Brought together through a shared love of jazz, funk, and R&B and a movie about the Rat Pack, the Sax Pack is Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Marcus Anderson. Special guest Marc Antoine, a contemporary jazz musician, joins the jam sesh.
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8 ohms are an Annapolis Based 8 piece horn heavy funk, soul, reggae band. Their sound, while reminiscent of James Brown, Bob Marley and early 70's rare groove, still provides a unique and eclectic perspective in modern music.
"Aerport Rocking Chairs music takes influence from various styles, including rock n roll, jazz, funk, bluegrass, blues, and surprisingly, jungle. The drummer, Scott Shapiro, is an accomplished DJ spinning house/intelligent jungle for the last 10 years. Shapiro also has long standing London based record contract for his original jungle tracks. His back beat has lead this band to explore sounds unheard of in a rock band. He can also be heard singing some of the covers during live shows. Scott Sherr is the acoustic guitarist and lead singer with multiple credentials from his days at UCLA. His voice seems to get better with every gig and every song he writes. Its deep, rich tones with a raspy air are unique unto himself. The self professed driver of the bus, otherwise known as the bassist, is Joe Scalea. Scaleas style is as varied as his influences, building a sound that'll keep you moving and knock you over, if youre not careful. Rounding out the band is the lead guitarist, Dan Gohzansky, whos roots are purist American rock n roll. His lead style has been shaped by everything from the jazz and blues greats of the fifties, to the newest independents on the New York and Portland music scene. From clean to crunch, Gohzanksy is truly a versatile lead guitarist."
Five-piece progressive/alternative rock band with diverse influences including new wave, classical, funk, hip-hop and jazz. Alan Parsons meets Talking Heads meets Genesis.
"A conglomerate of free form Baltimore/DC musicians that mixes Dub, Reggae, Funk, Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, Psychedelic, Breakbeat, Ska, Punk, Neo Soul, Afrobeat."
4 guys mixin' rock, reggae, and funk to make you sing & dance for days! If you like Sublime, Incubus, or 311, you'll love Ballyhoo!
Collective of Maryland/DC, promoters, party crews, DJs, producers, artists, venue representatives, collaborators, motivators, rave, club, & party goers feelin’ the fresh revival of Charm City’S DJs and music nightlife! Whether you are the DJ, the promoter, or the partygoer, BSB is a citywide unit so that when you go out, you know the people; when you spin, you have the crowd; when you throw parties, everyone is there!
"When reedman Benny Russell was 15 years old he took his first major step toward what has become a prolific music career--one that embraces a range of styles that span R&B, jazz, gospel and classical music. As Russell tells it, his brother David, who was attending Morgan State University at the time, was instrumental in setting him on this path. "I was still in high school when David asked the director of Morgan State's Jazz Ensemble if I could sit in," he reports. "The director said I was welcome if I could play." Evidently Russell could play. He ended up sitting in with the school's concert and marching bands on clarinet, and continued to perform on several reed instruments with the jazz ensemble until his own graduation from Morgan State.
He now recognizes those years as a pivotal time in his musical life. "It was in the University's jazz ensemble," Russell recalls, "where my composing and arranging ambitions really took flight."
Born February 21, 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland, Russell started clarinet lessons at age 7 under the instruction of Mr. James H. Holliman.
At 12 he began playing tenor. And by the time he was 15, sitting in with the Morgan State bands, Russell was playing tenor, alto and soprano saxophones as well as clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. 1976 was the year he became a full-time undergraduate student at Morgan State, and during that time he also started gigging for the Manhattans, the Four Tops, and Richard "Groove" Holmes in addition to several other artists who toured the area. Shortly after his college graduation, Benny moved to New York and quickly formed a jazz orchestra called the NEW YORK ASSOCIATION--a seventeen-piece ensemble that featured such noted jazz artists as trumpeters Cecil Bridgewater and Tom Harrell, saxophonist John Purcell, trombonists Steve Turre and Robin Eubanks, pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs, and drummer Mike Clark.
