AN EVENING WITH THE BALTIMORE MANDOLIN TRIO
$15.00
Friday 1/19
6:00 pm
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A rarity in North America, the Baltimore Mandolin Quartet is a "Quartetto Romantico" in the Italian tradition, combining bowlback mandolins and mandola with classical guitar. Their repertoire includes many pieces composed for this combination by mandolin giants Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, as well as original compositions and transcriptions of classics from the symphonic and operatic literature. Their arrangement of "Stormy Weather" has been heard many times on the public radio program "Marketplace," signalling a downturn in the stock market.

Since 2000 they have appeared at a variety of concert venues in the Baltimore / Washington D.C. area, and performed at the CMSA conventions of 2003 and 2004.

David Evans 1st mandolin
Laura Norris 2nd mandolin
Jonathan Jensen mandola
Tony Norris, guitar

Tonight's performance will be a trio consisting of David Evans, Laura Norris and Tony Norris.








AN EVENING WITH GARY RUBIN AND BRENT HARDESTY
$15.00
Saturday 1/20
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.








TWISTED KNICKERS BURLESQUE BRUNCH WITH THE FOGGY BOTTOM WHOMP-STOMPERS
$15.00
Sunday 1/21
12:00 pm
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Its brunch with a twist -- Twisted Knickers Burlesque is back for burlesque brunch with live music featuring DC band -- The Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers.  With a mix of Hot Jazz, Dixieland, early Swing Blues, and all the greatest hits of the 1920s, the band revives century-old music for the modern listener.

Performing with the band are:

Tapitha Kix – producer of Baltimore’s Twisted Knicker’s Burlesque

Maria Bella – Baltimore “Sicilian Queen”

Cherie Sweetbottom – The aptly-named DC “Ambassador of Skin”

Cherokee Rose – Performer and Producer of DC’s “Naked Girls Reading”

Emcee – Hot Todd Lincoln

Stage Wrangler – Dirk Hamfist

 




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AN EVENING WITH THE ROLAND PARK CHAMBER STRINGS
$10.00
Tuesday 1/23
6:00 pm
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Roland Park E/M School is proud to present its string students in an evening of delightful selections of classical, pop, and traditional music selections.   Chamber music covers a variety of genres, and Roland Park students are excited to offer a potpourri of their favorite repertoire.  Please join us for an evening of wonderful food and exciting music, all to benefit the Roland Park instrumental music program.  From chamber orchestra to string quartet, patrons will be treated to an inspirational experience of what Baltimore City Schools students are engaged in on a daily basis.  Don't miss this exceptional  demonstration of Baltimore talent!  

Your $10 cover is a tax deductible donation to Roland Park E/M School.








SHOWTUNES TO WARM A WINTER'S NIGHT- CALLA FUQUA
$10.00
Friday 1/26
6:00 pm
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Calla Fuqua is a senior in college with a wide background in musical theatre. She attended Baltimore School for the Arts and plans to continue to pursue theatre after college. Her show contains a selection of songs from musicals including “Les Miserables”, “Songs for a New World”, “The Last Five Years”, “Flight” and “In The Heights”, intended to take you on an emotional journey. It’s a rollercoaster that will keep you laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. Each number is unique and charged with passion. So come, enjoy this contemporary array of musical theatre numbers meant to warm your soul and tug at your heart strings.








JEFFERSON STREET STRUTTERS!
$15.00
Saturday 1/27
6:00 pm
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The Jefferson Street Strutters play New Orleans style Dixieland, traditional jazz, and swing, emphasizing popular songs of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s.  Melodies that are relevant today.  A potpourri of danceable, hummable melodies, both instrumental and with vocals.  

We like to say, “we play happy music.”  Our audiences join in the fun with handclapping, toe-tapping, smiles and feeling happy.

While the band was hatched on a real Jefferson Street in Northern Virginia, most of its members have played and marched where jazz began – the streets of New Orleans and its famous house of jazz, Preservation Hall.  Jefferson Street has entertained audiences at the Smithsonian Museum, Nationals Park, street fairs and festivals, and most recently was invited to lead a second line parade at the Washington National Cathedral memorial for late WRC-TV news anchor Jim Vance.  

 

 








OTHERWORLD
$15.00
Sunday 1/28
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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AN EVENING WITH BILLY COLUCCI
$10.00
Tuesday 1/30
6:00 pm
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Quiet, reclusive and massively talented Billy Colucci’s name is known to Baltimoreans who really know their jazz.

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








THE PEACHERINE RAGTIME SOCIETY ORCHESTRA'S PALM COURT ORCHESTRA
$20.00
Friday 2/02
6:00 pm
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Join us this evening as we celebrate America’s musical past with Peacherine’s small group, the Palm Court Orchestra! Dance between favorites by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin, and the creators of America’s first popular music: Ragtime! 

