COLD SPRING JAZZ QUARTET PRESENTS MONK AT 100: A TRIBUTE TO THELONIOUS MONK
$20.00
Saturday 9/23
6:00 pm
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In honor of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, CSJQ presents a special show devoted to his marvelous music. Monk was one of jazz’s true eccentrics. During other players’ solos, he’d sometimes rise from the piano and do a little dance. He boasted a wide array of hats and would select an appropriate headpiece for each show. He spoke only when necessary, and his words were sometimes cryptic, such as when we told saxophonist Steve Lacy, “you got to dig it to dig it, you dig?” 

Beyond these quirks, however, Monk was one of the greatest composers in jazz history. His oeuvre includes such standards as “‘Round Midnight” and “Well, You Needn’t,” as well as less-known but equally brilliant pieces like “Gallop’s Gallop” and “Nutty.” His music runs the gamut from simple ditties such as “Blue Monk” to extremely challenging compositions like “Trinkle Tinkle.” But each one of them is unmistakably Monk. His music is unfailingly spacious and percussive, and even his most somber pieces are full of wit and humor. 

In “Monk at 100” CSJQ captures Monk’s many moods. The band has selected tunes with a variety of tempos and styles and will feature textures ranging from bass/sax duos and trio settings to vocals with the full quartet. CSJQ will also showcase a couple of Monk-inspired original compositions. Between the tunes, saxophonist/vocalist/jazz historian Mark Osteen offers entertaining anecdotes about Monk’s life and work. 

This is a unique event: a polished quartet presenting some the most soulful and sophisticated music in jazz history. Don’t miss it! 

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


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BRUNCH WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED
$10.00
Sunday 9/24
12:00 pm
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The bond they have outside of music is Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore. It was during their high school years that they first performed together. Now, more than forty years later, their sound is unique, exciting, and smooth. Their take on classic pop music is often unpredictable. Their secret weapon is the mandolin!

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

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

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

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

No Strings Attached will be joined on piano by composer and musician, Tom Alonso.  Fans of Bootcamp, a popular band in Baltimore in the ’80’s, will remember Tom, as will those of you who have heard his original music from the CDs “Indian Summer” and “Long Way Home”.   We are excited to jam with Tom again








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


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

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

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

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

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

Awards and other Recognition:

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

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

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

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

* 2005 & 2006 Silver Arrow Award

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

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








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

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

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

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

This is a special night for cabaret afficionados!


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

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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OTHERWORLD
$15.00
Friday 9/29
6:00 pm
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Otherworld blends jazz, classical, and Middle Eastern influences, played on a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. The band performs original compositions with an emphasis on improvisation. 

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

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


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


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








LUKE ELLIOT
$10.00
Tuesday 10/03
6:00 pm
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It’s no wonder that Germany's Rolling Stone compared Luke Elliot to some of the greatest sonic storytellers of our time when they wrote, "Luke Elliot's style is timeless, his songs tell stories and comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, or Tom Waits are therefore not uncommon." This Princeton, New Jersey-bred singer/songwriter/pianist  journey began the old-fashioned way — working his way up from playing small bars in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to some of the most legendary clubs in the country, such as NYC's Mercury Lounge and Webster Hall and Philadelphia's World Café Live. At the time, The Aquarian Weeklywrote that Elliot is "taking the New York music scene by storm,".  But it was an introduction to Rihanna's original manager, Christa Shaub, which would lead to a chance meeting with an influential Norwegian journalist that would send his career on a fast-track trajectory in Europe. And, though he'd never been out of the country, Elliot found himself spending a whirlwind two years in Europe, recording in Norway and then embarking on sold-out tours, performing to thousands of new fans, appearing on major TV shows, and drawing the praise of the European press.  Le Parisien wrote, "He brings life to his compositions with conviction, and makes us live a great concert hour... Luke Elliot shines with the stars."? Elliot's penchant for storytelling and fascination with topics a bit out-of-the norm is front-and-center on his already critically acclaimed  debut full-length release, Dressed for the Occasion, which is set for a summer 2017 release on Jullian Records in the U.S.


