René Ibañez and Eddie Santiago

An die Musik Opens Up the Dance Floor for New Latin Jazz Series

January 30th brought the inauguration of a new series at An die Musik (AdM) — Latin Jazz Night with live music and dancing. Although there may be a thriving Latin jazz scene in Baltimore, I wouldn’t know it; apart from Latin jazz mainstay Rumba Club (featured at our first Baltimore Jazz Fest, in 2016), I have not heard of much going on in this space until recently, when percussionist Joel Santiago started a weekly series in Jessup. | Read more>>
Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra

Review: Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra, Sept. 9, 2018

Picture this—a band of twelve musicians decked out in white busboy jackets with red carnations and a female singer in 1920s flapper-style dress, necklace and headband. Aside from the typical jazz band instrumentation of saxes, brass, piano and drums, the band features banjo, tuba and violin. | 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>>
Carl Filipiak

Review: Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band

6/30/2018 An die Musik 8:00pm set It’s always enjoyable to go hear a fine local musician with a strong following and Carl is definitely that. The quartet played music from their last three albums; Carl on guitar, Paul Hannah on tenor sax, Matthew Everhart on electric bass and Frank Young on drums. | Read more>>
Concord Jazz Project

Concord Jazz Project’s Jazz Jam of All Originals

Last Tuesday (May 15) I headed down to the Motor House to catch Baltimore’s newest jam session, hosted by the Concord Jazz Project, and I was especially excited because not only do I like the spontaneity inherent in jam sessions, this one had a special twist – all the music they were playing was written by the participants. | Read more>>