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Friday, Oct 10 – 8 PM Cold Spring Jazz Quartet Night Songs: The Music of Film Noir For more than fifteen years, CSJQ has been treating Baltimore-Washington audiences to their signature blend of current and classic jazz. The emphasis for this evening, however, is on the classics, as CSJQ performs the music of 1940s and ‘50s film noir.
The words “film noir” conjure up images of smoky night clubs, rain-slicked streets, world-weary detectives and dangerous dames. On the soundtrack one hears a slinky jazz saxophone. But actually the films noir of the 1940s didn’t have jazz scores. What they did have was a large body of tunes drawn from the Great American Songbook—classics such as “I’ll Remember April” (Phantom Lady), “Stella by Starlight” (The Uninvited), “I Hear a Rhapsody” (Clash by Night), “Your Red Wagon” (They Live by Night), “Never Let Me Go” (The Scarlet Hour) and “One for My Baby” (Road House), as well as the title themes for Laura and Body and Soul, among others. In the 1950s and afterward, jazz soundtracks set the mood for films such as The Big Combo and Sweet Smell of Success, for TV crime series such as Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, and Mike Hammer.
CSJQ will perform these tunes and more. Along with this evocative jazz, the show will feature brief clips from the movies and introductions by CSJQ saxophonist and vocalist Mark Osteen—who also happens to be a film scholar and the author of Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream.
TICKETS: 15 in advance/$18 at door/$13 BJA members/$10 full-time students with ID
Saturday, Oct 11 – 2:30 PM A Pianist’s Guide to Improvisation Workshop Pianist Robert Hitz leads a workshop geared to professional musicians and students interested in techniques of free improvisation and in teaching improvisation. Improvisation opens your personal creativity in a way that playing written music does not, so give yourself the gift of exploring your own musical voice. Open to beginners and accomplished players of any instrument. Bring your instrument, an open mind, and the possibilities are endless!
ADMISSION: $15 in advance/$18 at the door/$10 full-time students with ID
Saturday, Oct 11 – 8 & 9:30 PM Tom Lagana Group with George Gazone BIRTHDAY CD Release Concert Help Tom celebrate his birthday on the night of his CD release concert! Tom Lagana, guitar George Gazone, tenor and soprano saxophone Tom Baldwin, bass Dominic Smith, drums “The word that comes to my mind while listening to The Tom Lagana Group is balance:balance between modern and traditional, notes and space, up-tempo and down-tempo, solo exploration and ensemble continuity with four masterful musicians meeting in the middle to create a beautiful musical experience that you should not miss.” —Baltimore Jazz Alliance
TICKETS: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID Seniors: $15 in advance/$18 at door
Sunday, Oct 12 – 1 PM Baltimore Classical Guitar Society FREE Master Class with RISA CARLSON Part of FREE FALL BALTIMORE "How to Listen": Hands-on workshop where students learn the concept of listening to music. Auditors welcome! There is a limited number of tickets available.
Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis, with guaranteed seating for BCGS contributors.
The Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series presents The Polekats' John Shock and Mike Barth with Geoffrey Himes
John Shock and Mike Barth are best known for their years as keyboardist and guitarist for the Polkats, the beloved Baltimore band who were named the Best Unsigned Band in America by Musician Magazine.
But even before that, these two Maryland cousins performed in Touch the Floor, the 1979 house band at the Wigwam, the bar that later became the Club Charles. Shock went on to play the accordion for Two Legs and can be heard these days in the Stone Hill All-Stars. Barth played in such bands as Dark Side, Eva & the Boystore and the Alcoholics, legends of the Marble Bar. With Paul Margolis, Shock and Barth provided the Polkats with a three-man songwriting team that was hard to beat. Here’s a chance to hear those songs in an unplugged setting.
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. Himes, a singer-pianist, performs in a duo with Love Riot violinist Willem Elsevier, and sometimes in a trio with Elsevier and cellist Andrew Histand. This month Himes will perform with Elsevier and premiere his new song, “Which Side of Greenmount Will It Be."
TICKETS: $9 in advance/$13 at door
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Baltimore’s Best Jazz Venue 2005 – Baltimore Magazine
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DISCOUNT PARKING Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.
RESTAURANT DISCOUNTS An die Musik has partnered with the following restaurants to offer discounts on the days you attend An die Musik LIVE! concerts. Please contact the restaurants directly for reservations. Pick up your discount voucher at An die Musik to present at restaurant. Voucher must be presented at time of meal purchase.
Banthai (Thai) 340 N. Charles St. (410) 727-7971 10% off total bill (closed Sundays)
Cazbar (Mediterranean) 316 N. Charles St. (410) 528-1222 20% off total bill
Creme Restaurant & Lounge (Modern American) 518 North Charles Street 443.869.3381 443.869.3382 www.cremebalt.com
10% off total bill Homesylce (Pizza) 336 N. Charles St. (443) 501-4000 http://www.slycethebar.com/ 20% discount
Lumbini (Nepalese and Indian) 322 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 244-5556 15% off the entire dinner
Maisy's (Baltimorecentric) 313 N. Charles St. (443) 220-0150 10% off total bill
Sascha's 527 Cafe (American) 527 N. Charles St. (410) 539-8880 10% off total bill (closed Sundays)
Sotto Sopra (Italian) 405 N. Charles St. (410) 625-0534 20% off total bill, except Opera Nights
Zhongshan Restaurant (Chinese) 323 Park Avenue (410) 223-1881 10% off total bill