WELCOME SARAH SLONIM PROJECT!
$12.00
Wednesday 5/31
6:00 pm
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The Sarah Slonim Project is a NYC-based quintet that plays straight-ahead jazz with a modern vibe. Drawing on repertoire from the Great American Songbook, jazz composers, Motown, Blues, Brazilian music, and original compositions, the band's music inspires, empowers, and brings joy to audiences. The Sarah Slonim Project features Sarah Slonim(piano), M'Balia Singley (vocals), Adam Moezinia (guitar), Adrian Moring (acoustic bass), and Ben Zweig (drums).  


Sarah certainly has a wonderful flair of elegance and a delightful touch, and such a flair of diplomacy as well." - Johnny O'Neal

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ANDREA CARLSON AND THE LOVE POLICE
$15.00 - $20.00
Thursday 6/01
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.








RUSS MARGO RETURNS TO THE CABARET
$10.00
Saturday 6/03
6:00 pm
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Singer-songwriter and entertainer extraordinaire, Russ Margo, returns to Germano's with an eclectic mix of tunes written by Mr. Margo as well as some of the great composers of the last 100 years.

 


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

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THE PATAPSCO DELTA BOYS
$10.00
Sunday 6/04
6:00 pm
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The Patapsco Delta Boys (Tom Chalkley of Bruce Springstone & Bob Friedman of the Mambo Club, joined by the one and only Jonathan Jensen, multi-instrumentalist and composer) perform country blues, jugband tunes their original songs, and plum-pitiful ballads from the broken heartland.








SPENSER CHARLES TRIO
$12.00
Thursday 6/08
6:00 pm
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Pianist and composer Spenser Charles makes his debut at Germano’s with his trio of musicians including Blake Meister on bass and Byung Kang on drums. Studying piano since the age of 7, Spenser has won many awards recognizing his playing and compositions. 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. Spenser frequently plays out around the DC-Baltimore area and can be found monthly at Marcel’s restaurant on Pennsylvania. Join us for a night of old standards and exciting modern compositions. 


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BILLY MORTON-ORTEGA IN "BILLY'S BIG BROADWAY B'REVUE"
$15.00
Friday 6/09
6:00 pm
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The Tony Awards are coming up, so enjoy a massive helping of brassy Broadway tunes from present and past, stories and jokes some might consider crass, all served up by the hometown maven of class and sass! Come see Germano's regular Billy Morton-Ortega for a night of of showtunes, breathtaking choreography*, competitive hot-dog eating**, and musical interludes improvised on a hammer dulcimer***. Michael Sheppard will attempt valiantly to accompany such a multi-talented individual on the piano.

 

* Not a chance.

** Seriously?

*** You get the point. He'll be singing songs and telling more dumb jokes like this.








AN EVENING OF JOYFUL NOISE WITH RHODA!
$15.00
Saturday 6/10
6:00 pm
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Rhoda Harrison will present a program of American theatre and opera gems while sharing how music has carried her through life.

A classically trained lyric-coloratura soprano, Rhoda Harrison delights audiences with her interpretations of theatre and opera favorites as well as lesser-known art songs.  She has performed on the concert stage throughout the United States, locally at Peabody’s Friedberg Hall and The Gordon Center, and has worked as a cantor in Reform synagogues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Wherever she sings, Rhoda is recognized for coupling her rich and emotive lyrical expression with her expansive range to express text and uplift audiences. Rhoda will be making A Joyful Noise along with collaborative accompanist, Alex Chan.


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

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MAX VANDERBEEK JAZZ GROUP FEATURING LOTTIE PORCH
$15.00
Sunday 6/11
12:00 pm
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The Max VanDerBeek Jazz Group featuring  Lottie Porch plays a variety of soul, jazz, standards, and original poems set to music. The quartet features  high level music artistry with Lottie's soulful singing leading the way.  

Our Bottomless Brunch and Mimosas and the full PIATTINI menu is available in the Cabaret Room during this performance.








