NO STRINGS ATTACHED WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN PATTI, JR.
$10.00
Sunday 7/23
12:00 pm
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The bond they have outside of music is Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore. It was during their high school years that they first performed together. Now, more than forty years later, their sound is unique, exciting, and smooth. Their take on classic pop music is often unpredictable. Their secret weapon is the mandolin!

While they each went into different careers, a doctor, an attorney and a broadcaster, they have always found time to regroup to create musical memories for their faithful following.

Alan Reisinger has mastered the mandolin and takes the lead on 7 decades of familiar favorites.

Jeff Pecore picks a steady rhythm on guitar and createsrecognizable introductions to favorites from Sinatra to, The Beatles, The Eagles, and Santana.

John Patti backs them both with the beat of a cajon and congas.

Joining No Strings Attached as a special guest on July 23 at Germano’s will be John Patti Jr. 

John blends Latin percussion with the steel pan to create a refreshing twist on popular hit songs and an exhilarating performance guaranteed to get everyone dancing in their seat. This will be a first for both Johns! Dad has often sat in with John’s band but this will be the first time John Jr. has sat in with dad’s band.








HOT CLUB OF BALTIMORE WITH CHANTEUSE ALEXIS TANTAU
$20.00
Thursday 7/27
6:00 pm
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The Hot Club of Baltimore, featuring guitarist Michael Joseph Harris, is the premier gypsy jazz group of the region specializing in the vast repertoire of vintage jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt including early swing, musette waltzes, show tunes, be bop, and French standards from the 30's and 40's.  The band includes Sami Arefin on rhythm guitar, Ed Hrybyk on bass and Matt Andrews on violin.  They will be joined by the beautiful young chanteuse Alexis Tantau who will beguile you with her authentic treatment of songs from Edith Piaf to Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets will go fast for this special night, so book yours well in advance! 


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ERIC COMSTOCK + BARBARA FASANO IN "DOWNTON ABBEY ROAD": THE BEST OF BRITAIN
$20.00
Friday 7/28
6:00 pm
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Did you ever think about how many songs in the Great American Songbook actually originated in the UK?  The New York nightclub world’s most celebrated couple, pianist/singer ERIC COMSTOCK and vocalist BARBARA FASANO, return to Germano’s to celebrate the great songs of Great Britain in their new show, DOWNTON ABBEY ROAD: The Best of Britain.  Winners of 7 MAC Awards, 4 New York Bistro Awards and the New York Nightlife Award, these married musical partners are the ideal guides to take you through the great, surprising and entertaining songs by writers like Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Sting & the Beatles.  There's music that unites the generations -- from songs of World War II ("A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", "We'll Meet Again", "London Pride") to pop & jazz standards by Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield to Broadway show tunes from "Oliver!" and "The Roar of the Greasepaint".  The New York Times calls their concerts “witty” and “exhilarating”, and raves, “Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure.” Of their last appearance at Germano’s, Michael Miyazaki (Cabaret Scenes Magazine) proclaimed, “Musically, the team is reminiscent of Julie Wilson and William Roy in their heyday, with Fasano’s sexy intelligence playing against Comstock’s impishness and heart, all set to their spare, jazz-infused arrangements.”  It’s a sultry, swinging party where the music and stories are equally great. Join Eric and Barbara for an evening of COOL BRITANNIA!

For more info on Eric & Barbara, visit their artist sites:
www.ericcomstock.net    /    www.barbarafasano.com


“EXHILARATING ... CABARET CAVIAR”
   -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

 



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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 7/29
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."

 

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FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE
$5.00
Sunday 7/30
6:00 pm
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Winners of the 2016 Merlefest Band Competition, and finalists in the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Band competition, Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, Fireside is a group of acoustic music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With an energetic and engaging live show, the band presents finely crafted original music infused with impeccable solos and tight harmonies. Captivating listeners with songs centered around change, relationships, and being on the road, they transition smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads. With mandolin, Dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock solid stand up bass, Fireside Collective delights in tastefully exploring the boundaries of roots music.


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THE TILLERS
$10.00
Tuesday 8/01
6:00 pm
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The Tillers came into being while busking for nickels and dimes in the gtaslight district of Cincinnati. Now far removed from those humble beginnings, the band has won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene and launched international tours with tireless momentum. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and Americana act in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. Their relentless gigging has taken them throughout the East coast, the Midwest and West, the Appalachian south, and to the UK and Ireland opening for the St.Louis crooner, Pokey LaFarge. In the summer of 2009, veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw featured the Tillers on a documentary about US Route 50. Brokaw showcased the group’s song “There is Road (Route 50)” as a testimony to the highway’s role as a connective tissue of the nation. They resurrect songs of America’s past, craft originals all their own while touching on themes both historical and timeless.  Clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar and upright bass meet high mountain harmonies that belt, croon, lament and rejoice.  They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon.   -Bio by Pete Wood-

Notable performances include Forecastle Festival, Bunbury, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, Milwaukee SummerFest, SXSW, Muddy Roots, American Music Festival, Nelsonville Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, and a mountain of others, as well as support dates with Justin Townes Earl, Jerry DouglasIris Dement, Rev. Horton Heat, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Country Joe Mcdonald, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, Dex Romweber, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Pokey LaFarge, Dom Flemons, and The Dirt Daubers.

The Tillers new album is set to be released in Summer 2017!


“In their lives, and in their music, all three band members embrace a return to simplicity, a longing for freedom, and hope for the future. It is fitting then that these American Characters would devote a song to Highway 50, a road that, like the country it traverses, has seen its share of hardship and history and still keeps pressing forward.”
-Tom Brokaw - American Character Along Highway 50

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BEX MARSHALL
$8.00
Wednesday 8/02
6:00 pm
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 UK British Blues Award winner Bex Marshall’s unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock, ragtime and roots pickin’. Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and rock diva soul. Bex is a writer of distinction. She pushes the boundaries of blues, with songs that have been called “timeless” with “touches of genius.” Bex’s latest CD release ‘The House Of Mercy’ has received stunning reviews worldwide. It won 3rd Best British Blues Album of the Year Award 2013 and is featured in DOWNBEAT magazines 'Best Album of the Year’ list 2013 with a rare 4 star review. 


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JACKSON HOWARD
$10.00
Thursday 8/03
6:00 pm
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A modern-day troubadour, Jackson Howard blends the captivating prose and storytelling of Paul Simon with the youthful blue-eyed soul of Jason Mraz and a mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar at times reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel. Howard has played over 500 shows in the past 2.5 years in the US and Iceland, opened for Nicolas David (The Voice) and Nick Jameson of Foghat, and recently completed his 2nd studio album Just for the Mystery with producers Billy Smiley (Newsboys), Ritchie Biggs (Civil Wars, Switchfoot), and Billy Whittington (Amy Grant). 

Having earned a PhD and worked in research prior to his music career, many of Jackson’s songs deal with change and our eternal search for self.  Introspective yet generalizable, his lyrics touch regret, hope, self-deception, and love - both vacuous and real.  His new album Just for the Mystery opens with the bouncy, pop-inspired title track which is a metaphorical exhale, letting go of romanticized memories and acknowledging how easily our minds can deceive us with a “What if?”  The album moves through songs written to lift hurting friends such as “A Place in this World” and “Surround You”, to the pain of betrayal in “Dizzy”, existential dilemma in “This Town” and finally to an optimistic hope for truer love in “If I Fall” which laments our consumer dating culture, realizing that true love is not selfish but giving.

With Just for the Mystery set to drop on April 2nd 2017, Howard will begin a tour of the United States east of the Mississippi through the end of August (with a few western exceptions).  Catch him live to hear the songs the way they were intended - raw, face to face, and complimented with quirky storytelling and humor.