The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) is “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by the Washington Post, and is rapidly becoming the leading professional ragtime orchestra in the United States. Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland, the PRSO recreates the syncopated stylings of a bygone era – ragtime, theater and dance music, as well as underscoring classic silent films using Mr. Greene’s collection of over 10,000 musical selections. 

PRSO has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, and at historic theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, universities, and concert associations across the United States. The PRSO’s work has been featured in documentaries, online video, and on radio and podcast programs across the country


“The premier American Ragtime ensemble” - The Washington Post

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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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ROBERT HITZ STUDIO PRESENTS "FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE"
$15.00
Sunday 2/04
12:00 pm
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Who can resist a celebration of love?

Join us for a marvelous brunch and musical festivity. 

We’ll be playing and singing some of your favorite love songs, as well as improvisations on our theme.

 

The Robert Hitz Studio is a multigenerational collective of musicians, singers, writers and performers. Studio members range from professionals to aspiring artists and young performers collaborating in shows, workshops, and events focused on community engagement, social transformation, and philanthropy. 


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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$15.00 - $20.00
Friday 2/09
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the 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. The Annapolis Jazztet  comprises some of the finest and diverse musicians in the Annapolis, DC area. From small jazz clubs to Naval Academy, West Point and the finest music universities in the US. The Annapolis Jazztet is lively, energetic, and entertaining and above all plays the finest in contemporary classic jazz!


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TONY Z AND STEF: MY JAZZY VALENTINE
$20.00
Saturday 2/10
6:00 pm
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Vocalist Tony Ziesat and pianist Stef Scaggiari are back by popular demand!  This time the audience will experience the amorous spirit of Valentine's Day through the emotional expressions of jazz and romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.  A perfect date for lovers!


 

     "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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AN EVENING WITH STEVE DORFF: THE HIT SONGS AND THE STORIES BEHIND THEM
$25.00
Sunday 2/11
6:00 pm
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Industry observers have dubbed multiple award winning Steve Dorff an enigma who has evolved into a gifted composer in every musical field. There is no way to capture the diversity he regularly displays scoring major motion pictures, television, theater, or via an array of # 1 hit songs. In addition to winning the NSAI Songwriter of the Year award, Dorff has also been honored with more than 40 BMI, and 11 Billboard #1 awards. Dorff is a 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee.

Three-time Grammy nominee and a fixture on the nation's charts, his dossier includes nine #1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits, including the Kenny Rogers' classic "Through The Years", a BMI 3 million performance song, as well as "I Just Fall In Love Again ", the Anne Murray record that captured Billboard's #1 Song Of The Year honors.

His many songs have been sung by some of the greatest artists of our time—Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams and countless others.


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EMERALD RAE
$12.00
Monday 2/12
6:00 pm
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Boston-based Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae creates a groove-heavy sound reminiscent of old country blended with the intricacy of Celtic fiddle and rocked-up droning accompaniment. Complimented by sultry vocals and introspective lyrics that mirror old folktales, Emerald Rae brings the fiddling-singing combo to a whole new plateau. Her intriguingly quirky songwriting is steeped in the echos of traditional music, sewn together with imaginative arranging that will pique your curiosity. Her latest release “If Only I Could Fly” (2013) showcases her prowess as a multi-instrumentalist.


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ERIC COMSTOCK AND BARBARA FASANO: "THIS THING CALLED LOVE"
$25.00
Wednesday 2/14
6:00 pm
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team.  With “THIS THING CALLED LOVE”, married musical partners, Comstock and Fasano, revel in the many sides of romance – the joys and complications, the agony and the ecstasy.  “Exhilarating … a hotbed of pleasure!” raves The New York Times. The New York Observer adds, "The hip husband-and-wife team are holding court while their audiences hold hands.   If love is a wave, they are riding the crest of it.” Winners of 7 MAC Awards, 5 New York Bistro Awards and the New York Nightlife Award, most recently, they were honored for the third time with the 2016 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award for Major Duo Artists.   As entertaining as they are musically savvy,pianist/singer Eric Comstock has been called "the heir apparent to the cabaret throne", and  pop/jazz vocalist Barbara Fasano's new CD BUSY BEING FREE is being hailed as "intelligent, lush and sexy” (Huffington Post) & has won the 2016 MAC Award for Major Recording of the Year.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, this glamorous duo make the American Songbook come alive, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the stories and songs are equally great.  In the words of jazz critic Will Friedwald: “Masterful.  They take it to a whole other level.”

Please visit their websites:
www.barbarafasano.com
www.ericcomstock.net


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

 



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STEVE ROSS IN C'MON AND HEAR!": AN IRVING BERLIN CELEBRATION."
$20.00
Friday 2/16
6:00 pm
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In honor of Presidents Day, we invited Steve Ross, an American treasure  to perform his most patriotic Cabaret, "C'MON AND HEAR!": An Irving Berlin Celebration."