Since then, Russell has been steadily building an impressive list of credits. Besides arranging and performing for off-Broadway shows like Beehive, he's worked with Otis Rush, Harry Belafonte, Mino Cinelu, Craig Harris, Jimmy Owens, Junior Cook, Mor Thium and a host of others. Russell can also be heard on The Cosby Show and A Different World. In 1995 Russell chaired the jazz division at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, where he also taught jazz history. While working at the Conservatory, he was able to launch a string of other cultural activities that served Brooklyn, including a program of workshops for high school students in the Brooklyn public school system, the Charlie Parker Birthday Festival, and regular performances with the Next Legacy Orchestra. Next Legacy Orchestra is a big band for which Russell writes and arranges as co-director with saxophonist Jorge Sylvester. He first worked with this group when it was known as the David Murray Big Band. When Murray decided to move to Paris in '96, he asked Russell to take on the role of leader, the name was changed and the group got a home on the Conservatory's stage. After a recent performance there, the Next Legacy Orchestra was described by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff as "one of the best overlooked bands in the city."
In February, 2002, Russell presented his work Langston Hughes: The Soul of His Words to a large audience at the Museum of Natural History in New York. The three-movement piece written for 19 piece Jazz orchestra and three actors was received with a standing ovation and a citation from the Borough President Marty Markowitz of Brooklyn, New York. In February 2004, the piece was extended to five movements and received equally as well at the St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.
In February 2005, Russell was commissioned to write a Jazz score for Zora Neale Hurston’s play Cold Keener and it was received well at Baltimore’s Loyola College.
Presently, Russell chairs the Jazz department at the Maryland Conservatory of Music. Already he has produced a successful Count Basie 100th Birthday Celebration that featured the legendary Frank Foster and Grammy award winners Antonio Hart and Mark Gross."
Power pop to funk to hard rock.
"Two piece acoustic act specializing in rock, pop, and hip hop. Credentials include: RFK Stadium - D.C. Nationals pre-game show (30K in attendance regularly), Fager's Island, Ocean City Md., Artscape '05 & '06, Towson Festival, and more. Current residencies include Lagers Pub every Wednesday, and Cosmopolitans every Thursday. Both are located in Canton, Baltimore."
"Black-Eyed Susan is a band that has successfully earned its place amongst its fans as well as throughout the music industry. Over the last ten years the Baltimore, MD based group has achieved its goals through the
creation of a sound unlike any other today. With Aaron's soulful nuances, Matt's high flying guitar work and Adam's solid and creative drumming, BES is a very impressive musical entity. Their sound is a blend of musical colors ranging from soul, funk, rock, blues and jazz. Along with writing both simple and intricate compositions, the band blends beautiful harmonies that any music lover would appreciate. Each song converges on the listener with the warmth and acceptance that harmonic enthusiasts spend lifetimes seeking out. Adventurous, temperate, intimate and dependable, Black-Eyed Susan continues to suprise
and delight even the most veteran devotee. Recently, the band has become a trio which has challenged them and forced them to mature to an even greater level of intensity and feeling. BES has always shared a strong sense of community, friendship, and a warm family vibe amongst its three members as well as its fans. The band prides itself onstage to create a live performance that will touch and tingle the soul of anybody who listens."
"Really messy, long, extended psycho-psyche jams for the people who want to hear it wild and
peaceful, you know. Hopefully with the passion of Ghostface and the flairy air of Ayler, but with less brass and bagpipes."
"Brake Fast Records is an independent label cultivating some of the strongest underground hip hop in Baltimore."
"The members of Expensive Hobby have been playing professionally in the Maryland area for years. These guys know what they are doing and love doing it. With a setlist comprised of fresh originals and classic/progressive rock cover tunes, come out and hear music played the way most of today's bands WISH they could play!"
Division of Mind combines of jazz, funk, and hard rock sounds.
Baltimore Stormin' Brainz DJ who has been tearin' up the East Coast with his multiple electronic and mainstream styles. Doubledown has appeared in Baltimore clubs, bars, and lounges such as XS, The Depot, Shortys and Sonar.
Dog Day Afternoon is a Blues and Rock based four piece band. DOG DAY AFTERNOON will be performing in and around Baltimore and is in the process of producing and recording their first album. You can email them to get on the mailing list.
Multi-talented MC/producer with influences that include Jay Z, Nas, Biggy, 2Pac, Jada Kiss, and the Game. "Hip hop at it finest--from the gritty street bangers to songs from the hearts, this guy is the total package."
A blend of Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk and Soul, E.S.Q Locution is a well rounded MC with skills in Djing & Producing.
The Black Eyed Susan authentic Mississippi river boat hosts a murder mystery and dinner cruise, with a different mystery with each cruise.
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