 


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PHILIP THOMAS QUARTET PRESENTS "JAZZ HYMNS: FAITH OF OUR FATHERS"
$20.00
Friday 8/04
6:00 pm
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From the albums Jazz Hymns: Faith Of Our Fathers Vol. 1&2 3&4, some of the most classic, frequently sung and well known hymns of the church are re-imagined in the tradition of straight ahead jazz. Philip K Jones II (piano), Lionel Lyles (saxophone), Mike Graham (bass), and Philip Thomas (drums) will round out the group with special guest vocalist Yolanda Thomas.








THE TRAILER GRASS ORCHESTRA
$15.00
Saturday 8/05
6:00 pm
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The Trailer Grass Orchestra is a high energy, interactive, great time, bluegrass band. TGO is able to take some of the greatest hits from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and today, and transform them into hand clapping/boot stomping bluegrass classics.


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ELIZA SALEM TRIO
$10.00
Sunday 8/06
6:00 pm
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Eliza Salem makes her debut at the Cabaret at Germano's. This exciting trio features Eliza Salem on drums, Cole Abod on piano and Blake Meister on the bass. Eliza is a DMV native who learned her craft in the Washington area's vibrant musical and cultural scene. This performance will showcase the talent of the up-and-coming generation of jazz musicians. Both Eliza and Cole are currently pursuing degrees in Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, and Blake is a graduate and current faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Join us for a night of great jazz with some of the region's brightest young musicians!








AS IS
$15.00
Thursday 8/10
6:00 pm
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AS IS is touring the east coast this summer in support of their highly anticipated CD release, Here’s to Life. Recorded in NYC with Grammy-nominated producer, James McKinney, the album blends the duo’s signature intimacy with the talents of many special guest artists including drummer, Marcus Baylor; acclaimed saxophonist, David Binney; harmonica virtuoso, Gregoire Maret; bassist Rashaan Carter, Latin percussionist Alejandro Lucini, vocalists Christie Dashiel and Carl “Kokayi” Walker, and members of the Kennedy Center orchestra. 

Alan Schulman is a noted jazz guitarist from Cincinnati, Ohio who studied with the late great guitarist Cal Collins (formerly of the Benny Goodman Orchestra) and has appeared with noted jazz artists Anita BakerHerbie HancockWynton Marsalis & Michael Feinstein. A jazz vocal stylist, Stacey Schulman’s voice reminds the listener of both the distinctive character of Garland and the soaring emotion of Streisand. A native of the New York City area, she has lent her signature sound to numerous radio commercials, television series and movie soundtracks. Together, the jazz duo has developed a reputation for their intimate interpretations of the Great American Songbook as well as re-arrangements of more contemporary Top 40 classics. Deemed “nothing short of enchanting” by All About Jazz, the duo’s debut CD, A Love Like Ours, hit #1 on the Amazon jazz vocal charts in its first week of distribution and was featured on Jonathan Schwartz’s Great American Songbook broadcast on WNYC in New York City, NPR-affiliate, KASU’s Something Blue and the Oliver Sean international radio show across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The CD’s opening track, “Summertime” was the basis for the Global Lyme Alliance’s PSA campaign, which ran over 3500 times on radio stations across America in 2015.


"Nothing short of enchanting..." Mike Perciaccante, All About Jazz

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SANDY AND RICHARD RICCARDI: PROGRESSIVE PARODY AND COMEDY CABARET
$20.00
Friday 8/11
6:00 pm
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Rosie O’Donnell calls them “MY NEW FAVORITE SINGING SONGWRITING TEAM!!!”

With well over 11 million views on social media, Sandy and Richard’s unique juxtaposition of modern, progressive, political and socio-relevant lyrics and tune-smithy jazz piano/vocal arrangements will charm your socks off.

“Together, Sandy and Richard Riccardi made for one hell of a rib-tickling and satisfying cabaret night out”… Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes Magazine

“…the sensational comedy-musical duo of Sandy and Richard Riccardi, satirizing everything they can think of with their patented blend of witty lyrics and smooth lounge-act showmanship…” David Templeton, North Bay Bohemian

What people are saying on YouTube about Sandy and Richard Riccardi:

“Genius”

“Hot and sexy with a great amount of cleverness”

“Too freaking funny”

“Clever. Brilliant. Hysterical.”

“For intelligence, wit and musicianship, this is at the top”

“Beautiful voice, brilliant lyrics, lovely delivery”

“VERY entertaining. VERY strong. VERY moving”

“Simply beautiful"

 




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STONE HILL ALL-STARS
$10.00
Saturday 8/12
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.


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

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ELLEN CHERRY: SONG AND STORY ALCHEMIST
$15.00
Sunday 8/13
12:00 pm
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Baltimore-based Song and Story Alchemist ellen cherry brings her whimsical mind and storytelling music to two special brunch time performances in 2017.  cherry is currently touring her performance piece about the inner lives of women, "Portraits in Song," and Germano's cabaret is a rare chance for her to play songs from her (two decades long) catalog that didn't make it into the show.  Intimate, humorous and unscripted--ellen cherry will draw you into the curious world of a traveler, historian, wonderer and wanderer, through beautiful melodies.








THE DIVISION MEN
$10.00
Sunday 8/13
6:00 pm
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This Texas bred, Husband / Wife Acoustic Duo originally formed in Berlin, Germany in 2008. They are now based in Austin, TX. The band is made up of founder J. Spencer Portillo (vocals / acoustic guitar) and Caroline Rippy Portillo (vocals / bass guitar).    The Division Men has a distinctive sound that has been described as dark, romantic, ethereal and haunting. 

The Division Men's named was derived from the idea of artists collaborating from all over the world despite the their locations. J. Portillo spent countless days and nights writing in his apartment in Berlin, Germany. He worked, recorded and performed with artists such as Mitch Hertz, Steven Medina Hufsteter (QuickTito and Tarantula) and Fredo Ortiz (Beastie Boys, Money Mark, Gogol Bordelo).  The couple has continued to actively write and perform together under the already established name The Division Men.

The Division Men is actively touring and promoting their new album "Under The Gun" which was recorded at their in-home studio in Austin, Texas. 

 


"Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits-ish. Intriguing dark vocal tone. Engaging production and arrangement." Andrea Young (Aspenbeat) 

"..a true joy to hear. The lyrics are beautiful. The guitar solo and transititions are solid and smooth. And the production is completely and perfectly on point. Wouldn't change a thing.." Aaron Frank (Rolling Stone / Spin)

 

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BRANDON WOODY'S UPENDO TRIO
$10.00
Monday 8/14
6:00 pm
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Brandon Woody returns with  his newest musical group at the Cabaret at Germano's.

Brandon Woody's UPENDO Trio:

Brandon Woody- Trumpet

Cole Davis- Bass

Kweku Sumbry- Drums








NATHAN REISING QUARTET
$10.00
Tuesday 8/15
6:00 pm
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At just 24 years old, saxophonist and pianist Nathan Reising is a rising star in the jazz world. His style on both instruments combines a refined melodic concept with adventurous harmony and virtuosic technique, which together move and delight audiences wherever he performs. A jazz musician at heart, Nathan continually seeks new and exciting ways of combining his musical influences, which include indie rock, folk, and classical music. His recent performances include a three week tour in China, where he played in 13 cities across the country with pianist Bert Seager. He currently resides in Boston, MA.

