Current Season


The Don Braden Quintet featuring Vanessa Rubin


Sunday, November 8, 2015

5:00PM Performance

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Don Braden is a renowned saxophonist, composer, arranger and highly experienced educator. Currently the Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles and as a sideman with greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams and Roy Haynes. His imaginative yet technically excellent approach to improvisation creates a sound full of harmonic and rhythmic sophistication. His goal? To express a contemporary point of view in the powerful, spiritual, intelligent, and (most importantly) swinging Jazz style. This quintet will feature the liquid phrasing of Vanessa Rubin, one of the most gifted and seasoned Jazz vocalists of her generation

Don Braden, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
Vanessa Rubin, vocals
Brandon McCune, piano
Kenny Davis, bass
Cecil Brooks III, drums

Don Braden:

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Don Braden and Vanessa Rubin Full Circle (Released 2013)


Duduka Da Fonseca and the Brazilian Jazz All Stars

Sunday, January 31, 2016

5:00PM Performance

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“He balances tropical rhythms and swing with uncommon ease.” (The New Yorker) Duduka Da Fonseca is a two-time Grammy nominated, legendary Brazilian jazz drummer who tours internationally. He came in to national prominence accompanying Herbie Mann, Astrud Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Da Fonseca has co-lead the group “Trio Da Paz” for over 25 years. Have recorded over 200 albums, Duduka Da Fonseca has brilliantly combined American jazz and the heart of Brazilian music, shining bright light on what is most uplifting and heartwarming in both cultures: abiding love and friendship. This is Jazz of the Americas.  American jazz redefined. These All-Stars are comprised of world-class soloists who should not be missed.

Duduka Da Fonseca, drums
Maucha Adnet, vocals
Anat Cohen, saxophone and clarinet
Helio Alves, piano
Martin Wind, acoustic bass

Duduka Da Fonseca:

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Antonio Sanchez and Migration

Sunday, March 6, 2016

5:00PM Performance

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Drummer Antonio Sanchez has spent 15 years as a sideman with guitarist Pat Metheny, but now he has fully arrived as an ambitious, gifted leader. Sanchez was featured in the July 2015 issue of Downbeat discussing his current time in the spotlight due to the international acclaim and multiple awards received from his score for the 2014 film Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). His upcoming release with Migration, The Meridian Suite  pushes his compositional skills in a way that no other project has done before. “The result is a masterwork that strikes a balance between intellectualism and accessibility—with occasional bursts of controlled chaos to make the proceedings even more interesting.” (Downbeat)

Antonio Sanchez, drums
Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone
John Escreet, piano
Matt Brewer, bass

Antonio Sanchez:

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The Orrin Evans Quintet

Sunday, April 3, 2016

5:00PM Performance

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Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of his generation. Evans is that rare musical force – a composer, pianist, bandleader, teacher, producer and arranger. Evans uses his musical influences to create an art experience comprised of American Songbook, spirituals, iconic jazz repertoire pieces by colleagues, plus his originals. Always pushing the boundaries of music – even questioning what it’s called – Evans attracts other brilliant, progressive musicians with a sound and style like no one else. Through 25 albums as a leader and co-leader, including his neo-soul/acid jazz ensemble Luv Park and the bracing collective trio Tarbaby, Evans has always followed a vigorously individual path.

Orrin Evans, piano


Joe Lovano Classic Quartet

Sunday, May 1, 2016

5:00PM Performance

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Numerous accolades for Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano include multiple wins as Down Beat magazine’s Jazz Artist/Musician of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year and Album of the Year. The secret to Lovano’s success is his fearless ability to push the conceptual and thematic choices he makes in a quest for new modes of artistic expression. (JazzTimes) “His breathy, broad, and sometimes dark-toned tenor saxophone sound seems simultaneously comforting and radical. Jazz’s aesthetic no longer coagulates around a single dominant idea (if it ever really did).” (Blouin Artinfo) In Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet, Lovano will explore the rich history of mainstream jazz through swing and bebop. An active proponent of straight-ahead jazz, Lovano drives the edges while honoring the structures.

Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone
Lawrence Fields, piano
George Mraz, bass
Lewis Nash, drums

Joe Lovano:

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The BCJS 2015-2016 season at the BMA!

Celebrate 25 years of jazz in Baltimore! Visit the museum before our Five at 5 concert series. 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.