Playing Jazz Favorites, Swing, Showtunes, and songs from the “American Songbook”, Time for a Change is a hit wherever they perform.  Comprised of four of the finest jazz musicians in the Baltimore-Washington area, they bring you back to the days of Swing, Big Band and Bebop. From Sinatra to Charlie Parker, they are comfortable in all popular music from today and yesterday.  Leading the sound is Jim Voshell on the Tenor Saxophone.  Backing up his formidable technique is Larry Haavik on the piano and synthesizer, Mike Morris on drums and Bill Pachucki on the Upright Bass.  Larry Haavik and Jim Voshell sing as well.  There are many songs that they do which would not be complete without hearing the wonderful lyrics. Joining the band this evening is featured local guest vocalist, Joey Haavik.

Two shows, 6pm and 9pm seatings with special NYE Prix Fixe Three Course Menu. 

 


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WOMEN 2020: KIPYN MARTIN
$20.00
Friday 1/03
6:00 pm
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Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple Gold Awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for "God Is Love" from her 2017 album release, Dance Across the Sky), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association's WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. 2018 finds Kipyn writing and performing new music, and traveling to perform Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell with duo partner Allison Shapira.


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AN EVENING WITH ITALIAN JAZZ MASTER DARIO CHIAZZOLINO
$20.00
Friday 1/10
6:00 pm
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Dario Chiazzolino is a multi-award winning Italian guitarist and composer based in New York City. One of Italy’s most in-demand jazz musicians, he performs regularly and records with many top European and American jazz musicians.

Dario Chiazzolino has performed in many of the most prestigious Festivals and clubs in jazz world with Yellow Jackets, Billy Cobham, Andy Sheppard, Dominique Di Piazza, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Taylor Eigsti, Willie Jones III, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollaniand many others.

He received several awards including TheBerklee Umbria Jazz Award, as best guitarist, a nomination for Best Guitaristby the online portal Italian Jazz(2011), Artist of the Yearfor the Italian music magazine D-MAG (2012), a nomination for Best Guitaristat the web site Guitarlist(2013). He was also profiled in the ARCHIVIO CHITARRISTI JAZZ ITALIANI, a prestigious anthology of the greatest Italian jazz guitarists and won a Competition Notice to be part of Italy’s famous Torino Jazz Lab(2007).


“Italian Jazz Star Dario Chiazzolino is one of the greatest guitarists of the last generation. He is internationally acclaimed thanks to his phenomenal playing and his innovative way to improvising.

He shows not only an unrivaled mastery and technique of the instrument, but also the capacity to give his performances a powerful emotive impact. He has established himself in the world of jazz with a style and musicality recognized also on the other side of the Atlantic.”

Billboard ( USA )

“Dario Chiazzolino is known for his virtuosic guitar playing in the European and world jazz scenes. He has earned a reputation as a phenomenal guitarist. This rests on an appreciation of his innovative improvisational skill, which is founded on intervals of 10th, 11th and 13th notes.”
Guitar World ( USA )

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HANNAH WARDELL AND NICHOLAS BAVANI IN "WITCHES, BITCHES AND BRITCHES "
$15.00
Saturday 1/11
6:00 pm
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Come see “WitchesBitches and Britches,”  the life of a mezzo-soprano featuring Hannah Wardell and pianist Nicholas Bavani. The evening will consist of some of the most famous Opera Work’s that represent the life of a Mezzo Soprano who is notorious for having to play the vixen, villain and lad. Our night will take you on a tour of French, Italian, English and German Opera. Aria’s like “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen, “When I am Laid” from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and “Voi Che Sapete” from the Marriage of Figaro will be featured. Also enjoy some of the most beloved Overtures on Piano.  Join this newly established duo as they bring beloved staples of the Italian Opera tradition to Little Italy.








MARK NADLER IN "THE OLD RAZZLE DAZZLE- AN EVENING OF LIES, LIARS AND LYING"
$20.00 - $30.00
Thursday 1/16
6:00 pm
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Lying is all the rage these days but hasn’t it always been? Join internationally acclaimed neo- vaudevillian, Mark Nadler, as he sings, plays the piano, spins tall takes and literally tapdances around the truth. 
 

