This big band’s entire repertoire consists of compositions and/or arrangements by Hank Levy. In case you are not familiar with that name, here is a short synopsis. Levy was a Baltimore saxophonist who played briefly with the famous Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1953, then returned to Baltimore. | Read more>>
Seven years ago trumpeter Jerry Peterson took over the leadership of Emil Rusinko’s big band after the death of its former leader. Peterson had taught in Anne Arundel County schools, mainly Arundel Junior High, for forty years. He is currently 83 and also leads a brass quintet. | Read more>>
The people we call senior citizens used to sometimes be known as golden agers; therefore, the name of this all-senior-citizen big band is The Goldenaires. The band is over thirty years old and based in Columbia. When reed man Al Caldwell began directing the band in 2010 they had mostly one-page charts, some with only a few lines of music. | Read more>>
Concord Jazz Project
Last Tuesday (May 15) I headed down to the Motor House to catch Baltimore’s newest jam session, hosted by the Concord Jazz Project, and I was especially excited because not only do I like the spontaneity inherent in jam sessions, this one had a special twist – all the music they were playing was written by the participants. | Read more>>
It’s a wonder Frosty the Snowman can survive the smoking-hot playing of the Ken Ebo Jazz Orchestra. “Frosty the Snowman,” the venerable Christmas tune first recorded by Gene Autry in 1950, is one of several holiday favorites performed by Ebo’s swinging 28-piece ensemble at its annual concerts in support of the U.S. | Read more>>