Josiah Woodson & Quintessential
CD Release show for Suite Elemental
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10 - 8 pm
TICKETS: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time student with ID
A Grammy Award-winning sideman (for Beyoncé’s “Love on Top”), Josiah Woodson picked up the trumpet at the age of twelve. As a product of the Oaktown Jazz Workshop he refined his craft under the tutelage of his late mentor, Khalil Shaheed. Since leaving the Bay Area, Woodson has regularly returned to teach and perform, including an exposition of an original piece for orchestra entitled “The Third Day,” with conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Woodson obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Marcus Belgrave, and a Master of Music degree (with academic honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Double Bill: Allison Dietz & Naked Blue
WHEN: Thursday, May 11 - 8 pm
TICKETS: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
NAKED BLUE: Drawing from the Americana tradition and firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, the performing songwriter team, Jen and Scott Smith, and their band, Naked Blue, have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. www.nakedblue.com
ALLISON DIETZ: Born and raised in Maryland, Allison Dietz’s musical roots began with the classic folk, rock, and rhythm and blues records her parents frequently played. She's equal parts Loretta Lynn, Ford F-150, and Johnny Walker Red and a solid songwriter with a voice that can go from vulnerable, lonely heartbreak to “blow-your-doors-off” intensity in seconds.
The Music of Clifford Jordan
WHEN: Friday, May 12 - 8 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS: $22 advance/$25 door/$17 senior/ $20 senior door/$10 full-time student with ID
Essiet Essiet, bass
Steve Williams, drums
Anthony Nelson, tenor sax
James Weidman, piano
This concert, led by James Weidman and Steve Williams, celebrates swinging and beautiful music of Clifford Jordan. Jordan was a tenor saxophonist born in Chicago. As writer Ted Panken expressed, Jordan’s narrative gifts (included) his lyricism, wit, mastery of changes-playing and vocalized tone, broad and burnished at all tempos and harmonic contexts, equally comfortable deploying the bright colors of the upper register and the dark hues of the tenor’s bottom. His compositions were perfect vehicles for his excellent artistry.
We Three: Mark Whitfield, John Lamkin & Kris Funn
WHEN: Saturday, May 13 - 8 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS: $20 advance/$23 door/$10 students
John Lamkin III, drums
Mark Whitfield, guitar
Kris Funn, bass
John Lamkin, III, has been recognized by, toured, played and recorded with a number of exceptionally talented recording artists.
A talented guitarist influenced by George Benson and versatile enough to play straight-ahead jazz or R&B, Mark Whitfield has since recorded as a leader for Warner Bros. and Verve, and as a sideman with many players including Jimmy Smith, Nicholas Payton, Ray Brown, and Courtney Pine.
Kristopher Funn was born and raised in Baltimore. Through the instruction of his father, Charles Funn, Kristopher performed his first professional bass gig the same year he began learning the instrument.
Mother's Day Tribute to Ella
WHEN: Sunday, May 14 - 5 pm
TICKETS: $17 advance / $20 door / $10 student
Marianne Matheny-Katz, vocals
Alan Blackman, piano
Max Murray, bass
Matvei Sigalov, guitar
Craig Alston, saxophones
Frank Russo, drums
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, Marianne Matheny-Katz presents a special Mother’s Day performance drawing on Ella’s songbook material. At the height of her career, Ella recorded over a dozen songbook discs, paying tribute to Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Rogers & Hart, The Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and others. These recording contain some of the most beloved and recognizable material of Ella’s career. Sprinkled in will be a few Ella/Joe Pass tunes.
Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band: Monthly Mondays
WHEN: Monday, May15 - 7 pm
TICKETS: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 students/$5 Dunbar students
Led by jazz educator / trombonist Chales Funn, this jazz ensemble, organized in 1995, performs the music of composers Duke Ellington, William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn, William “Count” Basie, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and others.
Peabody Jazz Students, Alumni & Friends
WHEN: Tuesday May 16 - 7:30 pm
TICKETS: $10 in advance/$13 at door/$5 full-time students with ID
Saxophonist Rachel Winder and Guitarist Mike Gary are joined by Peabody students and alumni and friends—a different collection of artists with each performance!!
Rachel Winder, a native of Baltimore, is an up and coming saxophonist, flautist and vocalist in multiple genres of music. She studied saxophone at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She regularly performs with the New world Outreach Jazz Orchestra as lead alto and is dedicated to the education of young people and musicians.
Mike Gary grew up playing guitar in many of Baltimore's small churches. He studied classical guitar at Baltimore School for the Arts and currently is pursuing his BM in Jazz Guitar Performance at Peabody.