The Eastport Oyster Boys at The Mainstay May 6

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The Eastport Oyster Boys bring their maritime goodtime music to The Mainstay for the start of the boating season in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

In the Spring, when the sailors have burned their socks, boats are newly varnished and painted and the snowbirds have returned to put a new coat of paint on the deck chairs, it’s time for the maritime music of The Eastport Oyster Boys, the Goodwill Ambassadors for the City of Annapolis, the Maritime Republic of Eastport and the Chesapeake.

The Eastport Oyster Boys sing songs about the Bay region and the Eastern Shore from Conowingo to Ocean City. Their sound is a blend of original folk tunes, island rhythms, salsa, boogie, dixie-swing, waltzes, chanteys and some classic rock-and-roll, all with a maritime theme and an abundant sense of humor. Their songs feature deadrise workboats, oysters, good dogs, blue crabs, and other themes unique to the Chesapeake celebrating the rich maritime life and heritage of the area. Now into their third decade as a band, they may invite you to “Rock Around the Docks,” go “Downy Ocean Hon” or lament just being “Aground Again.”

Spinsheet Magazine said “The Boys’ style is fun and easy, while their lyrics sing true to the beauties and realities of living on the Bay.” Though calling the watermen’s village of the Maritime Republic of Eastport home, their songs and stories ring true in any of the Chesapeake’s harbor towns, dockyard bars, along its tributaries and in the quiet coves. Their music has been appreciated as far away as the shores of Nova Scotia, Ireland, Europe and Australia. The Boys’ spirit and music has also been featured in numerous national and international radio, television, print and film productions.

The band includes some of Eastport’s finest musicians (and boat bums): Kevin Brooks on guitar and six string banjo, the versatile Tom Guay on hammer dulcimer, fiddle and guitar, Andy Fegley on trombone and percussion, and Mike Lange on keyboards, uke and melodica.

Their concerts are a musical celebration of life on the shores of the Chesapeake and its many scenic rivers. For more than two decades they have educated, amused and delighted thousands with their wit, wisdom and special message of stewardship and appreciation for the Bay and its unique maritime culture and history. Anyone who loves being on or near the water will find they have a lot in common with The Eastport Oyster Boys whose simple philosophy can be summed up in their list of the three basic necessities of life: “a good hat, a good dog and a good boat!”

The Washington Post said, “If you’ve lost sight of why you live here, it’s time you heard The Eastport Oyster Boys. With tongues planted firmly in their cheeks, they write and sing songs about laid-back life on the Bay. They mix droll wit and a veritable cornucopia of musical styles – from Cuban jazz to Dixie swing to rockabilly to waltzes to calypso to country weepers to tangos….and they do it all with a joie de vivre that fuels good times like high octane gasoline.”

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Mainstay sells advance tickets online through Instant Seats. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Follow the Buy Tickets link to buy tickets at the advance price. If you would rather pay at the door, you can make a reservation by calling 410-639-9133 and paying by cash or check at the door.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:
May 8 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Barbara Ferris & Bob Colligan
May 13 Le Vent du Nord
May 15 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Meredith Hadaway
May 20 A Tribute to Dick Morgan with Tadataka Unno on piano
May 22 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Elisabeth Engle, vocals
May 27 Caitlin Canty

Academy Art Museum to Open Four New Exhibitions

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Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV, 2013, Fabric, embroidery, paint, Collection of the artist.

On April 22, 2017, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD will open four new exhibitions featuring both nationally and internationally-known artists. Three of the exhibitions will be the first solo exhibitions for the artists in the U.S. Anke Van Wagenberg, Senior Curator at the Academy Art Museum, comments, “We are proud to offer these exceptional artists their first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and are excited to be a part of their thriving careers.”

The exhibition, FABRICation, is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of University of Nevada-Reno, Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, Reno, NV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation, which closes on July 9, was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.

The exhibition, Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford, is Steven Ford’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Ford, who studied glass and painting at Washington University in St Louis, MO, received a BFA in painting and printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1986. Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates.  The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls.  Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. The exhibition is sponsored by Steven Ford’s gallery, Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia. After it closes at the Academy Art Museum on July 9, the exhibition will travel to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.

Todd R. Forsgren, Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), 2012 Collection of the Artist.