"The best songs are stories, and the best singers storytellers. Great singers can make you care about what they're feeling. You have a sense of knowing them." - Steve Ross

The "Crown Prince of New York Cabaret" -- that's what the The New York Times called Steve Ross some 20 years ago. He hasn't lost his title yet. In fact, the only change today would be dropping "New York", for in the past decade, Steve Ross has performed around the country and around the world, in every kind of venue, from cabarets, to theaters, to Carnegie Hall, to the Cabaret Convention.

Steve sings and plays piano in symphony halls, festivals, and intimate boites. An articulate man, with a keen knowledge of popular American music and its history, he has hosted radio series and outdoor concerts. In addition, he volunteers his time to "Hearts and Voices", a voluntary organization where artists contribute their time and talent to AIDS patients.

"So much of cabaret is about love. It's the emotion we're always trying to be reminded of most of all."


 "FRED ASTAIRE MUST BE DANCING ON HEAVEN'S CEILING...
STEVE ROSS IS AN AMERICAN CABARET TREASURE"
 
-   BARBARA AND SCOTT SIEGEL, THEATERMANIA.COM

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SWIPE LEFT: VALENTINE'S DAY FOR THE REST OF US
$15.00
Saturday 2/17
6:00 pm
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Got the post V-Day blues? Developing carpal tunnel in your thumb from constantly swiping? You may be alone, but you're in good company! Join BFFs Leah Inger and Fatima Petersen for a hilarious and sobering romp through the ins and outs (ahem) of online dating. They're swapping out OKCupid for No Way Cupid--and they really mean it this time!

R. Timothy McReynolds accompanies with piano and useless dating advice.








BSA SENIOR ACTING ENSEMBLE'S SENIOR SHOWCASE CABARET
$15.00
Thursday 2/22
6:00 pm
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Please join us for the Baltimore School for the Arts Senior Acting Ensemble's Senior Showcase Cabaret. The students have been hard at work on their auditions for colleges and conservatories. They are auditioning for programs all Senior Acting Ensemble’s  the country. This exciting evening will feature songs and monologues from the students college audition process.  We hope you will come and cheer us on as the students work towards their goals and dreams at beyond BSA. 


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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 2/24
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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BRUNCH WITH CRAIG GILDNER AND BETO RODRIGUES
$10.00
Sunday 2/25
12:00 pm
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Enjoy an afternoon of exquisite music and delicious food. The Cabaret Room opens at noon and the performance begins at 1pm.

A multi instrumentalist  (piano, guitar, cornet) Craig Gildner started playing guitar in 1979 and has led several successful larger swing era groups here in D.C since 1999. Recently he’s focused on the demanding yet satisfying chord melody guitar style of the late 40’s and 50’s. In September 2017 at the encouragement of fellow guitarist John Pizzarelli, he began playing 7 string archtop guitar and fascinated by the possibilities of the instrument, hasn’t looked back.   His approach evokes greats such as George Van Eps, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow and Wes Montgomery.  

Beto Rodrigues is a professional musician and guitarist from Brasília, Brazil. He had his first contact with music around the age of 11, with influences from MPB and rock, but soon he found jazz music. His influences include Joe Pass and Pat Martino.








HANK AND PATTIE DUO
$8.00
Sunday 2/25
6:00 pm
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Hank Smith (banjo) and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw (Fiddle) have been playing together in various capacities for the last eight years in various ensembles that range from bluegrass to jazz to classical.  The music they create on and off stage sounds as though it came from one mind. The duo approach improvisation with lightning fast thought and reaction and compose intricate, as well as dulcet melody, vocal harmony and lockstep rhythm. For Hank and Pattie, music is an endless playground of texture, tone, and space that allows for pure joy in playing and a straightforward maturity one would expect from musicians twice their ages.


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FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE
$5.00
Thursday 3/01
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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JAN KNUTSON AND FRIENDS
$15.00
Saturday 3/03
6:00 pm
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Jazz guitarist Jan Knutson made his first appearance at Germano’s when he was 15 performing with renowned guitarist Frank Vignola and his trio. After recording two solo CD’s and performing with some of the world’s greatest guitarists including Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, and Martin Taylor,  he’s coming back to Germano’s again joined by some friends for an evening of solo guitar and swinging jazz standards.

Jan Knutson - Guitar, Eddie Hrybyk - Bass, Griff Kazmierczak - Trumpet/Violin 

 


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SOUND UNDERGROUND
$10.00
Monday 3/05
6:00 pm
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Sound Underground is a compact trio with an expansive imagination. Their inquisitive approach is guided by words of wisdom from jazz legend Wayne Shorter: "You've got to go down in the basement and visit every note.” Based in New York City, saxophonist David Leon, trumpeter Alec Aldred and guitarist Jonah Udall draw on a broad array of influences from Cool Jazz to Americana, to Bulgarian folklore and the avant-garde to distill a unique and deeply personal voice.