AN EVENING WITH TROY KOGER "LIVING THROUGH SONG"
$15.00
Sunday 6/11
6:00 pm
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Troy Koger returns to the Cabaret at Germanosfor an evening of energetic and passionate music making. Accompanied by Justin Taylor (piano) and Terry Koger (alto saxophone), the evening will infuse selections from various genres including Pop, Alternative, Jazz, and Soul to delve into telling life stories through song. Every song has a motivation behind it. Sit back and enjoy a program filled with songs and life stories that embody the many facets and emotions of living! 

Troy Koger, Tenor, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Mr. Koger has performed as a solo singer throughout the state of Maryland and beyond! He has received recognition for his vocal talents by many entities including the National Endowment for Advancement in the Ars (2008), and more recently, won the title of Baltimore's 2015 "Voice of Pride". Troy is a versatile singer  and  enjoys performing various genres including Theater, Jazz, Pop, and Classical. He thoroughly enjoys sharing his talents with a variety of audiences throughout the Baltimore area. Troy also Hosts Karaoke nights at Baltimore's popular Grand Central Nightclub, recognized as one of Baltimore's best Karaoke experiences. 


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RICK TIGER
$6.00
Monday 6/12
6:00 pm
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Rick Tiger grew up in south Louisiana calling New Iberia home. He is the second of 8 and cherishes every moment with his family back in the "Bayou State". His love for music began at an early age with a few guitar lessons from a local teacher. He began writing songs almost the moment he could play a simple chord structure. His biggest fans are his family and friends from the "Sugar Cane Capitol" of the world. His desire to move to Nashville didn't become a reality till 1991. After a few short years Rick had a single on the radio by a group called Western Flyer. The song "What Will You Do With M-E", co-written with Craig Martin, climbed all the way to 26 on the Billboard chart in the summer of 1996. Since that time Rick has had cuts by Montgomery/Gentry, Gene Watson, The Del McCoury Band, Joe Nichols, Nu-Blue featuring legendary R&B singer Sam Moore and his latest triumph, a song on Bluegrass Queen Jeanette Williams' upcoming album. His pursuit of success in the music world is an inspiration. He has been a guide for countless dreamers that make the journey to the Music City. He's considered to be a role model when it comes to his love for his faith, family, friends, life and passion for the song.


"It all begins with a songwriter."  Rick Tiger

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THE THOUGHTS BEHIND THE SONGS
$10.00
Tuesday 6/13
6:00 pm
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 Rob FaheyMike White and Letitia VanSant, with M. C. Ty Ford, give a short course in how they write their songs. All are hard workers at their craft and deserving of recognition. Each will tell the story of how a song came to be and then play it. A short Q&A with the audience will follow each song. Two rounds, a short break, two more rounds. Bring a note pad. You’ll be on your way home singing a song by 9:30pm








SIMONE & ARCO BELO
$15.00
Thursday 6/15
6:00 pm
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Simone & Arco Belo is a hybrid chamber/world/jazz ensemble consisting of accordion/piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and percussion. Led by pianist, accordionist and composer Simone Baron, the music is described as engaging and rhythmically intense and explores music from diverse genres, specifically the intersection of chamber music, jazz and world music. The group has performed at the Mansion of Strathmore and looks forward to releasing a debut album this coming fall. 

 


Working with Simone has been a singular pleasure. Musicians like her, of whom there are few, are important to the future of music as an advanced art form. As stylistic boundaries are more and more blurred, those rare musicians with her unique ability to assimilate music from various cultural sources will help to set a high standard to be reached by those who come after them.”

-Michael Pope, bassist 



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CSJQ RAISES STANDARDS!
$20.00
Friday 6/16
6:00 pm
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Join Cold Spring Jazz Quartet as they revisit the Great American Songbook. The melodies of these standards are wonderful, but what really lifted these great songwriters above the crowd were their witty lyrics. With that in mind, the group will present two sets of songs featuring the sharpest lyricists of the classic period, including Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Ned Washington, Don Raye and Billy Strayhorn. As always, CSJQ’s tasty arrangements embellish the vocals. Plus, as CSJQ fans have come to expect, bandleader Mark Osteen introduces the songs with funny stories and curious factoids. Come out and help CSJQ raise your favorite standards!

