Monday, August 15, 2011



MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201

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WHEN: Thursday, August 18, 8 & 9:30 PM
$10/$5 students
Rhonda Robinson, vocals/flute;
Charlie Sigler, guitar; Mark Meadows, piano; Percy White, bass; Robert Shahid, drums
SPECIAL GUEST: New York vocalist/composer Marvin Parks returns to his Baltimore roots

Performing standards, Bossa Novas and some originals in the intimate An die Musik hall. They'll revisit a few great songs from the recent Billie Holiday tribute concert.

Special guest Marvin Parks will perform his original tribute song, "The Voice of Shirley Horn." It's summer! Treat a student in your life to live jazz! Bring the whole family!

WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 8 PM
TICKETS: $10 general/$8 Students
Cameron Blake will be joined by the following musicians:
Geoff Knorr, cello; Dave Hadley, pedal steel guitar; Chris Pierorazio, percussion w/ special guest Woody Lissauer
Photo by Michael Faulkner

Cameron Blake was born and raised in the small town of Rockford, Michigan, listening to his parents’ records of classical music and developing tastes for composers such as Bartok, Prokofiev, and Debussy. He took a liking to the violin at the age of 12, practiced really hard, and eventually received a Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

While at the conservatory, he stumbled across the music of Bob Dylan, who became a major source of inspiration.  Like his new-found hero, Cameron quickly taught himself how to sing, play the piano and guitar, and began writing songs. Cameron also found a deep freedom of expression through lyric writing and the American folk vernacular. Songwriting quickly became his passion.

In December, Cameron celebrated the release of two new records with back-to-back shows at An Die Musik Live! accompanied by string quartet, French horn, percussion, and pedal steel. The new records include Cameron Blake with Strings: Live, an exciting live recording of songs accompanied by string quartet and percussion and Hide and Go Seek, a stripped down, heartfelt record of poetic folk songs.

Alex Norris Quintet
WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 5 & 7 PM
$15 / $10 students
Jazz Trumpeter, composer, and educator Alex Norris has hand-picked a group of the area’s finest Jazz musicians. On tenor saxophone is the young phenom from Washington, DC, Elijah Jamal Balbed. The pianist, Bob Butta, is a local Jazz legend, and is one of the top Jazz pianists on the East Coast scene. Bassist Amy Shook, originally from Idaho, is one of the most versatile and in-demand Jazz bassists in the Baltimore-DC area today. Drummer Eric Kennedy is not only one of the finest Jazz drummers in the area, but is quickly gaining a great deal of exposure and notoriety on the international Jazz scene through his work with artists such as Larry Willis and Bobby Watson.

The group will perform Jazz standards as well as some of Norris’ original compositions. Some of these compositions have been recorded on his 2000 Fresh Sounds Debut Alex Norris Quintet—A New Beginning; some of the other compositions heard tonight have not yet been recorded. This will be an evening of memorable, high-quality Jazz.

Alex is a Maryland native, and a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory. For the past 20 years, he has performed, toured, and recorded all over the world in a multitude of settings as both a sideman and leader. He has appeared at An Die Musik as a member of both local groups and international touring acts.  Currently residing in New York, Alex maintains an active performing schedule. Simultaneously, he commutes here to Baltimore regularly, where he is a member of the Jazz faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.