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VICTORIA VOX/JACK & THE VOX
$20.00
Wednesday 10/04
6:00 pm
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From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal,  Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere—and rightly so. The artistry of her performances is both unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience and drawing even the least musical of folks into her harmonious web. This evening, she’ll be accompanied by her husband, Jack Maher, who is an accomplished singer and guitarist. Recently married, however, the two met in 1998 at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where they both received degrees in Songwriting. After calling Baltimore home for the past 11 years, Vox moved to California to join Jack, where they now reside in Costa Mesa. The two perform as solo artists, but occasionally join forces as Jack adds wonderful harmonies and tasteful guitar riffs adding to the Victoria Vox show, and sometimes appear under their new and cheeky moniker "Jack & the Vox”.  

Soon after graduating from the Berklee College of Music (Songwriting 2001), a friend gave Vox a ukulele, and the small, four-stringed instrument proved to be the unexpected, but welcomed vehicle to showcase the upbeat, rhythmic drive that is characteristic of her music. The 'ukulele-toting and an award winning songwriter — including for songs she has written in French— has donated songs to causes like the American Asbergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. Her music has also been used in indie films and featured on NPR's "To the Best of Our Knowledge".  Vox’s infectious pop-folk-jazz style has earned her fans who truly appreciate her art. She has fan-funded several albums and a songwriting project, where Vox hunkered down in 2012 to write a song a week for the year. The “52 Original Song Project” was preceded in 2011 with a YouTube “52 Cover Song Project” where she learned and memorized 52 cover songs. Vox has headlined at many ukulele festivals around the world, even performing alongside 2,500 ukulele-playing-children in New Zealand, performing the Vox-penned “Bird Song”. 

In addition to her songwriting and ukulele playing, Vox has received praise for her “invisible” instrument: The Mouth Trumpet. She was invited to blow her own horn on the Jay Leno Show in 2009 and in 2015, Vox was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal as a leader in the mouth trumpet “revival”.

 


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SMOMID- ELECTRONIC/EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC WITH A VISUAL COMPONENT
$7.00
Thursday 10/05
6:00 pm
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Nick Demopoulos is a  NYC based musician and instrument builder that currently tours under the name Smomid (electronic/experimental music w/ a visual component).

He has  toured nationally in the US as well as in Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, played major festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and Hamburg Jazz Festival, worked with/opened for NEA Jazz master Chico Hamilton and Gil Scott-Heron, and has been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, Metal Injection, and Popular Noise Magazine among others. 


"In an attempt to mesh the computer and guitar, he has created the SMOMID."  Daily Bruin

"Fantastic!" Adafruit

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

 


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NATIONAL ROOTS ARTIST TAYLOR KROPP: "COMING UP FOR AIR"
$10.00
Wednesday 10/11
6:00 pm
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Taylor Kropp Is a national touring guitarist, sideman, and singer-songwriter based out of Nashville.  He has toured with Tanya Tucker, Kristen Kelly, and Josh Dorr.  Taylor and his trio will perform somgs from his forthcoming album, "Coming Up For Air". 
 


“If you want to see what a guitar prodigy looks like, look no further then singer/guitarist Taylor Kropp. The local wunderkind has been dumbfounding audiences with his talent since he was 13. Anything can happen when Kropp is let loose on an empty stage with just his guitar and imagination. ”

— Monterey County Weekly

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AN EVENING WITH GARY RUBIN AND BRENT HARDESTY
$15.00
Thursday 10/12
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!








AN EVENING WITH THE BALTIMORE MANDOLIN TRIO
$15.00
Friday 10/13
6:00 pm
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A rarity in North America, the Baltimore Mandolin Trio is a "Trio Romantico" in the Italian tradition, combining bowlback mandolins  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
Tony Norris, guitar








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audrey Shakir (audreyshakir.com)

Renee Georges (rgeorjazzmusic.com)

Theresa Sise (theresasise.com)


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







BRUNCH WITH MAX VANDERBEEK JAZZ GROUP
$15.00
Sunday 10/15
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.








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audrey Shakir (audreyshakir.com)

Renee Georges (rgeorjazzmusic.com)

Theresa Sise (theresasise.com)


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







OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 10/18
6:00 pm
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Join us every third Wednesday at the Cabaret at Germano's for Baltimore's Best Open Mic Night. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00.  Sign-up is at 7:00 and the music begins at 7:30.  Please purchase tickets in advance  online or by phone to allow us to serve you comfortably.  $10 cover for all in attendance.  