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


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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 6/17
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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FATHER'S DAY BURLESQUE BRUNCH WITH TWISTED KNICKERS AND THE JUDY CHOPS
$15.00
Sunday 6/18
12:00 pm
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Don't grill out for Father's Day. Instead, treat dad to burlesque and brunch at Germano's Cabaret. 

Featuring performers:
Tapitha Kix
Ruby Spruce
Cherie Nuit
Valeria Voxx
Emcee Hot Todd Lincoln
Stage Wrangler Tracey as "Dirk Hamfist"

These talented performers will be accompanied by live music by The Judy Chops -- a hgh-energy, seven-piece Americana group. The band’s sound is built around strong three part harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, baritone banjo ukulele, searing electric guitar and a unique rhythm section featuring upright bass, cocktail drums, and a dynamic horn section with occasional fiddle to round out the mix. Stylistically, the band blends elements of swing, blues, rock-a-billy, classic country and western, and soul with a modern flair, for a unique, genre-defying musical experience.

Now, doesn't that sound like a better gift for dad than a new tie or a set of barbecue tongs?

Germano's offers a full brunch menu, including all-you-can drink mimosas and bloody mary options. Doors open at noon for brunch service.  18+




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LUCAS KADISH AND HIS BRAZEN TRIO
$15.00
Monday 6/19
6:00 pm
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Twenty-one year young jazz guitarist, Lucas Kadish, was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. There he spent his formative years discovering a deep love for many types of music. In his late teens he began studying and playing with Theron Brown, Dan Wilson, Bobby Selvaggio, and many other staples of the scene.

By graduation he had already been named a National YoungArts finalist and a semi-finalist in the United States Presidential Scholars of the Arts for jazz guitar. He was admitted to The New School for Jazz on the President’s Scholarship and moved to NYC. In his first year of college, Lucas was selected for the prestigious international Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency for composition.

Since, Lucas continues to grow as a working musician and composer. He has shared the stage and played with jazz luminaries such as Les McCann, Javon Jackson, Jeff “Tain” Watts, J.D. Allen, Dominick Faranacci, Bobby Selvaggio, and many others. He has performed internationally with Nick Dunston’s Dinner Party at the Bern Jazz Festival and Devon Gillingham’s Trio at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. Lucas has also performed around the country at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room (NYC), the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (DC), The New World Center (Miami), E.J. Thomas Hall (Akron), Lyric Theatre (Lexington), The Kent Stage, Blu Jazz+ (Akron), Chris’ Jazz Café (Philly), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell’s (Detroit), WhyNot Jazz Room (NYC), Shapeshifter Lab, NightTown (Cleveland), The Greenwich (Cincinnati), Merrimans' Playhouse (South Bend), The Bop Stop, Silvana, Club Bonafide, and many, many more.

Lucas has his own group, called the Brazen Trio featuring Devon Gillingham and Kweku Sumbry. They play a wide range of jazz, blues, and freely improvised music.


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THE GAGE BROTHERS CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW CD
$10.00
Tuesday 6/20
6:00 pm
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Folk singers Ben and Zach Gage join forces with Brendan O'Malley (mandolin) and Chris Volpe (banjo) to form The Gage Brothers, a chart-climbing Americana band with roots in rural northeast Ohio.  Tonight, they will perform songs from their fabulous new CD.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 6/21
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.  








KASH WRIGHT TRIO
$15.00
Friday 6/23
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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GUITARIST JAN KNUTSON W/ SCOTT SILBERT, SAX/WOODWINDS & JOHN PREVITI, BASS
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 6/24
6:00 pm
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Guitarist Jan Knutson made his Germano’s debut as a 15-year-old with renowned guitarist Frank Vignola. Since then he has performed with some of the worlds greatest guitarists including Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Taylor, and Julian Lage. He has recorded two solo CDs and performed at major venues across the region including solo performances at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore.

Joining Jan this evening are Scott Silbert and John Previti. Scott is a gifted woodwind multi-instrumentalist who has performed with the Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and with artists including Rosemary ClooneyAndy Williams, and Quincy Jones. John has performed for decades with  the finest musicians in the DC area including Paul Wingo, Rick Whitehead  and Steve Abshire. He performed with guitar legend Danny Gatton for 18 years. 