 


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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 8/16
6:00 pm
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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 music 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.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








PIANIST RICHARD DOWLING: GREAT SCOTT! A JOPLIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
$20.00
Friday 8/18
6:00 pm
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Richard Dowling’s Great Scott! piano concert features the beloved Scott Joplin piano works used in the 1973 Academy-Award-winning movie The Sting, (including The Entertainer) plus many other dazzling, delightful, and rarely-heard works of Joplin. The program features anAudience Choice selection –– a Joplin work randomly selected by an audience member from the remaining complete Joplin piano repertoire (53 rags, waltzes, marches and cakewalks).

Richard Dowling is the first pianist in the world to perform all of Scott Joplin’s piano works in public. On April 1, 2017 –– exactly 100 years to the day that Joplin died in New York City –– Mr. Dowling performed the complete Joplin cycle in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York. Rivermont Records recently released Mr. Dowling’s 3-CD definitive set of The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin, recorded on a magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano. Visit Mr. Dowling's website at www.richard-dowling.com.


"Richard Dowling is an especially impressive fine pianist." – New York Times

 

"Dowling is a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and magnetic power to make you want to listen. It wasn’t just music – it was theater, story-telling of the best sort." – San Antonio Express-News

 

"Dowling's efficient technique was unfailingly musical and even the most daunting technical passages were transformed into objects of beauty. He had something personal to say and impressed with impeccable control of colours and textures. He received a standing ovation and left the audience craving more." – Singapore Business Times

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CHARMAINE MICHELLE
$15.00
Saturday 8/19
6:00 pm
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Charmaine Michelle walks in the tradition of Miles Davis while bringing her own style of cool jazz to the band stand. Raised in Northern Virginia, she began her serious study of jazz at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory. She has played with the Dale Corn Big Band, Artists against War, Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Musicians of Mercy and recently released her own EP "Love Takes Time" which is now playing on radio stations in DC and Baltimore.

Darius Scott -  Piano
Mikel Combs - Bass 
Jesse Moody - Drums
Dniko Evans - Tenor Sax
Charmaine Michelle - Trumpet

*The first twenty people who purchase advance online tickets will receive a free download of Charmaine's new EP.

 


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TWISTED KNICKERS BURLESQUE: A CABARET WITH TONGUE IN CHEEK
$15.00
Sunday 8/20
12:00 pm
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We've added a fun new twist to brunch at Germano's. The mimosas and bloody marys won't be the only thing that could be bottomless at this show! Twisted Knickers Burlesque is back at Germano's Cabaret, performing to the lively New Orleans-inspired sound of jazz band Tongue in Cheek.

Featuring burlesque performers: Baltimore’s “Sicilian Queen,” and producer of Gilded Lily Burlesque, named “Best Burlesque Troupe” by Baltimore City Paper, Maria Bella; Founder of New Orleans’ Slow Burn Burlesque, and member of Gilded Lily, Nona Narcisse; Producer of Twisted Knickers Burlesque, the “Tapping Tease,” Tapitha Kix; From Virginia, the “Vivacious Thespian of Burlesque,” Caza Blanca; Twisted Knickers’ Emcee and performer, Hot Todd Lincoln and Professional Stage Wrangler, the cowboy who will rope your heart, Dirk Hamfist.

This show will have you clapping along and cheering for more. Watch out for flying boas and twirling tassels, as these performers love to mix and mingle with the audience.

Doors open at noon for brunch; show begins at 1 p.m.

Want to know more about the band? Listen here: https://tncjazz.com/music/ The band will be releasing their next album this fall!




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AN EVENING WITH GARY RUBIN AND BRENT HARDESTY
$15.00
Friday 8/25
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!








ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 8/26
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis, Maryland and Virginia area. The exciting variety of sophisticated original musical arrangements by music director, Vince Corozine, is reminiscent of the sound of the great Dave Pell Octet in the 1960s. A sensational repertoire of classic songs which appeal to persons of all ages, and all songs are introduced with a bit of information about each. This is further complimented by several very talented vocalists. 


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ROYAL JELLY JIVE
$15.00
Wednesday 8/30
6:00 pm
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Dynamic, timeless 6 piece ensemble driven by throwback horns and deep grooves, blending rock and soul led by a powerhouse female vocal.

An intoxicating mixed drink of hard swingin’ soul-jive, Royal Jelly dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940’s with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again. Go get yourself some of that Royal Jelly now!

 


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BUCKY PIZZARELLI, ED LAUB AND MARTIN PIZZARELLI
$25.00
Thursday 9/07
6:00 pm
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Germano's PIATTINI and the Associated Italian American Charities proudly present jazz icon, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, together with Ed Laub on guitar and Martin Pizzarelli on bass.

Having played with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra the Benny Goodman Orchestra, The Tonight Show Band, and Frank Sinatra, Bucky Pizzarelli is a legend on the seven-string jazz guitar. Most recently he recorded with former Beatle Paul McCartney on his new Grammy Award winning album, Kisses on the Bottom. At the age of 91, he still tours and performs all over the world.

The Pizzarelli Sound!
The sound is unmistakable. You always know who it is when you hear either Bucky or his multi-talented son John  play the swingin' Freddy Green style of rhythm guitar.

Ed Laub is a renowned guitarist and vocalist whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker and James Taylor all being accompanied by Bucky Pizzarelli.

Martin Pizzarelli is a jazz double-bassist who is best known for his work with his brother John Pizzarelli, appearing on many of his albums in a swing trio that includes pianists Ray Kennedy and Larry Fuller.

Tonight's event is the official Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival Kickoff Cabaret. The purchase of your ticket is a tax deductible donation to Columbus Celebrations, Inc. and supports the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival.








ANDREA CARLSON AND THE LOVE POLICE
$20.00
Friday 9/08
6:00 pm
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Her voice is sultry, sweet, and playful, infusing the music with elements of earthy blues, retro jazz, and romantic swing. Her guitar is classical, adding elegance and intimacy. And Andrea’s repertoire is a mix of standards and originals in the vein of the Great American Songbook and Parisian Chanson; audiences and critics rave about her performances around the USA and in Europe.

 Andrea Carlson burst onto the Delaware Valley music scene in 2009, with her first award winning composition, "Cryin'". She followed with her first completely original CD, featuring another prize winner, "Mysterious Moon", and most recently by this year's CD "Love Can Be So Nice", showcasing standards and originals in English and French. For the past three summers, Andrea has toured Europe, playing a dozen countries and headlining at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 Andrea was born in Tennessee, then her family moved to California and Texas, before settling in Illinois. Still in high school, she began singing jazz professionally in small groups and with a big band. Performances then included opening for the great James Brown! She earned her degree in Classical Guitar at the Columbia Conservatory, before she left Chicago – first for Memphis and then the east coast. Today, she can often be heard with her Love Police, in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region.








KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$15.00
Saturday 9/09
7:00 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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THE APPLE SCRUFFS: 1969 BEATLES ROOFTOP CONCERT REVISITED
$0.00
Sunday 9/10
5:00 pm
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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.

Tonight they perform at the close of the Madonnari Arts Festival from the roof of Germano's PIATTINI in an ode to the 1969 Beatles rooftop concert above their Apple Corp. headquarters--the last concert they would play together.








HOT CLUB OF BALTIMORE WITH CHANTEUSE ALEXIS TANTAU
$20.00
Friday 9/15
6:00 pm
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The Hot Club of Baltimore, featuring guitarist Michael Joseph Harris, is the premier gypsy jazz group of the region specializing in the vast repertoire of vintage jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt including early swing, musette waltzes, show tunes, be bop, and French standards from the 30's and 40's.  The band includes Sami Arefin on rhythm guitar, Ed Hrybyk on bass and Matt Andrews on violin.  They will be joined by the beautiful young chanteuse Alexis Tantau who will beguile you with her authentic treatment of songs from Edith Piaf to Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets will go fast for this special night, so book yours well in advance! 