Internationally-known sculptor Shelley Robzen will present Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Originally from Pennsylvania, Robzen studied Fine Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY where she received her BFA in sculpture in 1974. After graduation, she moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, an international center for sculptors who work in marble and bronze. She has been living and working there ever since. She came to Pietrasanta determined to learn everything she could about marble. Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. She has a perfect sense of form, volume and line. Her marble and bronze sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity as her artist statement reads, “Simplicity of line seeking the purity of form is the essence of my sculpture.” Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery.

Finally, the Museum will feature the photographs of Todd R. Forsgren in Todd Forsgren: Birdwatcher and Ecologist. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, he uses a range of photographic approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques.  Forsgren’s ornithological photographs depict birds that have been caught in mist nets as part of scientific surveys and ornithological research. Today, many bird-watchers share a similar goal to the famous bird painter, John James Audubon: to record every species in the country on their personal “life lists.” He resides in Alexandria, VA. The exhibition, which is his first solo museum exhibition, will be on display through June 30, 2017. Forsgren states, “My photographs are a reflection on this need to personally see, observe, and capture diversity.”

These Academy Art Museum exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.   There will be curator-led tours for the exhibitions on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 12 noonFor further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

César Orozco and Kamarata Jazz at The Mainstay April 29

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Jazz pianist César Orozco and Kamarata Jazz will play Cuban and Venezuelan influenced Jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

César Orozco is a prolific Jazz pianist, violinist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator originally from Cuba, who spent his young adulthood in Venezuela and now lives in the New York City area. His music mixes Venezuelan and Cuban traditional influences with American Jazz, Bossa Nova and other Latin genres such as flamenco and tango.

In 2012, Orozco moved to the United States after receiving a full tuition Assistantship from The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in Jazz Piano. He also holds a degree in violin and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. He is a Cubadisco Award winner (the equivalent of our Grammy Award) and wrote a hit musical while living in Venezuela.

Orozco created Kamarata Jazz in Venezuela back in 2006. The group was originally conceived as a quintet: piano, electric bass, drums, percussion and Venezuelan cuatro, a stringed instrument. Currently, they perform as a quintet but use a saxophone instead of the cuatro. The group features César Orozco on piano, Gabriel Vivas on bass, Pablo Bencid on drums, Fran Vielma on percussion, and Antonio Orta on saxophone.

Kamarata Jazz mixes Venezuelan and Cuban traditional music with Jazz plus other genres such as flamenco, tango, and Bossa Nova. The core of the repertoire is based on Orozco’s original compositions and innovative versions of Venezuelan and Cuban pieces from the traditional repertoire.

Since arriving in the States, Orozco has become a much in-demand pianist in both Jazz and Latin-American music. He has performed with Latin jazz legends such as Paquito D’Rivera, who calls Orozco’s music, “the best combination of Cuban, Jazz and Venezuelan music I ever heard.”
Orozco has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Australia as a headliner at venues such Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Bolivar Hall in London, the Bird’s Basement Jazz Club in Melbourne, Australia, the Bimhuis Jazz Club in Amsterdam and Subrosa, The Zinc Bar, and the Fat Cat in New York City. He has participated in music festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico and the Jazz al Parque in Bogota, Colombia.
His latest recording “No Limits For Tumbao” on Alfi Records, has been praised by jazz critics and generated extensive radio airplay throughout the United States.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Mainstay sells advance tickets online through Instant Seats. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website

Terry Wolf Art at Heron Point in May

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The paintings of local well-known artist Terry Wolf will be featured at Heron Point during the month of May. Wolf works in many mediums but says “watercolor, pastels, egg tempera and water gilding are most suited to express my ideas.” He paints in Maine and Maryland and has studied with John Dehlinger and Henry Peacock. He also studied “The Art in Painting” at the Barnes Foundation for three years. He will return to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania this spring and summer to demonstrate egg tempera painting in celebration of Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday celebration.

The paintings may be viewed daily from 10am until 5pm. A reception honoring Terry Wolf and his work will be held at Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Avenue on Saturday, May 6th, from 2 until 4pm. All are welcome.

