Jazz in Downtown Westminster

Common Ground on the Hill started in Westminster in 1994 as a summer festival of American roots music. In recent years Common Ground’s offerings have been expanded to include summer music camps, workshops, and year-round concerts in Westminster and Baltimore. Organizations that present American roots music rarely include jazz, oddly enough, so I was pleasantly surprised when Common Ground announced that it was sponsoring jazz at two of six venues in downtown Westminster on July 7th, with Celtic, blues and “alt-grass” bands at the other four locations. | Read more>>
Carl Filipiak

Review: Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band

6/30/2018 An die Musik 8:00pm set It’s always enjoyable to go hear a fine local musician with a strong following and Carl is definitely that. The quartet played music from their last three albums; Carl on guitar, Paul Hannah on tenor sax, Matthew Everhart on electric bass and Frank Young on drums. | Read more>>
Concord Jazz Project

Concord Jazz Project’s Jazz Jam of All Originals

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>>
The Dynamic Album Project: Live in Baltimore

The Dynamic Album Project: Live in Baltimore

“This year”, notes the brochure for the Dynamic Album Project, “marks the first year that revenue from streaming services … surpass the sales of CDs and vinyl records.” Dan Rorke — founder of The Dynamic Album Project — then asks “Why aren’t we utilizing [these] services to push the envelope further?” Just as LPs gave rise to longer tracks and concept albums, and CDs eliminated the concept of sides, extending the consecutive play time further, modern digital delivery systems offer many possibilities for expanding what it means to create an album, and so far, many of these ideas have yet to be explored to any great extent. | Read more>>
New World Outreach Jazz Orchestra

NWOJO concert, 11/25/17 at the Waverly Library

The performance by the New World Outreach Jazz Orchestra (NWOJO) for their annual harvest concert at the Waverly branch of the Pratt Library marked the first time I’d witnessed them live. To sum up their performance in one word—”dynamic.” From the beginning NWOJO’s presentation was different from the typical big band show, with only the four-piece rhythm section of drums, congas, keyboards and bass playing. | Read more>>