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CHARISMA WOOTEN IN "AN EVENING OF ECLECTIC SONGS"
$20.00
Saturday 9/16
6:00 pm
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“The performer’s name and title [says] it all – a mix of interesting material delivered with panache.

Charisma Wooten’s most endearing characteristic is a deep respect for the cabaret performing tradition and her desire to share it with her audience.  In this concert she [pays] tribute to icons such as Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, and Josephine Baker.  Indeed, the highlight of the evening [is] “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” in the style of Rose Murphy (The Chee Chee Girl) and Louis Armstrong.

Other highlights [include] a jazzy take on Mac David and Elmer Bernstein’s “A Walk on the Wild Side” and a worldly-wise reading of Bernard Ighner‘s “Everything Must Change.” "

Michael Miyazaki, Cabaret Scenes Magazine 

Ms. Wooten is accompanied by Everett P. Williams, Jr. on piano and Marshall Keys on saxophone


"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."

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JULIE KURZAVA AND DIANE KINSLEY IN "ON THE PRECIPICE"
$15.00
Sunday 9/17
6:00 pm
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Vocalist Julie Kurzava and pianist Diane Kinsley make a springtime return to the cabaret. Mixing standards with contemporary songs, Julie & Diane explore the choices we make when the stakes are high.

Julie Kurzava is a singer, actor, writer and producer and a regular performer at the Cabaret at Germano’s. Classically trained but equally at home in contemporary music, her storytelling ability and crystal clear vocals keep bringing her fans back.

Widely known as a collaborative artist, pianist and Colorado native Diane Kinsley is in demand with soloists and opera companies throughout the region. Assured and elegant, her playing surpasses the word “accompaniment”.








HOLLAND & COOTS
$20.00
Monday 9/18
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 taste.  This winning duo has been the driving rhythmic foundation for bands like the Titan Hot Seven and B.A.D. Rhythm, and has several recordings to their credit. 


"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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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 9/20
6:00 pm
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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 music 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.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








COLD SPRING JAZZ QUARTET
$20.00
Saturday 9/23
6:00 pm
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For two decades, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet has been entertaining audiences in the Baltimore-Washington area with their signature blend of classic and Latin jazz, standards, blues and sparkling original compositions. Their latest release, Warming Trend, has been met with an appropriately warm reception.In the City Paper, Geoffrey Himes praises Mark Osteen’s “eloquent” saxophone solos for “carving out harmonic extensions in sure phrases that get straight to the point.” Baltimore Jazz Alliance Newsletter reviewer Ali Brickman writes, “If you love Nutella-thick upright bass, enjoy your drums locked in, yet crisply restrained, and dig a classic sounding jazz ballad with aching minor themes, you’ll be repaid by this album. If you’re not allergic to lyrics that make you think, or to flashes of sincere emotion, this album is for you.” 

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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AN EVENING WITH ADAM SWANSON
$15.00
Monday 9/25
6:00 pm
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Adam Swanson is rapidly becoming known as one of the world's foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. We were fortunate to forge a friendship with Adam when he was completing graduate studies as a musicology student at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Although he is only twenty-three years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the youngest three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen and has also played Hungary, Switzerland, the Kennedy Center, and the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. He has worked with such other musicians as John Arpin, Michael Feinstein, Johnny Maddox, and Ian Whitcomb. In tonight's cabaret, he will perform classical music as well as turn-of-the-century ragtime classics. 


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THE THOUGHTS BEHIND THE SONGS WITH MC TY FORD
$10.00
Tuesday 9/26
6:00 pm
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Celebrated singer-songwriters, Angela Taylor, Richard Walton and Georgie Jessup, with MC Ty Ford moderating, discuss the craft of songwriting.  Each will tell the story of how a song came to be and then play it.  A short Q&A will follow. Two rounds, a short break, and two more rounds. This is the third segment of this popular series.

Angela Taylor holds 3 degrees from The Peabody Conservatory, and now serves on the faculty. Awards include Gold in the MASC Pop Songwriting Contest and "Best of Baltimore" from City Paper. She has performed on many stages throughout the US, from The 9:30 Club in DC, to Skybar in Boston, to Anastasia's Asylum in LA. In 2006 Angela retired from performing to stay home with baby James and husband Dan, but nowdays returns to the stage as opening act of the Taylor House Concert Series. Her influences include Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, and John Mayer. www.angelataylor.com 

Richard Walton is a songwriter, publisher, bandleader and recording artist. He formed his own publishing & recording company. Richard has professionally performed for over twenty five years throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. As of 2017, Richard has released 11 worldwide distributed CD’s and earned close to 40 songwriting awards. He is best known as the leader of the award-winning instrumental, multi-genre Richard Walton Group; which can be heard frequently on Pandora Radio and lots of other digital radio stations. 

In 2016, Richard was inducted in the Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame. He is also an established, interactive and entertaining solo guitarist/vocalist. He currently performs at house concerts/parties, private corporate functions, restaurants, pubs, churches, senior centers, weddings and special occasion events.  www.notlaw.com 

Georgie Jessup has an extraordinary ability to encourage audiences to look deeply into their prejudices and other transgressions. Georgie has developed a successful career by challenging musical styles, personal identifications, and storybook history lessons. She has released six CD's.

Awards and other Recognition:

*  Five WAMA Nominations for singer songwriter, vocal performance, and album (Washington Area Music Association)

American Holocaust Nominated for the 2004 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA-Milwaukee, WI)

* Featured performer at the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival 2003-2007

* 2005 Fresh Fruit Awards for live show and nominated for songwriting

* 2005 & 2006 Silver Arrow Award

* 2009 Pride In the Arts Award for Transgender Musician of the Year

* "Woman In A Man’s Suit" film winner of the Festival Favorite Roanoke International Film Festival (Pride In The Arts) Award 2010 (Documentary film about Georgie) www.georgiejessup.com








NEW YORK CABARET ARTIST MARK NADLER RETURNS TO THE CABARET
$20.00
Wednesday 9/27
6:00 pm
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New York Cabaret Artist Mark Nadler Returns to Germano's!

Mark Nadler is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist, tap-dancer and comedian. His recent off-Broadway hit, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, has been honored with the 2013 Nightlife Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and two Broadway World Awards. The show was presented at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia, where it was nominated for the prestigious Helpmann Award. Additionally, Mark Nadler's Broadway Hootenanny has become a staple of the Adelaide Festival, where Mark has performed an unprecedented six times.

Mr. Nadler has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra and has been a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, National Arts Centre Symphony in Ottawa and others. At Philadelphia's 14,000 seat Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Mark did a solo two-act evening with the New York Pops, as well as Three Singular Sensations with Marvin Hamlisch and Martin Short.

He starred in and co-wrote the off-Broadway Gershwin revue, American Rhapsody, which was nominated for a Drama Desk and two Lucille Lortel Awards and received the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. Additionally, he received the MAC Award three years in a row for outstanding Musical Comedy Performer and additionally, Mark was given the MAC Award for his performance of five different interacting characters in his one man Opera in Honky-tonk, Red Light, co-written with Dawn Hampton. 

This is a special night for cabaret afficionados!


Mark Nadler gets my vote for Mr. Show Business...An immensely talented latter day Al Jolson.

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 9/30
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis, Maryland and Virginia area. The exciting variety of sophisticated original musical arrangements by music director, Vince Corozine, is reminiscent of the sound of the great Dave Pell Octet in the 1960s. A sensational repertoire of classic songs which appeal to persons of all ages, and all songs are introduced with a bit of information about each. This is further complimented by several very talented vocalists. 


