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Rufus Reid photo by Jimmy Katz

The Rufus Reid Quintet

Sunday, November 2, 2014

5:00PM Performance

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Award-winning bassist, educator, and composer Rufus Reid has been playing jazz for over fifty years. He was influenced by the greats and even had opportunities to play among them. Now, he is a highly sought-after teacher and mentor in the jazz community. This year, Reid released the album Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project to critical acclaim, bringing Catlett’s striking sculptures to life with music composed for large ensemble. Reid brings his quintet of star players to Baltimore for our 24th season opener.

Rufus Reid, bass
Steve Allee, piano

Duduka Da Fonseca, drums
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Gary Bartz, alto saxophone

Rufus Reid: www.rufusreid.com

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The Houston Person Quartet

Sunday, February 8, 2015

5:00PM Performance

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Houston Person has called his style “good old bootin’ tenor sax playing.” Focusing on melodies in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Person explores blues repertoire, ballads, popular and R&B standards. He has made a name for himself in the genre of “soul jazz,” expressing influences from soul and gospel music. Person has been described as having a “fundamental approach to his horn, eloquently expressing heartfelt emotion in much the same way a vocalist might. “ (Jazz Times)

Houston Person, tenor saxophone

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The Terell Stafford Quintet

Sunday, March 8, 2015

5:00PM Performance

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“Jazz is the art of storytelling…so if you’re not conveying a message, your music is trying to breathe without oxygen.” (JazzTimes)These evocative words were spoken by trumpet player and educator Terell Stafford.  Having experienced an incredibly diverse performance career, this University of Maryland graduate is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player who combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. He has maintained the rich tradition of those who have influenced him, while making his own mark on tradition itself.

Terell Stafford, trumpet and flugelhorn
Tim Warfield, tenor and soprano saxophone
Bruce Barth, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Billy Williams, drums

Terell Stafford: www.terellstafford.com

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Renee Rosnes 2 by John Abbott

The Renee Rosnes Quartet with Steve Nelson

Sunday, April 12, 2015

5:00PM Performance

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Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes is a composer and arranger in the hard bop and post-bop genres. “Rosnes and company produce glorious, soulful and deep modern jazz that is firmly rooted in the tradition while showcasing a truly inspired original voice,” according to The Times Colonist. Inventive and complex in her playing, this four-time Juno Award Winner has been featured twice on NPR’s Live at the Village Vanguard series.

Renee Rosnes, piano
Steve Nelson, vibraphone
Peter Washington, bass
Lewis Nash, drums

Renee Rosnes: www.reneerosnes.com

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Dr. Lonnie Smith

Sunday, May 3, 2015

5:00PM Performance

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Living legend and Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith is yet another artist in our program who has been working for more than five decades. He has been featured on over seventy albums and has received countless accolades and spots on “Top Organist” lists from several publications.  Smith has a worldwide following and as a leader and innovator on his instrument, he has influenced generations of musicians with his creative styles and often relentless grooves. The energy and innovation in his live performances are not to be missed!

Lonnie Smith, Hammond B3 organ
Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar
Johnathan Blake, drums 

Dr. Lonnie Smith: www.drlonniesmith.com

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The BCJS 2014-2015 season returns to the BMA!

We are pleased to announce that our 5 at Five series will return to the Rebecca and Joseph Meyerhoff Auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Visit the museum before the concert! Learn more

Want to play jazz?

For opportunities in adult oriented jazz education in the region visit In Depth Jazz and Maryland Summer Jazz.

For more local jazz happenings, check out the Baltimore Jazz Alliance.