"In 'The Old Razzle Dazzle,' his new show about lies, lying and liars, Nadler plays and sings with his usual virtuosic abandon, in a show constructed with his usual passionate intelligence. And as usual, the show is stunning, perhaps among his best." -- Jonathan Warman


“Mark Nadler, aka Mr. Show Business, is Danny Kaye freshly reincarnated as a hyperkinetic piano man visiting from vaudeville heaven...a comic spark plug touched with brilliance!”

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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AN EVENING WITH BILLY COLUCCI
$10.00
Friday 1/17
6:00 pm
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Quiet, reclusive and massively talented Billy Colucci’s name is known to Baltimoreans who really know their jazz.

A master pianist and composer Billy Colucci has worked with everyone from Anita O’Day to Steve Allen and Andy Warhol. The South Philly native and long-time Fells Point resident is known for his intelligent, lyrical compositions and impeccable technique. As a kid in a home with no piano he used to draw piano keys on the kitchen table to practice. Oh – and he used to play record hops with Frankie Avalon as his vocalist!  Tonight he shares classic compositions in the tradition of Bill Evans and his beautiful and haunting originals.

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STONE HILL ALL-STARS
$10.00
Saturday 1/18
6:00 pm
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Songwriter and guitarist Paul Margolis and accordionist John Shock have been playing music together for almost 30 years. Starting with Shock’s band Two Legs, then The Polkats, and now with The Stone Hill All-Stars, they have been at the helm of some of the best roots-rock bands in Baltimore.  Their blend of cajun-flavored polka lies somewhere between Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, and The Pogues—plus polka. They swashbuckled through a dozen different kinds of traditional music all while retaining a distinct Baltimore flavor. The Stone Hill All-Stars, Margolis’ and Shock’s most recent band, is the quintessential Baltimore band and Margolis is one of the city’s smartest songwriters.


[The Stone Hill All-Stars – Live”] demonstrates why this combo is the cornerstone of the local roots music scene. Paul Margolis spins poetic yarns over guitar parts Ry Cooder might envy, as accordionist/pianist John Shock bobs and weaves through polka/reggae/rock rhythms conjured by drummer Hoppy Hopkins and bassist Dan Naiman. -- John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine

Fifteen live tracks served with style and panache by this Baltimore collective. They are certainly a part of the Americana roots scene, but they conjure up a lot more jazz and world-beat than one might first suspect. That is likely due to the high level of musicianship these guys have. All the more amazing that this is a live recording. -- David Hintz, DC Rock Live

The songs are well arranged and played with an enthusiasm that comes across in the crystal clear recording of the concert. Mixed and produced by the band, the ease of playing and the comfortable slide of the individual songs channel everything that is attractive in folk, rhythm & blues and loose jazz. -- Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway

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AN EVENING WITH GARY RUBIN AND BRENT HARDESTY
$15.00
Friday 1/24
6:00 pm
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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!








JAKE RUTH QUARTET - JAZZ IN THE CABARET
$10.00
Saturday 1/25
6:00 pm
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Come and enjoy an evening of jazz including a variety of different selections from old to new tunes, as well as some original music! Jake has been playing in the DMV area for over 10 years with a variety of groups. He draws influences from many modern jazz players such as Pat MethenyGilad Hekselman, and Jonathan Kreisberg and his goal is to bring a fresh sound to the artform. Jake will be teaming up with 3 great musicians who bring their own perspectives to the table for an evening of jazz not to be missed!

 

Jake Ruth - Guitar

Jordan Stanle - Drums

Eric Worthy - Bass

Zachary Worthy - Piano

 








KEN AND BRAD KOLODNER QUARTET
$20.00
Friday 1/31
6:00 pm
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The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, gourd banjo, hammered mbira, fiddles and vocals pushing the boundaries of the American Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. The repertoire is largely drawn from what is known today by practitioners of “old-time” which is a style of North American music that preceded Bluegrass, dating back several centuries with strong African and Celtic roots. In addition to originals written in the style, expect some surprises! For the past year, the duo has performed regularly as a quartet with fiddler, guitarist and vocalist Rachel Eddy (The Early Mays), formerly of Uncle Earl, and bassist Alex Lacquement (The Bumper Jacksons, Charm City Junction). In early 2017, Ken & Brad released their first recording as a quartet: The Swift House which charted in the top ten on the Folk Music Charts. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original Old-Time tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.”

Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner (Helicon) joined forces in 2009 with his son Brad Kolodner (also Charm City Junction), one of the best practitioners of the clawhammer banjo world and a super fiddler as well. Rachel Eddy hails from West Virginia, where she grew up steeped in Appalachian music and dance. After learning fiddle from her father she graduated to guitar and banjo, and now works full-time teaching and performing Oldtime music around the world.  Rachel's multi-instrumental talents and soulful singing bring an energy to the stage you don't want to miss! One of the go-to bassists in the mid-Atlantic, Alex Lacquement locks it all together with his tasteful choices. In early 2016, The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet debuted at Germano's with their very first performance as a quartet.


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WOMEN 2020: SIOBHÁN O'BRIEN
$10.00
Sunday 2/02
6:00 pm
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Limerick  (Ireland) native Siobhán O'Brien relocated to the DC metro area in May 2017. Within 5 weeks she had secured an opening slot (for Nick Lowe) at the famed Birchmere Music Hall and had been selected as a North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA)  Folk-DJ Showcase Artist by DC radio icon Mary Cliff. Other career highlights for Siobhán include being invited on stage by Bob Dylan (after an impromptu street audition earlier that day), and performing as a guest vocalist for the Chieftains at Boston Symphony Hall. 

Siobhán’s new album was recorded in Austin  with producers John Bush and Matt Hubbard  (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians).

“You Can’t Run Out Of Love” is scheduled to be released- January 2020."


Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains)"A Voice The World Should Hear"
Bono: - Wow!
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RHODA HARRISON IN "FOR THE LOVE OF...BROADWAY!"
$15.00
Saturday 2/08
6:00 pm
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Returning to Baltimore for just one-night, Rhoda shares her new show For the Love of …Broadwayat Germano’s. Together, she and accompanist, Wally Ford, will offer a delightful program of twentieth and twenty-first century theatre gems each of which has had a special place in Rhoda’s life. Come and enjoy the music! Come and get to know these dynamic and thoughtful performers!

 

Rhoda Harrison

Rhoda is a classically trained lyric - coloratura soprano who since childhood has been drawn to the music of the stage. She is a versatile performer who has appeared on the concert stage in various cities throughout the United States and in Jerusalem as well as in more intimate spaces such as Germano's Cabaret. An ordained Cantor and Rabbi, as well, Rhoda served congregations and lent her voice to many programs, concerts, and life-cycle events in Baltimore for 25 years before relocating to South Jersey in 2018 for a new cantorial opportunity. Whether in the synagogue or on the concert stage, Rhoda is recognized for coupling her rich and emotive lyrical expression with her expansive range to express text, entertain and uplift audiences. 

 

Wally Ford, Jr.

An accomplished organist, pianist, and harpist, Wally began his music career in Baltimore at the age of five. After studying at Peabody Conservatory, he earned performance degrees from the Virginia Commonwealth University and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to his relocation back to Baltimore in 1993, Wally served as Organist for First Church of Christ, Scientist in Amarillo, Texas and as Second Harp for the Amarillo Symphony. He also performed frequently as a solo harpist. Currently, Wally is the Director of Music at both St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Curtis Bay and St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn and serves as organist/accompanist/harpist at Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills.


"Rhoda is a delight … intensely devoted to her craft.  The musicality expressed in her singing is most affecting, and hearing her in concert is a treat not to be missed.  Her personality is positive, encouraging, and inspiring.”   - Wallace Ford, Director of Music/Organist/Harpist

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THE PHILIP THOMAS QUARTET PRESENTS: SWEET LOVE
$25.00
Friday 2/14
6:00 pm
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Please join us to celebrate Love Day and hear hits from Nat King ColeRay Charles , Stevie Wonder and more. performed by  
Lionel Lyles - Saxophone 
Justin Taylor - Piano 
Steve Arnold - Bass 
Philip Thomas - Drums and Vocals

Two dinner seatings-- 6pm, performance 7-8pm and 8:45pm, performance 9:30-10:30pm. 

Come out and enjoy a lovely evening of food, music and most importantly love with the one you love the most. 








TWISTED KNICKERS BURLESQUE VALENTINE'S DAY
$20.00
Saturday 2/15
6:00 pm
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Celebrate Valentine's Day with a special evening of live music and burlesque. Performing will be Twisted Knickers' producer and Germano's regular, Tapitha Kix. She's joined by Twisted Knickers regulars Temette La Coeur and Caza Blanca. Making their Germano's debut will be  Delilah Dentata and Bebe Bardot from Washington, D.C.  Hot Todd Lincoln returns as our emcee with his quick wit and feats of strength and hunky Dirk Hamfist will be around to keep the stage ready. This will be a chance to truly enjoy a burlesque show in a unique setting. Unlike a traditional stage show, in Germano's intimate cabaret setting, the performers dance, shimmy and mingle among the audience. Watch out for flying gloves and boas!