 Master cabaret artist, Mary Reilly, hosts.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 10/21
6:00 pm
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Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville are a roots Rock band with a New Orleans flavor. The brainchild of New Orleans-raised guitarist/singer/songwriterSteve Johnson, the Kings play a rollicking, entertaining set that stirs Americana, Blues, and Jazz into the mix.

Their signature horn section transports listeners to the streets of the Big Easy, while they also add precise three- and four-part harmonies to their musical gumbo. Think Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan.

The Kings of Crownsville features Johnson backed by Ed Justice on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Jim Tavener on trombone, percussion, and vocals; Mike McCormick on keyboards and vocals; David Vermette on bass and vocals; and Rob Creath behind the drums. Johnson's songs are destined to become classics.


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

 

Stephen Perraud. The Live Wire. June 2011

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AN EVENING WITH AARON CARUSO
$20.00
Sunday 10/22
6:00 pm
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Cabaret at Germano's presents the exciting Italian American tenor, Aaron Caruso, who will accompany himself on the baby grand in an unforgettable evening.  

Think: “Pavarotti meets the Rat-Pack”.

Caruso presents a unique show that will mesmerize you with the beauty and power of an operatic voice singing marvelous Italian songs like they should be sung in a fun entertaining way.

Aaron takes the audience on a romantic journey to Italy with such favorites as "Volare" and "Mamma". and to Broadway with The Phantom, and even sings the up-tempo songs of Tom Jones. Although happy for his Italian heritage, Aaron is also proud to be an American and always includes a song for our Veterans.

Caruso was chosen by film producer Sonny Grosso and 15-time Grammy winner, Phil Ramone to sing the role of Mario Lanza, which fulfills a lifelong dream: Lanza played Caruso, now Caruso will play Lanza! He has recently performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to Mario Lanza and on the Red Carpet event for NBC at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. He sang to a crowd of 10,000 people in Lawrence, MA at the “Feast of the 3 Saints”. He also performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, many casinos in Reno, NV, Atlantic City and Connecticut. Caruso has headlined hundreds of Italian Festivals across the country from San Diego to Boston and everything in between.


"You sing like Mario Lanza; I want to see you in the movies.."    - Tony Bennett

"This kid’s amazing!" - Jerry Vale

“He embodies a vanishing species: the good natured, good looking, pull-out all the stops showman from the same mold that spawned Dean Martin and Danny Kaye ...”            –Cabaret Scenes, John Hoglund

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

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








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


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

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

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

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

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




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TONY TSENDEAS IN "THE POE SHOW"
$15.00
Sunday 10/29
12:00 pm
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Tony Tsendeas, receiving critical acclaim both in the US and Europe, has worked professionally as an actor, director, writer and teacher for 30 years.  Tony is a principle acting instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  From 1990 to 2001,  Tony was the Artistic Director of Action Theater, a Baltimore based company that garnered national and international attention for the quality of its work. In 2009, Tony received a Helen Hayes nomination for Best Director for a production of Davelos' Wittenberg at Rep Stage.

Acting credits include Gary Swirn in “Homicide: Life on the Streets" and multiple appearances with Symphonic Plays appearing at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Voiceover credits include work with The Discovery Channel, HBO, PBS and National Public Radio. Tony has directed over 35 professional productions of original material and classical works including Beckett, Shakespeare, Stanislaw, Witkiewicz, Mamet, Peter Barnes, Edward Albee and Ring Lardner Jr. 

Tony is also a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Playwriting award for his play The Adventures of Felix.


"So why go to a show devoted to the work of Edgar Allen Poe, the patron saint of Halloween? To discover the source of all true horror – which is to say, ourselves. Poe’s great insight was that it was our own weaknesses and failings, our own self-destructive impulses, which are the engines behind our worst terrors. Tony Tsendeas, a veteran actor with an instinct for the macabre, brings these impulses to life." -- DC Theatre Scene

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

 

