Current Season

Dave Stryker and Blue to the Bone

Sunday, October 6, 2013

5:00PM Performance

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Recently voted into the Downbeat critics Poll for the sixth time, Dave Stryker has been called “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come around in recent years” (Village Voice). his sound is warm and fat, rooted in the blues from long stints with the likes of McDuff and Turrentine. on the heels of the release of the fourth album in the “blue to the bone” series, this group offers a killer horn section, soulful organ, and tight arrangements of both originals and standards.

Dave Stryker, guitar
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Steve Slagle, alto sax
Jason Marshall, baritone sax
Jared Gold, organ
Chris Beck, drums

Dave Stryker: www.davestryker.com

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The Heath Brothers

Sunday, November 10, 2013

5:00PM Performance

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In a family band made up of legends, saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Albert “Tootie” heath keep tradition alive and pay homage to their late brother, bassist Percy. Their message is brotherly love, spelled out in their innovative cross-genre playing, and brought to life by a sophisticated and swinging quartet.

Jimmy Heath, tenor sax
Tootie Heath, drums
Jeb Patton, piano
David Wong, bass

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The Dave Liebman and Ravi Coltrane Quintet featuring Phil Markowitz, Rufus Reid, and Adam Nussbaum

Sunday, February 9, 2014

5:00PM Performance

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Two impressive careers and two legs of the saxophone summit tripod, saxophonists Dave Liebman and Ravi Coltrane lead a brilliant band honoring the late-period work of John Coltrane. Liebman’s immaculate style and Ravi’s fast, accurate execution, combined with the zeal of an all-star rhythm section, will leave you transfixed and transformed as this quintet captures the spirit and mayhem of vintage Trane.

Dave Liebman, sax
Ravi Coltrane, sax
Phil Markowitz, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Adam Nussbaum, drums

Dave Liebman: www.daveliebman.com

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Ravi Coltrane: www.ravicoltrane.com

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Donny McCaslin Group

Sunday, March 9, 2014

5:00PM Performance

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Acclaimed Saxophonist Donny McCaslin offers a gargantuan tenor sound capable of both angular tunes and ethereal ballads. His latest foray into electronic fueled jazz-funk is a collaboration of brains and brawn that is “fiercely contemporary and exploratory, though not so abstract as to be inaccessible.… The man digs into the material, no question, and never runs out of ideas—or passion” (jazzTimes).

Donny McCaslin, saxophone
Kevin Hays, piano
Scott Colley, bass
Johnathan Blake, drums

Donny McCaslin: www.donnymccaslin.com

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Tribute to Wes Montgomery and Grant Green featuring the Roni Ben-Hur Sextet

Sunday, April 27, 2014

5:00PM Performance

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Israeli-born guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a reputation as a “story-teller” and “one of the jazz elite.” renowned for his golden tone and crisp, fluid style, his signature sound infuses jazz with melodies and rhythms from many cultures. Here, he leads a formidable ensemble of players as they offer reverence to jazz guitar greats Wes Montgomery and Grant Green.

Roni Ben-Hur, guitar
Claudio Roditi, trumpet
Steve Wilson, alto sax
George Cables, piano
Santi Debriano, bass
Victor Lewis, drums

Roni Ben-Hur: www.ronibenhur.com

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It's the Year of the Tiger at BCJS!

All concerts this season will be held at Towson University Center for the Arts in Harold J. Kaplan Hall. At TU you will enjoy ample FREE parking on concert days and a box office with regular hours for phone and walk-up orders. Learn More

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