Hailed by All About Jazz as “a fresh sound... uncluttered and open... capable of grabbing a listener's attention and holding it indefinitely,” Sound Underground steers through inventive textures far beyond the limits of their unconventional chamber instrumentation. At once serious and whimsical, thought-provoking and smile-inducing, the trio spins colorful stories that ring immediately true.

Sound Underground’s music emanates the warmth of close friendships. The three met while studying at the Frost School of Music and formed while living together in Miami, building the close personal bonds that ground their strong musical connection. They released their self-titled debut in 2014 with a tour of Eastern Europe, performing at major international jazz festivals in Bulgaria and Serbia. They regularly tour on all sides of the U.S., and have returned to Europe. Their sophomore album Quiet Spaces was released in September 2016.

Saxophonist David Leon is a Cuban-American from Miami, Florida. He has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine, the ASCAP Foundation, and the YoungArts Foundation, and debuted his quartet at the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival. His style is characterized by an exploration of nuance, through the creative manipulation of saxophone technique, tampering with equal temperament and employing microtonality.

Trumpeter Alec Aldred hails from Waukesha, Wisconsin. A long-time student of trumpet icon Bryan Lynch, he takes influence from the trumpet traditions of Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell and others. He placed second in the 2015 The National Trumpet Competition, and is currently completing a Master’s of Music at the Manhattan School of Music.

Guitarist Jonah Udall was raised in Berkeley, California, steeped in folk musics from around the world. He plays acoustic and electric guitars in everything from jazz, contemporary classical and free improvisation to Dixieland, Americana and Balkan music. He is an alumni of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

 


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SINGER-SONGWRITER JEANNE GIES CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
$20.00
Thursday 3/08
6:00 pm
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Feeling the March madness? Need some emotional release? Explore the unexpected and celebrate International Women’s Day with NYC-based singer songwriter Jeanne Gies as she puts her innovative spin on jazz, pop, and original tunes with this stellar trio:

Sweden-born composer, recording artist, and trombonist MICHAEL RORBY  is an international phenomenon and a steady presence on the New York jazz scene. He has recorded and performed with many jazz legends, including Philip Harper, Johnny O'Neal, Patience Higgins, Phil Young, Harvie S., Roy Merriweather, Enrique Haniene and the late Dennis Davis . A sublime soloist as well as consummate side-man, Rorby is known for his creative styling and solid swing.

For the past 20 years, MICHAEL RAITZYK  has been one of the top jazz guitarists in the Baltimore-Washington area. Acclaimed for his solid rhythm chops and improvisatory imagination, Raitzyk has played with everyone from Pepper Adams and Mel Torme to Clifford Jordan and Bill Hardman. Raitzyk's versatility has allowed him to play in a variety of settings to bop combos to big-band dates. He performs weekly at Baltimore’s Café Hon since 2003. His recent CD release, “Live at Café Hon,” (2006) has been well received by the regional community and media, as was “Blues For Jake” (2001), and “Charm City Klezmer” (1999).

JEFF REED  is an acoustic bassist, composer, and educator, currently residing in Baltimore, MD. Jeff has performed extensively throughout the United States and in over thirty countries worldwide, including Italy, Spain, Egypt, Turkey and Bahrain at venues such as The Room in Cairo, Egypt and Sounds Jazz Club in Brussels, Belgium. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Billy Hart, Ben Monder, Alan Ferber, Greg Tardy, Tim Hagans, Shelia Jordan, Eddie Henderson, Paquito D’Rivera, John Hicks, Joel Frahm, Don Byron, Ronnie Mathews, and Gary Thomas.

JEANNE GIES is an international performing artist and educator. She has recorded with a stunning array of jazz greats, including Howard Alden, Gerald Cannon, Sherman Irby, Willie Jones III, Romero Lubambo, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli, Eric Reed, and Jack Wilkins. Jeanne recently penned the lyrics and recorded the critically acclaimed WIndow  ( da janela ) featuring the music of Brazilian composer Manu Lafer. A licensed voice speciaist, Jeanne presides over the annual Jazz Vocal and Guitar Workshop in Bolzano Italy http://www.sonntag-guitars.com/english/Event/index.php?DOC_INST=25 Dubbed a 'pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, Jeanne is recognized for her full-bodied voice and distinctive phrasing. 


UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up: 'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .







