BALTIMORE JAZZ ALLIANCE BIG BAND FALL CONCERTS - SEPT. 5, 9, 11, 2014

BALTIMORE JAZZ ALLIANCE BIG BAND FALL CONCERTS – SEPT. 5, 9, 11, 2014

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, 2013. Photo copyright 2013 by Kris Faatz

BJA BIG BAND PREPARES NEW FALL CONCERTS. Under the direction of founder, Anthony Villa, the Baltimore Jazz Alliance performs the original jazz music of Baltimore area composers. Formed in 2011 under the auspices of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and with generous support from Loyola University Maryland, the BJABB presented its first concert in September 2011. The BJABB solicits original scores and supports the creation of new jazz works for big band. Interested parties, including composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and concert presenters, should contact Anthony Villa at anthonyvilla@arditomusic.com.

Fall concert dates:
Friday September 5th, 7-9pm – Elkton Performing Arts Series, 107 Railroad Ave., Elkton (Northeast campus of Cecil Community College)
Tuesday, September 9th, 8-10pm – McManus Theater at Loyola University, Cold Spring Road & Milbrook Road, Baltimore 21210
Thursday September 11th, 7:30-9:30pm – Theater at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157

Hear and see the video recording from 2013 of Paul Faatz’ original tune, “Robo Dial,” for which Faatz was nominated for a 2014 Baker Award. (Music copyright 2013, Paul Faatz. Photos copyright 2013, Kris Faatz. All rights reserved.)

He says of the tune:

“Robo-Dial expresses my fury at the anonymous forces of evil whose nefarious companies, systems, and devices persist in plaguing my life with unwanted telephone calls. The intro was formerly a stand-alone piece written as a brief springboard to improvisation for the group “Diagram 4,” and after months of having it bouncing around my brainpan, I decided to flesh it out into a full-blown piece.

Solos: John Lamkin II, trumpet; Mark Osteen, tenor sax

Recordings of other 2013 BJA Big Band performances can be found on a separate page, linked at the top of the homepage.

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band:
Director: Anthony Villa
Saxophones: Steve Scheinberg, Brian Robertson, Mark Osteen, Andy Dagilis, Paul Faatz
Trumpets: Scott Stansfield, John Lamkin II, Eric Heavner, David Smith, Henry Kornblatt
Trombones: Jeff Harrigan, Rich Orr, Chris Convery, Bernie Robier
Piano: Justin Taylor
Guitar: Yawn Jones Jr.
Bass: Jake Leckie
Drums: Mark St. Pierre