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








LIONEL D. LYLES II
$15.00
Thursday 11/02
6:00 pm
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Lionel D. Lyles II was born in Boulder, Colorado. He majored in music education while at Morgan State University. The Lionel Lyles Quintet recorded it’s first studio project in 2006, “The Lionel Lyles Quintet: The September Sessions”. Soon after, Lionel enrolled at North Carolina Central University to persue a Master of Music in Jazz Studies Saxophone Performance. While at NCCU, he had the opportunity to study with great jazz icons such as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Brian Horton, and Dr. Ira Wiggins. The ensemble has two albums to date. “The Lionel Lyles Quintet: The September Sessions”(2006) and “The Lionel Lyles Quintet: At The Precipice”(2014). Pick up yours today. www.LLQmusic.com. In 2015 Lionel won a JAZZY for best jazz tenor. In 2016, Lionel won best New Jazz Tenor player, and Best Performing Artist across all genres. All given by the Washington City Paper. 


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MARK ZALESKI BAND
$15.00
Friday 11/03
6:00 pm
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Internationally touring musician, Mark Zaleski, has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader.  He has performed with a diverse group of notable artists including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Rakalam Bob Moses, the Either/Orchestra, Jason Palmer, and Matt Savage.  The Mark Zaleski Band performs a one of a kind jazz/rock blend influences ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Jimi Hendrix, with a fiery front line of two strong saxophonists.

On Oct. 6, 2017, he will release the Mark Zaleski Band’s second record, “Days, Months, Years”.  He plays alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and acoustic bass on the recording; unique to almost every other jazz recording ever made.

His unique approach to jazz led him to be the first alto saxophonist to be selected to prestigious Dave Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, CA in 2003.  After spending two years there learning from and performing with his virtuosic peers and established pros like Bobby Watson, Ndugu Chancler, Conrad Herwig, Eric Harland, Greg Tardy, Rufus Reid, Robin Eubanks, and Mic Gillette, he moved on upon completion of the program to study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.  There he was able to study with some of the most influential teachers of his life, Charlie Banacos and Jerry Bergonzi. 

It was there that Zaleski started take composition more seriously.  His writing seems to take little bits and pieces of all of the music he grew up listening to.  While the band has no vocalist, Zaleski takes on the lead voice channeling a combination of his saxophone heroes (Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy) with inspirational vocalists (Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Michael Jackson, and Donny Hathaway).  This sound proved to be a unique voice in music, and started touring at clubs, colleges, and festivals all around the country.  Notable appearances have been at Small’s in New York City, the Regattabar in Boston, Egan’s in Seattle, The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, and Vitello in Los Angeles.

Currently Zaleski is also active in many other musical projects including the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, Brighton Beat, Planet Radio and the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra.  Before he turned 30 years old, he earned faculty positions at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College (where he is the big band director). 


“Mark Zaleski never figured his musical itinerary would include backing everyone from Joan Rivers to Jethro Tull.  But that’s exactly the kind of versatility that makes the Mark Zaleski Band one of the more compelling jazz-rock fusion groups on the contemporary scene.” –The Patriot Ledger

 

“Zaleski is a roving pioneer of the alto saxophone” – Boston Concert Reviews

 

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








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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH MARY REILLY
$10.00
Wednesday 11/15
6:00 pm
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Join us every third Wednesday at the Cabaret at Germano's for Baltimore's Best Open Mic Night. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00.  Sign-up is at 7:00 and the music begins at 7:30.  Please purchase tickets in advance  online or by phone to allow us to serve you comfortably.  $10 cover for all in attendance.  

 Master cabaret artist, Mary Reilly, hosts.  Michael Sheppard will accompany on the baby grand.  








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

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

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


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

Mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called her voice“an amazing instrument.” The Washington Post said, “her voice is lovely and her stage presence is natural and full of vitality." Recent performances include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. In October 2015, she made her NYC debut in scenes from On The Town, Candide and Wonderful Town in a tribute concert entitled Bernstein Remembered. She is an alto soloist at Cathedral of Mary our Queen and at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's “Christmas Suite” with Milwaukee Children' s Choir, “Flight Box” with Present Music, "Cinq Poe?mes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Cle? de L'Horizon and on comedian/singer Joel Kopischke’s CD, I Got Yule, Babe. Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is on the voice faculty at Howard Community College and teaches privately at her home in Roland Park.

