BALTIMORE JAZZ COMPOSERS SHOWCASE – LISTEN – George Spicka

“Step a Little Closer” (MP3) George Spicka was one of ten composers whose original compositions were played at the Baltimore Jazz Composers Showcase, Sept. 29, 2013, at Loyola University. George, who has a background in zoology, says that his tune “Step a Little Closer” is not about a love-sick swain’s proposition to the object of his affections, but about a spider’s invitation to its hoped-for prey—and its success in capturing the hapless victim. | Read more>> Read more

LYLE LINK REMEMBERS BUTCH WARREN

In October, saxophonist Lyle Link posted a very thoughtful and meaningful remembrance of bassist Butch Warren, who died October 5th, 2013 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The post was published on October 10th in CapitalBop.com. Read it here. Lyle tells the story about first meeting Butch when playing at a jam session at Twins in DC, and about the valuable lessons he learned from Butch that night and later. | Read more>> Read more

GARY BARTZ RETURNS TO PERFORM IN BALTIMORE

After a ten-year hiatus, alto saxophonist Gary Bartz returned to perform in Baltimore in September. Several hundred audience members jammed the pier of the Douglass-Myers Museum on Sunday, September 29th in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood to celebrate what turned out to be Baltimore’s first jazz festival in years. | Read more>> Read more