JENNIFER BLADES AS JULIA CHILD
$20.00
Friday 3/09
6:00 pm
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Celebrate Women's History Month at the Cabaret at Germano's as mezzo-soprano Jennifer Blades and pianist Diane Kinsley take Lee Hoiby's Bon Appetit on another exciting romp! See Ms. Blades inhabit Julia Child as she races the standing mixer with a hand beater (to beat the egg whites, of course) and makes an entire cake on stage in 18 minutes, all while imparting Julia's original style and wit. Ms. Blades was the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Award in 2014 for her original performance as Julia Child. This marks the sixth time that she will perform the role of one of America's foremost cooking icons.


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



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A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT WITH STRATHMORE ARTIST CHRIS URQUIAGA
$10.00
Saturday 3/10
6:00 pm
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Pop, with R&B & Latin music influences

Chris Urquiaga is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Silver Spring, Maryland. In January 2017, he released an album entitled “Complete”, which consists of original pop songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The album is available in CD form and for digital download. He has performed concerts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Library of Congress, and Strathmore. He was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore for the 2016-2017 Season. He graduated from The Eastman School of Music in 2014, where he majored in Music Composition. During his time there, he recorded, performed, and wrote music for his own band, a cappella groups, orchestras, choirs, and various chamber ensembles. He has had interviews and live performances broadcast on ABC News, Fox News, WUSA 9, and Univision. He has performed the U.S. national anthem for NBA & MLB games and also for the international tennis tournament, Citi Open. In August 2013, he was invited to perform at The White House for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemoration, which was hosted and organized by President Obama and the First Lady. He has also performed for U.S. Senator from Maryland, Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative John Sarbanes, and Attorney General for the state of Maryland, Brian Frosh. He has been commissioned by the Congressional Chorus, in Washington DC, to compose 3 original works; in 2012 for their 25th Anniversary Concert, in 2013 for a concert entitled “Shakespeare Sings”, and in 2016 for a concert entitled “Young, Hip, and Global”. In 2011, he was commissioned by world-renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop, to compose two original compositions in Portuguese. He was also commissioned by the Prince George's Philharmonic in 2013 to compose a piece as their featured season world premiere. In 2008, he received the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.


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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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CADILLAC JUMP BLUES BAND
$10.00
Friday 3/16
6:00 pm
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Hoy, Hoy! Laying it on you straight - Cadillac Jump Blues Band - digging in deep and laying it down! 

The cats are blues veterans. Having established a solid reputation in the Maryland and Washington,DC region over the past several years, they love nothing more than rockin’ the house and getting the joint jumping.

Whether a Chicago style deep dish jump blues, a cool West Coast chromatic swing, a blues rock Texas Strat strut, or a hot Cajun shuffle - they’re just taking care of business. It’s Blues with a feeling, baby.

A four piece combo platter featuring Steve Levine (harp), Matt Coffman (guitar/vox), Curt Lawrence (bass/vox) , and Dale Mauck (drums/vox).








AN EVENING WITH DANIEL SOUVIGNY
$15.00
Friday 3/23
6:00 pm
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Award winning young pianist, Daniel Souvigny, enjoys sharing his passion of ragtime and early jazz music with an audience, and brings a high-energy awe-inspiring performance.  Come and hear everything from familiar oldies to Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner.  

Daniel Souvigny is a 17 year old from Hampshire, Illinois.  He began piano lessons at the age of 5, and currently studies classical, jazz, and ragtime music.  Daniel is a three-time Junior Champ of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Peoria, Illinois.  In 2016 he became the youngest to ever take a level of Second Place in the adult division of this Contest, which is now held in Oxford, Mississippi.  In 2014, he was awarded First Place in the Illinois State Talent Competition, Junior Division in Springfield, Illinois.  Daniel has had the honor of performing at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Ragtime Festival, the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend in Muscatine, Iowa, the Blind Boone Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri.  Reviews from these festivals have described Daniel as "the new sensation who plays with  and surprising musicality" and "a whiz kid whose fingers fly across the keyboard".  His first CD "Tearing' Up the Keys" was released in 2013, and his new album "Possibilities" was released in 2015 featuring well-known jazz drummer Danny Coots.   


"The new sensation who plays with power and surprising musicality."'

 "A whiz kid whose fingers fly across the keyboard."



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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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A.R.T. IN THREE CHAIRS: CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
$20.00
Friday 3/30
6:00 pm
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Saturday 3/31
6:00 pm
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THREE CHAIRS... 

NOT YOUR ORDINARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE, but life, told through music and communicated in a live, interactive vocal music and? theatrical performance show. Developed over coffee and conversation, by three vocalist friends: Audrey Shakir, Renée Collins Georges and Theresa Sise; the concept of THREE CHAIRS, stems from the diversity and colorful life stories of the three women of different ages, voices and musical backgrounds. They come together to create a quilt of musical stories, which is at the core of their being; the very essence of their soul. 