The Steve Giordano Trio at The Mainstay April 21

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The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD presents guitarist Steve Giordano with his organ trio in an evening of modern, groove-influenced jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month on Friday April 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Steve Giordano is a world class jazz guitarist, educator and composer based in Philadelphia. The Steve Giordano Trio, is a traditional instrumental combination – guitar, organ, and drums – but with a more modern sound and instead of lugging a Hammond B3 (the heavyweight of the keyboard world) around, the organ is accurately represented by a synthesizer keyboard.

Giordano’s organ trio music has its base in the bluesy groove-oriented sounds of Groove Holmes, Jimmy Smith and Don Patterson – with whom Giordano has recorded and played, but the music of the current organ trio is more modern and impressionistic. They play a combination of Giordano’s original compositions and pieces from progressive artists such as Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Gary Peacock, Herbie Hancock. Giordano will be joined by Chris Simonini on keyboards and Gavin McCauley on drums.

Guitarist Steve Giordano’s career has spanned the most evolutionary age of creative music in America. His early teachers were by way of radio and then 45 and LP records from the 1950s. He learned screaming guitar solos from Elvis Presley’s guitarist Scotty Moore and then was lured to jazz by Dave Brubeck, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and John Coltrane. When new technology emerged, he tried it all: synthesizers, string synthesizers, multi-track tape machines, and samplers. Digital replaced analog and then computers expanded possibilities beyond the conventional. Entire jazz orchestras were synthesized in his studio. Jazz went from blues, swing, be-bop, straight-ahead, hard-bop, post-bop, fusion, progressive, modern and avant garde. He played rock in clubs in his teens, subverting jazz into the repertoire in his early 20’s and then entered the jazz world playing with drummer Chico Hamilton and the organ circuit with Richard “Groove” Holmes and Willis Jackson, here and in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain.

Giordano has been a fixture on the Philadelphia jazz scene for many years, playing, composing, teaching and recording. He is also noted as a teacher, with university level musicians at the University of the Arts and Temple University, as far away as his ancestral home in Sicily at the Accademia di Chitarra Moderna and with residencies through the Pennsylvania and Delaware Councils on the Arts areas and online.

Pianist/Organist Chris Simonini started playing guitar as a teen but he soon became fascinated by jazz organ and began to study the Hammond B3. He plays clubs and festivals in the Philadelphia- New Jersey area and his debut recording project will be released this spring.

Gavin McCauley is an in-demand drummer and percussionist based in Philadelphia, PA. He maintains a busy schedule performing regionally with notable jazz musicians such as Larry McKenna, Grant Stewart, John Swana, Steve Giordano, Denis Diblasio, George Rabbai, and Behn Gillece. He is on the faculty at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and teaches a multitude of private students.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Mainstay sells advance tickets online through Instant Seats. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Follow the Buy Tickets link to buy tickets at the advance price. If you would rather pay at the door, you can make a reservation by calling 410-639-9133 and paying by cash or check at the door.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:
April 24 – Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Dick Durham on piano
April 29 – Cesar Orozco and Kamerata Jazz
May 1 – Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Fredy Granillo
May 6 – The Eastport Oyster Boys
May 8 – Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Barbara Ferris & Bob Colligan
May 13-  Le Vent du Nord

“Paint the Town” Plein Air Festival for Art Lovers and Collectors

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Fifty talented artists will be coming to Chestertown, MD to paint the local scene during RiverArts “Paint the Town”, a four-day plein air festival, April 27-30. Artists come from throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C., and New York.

Many artists paint scenes of historic Chestertown and the surrounding towns and countryside recommended by local artists, while some come early to scout out Kent County looking for that something special. The result is a wonderful overview of paintings that capture the county in early spring, one of the loveliest times of the year:  historic buildings and street scenes, gardens, rural expanses, seascapes, nautical views, and more.

The artists will paint for three days. It’s great fun to watch them at work. The paintings are framed and available for sale at the free “Wet Paint Reception and Sale” on Saturday, April 29, 5:30-8:00pm at RiverArts, 315 High Street. On Sunday, April 30, there will be a two hour “Quick Draw.” These paintings, also for sale, will then be shown in Fountain Park from 11:00-noon. New this year, up to fifteen artists who were not able to participate in the four-day event, will be able to participate solely in the Quick Draw competition. Visitors are encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice” at the Quick Draw Exhibit on Sunday, and awards will also be announced.

