Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. In 2014, Mindi received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.
Opening Act – Johnny Neel
Born blind, musically gifted and overflowing with soul, Johnny Neel cut his first record at the age of 12.
Today, he is well-known as one of the country’s most soulful and versatile players. Neel’s Blues, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Country and Southern Rock all fused into one deep-rooted sound, renders him sought after by many top music industry professionals across the globe.
Johnny Neel is an amazingly gifted pianist, B-3 organist, and harmonica player. Formerly with Allman Brothers (1989-1991), he is a Grammy Nominated Keyboardist, Singer/Songwriter, and a recipient of a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award!
Neel is best known for his songwriting. Among other chart topping hits, Neel co-wrote the Allman Brothers “Good Clean Fun” with Allman and Betts, which provided the Allman Brothers their first #1 hit in over 15 years. Many of Neel’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, Dickey Betts, Michael McDonald, John Louis Walker, Gov’t Mule, as well as cuts with HBO, FOX Sports and Disney.
He will be joined by DC’s master of the Telecaster, David Chappell.
Cab Calloway Orchestra
The Cab Calloway Orchestra continues to delight audiences nationally from the historic jazz club ‘Birdland’ in New York City to jazz and other venues all over the country under the baton of Cab’s grandson C. Calloway Brooks. The Calloway family has been dazzling audiences since the 1920’s and this year is no exception. Using the Calloway band’s original vintage orchestrations as a starting point, coupled with the awesome musicians who have played with this big band for decades, The Cab Calloway Orchestra creates an unforgettable sensation of a Modern Jazz Orchestra in full flight. Under the direction of Calloway Brooks, the Cab Calloway Orchestra delivers both the authentic sound of a hot Jazz Orchestra and a snazzy stage style-bringing out a Jump, Blues, and Boogie experience of ‘Swing that is king and Jive that’s alive.’
Opening Act – Nico Sarbanes
Nico Sarbanes is a jazz vocalist, trumpeter, and composer currently residing in New York City. He has already emerged as one of the genre’s most talented young performers, combining a virtuosic technique on the trumpet with an impressive command of the vocal repertoire of the Great American Songbook. As a bandleader, Nico has led performances and recorded with some of today’s greatest jazz players, including Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut, Warren Wolf, Ben Wolfe, Winard Harper, Mark Gross, and Tim Green. As a composer, he draws on both jazz and classical influences, as well as the klezmer music of his Jewish heritage, to create exciting new works.
Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals.
Born and raised in rural England, Jack grew up listening to artists such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Robert Johnson, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. These legends of rock, blues, roots and folk influenced Jack’s distinctive song writing, singing and performance style, which have a depth and heart that defies strict musical genres. Jack‘s performances exude a warmth, humor and energy, electrifying audiences worldwide.
The Headhunters Band featuring Mike Clark and Benny Russell
The Headhunters’ music blends jazz, Funk, World Music and Rock creating a virtual multi ethnic experience. The lyrics are influenced by the band’s combined experiences. The Headhunters band began in 1973.with Herbie Hancock’s recording entitled Headhunters. This recording would become the 1st Platinum Jazz Fusion Album in History. The Headhunters accompanied Herbie on subsequent tours and recordings for more than a decade.
In 1995 the band reunited and recorded Return of The Headhunters.
The band’s members are Donald Harrison on alto sax, Jerry Z on organ, Bill Summers on percussion, Mike Clark on drums. Virtuoso tenor and soprano saxophonist Benny Russell will join them. Benny is a professional artist and endorser for renowned instrument maker RS Berkeley.
Eric Byrd Trio Ambassadors of Gospel | Blues | Jazz
For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in Swing and Bebop, The Trio also embraces Gospel and the Blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a Trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to The Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. On each recording, they take a rigorous, modern approach to standards as well as original compositions, playing with great acuity within the broad and rich jazz tradition.
“Maryland Rising Stars Concert” Sponsored by Integrity Real Estate
Featuring Mark G. Meadows and the Movement, The Tony Hancock Trio and the Noah Pierre Trio
Mark G. Meadows and the Movement
Acclaimed jazz composer, pianist, vocalist, collaborator, recording artist, teacher, actor, & music director, Mark G. Meadows is a man on a mission: to create a unifying sound that breaks through social barriers. There’s something for everyone in his music, which harmonizes Pop, Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, and Jazz. With his lyrics, suffused with meaning, and his velvet voice, Meadows cuts through the noise to speak to all. Debonair on the stage, he is an entertainer of the highest caliber.
The Tony Hancock Trio
The Tony Hancock Trio is one of Harford County’s premier smooth Jazz acts, even with despite their youth (they’re all under 25). Tony Hancock, Briley Harris & Adam Lilly have played everything from The Vans Warped Tour on stage, to many sold out clubs. Though the guys have been jamming together since middle school, they made the lineup official in 2017. Blending a smooth Jazz/R&B vibe with your favorite top 40 hits, both new and old, The Tony Hancock Trio is more of an experience than a band as you’ll see for yourself.
Noah Pierre Trio
Noah Pierre Trio is a Blues and Blues Rock trio based in Baltimore, Maryland. The trio features an all star lineup of Noah Pierre on vocals and guitar, and Connor Murray on bass – who both play in the Baltimore band MUNK – as well as Tommy St. Clair on drums from Never Ending Fall. This electric Blues trio will be performing covers of blues greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, BB King and Muddy Waters. Noah Pierre currently fronts Baltimore based experimental funk band MUNK, who have recently released their debut album Mint Condition. Noah is also an experienced solo artist in his own right, having released a few EP’s as well as his debut album, entitled Village. He has brought his solo sound to Rams Head Live, Ottobar, Fish Head Cantina and other stages. Both Mint Condition and Village are available on Spotify and iTunes.
High School Jazz Bands in Concert sponsored by APGFCU
A free concert by the Havre de Grace High School Jazz Band, the Cecil County All-County Jazz Band, and “Country Roots”, the Cecil County faculty jazz band. The musicians will be fresh from an inspiring clinic with distinguished trombonist Dr. Isrea Butler, who will also be performing later in the day as part of the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Bert Stern’s documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films. An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer’s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others, including some “new talent” that went on to become jazz legends. Several of the performances are among the treasures of filmed music; all of them, whatever their musical merit, are filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5pm
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk is credited as one of the pioneering musicians of Bebop and is the second most recorded Jazz composer in the world. Charlotte Zwerin’s ground-breaking documentary tries to unravel Monk, who was known for having a thorny personality and an aggressive playing technique to match. Interviews with Monk’s son and fellow musicians shed some light, and performance footage captures his idiosyncratic style.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10am
Film/Lecture: Animated Jazz
Stuart Hudgins, the film scholar who enthralled an opening week audience at the Opera House in August 2017 with his presentation of Cab Calloway on the screen, returns with a new program entitled “Animated Jazz.” Tracing the parallel development of art in two media – animated films and jazz – Hudgins presents an insightful and entertaining history of both.