Michael Tan is a local music director who has worked on more than 45 shows in 7 theatres in the Greater Baltimore area. His favorites include: Das Barbecü; Evita; Zombie Prom; Altar Boyz; The Rocky Horror Show; Into the Woods; The Full Monty; Company; Avenue Q; A Little Night Music; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Cabaret; Sweeney Todd; Bare: a Pop Opera; Six Dead Queens and An Inflatable Henry (American Premiere); Falsettos; Sunday In The Park With George; and The Spitfire Grill. He directed the BPF musical Unraveled on the Gravel (World Premiere, 2nd Best Production). His favorite onstage roles include Michael Novak (God of Carnage), Murray (The Odd Couple), Gregor/Papa and the Arbiter (Chess), The Senator (Hello Again), and Officer Murphy/Frank Maurrant u/s-one performance in role (Street Scene). He is the music director at St. John’s UCC, and does some vocal coaching as well. By day, he is the Director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education at the Community College of Baltimore County, providing courses to adults with developmental disabilities.








KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 11/18
6:00 pm
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Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville are a roots Rock band with a New Orleans flavor. The brainchild of New Orleans-raised guitarist/singer/songwriterSteve Johnson, the Kings play a rollicking, entertaining set that stirs Americana, Blues, and Jazz into the mix.

Their signature horn section transports listeners to the streets of the Big Easy, while they also add precise three- and four-part harmonies to their musical gumbo. Think Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan.

The Kings of Crownsville features Johnson backed by Ed Justice on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Jim Tavener on trombone, percussion, and vocals; Mike McCormick on keyboards and vocals; David Vermette on bass and vocals; and Rob Creath behind the drums. Johnson's songs are destined to become classics.


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

 

Stephen Perraud. The Live Wire. June 2011

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








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

 

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








STEVE GLASSER DOES BROADWAY!
$15.00
Friday 11/24
6:00 pm
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Steve Glasser tells us that he is working on his best ever ALL BROADWAY, NEW AND OLD cabaret with accompanist, Fred Minger.   Musical numbers include signature pieces from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and shows coming to Broadway like Pajama Game.  We can't wait!








THE OLD PART OF TOWN
$10.00
Saturday 11/25
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 just recently put out a new 4-song collection.

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/percussion, backing vocals
Kurt Hammond - Electric guitar, 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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JENNI LYN
$12.00
Thursday 11/30
6:00 pm
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From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival­ goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations has shaped Gardner as an artist and as a performer, all culminating in an exciting new album that showcases her well-developed repertoire of songs. The forthcoming release, Burn Another Candle, is sweetened with originality, seasoned with love and strengthened with a solid work ethic and commitment to her solo career. Fans will connect with the energy and feel of the music, a testament to the heart Jenni Lyn has brought to this new chapter in her musical journey - a journey that you’ll savor with every nuanced note.


In this day and age it’s refreshing to hear an artist whose music comes straight from the heart. Jenni Lyn is undoubtedly such, with one foot planted deep in tradition and the other bound for uncharted territory. Her first solo album Burn Another Candle brings us songs from bluegrass, newgrass, old time, and an original gospel number from her youth. These songs and performances touch on today’s issues yet recall a time of sweet ice tea, fresh tomatoes, triple fiddles and that ‘high lonesome sound.’ An original instrumental features Jenni Lyn’s remarkable mandolin chops and shows us that her heart beats in the key of B, the bluegrass key! So stop, smell the flowers, and take a listen. As her song says, “Hickory Holler is a state of mind,” and that is where Jenni Lyn’s musical journey takes us. Let’s all enjoy the ride.” - Sam Bush

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

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

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


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

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


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THE PATAPSCO DELTA BOYS
$10.00
Sunday 12/03
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.








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

 


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

 

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TODD HARRISON TWINING IN "WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES TO TOWN"
$15.00
Sunday 12/10
6:00 pm
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The marvelous composer, vocalist and musician, Todd Harrison Twining, puts us in the holiday spirit in this delightful cabaret of favorites perfect for the whole family. 








AN EVENING WITH QING LI AND RICHARD DOWLING
$30.00
Thursday 12/14
6:00 pm
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Supervirtuoso violinist Qing Li of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs a fantastic selection of the world's most beloved and greatest classical masterpieces of the violin repertoire, including the tour-de-force "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Saint-Saens, the haunting and deeply expressive “Theme from Schindler’s List," the charming "Estrellita" by Ponce and many more. Ms. Li will be accompanied by brilliant New York concert pianist Richard Dowling, a Germano's favorite. Don't miss the spectacular musical fireworks these two virtuosos generate together!