Providing the music for the night is the bitter, salty, savory and sweet sounds of Baltimore band UmamiUmami is Scott Shuster on guitar and Melissa Ultra Sharlat on drums, both singing their hearts out to impossibly cute renditions of songs from the 50s to the 80s we all grew up on. Learn more about the duo at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/umamitheband.








ADAM SWANSON: MUSIC FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD
$15.00
Friday 3/13
6:00 pm
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Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-six years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary, Switzerland, and Australia. He has worked with such musicians as Toronto’s John Arpin, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who was one of Adam’s greatest influences. Adam frequently performs at the historic Strater Hotel where he makes his home in Durango, Colorado. Visit Adam online: www.adamgswanson.com.


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THE MARGO BROTHERS
$15.00
Saturday 3/14
6:00 pm
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Enjoy an evening of entertainment with Russ, Ron & Rick. Their eclectic repertoire of music and stories have been shared with audiences all over the country for over 40 years. Their fans consider them the “best of the best”! You’ll hear the boys cover a vast variety of popular music, from Sinatra to Santana, from Al Green to Al Jarreau. And you’ll laugh at their “show biz” stories about acts with whom they’ve shared the stage over the years.

* Not their real names, not really brothers, not real (except for Russ)

 


"...an evening of music and fun fit for everyone!"

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WOMEN 2020: CHARISMA WOOTEN IN "A NIGHT WITH JACKIE MOMS MABLEY"
$20.00
Saturday 3/21
6:00 pm
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A Night With Jackie Moms Mabley is an evening of zingers about everything from sexuality to racism. This Helen Hayes nominated play for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play is delivered with political correctness and filled with fun and laughter as only Charisma can! 

Loretta Mary Aiken, better known as "Moms" endured sexual, racial and political oppression while paving the way for African American women actors like Angela Bassett, Margaret Avery, Diana Ross, Alfre Woodard, Oprah Winfrey and the genius of Whoopi Goldberg. 

Come enjoy an evening of "edu-tainment" delivered by veteran actor singer/playwright, Charisma Wooten, nominated by the Washington Area Music Awards 2011 for Best Cabaret Artist.

 




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JULIE KURZAVA AND DIANE KINSLEY IN "PUT ON A HAPPY FACE"
$15.00
Sunday 5/03
6:00 pm
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Vocalist Julie Kurzava and pianist Diane Kinsley return to Germano’s with their new show, Put On a Happy Face.

Swimming against the constant stream of negative news, Julie and Diane bring their brand of joyful effervescence, musical elegance and plenty of humor. They also promise no tragedy, politics, snark, or the like. Yes, there may be some minor heartbreak, but you can expect irresistible melodies, blues infused harmonies and dazzling turns of phrase. Julie and Diane’s seamless collaboration can’t be beat, with Julie’s crystal clear vocals and Diane’s smooth accompaniment, audiences know they’ll leave smiling. 

 

Julie Kurzava is a singer, actor, writer and producer living in the Baltimore area. Skilled in both classical and contemporary music, she is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory.  Her performance skills and encyclopedic knowledge of musical theater history have made her a popular lecturer throughout the Baltimore and DC areas. A seasoned actress, she is cofounder and Executive Director of New Moon Theater, a professional touring theater for children and family audiences (www.nmtheater.org). Julie taught voice at Loyola University Maryland for many years and currently maintains a private studio. 

 

Colorado native Diane Kinsley earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and she is currently a member of the piano faculty at Anne Arundel Community College. Widely known as a collaborative artist, Ms. Kinsley is also a regular collaborator and performer with area opera companies. She maintains a private piano studio and is an organist at the US Naval Academy Chapel. She freelances in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, and performs as soloist and ensemble artist throughout the United States.

 








THE OLD PART OF TOWN
$10.00 - $12.00
Saturday 5/09
6:00 pm
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The Old Part Of Town is a Baltimore-based Americana band, formed in 2013 to serve as a vehicle for the songwriting and musical talents of Matt Douglass and Sam Nitzberg. Mining the rich musical landscape of folk, rock and roll, country-western and blues, their dynamic live shows are peppered with covers of hidden gems from an eclectic range of musical sources.