Please join Jan Knutson, Scott Silbert, and John Previti for an evening of swinging jazz from Django Reinhardt to the present day.


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MAX HATT / EDDA GLASS
$20.00
Wednesday 6/28
6:00 pm
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"UNIQUE VOICES AND RARE MUSICIANS" 

— Eric Funk, MT-PBS host and internationally renowned composer

Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook”(Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (Larry Groce, NPR), comprised of Glass's unmistakable voice and Hatt's lyrical guitar. Originally from Montana, their award-winning Jazz Americana and wistful interpretations of Brazilian Bossa Nova have taken them all the way to New York City's Lincoln Center, NPR Mountain Stage, Sundance Film Fest and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. Praised for her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilbertoto Billie Holliday, Glass's voice is ultimately "one of a kind...you cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that's "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Wilco). Together, Max Hatt / Edda Glass evoke a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, telling stories of little people on great plains, and leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep. 


“Beautiful… #chills” 

— Ann Powers of NPR Music (@annkpowers on Twitter)


"This Jazz Americana duo portrays true elegance."



"Max Hatt/Edda Glass create exquisite, evocative music as they journey through the landscape of jazz and folk with Hatt's atmospheric guitar playing and the landscape of the West with Glass's literate lyrics." 

— John Platt of WFUV, New York City


“…like hand-printed photographs that speak and sway, the material is hypnotic…" 

— Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” 

— ASCAP’s Playback Magazine at Sundance Film Festival


“Edda Glass's voice must be heard to be believed.” 

— Nels Cline (Wilco

 

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DAMN TALL BUILDINGS
$10.00
Thursday 6/29
6:00 pm
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Damn Tall Buildings was born in January of 2013, busking on Newbury Street in Boston, MA. Through street performing, this dynamic quartet formed the foundation for the fully-immersive and truly electrifying performance for which they are known today. Priding themselves on their robust tour schedule, DTB has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the continental U.S. – most recently including GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass On The Bogs, Vinegrass, Otis Mountain Get Down and Freshgrass Festival(where they were awarded 2nd place in the 2016 band competition). During the span of these tours, they've shared the stage with artists such as The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Gangstagrass, and many more.


“The Carter Family for the millennial generation...The band coined the term ‘guerrilla roots’ to describe its sound, which draws on early-20th-century Americana/bluegrass music, ‘repurposed for a modern audience.’” (The Boston Globe)

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GLASSER DOES GERSHWIN
$15.00
Friday 6/30
6:00 pm
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Through the endless optimism of the 20s and the deep depression of the 30’s, George and Ira Gershwin’s songs captivated America, dominating Hollywood and Broadway. Dr. Steve Glasser treats us to his beautiful renditions of Gershwin gems and thought-provoking  anecdotes.  He is accompanied by Dr. Frederick  Minger on the Baby Grand.








TODD HARRISON TWINING IN "A PATRIOTIC CABARET"
$15.00
Sunday 7/02
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. 








NEW YORK CABARET ARTIST MARK NADLER RETURNS TO THE CABARET
$20.00
Friday 7/07
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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"ELLA FITZGERALD'S 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION",
$10.00 - $20.00
Saturday 7/08
6:00 pm
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The Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet honors the musical life of the great songstress, Ella Fitzgerald,  on the occasion of what would be her 100th birthday.

Members of the Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet:

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








ANITA GILLETTE IN "AFTER ALL"
$20.00
Sunday 7/09
12:00 pm
Postponed to a date this Fall TBA

“Dazzling, classy entertainment.”  - William Wolf

Tony Award Nominated actress and singer and winner of the 2014 CELEBRITY ARTIST MAC and BISTRO awards, ANITA GILLETTE presents a wonderful evening of music and memories in her One Woman show AFTER ALL. Ms. Gillette takes us for an intimate, touching and HILARIOUS look behind the scenes from Broadway to Hollywood, with a very personal tribute to the film, MOONSTRUCK, and her character “Miss Mona.”  