Three Chairs takes the audience on A JOURNEY THROUGH SONG. 

During the 120-minute performance, expressions of music are carefully woven-using storytelling and clever compositions-by three vocalists who share perspectives on life, love, comedy and tragedy; mystery and heartbreak; poetry and a little politics, (as they see it) in an unforgettable evening of song. Pull up a chair.

THE 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.

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

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

Audrey Shakir, audreyshakir.com

Renée Collins Georgesrgeorjazzmusic.com

Theresa Sise, theresasise.com

 








THE GOLDEN GAYS NYC: "HOT FLASHBACKS"
$20.00 - $25.00
Thursday 4/05
6:00 pm
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Cabaret artist Andy Crosten (Andy Darling, Let's Chat) returns to our stage with his New York City drag trio: The Golden Gays.  

Picture it: Baltimore, April, 2018.  In a series of hilarious hot flashbacks, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose find themselves singing and dancing their way through the Golden Girls' most iconic moments; all the while in search for their next #TokenSophia.  Will it be you?!"

Premium front reserved seating: Takeaway Golden Gays NYC "Swag Bundle" including Golden Gays NYC merchandise and Golden Girls memorabilia. Official #TokenSophia photo op after the show with the Golden Gays starring YOU as our #TokenSophia. We provide the wig, the glasses, and the purse. You provide the attitude!








DARLA JEAN AND THE SOMETHIN' OR OTHERS
$10.00
Friday 4/06
6:00 pm
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Baltimore-based acoustic band, Darla Jean and the Somethin' or Others is a 5-piece ensemble founded in 2010, playing old timey music (think 'O Brother Where Art Thou') with some traditional bluegrass, blues, Americana, and original songs thrown in for good measure. Known for their tight harmonies and audience interaction, the band’s unique and diverse repertoire ranges from The Carter Family to Old Crow Medicine Show. Besides their bi-weekly residency at the Fells PointFarmer’s Market, they’ve played countless festivals, benefits, weddings and hoedowns in the region and are guaranteed to bring a foot-tapping smile to your face!

Darla Jean and the Somethin’ or Others are:

Darla Jean German – Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals

Bill “Lump” Sutherland – Upright Bass, Vocals

Jason Laing – Guitar, Vocals

Howie Ehrenfeld – Harmonica, Vocals

Rick Samuel – Banjo, Vocals 

 

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MICHAEL BROWN, SR. IN "SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY"
$15.00
Saturday 4/07
6:00 pm
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Michael Brown, Sr. is a very versatile artist; a former student of the late Joseph Eubanks and the late Ruby Glover. Trained in both classical and jazz techniques, his repertoire includes Rhythm & Blues, Standards, Contemporary Christian and Jazz. He provides entertainment to local retirement communities and supper clubs in Baltimore. Songs such as I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Unforgettable, Fly Me to The Moon, Georgia and Love Ballad are among many of his favorites. Currently, he performs over 75 songs from the styles of Ray CharlesTony Bennett and Lou Rawls and many others. Michael’s music takes music lovers on a Sentimental Journey across diverse genres.  




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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.








THE OLD PART OF TOWN
$10.00
Saturday 4/14
6:00 pm
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The Old Part Of Town is a Baltimore-based Americana band formed in 2013 to serve as Matt Douglass and Sam Nitzberg’s vehicle for their great original songs. Mining the rich musical landscape of folk, rock and roll, country-western and blues, their dynamic live shows are peppered with covers of hidden gems from an eclectic range of musical sources.

Longtime friends, and members of various Baltimore bands over the years, Matt and Sam teamed up in 2010 to play some acoustic duo dates, which led to standout performances at tribute concerts to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and to their 2012 EP, "Grayest Hits." They formed the band soon afterwards, and in 2015 The Old Part Of Town released their self-titled debut CD, which garnered some strong reviews. They have recently released a new 4-song collection, and are currently recording songs for an upcoming full-length CD, due in the spring.


Seasoned players performing well-crafted and timeless material, showcasing tight vocal harmonies and tasteful musicianship, the band members bring a wealth of musical knowledge and abilities to the ensemble, along with a natural, easy-going manner and a genuine camaraderie that’s apparent at their performances. The Old Part Of Town are:

Matt Douglass - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, resonator, mandolin, lap steel 
Sam Nitzberg - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica
John Seay - Bass, backing vocals
Steve Raskin - Drums/percussioni, backing vocals
Brian Whaley - Fiddle, mandolin, backing vocals


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

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AN EVENING WITH HOLLAND & COOTS
$20.00
Thursday 4/19
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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HUNGRY: A NIGHT OF SONGS BENEFITING MOVEABLE FEAST
$20.00
Saturday 4/21
6:00 pm
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We're all hungry for something - love, success, acceptance, inspiration, purpose - and we all find different ways to feed that hunger. Join Germano's regular Billy Morton-Ortega for a night of songs and stories that both celebrate and lampoon the human condition. If you're hungry for entertainment or for delicious Italian small plates, this is a night not to miss! The talented Michael Sheppard will accompany on piano.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Moveable Feast, a Baltimore-based organization that provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. FEED people - FIGHT disease - FOSTER hope. http://www.mfeast.org








ARIANA HODES (GARAGE AMERICANA)
$10.00
Friday 4/27
6:00 pm
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Ariana Hodes is a touring acoustic singer-songwriter who is based in Nashville, Tennessee.  