Longtime friends, and veteran members of several Baltimore bands, Matt and Sam teamed up in 2010 to play some acoustic dates, which led to standout performances at tribute concerts to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and to their 2012 EP, "Grayest Hits." They formed the band soon afterwards. Seasoned players performing well-crafted and timeless material, showcasing tight vocal harmonies and tasteful musicianship, The Old Part of Town brings a wealth of musical knowledge and abilities to the stage, and has a natural, easy-going manner and a genuine, infectious camaraderie. 

In 2015 The Old Part Of Town recorded their self-titled debut CD, garnering strong reviews. Their latest effort, "Second Avenue," was released in the summer of 2018. And in the last several years they have augmented their performance schedule to include curating and hosting special tribute concerts to John Prine and to The Band.

The Old Part of Town are:

Matt Douglass - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, resonator, mandolin, lap steel 
Sam Nitzberg - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica
Upright Dave Frieman  - Bass
Steve Raskin - Drums/percussion, backing vocals
Brian Whaley - Fiddle. mandolin, backing vocals

$!2 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time student with ID


"Brings you in as friends listening to shared stories." - The Alternate Root
"Homespun Harmonizing." - The Modern Folk Music of America
"What is striking is the enthusiasm and joy with which the band plays its music." - Rudolf's Music

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WOMEN 2020: JEANNE GIES
$20.00
Saturday 6/13
6:00 pm
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Kassia (born c. 805) is often called 'the first female composer of the western world.'  (She is also known for wisely turning down an Emperor's proposal after he used the Biblical story of Eve to suggest women were responsible for worldly evil.  He married another.  She became a prolific composer--and a monastic.)  In every generation, women have raised their voices in song to express their innermost joy and sadness, despair and redemption, oppression and freedom.The year 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the women's vote.  In celebration, innovative singer songwriter Jeanne Gies pays homage to a diverse spectrum of female composers who have left their mark on the global psyche.  These powerful creative women intertwine melody and words to communicate truths that resonate with the human spirit.  Lauded for her full-bodied voice and unique interpretations across musical genres, Jeanne will give her emotive spin to songs by Nina SimoneCarole King, Ani DeFranco, Lucinda WilliamsJoni MitchellSuzanne VegaJoan Baez, and Carly Simon.  Jeanne will also feature three of her own popular originals (Samuel, Gabriel, Raphael) and tell the stories behind them.
 
In May of 2019, Bobtale Records released the critically acclaimed TOMORROW AND TODAY: "The duo of singer Jeanne Gies and 7-string guitarist Helmut Nieberle is the musical marriage of two soulful, sensitive artists, both in full command of their respective crafts.  They share a melodic and rhythmic elasticity that allows this batch of classic standards to breathe--a gift that was given the name 'jazz' over a century ago and of which Jeanne and Helmut are top-shelf contemporary practitioners.  Most importantly, this is stuff that comes from the heart.'"--Michael Simmons, award winning jazz journalist, contributor MOJO Magazine
In the spirit of the evening, Jeanne will sing one of the most listened to tracks from this recording (you'll just have to be there to find out which one . . . )

Photo credit: Joseph Boggess


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 . . .

 



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GIFT CERTIFICATE
$25.00 - $200.00
    
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Gift certificates are available for lunch or dinner at the new Germano's PIATTINI.  Truffle pizza, fried long-stem artichokes, grilled calamari,  Castelvetrano olives, Kobe beef meatballs, red beet ravioli and, yes, back by popular demand our Nonna's lasagna.  Abundant vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and we are a nut-free facility.  When we say "everyone on your list" we mean EVERYONE!

Gift certificates are also redeemable for tickets to a show in our upstairs Cabaret at Germano's.   Whether you are shopping for friends, family or business acquaintances, fans of classical, rock, bluegrass, jazz,  Broadway, Shakespeare... the Great American Songbook, tickets to a live performance are appreciated by all.  

Buy online or, if you prefer, bring us your gift list, and while we prepare your gift certificates, join us for drinks and piattini  in our new PIATTINI bar with Happy Hour prices from 5pm to 7pm.  Or send us your list in advance and we will have your order wrapped and ready for pickup.