For more information on RiverArts visit www.chestertownriverarts.org or call 410-778-6300. For information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions go to www.kentcounty.com or contact our Tourism Department at 410-778-0416.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Spy Moment: Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Garfield

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Veteran Director Diane Landskroener has assembled a formidable cast for the production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which opens Friday, April 14th at the Garfield Center for the Arts. Written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, the show is a scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear.  The NY Times called it “Breezy and perfectly enjoyable for the stray men in the room, it’s like a big bowl of buttered popcorn (but calorie-free!) for the women who can share deeply in the particulars of experience dissected and discussed.”

Cast photo, L-R: Julie Larwrence, Jennifer Kafka Smith, Jen Friedman, Hester Sachse, Melissa McGlynn. Photo and video by Jeff Weber.

The five women tasked with bringing these stories to life are no strangers to the Garfield stage. Jen Friedman, Jennifer Kafka Smith, Julie Lawrence, Melissa McGlynn and Hester Sachse have been in a number of recent shows, including Short Attention Span Theatre; My Fair Lady; The 39 Steps; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged; A Christmas Carol; Stretchmarks; and Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, to name a few.

Opening night is also Ladies Night, with a buy two, get one free special for women. Or, choose to take advantage of the Garfield’s recurring opening night discount; get $5 off when you wear your Garfield t-shirt! The show runs three weekends, from April 14th-30th. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8pm, and Sunday matinees begin at 3pm. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for military and seniors 65+, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.GarfieldCenter.org or by calling the box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Trees, Landscape Photographs by Mark Muse, on View at Adkins Arboretum

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The magic of momentary effects of light and atmosphere permeates Mark Muse’s exquisite landscape photographs in his exhibit Trees, on view in the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through June 2. In both black-and-white and color photos, he captures trees ghostly in the fog, sweeping mountain vistas and billows of leaves awash with sunlight. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.

For Muse, who lives in Shepherdstown, W.Va., photography is an excuse to walk on nearby farms and travel to the many parks and national forests in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania where he shoots most of his photographs. Often sleeping in his car to be up in time for the early-morning light and mist, he finds moments when light and shadow are just right to tell the stories of the trees, wild grasses and windswept bedrock that he has discovered.

Massive hemlock trunks soar upwards in a large black-and-white photo titled “Hemlocks, Tsuga Canadensis, Heart’s Content, Pennsylvania.” Thanks to Muse’s remarkable sensitivity to tone and texture, clear sunlight sculpts every crevasse and ridge in their rough bark and every delicate needle along their branches. Shot in a stand of old-growth forest, these trees are giants towering above the forest floor.

“This photograph doesn’t even convey how big they really are,” Muse said. “Those ferns down at the bottom are probably over knee high, so just picture yourself standing there with them halfway up your legs.”

A keen observer, Muse has learned much from his travels with his camera. The geology of the Appalachian region fascinates him, as do its weather patterns and the subtle seasonal differences in the quality of light and delicacy of leaves. With a passion for the natural landscape, he composes his photos to reveal the beauty and character in a weather-beaten sandstone outcrop, a red oak shaped by the west wind or lichen-covered hawthorns caught in a swirling mist.

Muse earned a degree in photography in the late 1960s but only became a serious photographer a dozen years ago. He credits his career in the printing industry for the development of his skill in working with photographs.

“I’ve spent years in the darkroom—literally, years,” he said.

Muse processes his digital photographs with great care and skill. Coaxing astonishing clarity from a confusing tangle of tree trunks, twigs and vines, he turned “Along the Potomac, Maryland” into a warm, animated dance of subtle grays and browns where every detail can be seen and enjoyed.

“None of these are just straight captures,” Muse explained. “I do a lot of work getting things balanced.”

Most of Muse’s photos are printed with archival pigments on a professional-level inkjet printer, but he also enjoys experimenting with platinum prints in which a digital negative is substituted for the customary film negative. A shot of tupelo trees growing amid billows of delicate woodland plants owes its incredibly warm, nuanced tones to this more traditional process.