"Ariana is one of the hardest working new artists to arrive on the Nashville scene in a long time. She is infectious and has that charm that will make her a star. Her sound reminds of early Kathy Mattea." - Mike Borchetta


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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$15.00 - $20.00
Saturday 4/28
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the 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. The Annapolis Jazztet  comprises some of the finest and diverse musicians in the Annapolis, DC area. From small jazz clubs to Naval Academy, West Point and the finest music universities in the US. The Annapolis Jazztet is lively, energetic, and entertaining and above all plays the finest in contemporary classic jazz!


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JULI WOOD QUARTET
$20.00
Sunday 4/29
6:00 pm
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Juli Wood is a swinging jazz tenor saxophonist and vocalist from Chicago . She specializes in straight ahead classic jazz tunes and jazz standards. Last November she played at Caton Castle  to a packed house! Come out April 29 to hear classic tunes by Monk, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon and more.  Wood will be joined by Bob Butta on the baby grand, Jeff Reed on bass and Mike Schlick on drums.


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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 5/05
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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LAURETTE HANKINS-O'CONNELL IN "BROADWAY GOES HOLLYWOOD"
$15.00
Saturday 5/12
6:00 pm
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The irrepressible Laurette Hankins-O’Connell, accompanied on the baby grand by Nick Zurowski, debuts her newest cabaret, Broadway Goes Hollywood, a nostalgic and occasionally irrevent salute to movie musicals.  Enjoy many of your favorite show tunes, while getting the behind the scenes scoop. This lively “backstage tour” highlights more than six  decades of hit Broadway shows, including West Side Story, Oliver !, Sound of Music, Cabaret and more. 


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







NICOLA SÓN 2018 US TOUR, THE MOST BRAZILIAN OF THE FRENCH
$20.00
Friday 5/18
6:00 pm
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 Nicola Són is certainly the most Brazilian of the French. He released a Brazilian trilogy (2010, 2013 and 2016), which is an original work mixing Brazilian rhythms mostly in French (bossa nova, samba, xote, jazz, groove). In 2018, he will release an EP with four musical compositions  in Portuguese.

 He is playlisted on the national French radio : FIP and has been interviewed on popular talk-shows in France and Brazil. His latest album was selected in the famous French magazine as one the 10th best Latin albums in 2016 : www.lesinrocks.com/2016/02/27/musique/10-albums-damerique-latine-11807804/.

Germano's is proud to present this exceptional artist.

 

 


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BILL TOMS & HARD RAIN: "GOOD FOR MY SOUL"
$12.00
Saturday 5/19
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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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 6/02
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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SANDY AND RICARD RICCARDI: "PROGRESSIVE PARODY AND COMEDY CABARET"
$20.00
Saturday 6/09
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"


Cabaret Scenes Magazine (NYC)writes:


You could almost call it a musical version of Saturday Night Live. Sandy and Richard Riccardi’s Metropolitan Room show was a fun-filled hour of lampoons, jabs and jibes on a host of topical subjects.  With mostly their own original songs, but with an occasional borrowed tune to which the pair wrote parodies ranging from puckish to cynical to contemptuous, they took sharp aim at, among other items, politicians, TV evangelists, Broadway musical wannabes, sexual orientation, and the Twitter explosion.

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AN EVENING OF ECLECTIC SONGS WITH CHARISMA WOOTEN
$20.00
Saturday 6/23
6:00 pm
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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."

Michael Miyazaki
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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$15.00 - $20.00
Saturday 6/30
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the 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. The Annapolis Jazztet  comprises some of the finest and diverse musicians in the Annapolis, DC area. From small jazz clubs to Naval Academy, West Point and the finest music universities in the US. The Annapolis Jazztet is lively, energetic, and entertaining and above all plays the finest in contemporary classic jazz!


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KASH WRIGHT TRIO
$20.00
Saturday 7/14
6:00 pm
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“Classic jazz for the contemporary audience” has been the mantra for this band since its inception in 2010. Led by pianist/composer/arranger Prakash Wright, the trio focuses original compositions and unique arrangements of jazz standards and popular songs by artists like Sting, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. 