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TROY KOGER AND CANDACE POTTS IN "I FEEL LIKE SINGING"
$15.00
Sunday 10/01
12:00 pm
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Join Troy Koger and Candace Potts for an afternoon of music making sure to delight all. The program will feature songs spanning several genres including, jazz,  pop, classical and soul. Both graduates from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Troy and Candace enjoy performing  throughout Baltimore and beyond! Sit back, relax, and enjoy as they entertain you with solos and duets, exhibiting their broad range of vocal talents.








SARAH RAGSDALE ALBUM "WHIMSICAL ROMANCE" RELEASE PARTY
$15.00
Saturday 10/07
6:00 pm
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Singer, songwriter, and pianist Sarah Ragsdale has captured her adventurous "Piano Woman" experiences into a whimsical journey of storytelling through pop, jazz, and folk influences, culminating into her own unique "Ragstime" style.  Sarah's diverse artistic background, from Appalachia to West Africa, has provided a large palate to describe very personal and emotional accounts that morph into enchanting rhymes using colorful images and metaphors.  She has toured and performed live in America, Europe, Asia, and Africa making appearances on major international television networks including BBC World, Univision, France24, and Radio France Internationale.  Sarah will be celebrating the release of her album “Whimsical Romance”.  Raw, rustic, catchy and melodic, these musical stories have been written at various stages throughout her life, fancifully interpreting the ups and downs of love and romance!

 


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AN EVENING WITH GARY RUBIN AND BRENT HARDESTY
$15.00
Friday 10/13
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!








THREE CHAIRS: "A.R.T. IN THREE CHAIRS"
$20.00
Saturday 10/14
6:00 pm
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Sunday 10/15
6:00 pm
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THE THREE WOMEN OF THREE CHAIRS ARE:

“Audrey Shakir is one of the greatest bebop singers in the world today, a talent with a thrilling voice, sure to send elation through the audience.” – Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

AUDREY SHAKIR, (mother, sister, daughter, friend, musician, writer, humanitarian, Ambassador of bebop!) Audrey was born into a musical family in Cleveland, OH – She is a pianist, vocalist and arranger who demonstrates a natural be bop scat style, uniquely her own, able to weave through a song by scatting a solo, often garnering respect from jazz vocalists, or instrumentalists. After moving to New York, she was introduced to Barry Harris, which led to numerous gigs with him and numerous dates at NYC major clubs. She has toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Audrey gives lectures, workshops and classes on jazz vocals, arranging and music theory, nationwide.

"Whether she is performing as a duo, or solo in an 18-piece big band setting, her approach and delivery of the song captures your ear.”–Ellen Williams Carter, Morning Brew, WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, DC

RENEE COLLINS GEORGES, (wife, mompreneur, sister, daughter, friend, musician, writer, humanitarian)

Renée, a native of Los Angeles, CA – has roots in gospel, but began her jazz education through worldwide touring and singing, as one of the last Raeettes to sing and tour with the legendary Ray Charles. A 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, “Jazz Voice Competition Finalist,” she is passionate about gospel, jazz, classical, rock, R&B and funk; and she works to help kids “see” music as a visual, auditory and tangible experience, through a program she calls, Jazzing Up Learning! Renée lost a sister in 1978 (an unsolved cold-case), but she uses music as a way to cope with tragedy and hardship. She writes melodies for kids; seeks to motivate children and youth to become better global citizens and to use music as a tool to overcome challenge, adversity.

“Theresa Sise, who has been traveling up from Annapolis, takes the reigns for “Take the A Train” with a lush voice that sounds bred for jazz, full one moment, fading out at just the right time.” – Dickson Mercer, News Post, Frederick MD

THERESA SISE, (daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend, musician, writer, humanitarian) Theresa resides Annapolis MD – She was born in Lisbon, Portugal and received and variety of cultures at a young age, before her family settled in Maryland, USA). While abroad, Theresa developed her craft of jazz singing, and knowledge of jazz history and storytelling, along with a love for musical theater (show tunes) into a style reminiscent of great famale jazz vocalist of the 30's. She couples the styling of vocal influences with Celtic elements, passed down from her family. 

Audrey Shakir (audreyshakir.com)

Renee Georges (rgeorjazzmusic.com)

Theresa Sise (theresasise.com)


“If I can’t sell it, I’ll keep sittin’ on it; but I'm not givin' it away! – Ruth Brown, from the Broadway musical, Black & Blue







OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 10/18
6:00 pm
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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 music 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.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








BLAKE BERGLUND W/ BELLE PLAINE
$10.00
Thursday 10/19
6:00 pm
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Blake Berglund's fresh style of country music is unpredictable, intelligent, genuine, and a pleasant surprise, given his hard-rock/pseudo metal background. His grassroots approach has earned him a reputaton as 'the guy who sold 10,000 CDs door-to-door.” Raised in the Moose Mountains deep in Saskatchewan's south east corner, Berglund took his early childhood responsibilites of tending to 200 head of horses as the education needed to base his music career around hard work and cultivation of  relationships.

Having released four full-length albums and numerous collaborative projects, Blake Berglund's 2016 double-single Word's Getn' Around/Funny Thing About You Leaving will be followed up with his fifth studio album, Realms, in fall 2017 – an allegorical concept record about the breadth of the human experience. Berglund is a regular collaborator with Juno Nominee, Del Barber as well as with partner, Belle Plaine. He is currently devoted to a creative journalism project in which he toured the United States to reclaim the Spirit of America's Country Music. He is self-managed and backed by his group of honky tonk renegades, The Vultures.

Blake will be joined tonight by his 5 piece band including award winning jazz singer Belle Plaine.  Arty Hill and Tim Pruitt will open the show.


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LOW LILY
$15.00
Friday 10/20
6:00 pm
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Hailing from Vermont, LOW LILY explores the roots and branches of American folk music, creating a unique brand of acoustic music that is rooted yet contemporary. Low Lily– Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle)– are masterful players, composers and arrangers with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. Originally from California, Liz developed a unique vocal, guitar and songwriting style that draws from her childhood raised by folk musicians, and her studies in the folk and ballad traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England and America as well as contemporary folk music. She has toured with Livingston Taylor, 3X Grammy winner Tom Chapin, and Lucy Wainwright Roche, to name a few. Flynn, an Ohio native, holds a degree in Composition from Dartington College (Devon) and an MA from Mills College (CA), and has toured worldwide with numerous notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music, including John Whelan, Cathy Ryan and Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennys. Lissa grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk community, graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music and has performed internationally as a solo artist and with Solas and Childsplay, among others. Together as Low Lily, these still relatively young but well-seasoned musicians bring their considerable strengths, experience and history together to create an undeniably rich and versatile musical palette. 

Low Lily was recently voted #1 Most Wanted at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY), they have had two #1 songs on international folk radio, and have been nominated for two New England Music Awards. 


"(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing" –No Depression 

“...compellingly yet unassumingly mix contemporary folk and bluegrass sensibilities with a sensitive use of their keen musicianship." –Fatea 

"Clean, economical arrangements... a wonderful album." – Sing Out!'s Best of 2015

"(Low Lily has) an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound... it's a blend that works beautifully." – PopMatters

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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 10/21
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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THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
$15.00
Thursday 10/26
6:00 pm
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Germano's kicks off the ninth year of this wonderful collaboration with the Baltimore School for the Arts. Tonight we welcome the talented BSA theater students under the direction of  Roz Cauthen and Becky Mossing and their British colleagues from Showdown Theatre Arts UK under the direction of Carli Jones in a cabaret in preparation for their joint production to be debuted in the spring on the West End in London. Ms. Jones and Ms. Mossing will perform cabaret material with the students. 

Your $15 cover is a tax deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts and supports this marvelous cultural exchange program.