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








CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THE KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
$10.00 - $15.00
Saturday 12/16
6:00 pm
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Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville are a roots Rock band with a New Orleans flavor. The brainchild of New Orleans-raised guitarist/singer/songwriterSteve Johnson, the Kings play a rollicking, entertaining set that stirs Americana, Blues, and Jazz into the mix.

Their signature horn section transports listeners to the streets of the Big Easy, while they also add precise three- and four-part harmonies to their musical gumbo. Think Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan.

The Kings of Crownsville features Johnson backed by Ed Justice on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Jim Tavener on trombone, percussion, and vocals; Mike McCormick on keyboards and vocals; David Vermette on bass and vocals; and Rob Creath behind the drums. Johnson's songs are destined to become classics.


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

 

Stephen Perraud. The Live Wire. June 2011

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OPUS CONCERT THEATRE PRESENTS "AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS"
$15.00 - $20.00
Sunday 12/17
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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DAVID DEBOY AND THE HONS IN "CRABS FOR CHRISTMAS"
$15.00
Sunday 12/17
6:00 pm
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The Rockettes may be coming to Baltimore, but at the Cabaret at Germano's we are celebrating Christmas Bawlmer style. It's a Crazy Carnival of Crabby Christmas Carols, audience participation, surprises and fun for all ages. David DeBoy will be performing hits from his album "Crabs For Christmas for Twenty Years" plus premiering new songs. Joining David will be Da Hons and special guest, David Zee, an award-winning composer, recording artist and performer with national credits.

Celebrate the season like a true Balti-moron. 








"A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES" BY DYLAN THOMAS: A READING BY DONALD HICKEN
$15.00
Tuesday 12/19
6:00 pm
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"A Child’s Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas 
A Reading by Donald Hicken 

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

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








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.  








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


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

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

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

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




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CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH THE CHARMAINE MICHELLE QUINTET!
$25.00
Sunday 12/31
6:00 pm
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Ring in the New Year with the Charmaine Michelle Quintet!

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

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


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RHODA HARRISON, SOPRANO, SINGS JERUSALEM OF GOLD
$15.00
Saturday 1/06
6:00 pm
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Israel is a stunningly beautiful country that despite it being mired in political and military conflict for its entire existence is still a place where many across the world feel at home and find spiritual connection. Israel is also a place of great artistic creativity, and music is an integral part of its national identity. Throughout Israel’s complicated history, composers of all musical genres have sought to combine both Jewish and non-Jewish elements in order to create a distinctive musical culture. Rhoda will delight the audience with a program of Israeli music that spans the country’s rich history, offers a taste of its musical character, and lends a voice towards peace.

 

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

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

Andy Dagilis - Sax

Eric Heavner  - Trumpet

Tom Hensler - Bass

Anthony Villa - Piano

Tim Ghiz - Drums

 








THE KEN AND BRAD KOLODNER QUARTET
$20.00
Saturday 2/03
6:00 pm
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The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, gourd banjo, hammered mbira, fiddles and vocals pushing the boundaries of the American Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. The repertoire is largely drawn from what is known today by practitioners of “old-time” which is a style of North American music that preceded Bluegrass, dating back several centuries with strong African and Celtic roots. In addition to originals written in the style, expect some surprises! For the past year, the duo has performed regularly as a quartet with fiddler, guitarist and vocalist Rachel Eddy (The Early Mays), formerly of Uncle Earl, and bassist Alex Lacquement (The Bumper Jacksons, Charm City Junction). In early 2017, Ken & Brad released their first recording as a quartet: The Swift House which charted in the top ten on the Folk Music Charts. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original Old-Time tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.”

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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CHARISMA WOOTEN IN "A NIGHT WITH JACKIE MOMS MABLEY"
$20.00
Saturday 3/24
6:00 pm
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A Night With Jackie Moms Mabley is an evening of zingers about everything from sexuality to racism. This Helen Hayes nominated play for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play is delivered with political correctness and filled with fun and laughter as only Charisma can! 

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

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




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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.








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