Muse said, “The subtlety and the smoothness of the tonality, it’s really nice. So I’m going to be doing a lot more platinum once I retire.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through June 2 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum is the region’s resource for native plants and education programs about nature, ecology and wildlife conservation gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Chuck Redd’s Tribute to Charlie Byrd at The Mainstay April 15

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Chuck Redd

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd brings an all-star group of jazz musicians featuring Harry Allen on sax and Maucha Adnet on vocals to pay tribute to his mentor Charlie Byrd at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Chuck Redd’s career as a jazz vibraphonist and drummer has taken him across decades and around the globe, but he got his start with the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He toured and recorded with Byrd for nearly 20 years. Now, he pulls out all the stops to lead an all-star tribute to his mentor and friend Charlie Byrd, the American guitarist who brought who (along with Stan Getz on sax) brought Bossa Nova to the world, who introduced classical guitar to jazz, whose sophisticated arrangements of popular tunes continue to enchant listeners and who was a major figure in the early success of The Mainstay. This tribute to Charlie Byrd is made possible by generous support from Rebecca Byrd and Larry Schroth.

Joining Chuck Redd on vibes are the world-class saxophonist, Harry Allen, who Stan Getz once described as the “fulfillment of his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist,” and the exquisite Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet, who performed, toured, and recorded with the legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and Banda Nova. Both have performed at The Mainstay before and they will be joined by Nate Najar, a virtuoso who much like Byrd, plays jazz on the classical guitar. Byrd’s widow, Becky Byrd, a member of the Mainstay Board of Directors says: “There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie’s soul in Nate’s mind, heart and fingers.”

Harry Allen

Rounding out this all-star group will be bassist Tommy Cecil, and from London, drummer Matt Home. They will play music from the iconic, groundbreaking Charlie Byrd/Stan Getz album Jazz Samba, music made popular by Byrd’s group The Great Guitars and other music associated with Byrd from both his live performances and from his many, many recordings.

Harry Allen is known for his melodic, mainstream approach to the tenor saxophone. His golden tone and swinging musical imagination have made him a popular draw at jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. Jazz critic and senior contributor to the online website AllAboutJazz.com, C. Michael Bailey called Allen “a practitioner of such dense talent, he sounds as if he invented tenor saxophone performance instead of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.”

More than a decade ago, Gene Lees, the author of many books on jazz history and analysis wrote, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in … Harry Allen.”

Maucha Adnet was born in Rio de Janeiro and started her professional singing career at the age of 15. From 1984 to 1994, she performed, toured and recorded with legendary composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and his band “Banda Nova”.  The recordings included “Antônio Brasileiro” a Grammy winner in 1995. She has also recorded with a who’s who of jazz artists including Caetano Veloso, Toninho Horta, Mário Adnet, Charlie Byrd, Trio da Paz, Harry Allen, Duduka Da Fonseca, Slide Hampton and many others. She was the guest vocalist on Randy Brecker’s Grammy winning recording “Into the Sun”.

Maucha Adnet

The website AllAboutJazz.com has perhaps the most succinct summary of Charlie Byrd’s career: “Charlie Byrd jammed with Django Reinhardt, recorded with Woody Herman, studied with the great Segovia, and with Stan Getz introduced the Brazilian bossa nova to international audiences. He then proceeded to form a super guitar trio with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis. His musical interests took in virtually every form in which the guitar found a prominent voice.” He played mostly the nylon string classical guitar and influenced every style of music that uses the instrument.

Mainstay founder Tom McHugh attributed much of the Mainstay’s national reputation as a jazz venue to its early association with Byrd when he said, “Byrd played at The Mainstay several times.  He charged us very little, and seemed to realize that small places like ours needed nurturing. Charlie passed our name on to others…and they came and played… and soon our jazz reputation just took off.”

Byrd loved the relaxed atmosphere and fine acoustics of The Mainstay’s intimate space. His personal interest attracted many of his world-class jazz colleagues who continue to play regularly at The Mainstay to this day including all of the musicians who will take the Mainstay stage for this tribute.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

Nate Najar

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Mainstay sells advance tickets online through Instant Seats. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Follow the Buy Tickets link to buy tickets at the advance price. If you would rather pay at the door, you can make a reservation by calling 410-639-9133 and paying by cash or check at the door.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 17 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Jodie Littleton and Pres Harding on guitar and vocals
April 21 The Steve Giordano Trio
April 24 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Dick Durham on piano
April 29 Cesar Orozco and Kamerata Jazz
May 1 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Fredy Granillo
May 6 The Eastport Oyster Boys