CARLO AONZO TRIO: "A MANDOLIN JOURNEY"
$15.00 - $20.00
Friday 10/27
6:00 pm
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The Carlo Aonzo Trio performs "A Mandolin Journey." A capturing musical journey with the mandolin and the different influences and stylistic evolutions of the instrument across continents and history. With Lorenzo Piccone (guitar) and Luciano Puppo (double-bass), Carlo Aonzo, international performer, teacher and mandolin scholar presents this album, the outcome of a long and intense work of historical research and musical arrangements. Setting out from Naples shores and the most classical Italian mandolin tradition, the repertoire lands at the Americas ranging from the classical patterns, to the Italian songs of the 50s, to the swing music, and to the more complex rhythms strongly influenced by the United States and South America. A unique and fascinating musical evening celebrating an event of great artistic and cultural impact. 


We started from the Italian roots of the mandolin - a strong iconic symbol of Italy in the world - and we explored its wide repertoire, attaining, through new atmospheres and sonorities, a rich mixture of culture and tradition, which are extremely important to the music of our country. Following its tracks in search of fortune towards the Americas, we unearthed musical scores and different ways of approaching the instrument, thus creating a fascinating itinerary ranging from classical music to folk, choro, jazz and more…..

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THE GLEN ANGUS JAZZ QUARTET: THE MUSIC OF CHARLIE PARKER
$10.00 - $20.00
Saturday 10/28
6:00 pm
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The Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet celebrates the music of Charlie Parker.

The exceptional musicians who comprise the Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet are:

Glenn Angus, Violin
George Spicka, Piano
Phil Ravita, Bass
John Kessell, Drums 

Seating is at 6pm and the performance will begin promptly at 7pm.




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SHOWSTOPPERS PRESENT "SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY"
$15.00
Sunday 10/29
6:00 pm
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Featuring Janet Davidson Gordon, Fran Berger, Sandy Livingston, and Ralene Jacobson on piano. 

 

    "Blend three professional voices, add a dose of Broadway, a dash of nostalgia plus a sprinkle of Gershwin, and you have a perfect recipe for a delightful evening of story and song".








THE LARRY BROWN QUARTET
$20.00
Saturday 11/04
6:00 pm
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Pianist Larry Brown leads one of the most accomplished straight-ahead jazz groups in the Mid-Atlantic area.

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 (WAMA) as the Best Jazz Group for 2009. The group’s celebrated release, “Hard Bop Café” was recognized by WAMA as the Best Jazz Recording for 2006 with a Wammie award.  

As an undergraduate at Towson University, Larry studied with Stan Kenton’s favorite arranger/composer, Hank Levy. He performed with and composed for the lauded Towson University Jazz Ensemble. With a Bachelors Degree in Music Theory Larry attended graduate school at Catholic University, where he received his Master of Music degree after studying Composition and Electronic Music with the legendary Emerson Myers.  

Recognized with Wammie Awards for Best Jazz Group for 2006, 2008, and again for 2009, Larry also received a Wammie for Best Jazz Recording in 2002 for his CD “The Long Goodbye”, recorded at National Public Radio, npr.Larry has appeared on the national jazz cable channel BET On Jazz show “Jazz Discovery” where he won in the instrumentalist category, and has appeared on their show “Jazz Scene” as a featured artist. Larry has also received several Wammie nominations for Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and Best Jazz Recording (“Peace”, “Dryden Street Sessions”).

The Larry Brown Quintet features Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, Greg Holloway on drums, Thad Wilson on trumpet, and Peter Fraize on tenor sax.  Larry records exclusively on Lush Life Records and his recordings are produced by Jerry O’Sullivan.

 


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”. 

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ANDY BELT AND THE PORCH SETTERS UNION
$10.00
Friday 11/10
6:00 pm
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Porch Setters Union is an alt/country/bluegrass band based in Baltimore Maryland. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Andy Belt is joined by his Black Friday bandmate, Shawn Heming, on mandolin, Warren Boes of All Mighty Senators and Boister fame on lead guitar, Dave Markowitz of the Bridge on bass, and Bald Mountain Band alum Tony Bonta on banjo and Jon Ackerman on dobro. Vocalist and songwriter, Andy Belt has picked up from where he left off with his critically acclaimed 2014 release of “Hungry for Bread” with Andy Belt & Friends and has joined with a veteran stable of musicians of diverse musical background to create a more contemporary musical offering while employing a standard traditional bluegrass instrumentation. While a bluegrass flavor is still on forefront of their musical cuisine, the Porch Setters do not hesitate to incorporate a more modern and eclectic taste in their sound, making them appealing to even the more mainstream musical consumer. May, 2017 marks the release of the Porch Setters Union debut CD “Farewell to Grapes on the Road.” This ten –song CD is a compact 30 minute musical adventure that will get your foot a tappin, and inspire a deep thought or two along the way.        








TONY Z AND STEF: THE ROLLER COASTER OF AMORE AND ALL THAT JAZZ!
$20.00
Saturday 11/11
6:00 pm
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Vocalist Tony Ziesat and pianist Stef Scaggiari are returning to Germano's with a program that is a synthesis of two of their previous cabaret shows, "The Roller Coaster Of Love" and "Rhythm And Blues And All That Jazz."  

Many of the compositions that constitute the Great American Songbook and jazz standards include metaphors for the extreme, opposing feelings of being in love, including hot vs. cold, high vs. low, clarity vs. bewilderment, love as an addictive intoxicant, the cycle of the seasons, love as a magical spell, and sunshine vs. stormy weather.  In honor of our location in Little Italy, an underlying theme of the program will be an exploration of the Mediterranean approach to love: EMBRACING the mercurial, wild journey of romance.  

Join us as Tony Z and Stef take us on a musical ride on the roller coaster of amore.  Fasten your seat belt!

In observance of Veterans Day, a donation will be made to K-9s For Warriors, which is an organization that uses therapeutic service dogs to assist combat veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.


 

     "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



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MARCUS DAGAN IN "AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE"
$15.00
Sunday 11/12
6:00 pm
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(A Reunion and the Traditional Birthday Cabaret)

Baltimore welcomes back favorite troubadour Marcus Dagan who celebrates his birthday with his friends, family and fans Cabaret style at the baby grand...After all, "Life is a cabaret, old chum!"


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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 11/15
6:00 pm
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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 music 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.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








JOHN AND KRISTY COCUZZI
$15.00
Thursday 11/16
6:00 pm
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Together, John and Kristy Cocuzzi bring decades of youthful enthusiasm and experience to any performance. Both are known for successful workshops with students, building knowledge of the jazz idiom and inspiration to the next generation.  Since they joined forces in 2013, they have been all over the United States and beyond, appearing at festivals, house parties, concerts, and cruises together. They are entertaining to watch, a pleasure to hear, and they put a new spin on many of the old familiar melodies we all love. Between John’s incredible ability to make the piano sing, and Kristy’s beautiful lyrical interpretations and quality of tone, the Cocuzzis make your evening entirely satisfying!

John plays with passion and intensity on stride piano, vibes, and drums. For more than 35 years, John has been entertaining crowds internationally, performing alongside jazz and blues greats. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical fire, igniting the crowd with skillful improvisation. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned an international reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist. His music is unparalleled.

Kristy Reed Cocuzzi has a sultry voice that has thrilled audiences is live performance, on TV and in film. She has toured as lead alto, clarinet, & vocalist throughout the United States and Canada, performing with (among others) the Temptations, Franki Valli, the Russ Morgan Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Cab Callaway Orchestra, the Drifters, and has appeared alongside great musicians including Bob Havens, Arthur Duncan, Sandor Benko, Jack Imel, Kenny Davern, Anacani, Bobby Gordon, Johnny Varro, and many more.  She has worked the casino circuits in Reno, Carson City, Laughlin, and Las Vegas, and continues to keep a presence on the national jazz festival and jazz party circuit. Kristy takes clarinet to a whole new emotional level, especially in the low register, with a warmth and feel that is both soothing and energizing. You’ll get Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, and Bernadette Peters all rolled into one small package!


