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Mardi Gras Jazz Crawl
April 7 @ 7:00 pm
Cumberland Jazz Society announces the annual Weekend of Jazz in Downtown.
The Cumberland Jazz Society kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month in Cumberland with its annual Weekend of Jazz in Downtown during the weekend of April 7 and 8.
In the spirit of the birth of jazz in New Orleans, Friday, April 7th the Mardi Gras Jazz Crawl will take place in downtown Cumberland.
Friday’s Mardi Gras Jazz Crawl is a series of jazz performances starting at Ristorante Ottaviani with guitarist Mike Gellar with clarinetist/vocalist Anita Thomas performing 7 to 9 pm.
Gellar, a jazz guitarist with a distinctive harmonic approach to improvisation, cites Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery among his influences, which include horn players and other instrumentalists and vocalists as well. While mostly self-taught, Mike studied music theory at Frostburg State University and privately with guitarists Bill Bittner and Larry Wooldridge. Born in Baltimore and residing near Hagerstown, Maryland, Mike performs in duo, trio, quartet and quintet settings in the Frederick, Baltimore and Washington. His repertoire consists of swing, be-bop, cool and modern jazz from a vast variety of composers.
Australian-born multi-instrumentalist Anita Thomas delights audiences with her energy, exceptional skill and sincerity. Equally adept at playing clarinet, saxophone and acoustic bass, Anita can be heard performing in jazz as well as classical ensembles. From New Orleans and Dixieland to bebop and contemporary styles, Anita’s accomplishments and experience as a jazz musician are considerable, and her contributions as an arranger, composer, teacher and classical chamber musician are additionally substantive.
The Jazz Crawl continues at the Ramada Inn at Harrigan’s from 8:00 to 10:00 pm with Barry Gurley and Keith MacMichael. Originally from Cumberland, Gurley was named “ Best Vocalist-Pianist in Washington “ by the Washingtonian Magazine. He has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival and NYC’s Blue Note with Mad Romance and has also played at DC’s Blues Alley and The Bilboquet in Paris among other venues.
Keith MacMichael was a member of White Willow, a popular band in the region during the 70’s
and now lives in the Winchester, VA area where he teaches and performs. This unique combination takes the Jazz-duo concept to new heights.
Mezzo’s is the place to meet others on the next Jazz Crawl stop where the James Moore Quartet will be performing from 9:00-11:00 pm. Moore is a regular on the Pittsburgh jazz scene and will have his favorite musicians along with him. The group with James Moore on trumpet will also feature guitar, bass, and drums.
The Bill Green Funktet will close out the Mardi Gras Jazz Crawl from 10:00 pm-1:00 am at Uncle Jack’s. The group features local musicians Bill Green on sax, Tom Harrison on keyboard, Jim Roderick on bass, and Marc Lawrence on drums. They will be playing contemporary jazz and funk styles.
Sponsors for the weekend’s events are WFWM Radio, Carl Belt, Uncle Jack’s, Mezzo’s, Ristorante Ottaviani, Ramada Inn, Frostburg State University Music Department, and the Cumberland Jazz Society.
In addition to these events, Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series and Potomac State College will be presenting jazz concerts to help pay tribute to America’s greatest art form.
For more information about JAM 2017 and jazz in the area visit http://www.cumberlandjazz.com