An autobiographical work, Gillette’s journey takes audiences backstage  from her days as an understudy in GYPSY with Merman, to CARNIVAL with David Merrick and Gower Champion, to her Tony nominated performance in Neil Simon’s comedy CHAPTER TWO.  From major feature films such as MOONSTRUCK to SHALL WE DANCE with Richard Gere. And then there’s Klugman/QUINCY, and Tina Fey/30 ROCK, MODERN FAMILY, BLUE BLOODS, JOHNNY CARSON and GAME SHOWS! She will surprise and delight in this production that is certain to entertain!


“Anita Gillette proved tonight what makes an entertainer!  The joy she exuded onstage was returned ten times over from EVERY audience member who shared in a remarkable career that deserves to be seen by EVERYONE!"  -Richard Skipper

“As close to perfect as a cabaret show can be…”  Joel Benjamin, Cabaret Scenes

“Pure Joy”  - Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun

“Wickedly funny…completely captivating!” – Alix Cohen WomanAroundTown

“Seamless, exuberant, humorous and touching.”  Robert Windeler, BISTRO AWARDS

“How did I Love It?  Let me count the ways.  Enchanting, Humorous, Touching, Inspirational!”  - Steve Ross

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THE APPLE SCRUFFS: THE BEATLES UNPLUGGED
$15.00
Saturday 7/15
6:00 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.

A charming intimate venue coupled with a tailored set of music that will make you feel that "maybe this is what it would have been like to sit in the studio with The Beatles".








TORI MARJORIE
$15.00
Sunday 7/16
12:00 pm
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Tori Marjorie is a one woman band, using a loop station as well as multiple instruments such as guitar and trumpet to recreate popular radio hits in her own style in addition to performing some originals. She has played multiple venues all over New England including the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, 66 Church in CT and the VIP lounge at Saratoga Performing Arts Center for artists such as Lady Antebellum, Train and Dave Matthews Band.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 7/19
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.  








FOLKFACES
$10.00
Thursday 7/20
6:00 pm
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Folkfaces is a quintet out of Buffalo, NY that plays a rowdy blend of rootsy Folk, Jazz, and Blues - fusing classic forms with contemporary feelings and irresistibly danceable energy. Their inspiration comes from the mountains of Appalachia to the deltas of Mississippi, the swamps of Louisiana to the Concrete Jungle of the Rustbelt. Specializing in merriment and sticking it to the system, Folkfaces make the crowd dance and the hierarchy shatter.


 

"Yeah, "folk" is in the name, but Buffalo's Folkfaces draws from every original American genre and adds a healthy dose of acoustic punk to seal in the cracks. There's blues and jazz; bluegrass, jug-band, and ragtime; and kazoos and washboards. Folkfaces is just a team of young musicians interpreting old styles with original cuts." -Jake Clapp (Rochester City Newspaper)

 

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SWELLSHARK CELEBRATES NEW CD RELEASE, "IN THE BEGINNING"
$8.00
Friday 7/21
6:00 pm
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Swellshark is a Chicago-based duo incorporating smart lyrics, textural drumming, electric uke, loop pedals, beatboxing, and the occasional mouth trumpet. At times big and intricate, and at others quiet and intimate, the resultant sound crackles with both joy and intensity. Each member hails from a strong musical background. Henry Kellam (drums, bass, & beatboxing) gained experience in punk, classical, and jazz performance, and is the drummer of hardcore band Save the Son, who have performed at venues such as Bottom Lounge and Pub Yahoo. Shélan O'Keefe (vocals, guitar, & electric ukulele) began as a singer/songwriter and is an alumniof Girls Rock! Chicago, having played at Metro, Schuba's, and The Vic. Together, they form Swellshark.  They are currently on a national tour through the U.S, with their debut album, In The Beginning, set to be released on May 12th, 2017.


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ANNAPOLIS JAZZTET
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 7/22
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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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."

 

Stephen Perraud. The Live Wire. June 2011

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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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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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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
$15.00
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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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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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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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$0.00
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.

This free concert is sponsored by Germano's in celebration of  the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival. Seats in the Cabaret at Germano's are available for dining patrons. 


"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.” "


"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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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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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!








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.


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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 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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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.  








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.








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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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.  








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.








"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

 








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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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.