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CHRISTINE THOMAS AND MICHAEL TAN IN "THE NOT HERE CABARET"
$15.00
Friday 11/17
6:00 pm
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The Not Here Cabaret is about Christine’s and Michael’s journeys from their shared roots in the Midwest to their making their homes in Baltimore, with a few stops along the way at places they’ve been, places they’d like to go, and places they have absolutely no intention of visiting (putting the NOT in Not Here), told through songs by The Dixie Chicks, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Willie Nelson, Bono, Jason Robert Brown, Cy Coleman, Amanda McBroom, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Goldrich & Heisler, and Milwaukee’s own Sigmund Snopek III. They tell stories of traveling, of looking for home, for love, for laughs, for joy, and ultimately finding it… Here.

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." Recent performances include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. In October 2015, she made her NYC debut in scenes from On The Town, Candide and Wonderful Town in a tribute concert entitled Bernstein Remembered. She is an alto soloist at Cathedral of Mary our Queen and at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's “Christmas Suite” with Milwaukee Children' s Choir, “Flight Box” with Present Music, "Cinq Poe?mes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Cle? de L'Horizon and on comedian/singer Joel Kopischke’s CD, I Got Yule, Babe. Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is on the voice faculty at Howard Community College and teaches privately at her home in Roland Park.

Michael Tan is a local music director who has worked on more than 45 shows in 7 theatres in the Greater Baltimore area. His favorites include: Das Barbecü; Evita; Zombie Prom; Altar Boyz; The Rocky Horror Show; Into the Woods; The Full Monty; Company; Avenue Q; A Little Night Music; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Cabaret; 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). He is the music director at St. John’s UCC, and does some vocal coaching as well. By day, he is the Director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education at the Community College of Baltimore County, providing courses to adults with developmental disabilities.








KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 11/18
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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ELLEN CHERRY: SONG AND STORY ALCHEMIST
$15.00
Sunday 11/19
12:00 pm
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Baltimore-based Song and Story Alchemist ellen cherry brings her whimsical mind and storytelling music to two special brunch time performances in 2017.  cherry is currently touring her performance piece about the inner lives of women, "Portraits in Song," and Germano's cabaret is a rare chance for her to play songs from her (two decades long) catalog that didn't make it into the show.  Intimate, humorous and unscripted--ellen cherry will draw you into the curious world of a traveler, historian, wonderer and wanderer, through beautiful melodies.








SHOWSTOPPERS PRESENT "SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY"
$15.00
Sunday 11/19
6:00 pm
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Featuring Janet Davidson Gordon, Fran Berger, Sandy Livingston, and Ralene Jacobson on piano. 

 

    "Blend three professional voices, add a dose of Broadway, a dash of nostalgia plus a sprinkle of Gershwin, and you have a perfect recipe for a delightful evening of story and song".








OTHERWORLD
$15.00
Wednesday 11/29
6:00 pm
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Otherworld blends jazz, classical, and Middle Eastern influences, played on a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. The band performs original compositions with an emphasis on improvisation. 

“Otherworld”, the group’s debut recording, won a Global Music Award, placing among the top 10 in the “Album” category from among hundreds of entries worldwide. 

The album has been featured on NPR affiliate WYPR-FM, Baltimore; Jazz Standard Internet Radio, London; the BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network), Boston; and WPFW-FM, Washington D.C.’s premiere jazz station, among others. 


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BILL TOMS
$12.00
Friday 12/01
6:00 pm
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We are pleased to present  Bill Toms, whose performances have become legendary in sheer power and passion. Rock and roll, soul, blues, and gospel so deep the earth moves, and the walls begin shakin’ as Bill Toms and his band start the train rollin’. American music never sounded so good.

He joined Pittsburgh’s legendary band, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, as lead guitarist in 1987. The band’s meteoric rise into the professional music scene enabled Bill to tour the United States and Europe repeatedly. While with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers he opened for and played with a long and impressive list of notables, such as The Band, Bob DylanBruce SpringsteenLittle Feat and Stevie Ray Vaughn. During his 20 years of playing guitar, co-writing, and singing back-up vocals for the Houserockers, Toms recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, the acclaimed CD, “American Babylon,” was recorded and produced by Bruce Springsteen.

Bill Toms’ performances have taken him all over the United States and Europe. In addition to his previous seven studio CD's, one “Live” CD, and single EP, his latest record, the Will Kimbrough produced, “Deep In The Shadows” was released to international critical acclaim in 2015, and his newest album “Good For My Soul” (also produced by Kimbrough) is slated for release this Fall.


“Bill Toms is a poet, a soul-shouter and guitar slinger with one foot in the gutter and an eye on the heavens above. And man, does he front a great rock n' soul band!”
- Will Kimbrough

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"AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS" WITH TROY KOGER
$20.00
Saturday 12/02
6:00 pm
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Troy Koger returns to the Cabaret at Germanos presenting a warm evening to get you in the holiday spirit. Sit back, relax, and enjoy as Troy sings a broad range of favorites from the Holiday and Christmas songbooks in varying musical styles.  Accompanied by the Terry Koger Quartet, the evening will feature traditional Christmas hymns and carols, as well as many contemporary holiday favorites. It's an evening for the entire family! 


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SONGS OF THE SEASON WITH VOCALIST RENÉE GEORGES & THE GEORJAZZ TRIO
$10.00 - $20.00
Saturday 12/09
6:00 pm
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International vocalist, Renée Georges sings a variety of songs of the season:  arrangements of jazz, popular tunes and holiday favorites to help you get cozy in the wonderful setting of the Cabaret Room. Melt away those winter blues and let your heart be warmed this December with song. Renee will be joined by a fantastic trio of musicians.

 


As, one of the last Raelettes to sing and tour with the legendary Ray Charles, Vocalist, Renée Collins Georges, is quietly emerging as a headliner. In 2016, she performed with Diane Schuur, both in a group setting and as a soloist at the Rose Theater, NYC, in The Ray Charles Songbook, a tribute to the genius of Soul. 

 

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TODD HARRISON TWINING IN "WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES TO TOWN"
$15.00
Sunday 12/10
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. 








JENNIFER BLADES IN "THE SWEETEST OF NIGHTS"
$15.00
Friday 12/15
6:00 pm
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A twinkling star in a winter sky, a roaring fire's glow, or a stable lamp above a newborn's manger. The holiday season brings countless images of light in darkness that serve to warm and cheer our hearts during the cold winter months. Sweetest of Nights celebrates light and laughter, hearth and home, warmth and welcome with a delightful mixture of Christmas songs guaranteed to drive the cold away. Let Jennifer Blades' luscious voice and John Bowen's sensitive piano stylings fill your heart with the holiday season's light and joy.








OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 12/20
6:00 pm
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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 music 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.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








"A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES" BY DYLAN THOMAS: A READING BY DONALD HICKEN
$15.00
Thursday 12/21
6:00 pm
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"A Child’s Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas 
A Reading by Donald Hicken 

Dylan Thomas’ prose/poetic recalling of his boyhood in the coastal village of Swansea is a humorous, touching and deeply human story of one particularly fabled Christmas seen through the eyes of the children who populate the poet’s memory. Renowned director Donald Hicken narrates this delightful Christmas classic with music by Nancy Krebs. Following the reading, he will be joined by BSA students and colleagues, Nancy Krebs and Becky Mossing, who will lead the audience singing seasonal favorites. 