Wright, a native of Washington, D.C., holds a B.A. in Music Theory & Composition from McDaniel College and an M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Wright began playing jazz piano while attending McDaniel drawing influence from the likes of Wynton Kelly, HerbieHancock, Keith Jarrett, and Kenny Barron. Wright has shared the stage with drummer Benny Madina Sr., the late tenor saxophonist Marchel Ivery, and vocalists Carla Norris-Hopkins, Nia Olabesi, and Diane Daly. Currently a faculty member at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, Wright is known for an impeccable sense of swing, tasteful arrangements, and bold original compositions.  

Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Bobby Beall is a product of the sounds of Philly: Harold Melvin, MFSB, The O’Jays, and The Stylistics. Influenced by a musical family, Bealltaught himself to play drums by listening to recordings by Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Airto, and Peter Erskine. He developed his love for jazz while attending Howard University. Always a crowd pleaser, Beall isknown for his energy and infectious grooves. 

Mike Montgomery began studying jazz at Virginia Tech playing electric bass. After a 15-year, post-graduation hiatus, he made a commitment to the double bass and straight-ahead jazz. Montgomery, also a native of D.C., formed his own quartet briefly before landing gigs with local artistsincluding vocalists Tara Hofmann and Sandy Asirvatham, and guitarist Kevin Mittleman. Montgomery has recorded with bass icon Victor Wooten and is known for giving the music “just what it needs” in the way of low-end support.  

Since December 2012, the Kash Wright Trio has released three CD’s including In the City of David (2012), And There It Is (2013), and Hymnology Vol. 1 (2015).  The trio also appeared on Infinite (2014), the debut CD for Washington, D.C. vocalist Sharon Raquel.


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AN EVENING WITH SPENSER CHARLES
$15.00
Saturday 7/21
6:00 pm
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Jazz pianist and composer Spenser Charles returns to Germano’s with his trio for an exciting night of original music and old standards. Studying piano since the age of 7, Spenser has won many awards recognizing his playing and compositions. Spenser's mature musical style is heavily influenced by contemporary artists such as Ahmad Jamal and Robert Glasper. His compositions demonstrate a soulful piano trio style, evoking complex harmonic movement that emotionally connects with his audience. His solos are sensitive and thoughtful, though he is not afraid to showcase his abundant technique. A graduate of the Peabody Preparatory Jazz Academy, Spenser is currently pursuing a B.M. at Northwestern University, studying under members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. 


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AN EVENING WITH ADAM SWANSON
$15.00
Monday 7/23
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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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 8/11
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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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$15.00 - $20.00
Saturday 8/18
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the 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. The Annapolis Jazztet  comprises some of the finest and diverse musicians in the Annapolis, DC area. From small jazz clubs to Naval Academy, West Point and the finest music universities in the US. The Annapolis Jazztet is lively, energetic, and entertaining and above all plays the finest in contemporary classic jazz!


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CLAUDE BOURBON: MEDIEVAL AND SPANISH BLUES
$15.00
Thursday 9/06
6:00 pm
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Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories. 

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur.  Tonight’s performance will take us from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta.


“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45”, Bob, Tucson, AZ

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”

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AN EVENING WITH ADAM SWANSON
$15.00
Thursday 9/20
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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AN EVENING OF ECLECTIC SONGS WITH CHARISMA WOOTEN
$20.00
Saturday 10/20
6:00 pm
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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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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$15.00 - $20.00
Saturday 10/27
6:00 pm
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The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the 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. The Annapolis Jazztet  comprises some of the finest and diverse musicians in the Annapolis, DC area. From small jazz clubs to Naval Academy, West Point and the finest music universities in the US. The Annapolis Jazztet is lively, energetic, and entertaining and above all plays the finest in contemporary classic jazz!


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LARRY BROWN QUARTET
$20.00
Saturday 11/03
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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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 12/08
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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RENEE COLLINS GEORGES PRESENTS "SONGS OF THE SEASON"
$10.00 - $20.00
Saturday 12/15
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 lead vocalist. She recently performed with Diane Schuur in a group setting and as a soloist at the Rose Theater, NYC, in a tribute show to the genius of Soul, called The Ray Charles Songbook.


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OPUS CONCERT THEATER PRESENTS "AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS"
$20.00
Sunday 12/16
12:00 pm
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Opus Concert Theatre proudly presents Gian Carlo Menotti's “Amahl & the Night Visitors”.

A poor widow and her young, disabled son Amahl are on the verge of starvation, when a knock at the door reveals three kings, each bearing gifts as they follow the star in the East. When Amahl and his mother learn the purpose of their journey, lives are changed forever. Sung in English, this beautiful one-act opera will warm your heart. An added bonus includes a sing along of favorite holiday classics.


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

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

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