Big Band of the Week – Powerhouse Big Band

Powerhouse is the official jazz big band of Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)’s Essex campus. The band was led by bassist Ashton Fletcher until his death in 2015. Since then trombonist John Morgan has directed the band. Pianist George Spicka describes Morgan as “a great director, very knowledgeable, especially with horns, inspirational, with a lot of enthusiasm.” | Read more>> Read more

Jazz in Downtown Westminster

Common Ground on the Hill started in Westminster in 1994 as a summer festival of American roots music. In recent years Common Ground’s offerings have been expanded to include summer music camps, workshops, and year-round concerts in Westminster and Baltimore. Organizations that present American roots music rarely include jazz, oddly enough, so I was pleasantly surprised when Common Ground announced that it was sponsoring jazz at two of six venues in downtown Westminster on July 7th, with Celtic, blues and “alt-grass” bands at the other four locations. | Read more>> Read more

Veronneau: Love & Surrender

A unique sound is a prized stylistic trait among jazz musicians. From the emergence of jazz in New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden’s music until now, all the jazz greats have had a sound that expresses their distinct musical personalities. A unique sound is one of the many pleasures of Veronneau, the Washington, DC-area jazz and world music group, which has recently released their fourth album, Love and Surrender. | Read more>> Read more