$15 cover is a tax-deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts.








KASH WRIGHT TRIO: "IN THE CITY OF DAVID"
$15.00
Friday 12/22
6:00 pm
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“Classic jazz for the contemporary audience” is the mantra for the Kash Wright Trio, one of the best-kept secrets of the DMV’s jazz community.  Led by pianist, arranger and composer Prakash Wright, the trio is best known for modern arrangements of jazz standards and jazz arrangements of hymns and pop tunes.  This December, the trio brings its brand of Christmas cheer to the Cabaret at Germano’s as they feature music from their Christmas CD, In The City of David. 


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GLENN ANGUS JAZZ QUARTET: "A JAZZ CHRISTMAS AT GERMANO'S"
$10.00 - $20.00
Saturday 12/23
6:00 pm
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"A Jazz Christmas at Germano's" will contain original charts merging traditional seasonal music with famous jazz standards.

The exceptional musicians who comprise the Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet are:

Glenn Angus, Violin
George Spicka, Piano
Phil Ravita, Bass
John Kessell, Drums 

Seating is at 6pm and the performance will begin promptly at 7pm.




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CHARMAINE MICHELLE
$15.00
Saturday 12/30
6:00 pm
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Charmaine Michelle walks in the tradition of Miles Davis while bringing her own style of cool jazz to the band stand. Raised in Northern Virginia, she began her serious study of jazz at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory. She has played with the Dale Corn Big Band, Artists against War, Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Musicians of Mercy and recently released her own EP "Love Takes Time" which is now playing on radio stations in DC and Baltimore.

Her band includes Charmaine on trumpet, Dniko Evans on sax, Justin Taylor on piano, Jaron Davis on drums and Eddie Hybrk on bass.

 


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"COUP DE BOP" - TRIBUTE TO THE LESSER KNOWN YET SATISFYING JAZZ OF OUR TIME
$15.00
Wednesday 1/10
6:00 pm
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Thursday 1/11
6:00 pm
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"Coup De Bop" is an apt name for this particular group of jazz talent. "Coup" as in the overthrow of the "Bop" too often played by musicians in most clubs and/or restaurant settings.To be sure...this group can "play" and "bop" and "blow the house down" with the "Great American Songbook".  Beatnik" attire optional.

The players in this group have been around their respective blocks and are a veritable "who's who" in the Balto/DC area:

Andy Dagilis - Sax

Eric Heavner  - Trumpet

Tom Hensler - Bass

Anthony Villa - Piano

Tim Ghiz - Drums

 








THE KEN AND BRAD KOLODNER QUARTET
$20.00
Saturday 2/03
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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NICOLE ZURAITIS
$15.00
Thursday 3/15
6:00 pm
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If recently you happened upon Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar and were enchanted by the seismic talent of inspired vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter Nicole Zuraitis, you’re officially part of the 32-year-old’s burgeoning fan club. Nicole Zuraitis blends bountiful songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world.

Nicole is the 2016 New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project Winner, 2015 second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2014 Herb Albert ASCAP Young Composer Awards Winner. She's also the Peoples Choice and Johnny Mercer Award winner in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition. Nicole has headlined the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar (every second Thursday of the month), Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill. Audiences love Nicole’s limitless enthusiasm, but that’s only part of her story; only part of her talent.

While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical, Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Omar Hakim and Bernard Purdie. She’s performed at festivals nationwide, and has recorded two albums: 2013’s Pariah Anthem and 2009’s Spread TheWord, both releases featuring the cream of New York’s jazz hierarchy. 

Nicole’s new recording, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records), chronicles themes close to her heart, including an unflinching love of family and friends delivered with a sincere spirit that finds release in eight intimate original compositions (and two covers) which span genres. After hearing HiveMind, you’d expect nothing less from this NYU trained classical vocalist and Connecticut born songwriter who swings hard as she brings listeners under her enveloping musical wings.

She has two self released albums under her belt, including the 2013 release Pariah Anthem (Vic-tor Gould, Ilan Bar Lavi, Nandini Srikar) and the 2009 release Spread The Word featuring Winard Harper and the Curtis Brothers. Her third album "Hive Mind" will be released in 2017 under Dot Time Records. Nicole’s world music band EVA just released their EP Take Some Air to rave reviews. She continues working with producer Tim Walsh of The Stepkids on an electronic pop alter ego called "nikki and the riot". Don't forget to check out her singles “Long Meadow Vine” (Featuring Cyrille Aimee and Thana Alexa) and “For the Lonely". 

Nicole is a proud faculty member of the Litchfield Jazz Camp. She has taught songwriting and jazz vocal workshops worldwide, including the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India, Israel Embassy, Australian consulate and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was featured in a video interview by Columbia News Tonight as "New Yorker of the week" for her work with music and shelter animals and hopes to continue giving back by raising awareness for the mental health stigma.


"A strong musicianship that is never compromised, the gorgeous and capable instrument that can be conversational one moment and then soar to the heavens the next, the sincere storytelling that is always present in her delivery.  Nicole is one of my favorite vocalists…a masterful musician who uses her knowledge for the good of the story. This is a rare and beautiful thing."JANE MONHEIT  

“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”-- JAZZ POLICE

 

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CHARISMA WOOTEN IN "A NIGHT WITH JACKIE MOMS MABLEY"
$20.00
Saturday 3/24
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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CHRISTINE THOMAS AND RYAN CAPPLEMAN IN "OH, TO BE A MOVIE STAR"
$15.00
Friday 4/13
6:00 pm
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Christine’s fascination with movies and movie stars began because she was an obnoxious child who began reading early. Or because of parental neglect. You be the judge.

She first became entranced with movie stars at the age of 4 after her mother dropped her off at the movie magazines aisle at grocery stores, where she would blissfully enjoy the gossip about which stars were in a "trial marriage," whose actual marriages were on the rocks, and who was having a secret baby.  Her mother also plunked her down in front of the TV most evenings. Those were the days of Monday Night at the Movies, Tuesday Night at the Movies, Wednesday, Thursday, etc. and she saw a wide variety of 40s and 50s films, dramas, comedies and musicals.  Her cabaret show, "Oh, to be a movie star!" draws upon these early influences. Christine has collected songs over the years, not specifically from movies but about them and their now-legendary stars. The show features familiar music by Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber and more obscure songs by Leiber & Stoller and Christopher Berg. Oh, to be a Movie Star! is, at turns, funny, touching, and above all, a celebration of the cinematic art.

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." Recent performances include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. In October 2015, she made her NYC debut in scenes from On The Town, Candide and Wonderful Town in a tribute concert entitled Bernstein Remembered. She is an alto soloist at Cathedral of Mary our Queen and at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's “Christmas Suite” with Milwaukee Children' s Choir, “Flight Box” with Present Music, "Cinq Poe?mes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Cle? de L'Horizon and on comedian/singer Joel Kopischke’s CD, I Got Yule, Babe. Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is on the voice faculty at Howard Community College and teaches privately at her home in Roland Park.

Ryan Cappleman, a Milwaukee native, is a local performer, choreographer, director, musician, and teacher. He has performed Off Broadway, in Chicago, and in Milwaukee with the Skylight, In Tandem Theater, Vogel Hall, First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Sunset Playhouse, and Windfall Theater. Ryan has won six Tommy Awards for choreography and direction, working with many area high schools and universities. Ryan teaches for danceworks, and has taught previously at First Stage, Children’s Theater of Madison, Northbrook Theater for Young Audiences, and The Virginia State Thespian Conference. As a musician, Ryan accompanies/coaches/and music directs primarily musical theater, but has ventured into some jazz, and folk/irish music, having been a former member of the band Tallymoore.








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.