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Jan Knutson

with Grif Kazmierczak on violin, mandolin and trumpet and Eddie Hrybyk on bass.
Jazz Guitar

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (call for reservations)

Jan Knutson is dazzling 18 year-old guitarist who has been playing for 9 years. He has studied with such luminaries as Rodney Jones, Steve Abshire, Paul Wingo, Shawn Purcell, Frank Vignola, Frank Latino, and Heather McKay in addition to online lessons with Martin Taylor. He was a 2016 Artist in Residence at the Strathmore Music Center in Rockville, MD, was the guitarist for the 2016 Jazz Band of America, won first prize in the 2015 Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Soloist Competition and performed as a soloist with the US Army Blues. He has been a member of the elite Jazz At Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy in Summer 2015 and 2016, attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz program and in May 2016 he was featured with Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Vinny Raniolo, and Olli Soikkeli at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. In June 2017 he performed at the Syracuse Jazz festival and will be the featured jazz artist at the Richmond Folk Festival in October 2017. His first performance at The Mainstay was when he was given a solo after a Frank Vignola guitar workshop. He was also on stage for our Great Guitars show with Buck Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Steve Abshire. His first CD was produced by Frank Vignola. For his debut as a bandleader at the Mainstay, he will be joined by Grif Kazmierczak on violin, mandolin and trumpet and Eddie Hrybyk on bass.

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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Danny Tobias
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 21, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guest tonight is Danny Tobias, a traditional jazz cornetist from the Trenton, NJ area, who makes his way around the Philly and New York area jazz scenes, with a reputation for being as tasteful as they come.


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Nevin Dawson

with Philip Dutton, Rebekah Hock, Tom Anthony and Ray Anthony
The Versatile Viola

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (call for reservations)

Nevin Dawson will showcase the many facets of the viola, the oft-forgotten middle child between the violin and cello. Moving seamlessly from classical to Celtic to jazz to rock, he will share how he grew from a third grader playing Twinkle Twinkle into a cross-genre professional. Watch as he builds a one-man backup band on the spot with a looper pedal, and look for some vocal numbers as well. He will be joined by Philip Dutton on keyboards, Rebekah Hock on oboe and sax, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums. Nevin studied viola at Penn State University while earning a degree in Forestry and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello at Music Life in Chestertown and plays with Shore Strings, the Dover Symphony, The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and is featured on seven recordings. He performs solo shows, including introductory programs for the National Music Festival's Fiddlesticks grade school education program. He also sings with the Chester River Chorale/Chester Chamber Singers. He was a member of the Red Devil Moon ensemble, a new musical selected to participate in the 2017 NYC Fringe Festival. He lives in Chestertown with his wife and son, and serves as Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator with University of Maryland Extension during the day. This concert is funded through the generous support of the Hedgelawn Foundation.

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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: John Thomas, Saxophone
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 28, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guest tonight is saxophonist John Thomas, whose career spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. He started as a jazz player and is now pursuing a classical performance doctorate at Peabody. Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he insistently explores the boundaries between the two. He is currently Director of Jazz Ensembles at the Baltimore School of the Arts and teaches at Washington College.


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The Greg Hatza Organ-ization

Jazz with gospel, R&B and blues roots
Jazz Organ Group

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (call for reservations)

Greg Hatza is one of the great, unsung heroes of the jazz organ, a expressive instrument full of emotion and feeling, bearing traditions ranging from gospel to blues. An acknowledged master, Hatza coaxes his own brand of rootsy, blues-based jazz from the instrument, a funky, soulful, sinuous sound that satisfies the groove junkie in all of us. Hatza became obsessed with the Hammond organ as a teen in his native Reading, PA when a friend turned him on to records by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Ray Charles, and Johnny Hammond Smith. At 16, he played his first professional jazz gig with the Frankie Scott Trio, playing around small towns in central Pennsylvania. Because there were no jazz organ instructors at the time, he was largely self-taught, learning fromlocal and visiting organ players at jam sessions until Baltimore Colts football great and jazz fan Lenny Moore asked the teenager to perform at a club he was opening in Baltimore. Since then Greg has become a fixture on the Baltimore jazz scene. He received a degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Master's from Baltimore's Towson State University, where he taught jazz, piano composition, improvisation and music theory for many years turning students on to the wonders of the organ as well. His latest recording, Digging Up My Roots, features some of the R&B and Blues classics of his youth.

Greg Hatza website

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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Beth McDonald
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, September 4, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guest tonight is Beth McDonald, a vocalist and singer/songwriter whose recordings and performances range from Gospel to Classic Jazz to Contemporary - always from the heart; a labor of love. Reviewers have said she has, "A stunning voice that breathes life into recordings old and new, Beth McDonald is a singer to behold."


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Katie Thiroux

The Chestertown Jazz Festival Opening Night
Jazz Bassist and Vocalist

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

$25 (use Buy Tickets link coming soon or call for reservations)

The Chestertown Jazz Festival opens with a stellar triple threat talent, Katie Thiroux at The Mainstay. Katie Thiroux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura bass playing, assured singing and compelling compositions. With the release of her debut album, Introducing Katie Thiroux (2015), her substantial gifts as a bandleader and recording artist were placed in the spotlight. Audiences and critics agreed as the release received many awards including "Debut Record of the Year" from the Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Jazz Journalists Association and "Top 5 Debut Records of the Year" from the NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Her new release, Off Beat, will be released mid-August. She lends a contemporary flair to mainstream stylings and carries on the hard swinging tradition of such bass masters as Ray Brown and John Clayton, while channeling the buoyant vocal finesse of iconic singers including Anita O’Day, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. She and her combo offer in-the-moment jazz that draws upon the rich history of the music, from swing to bebop and beyond.

Katie Thiroux's website


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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Tom Baldwin, bass
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, September 11, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guest tonight is Tom Baldwin, a highly respected and in demand bassist from the Baltimore/DC area who is on the faculty at the University of Maryland in College Park as well as at UMBC. He most recently appeared at the Mainstay with the Tom Lagana Group. Tonight he returns to join Joe in a duo performance.


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Melissa Aldana

Trio with bass and drums
Jazz Saxophonist

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$22 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $25 at the door (call for reservations)

Melissa Aldana is an acclaimed tenor saxophonist who is a native of Santiago Chile but is now based in New York. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana (son of saxophonist Enrique Aldana, whose Selmer Mark VI tenor Melissa performs with to this day). She began on alto but after hearing the landmark Sonny Rollins + 4 she switched to tenor and never looked back. In 2007, she moved to the US to study with George Garzone at Berklee and to pursue jazz at a higher level. In 2013, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize. The New York Times called her new recording, the explorative and deeply swinging, Back Home, “a supremely focused statement.” The intricacies and unpredictability of her solos, as well as the subtlety of her interactions with her collaborators, make for fascinating listening. The closer you listen, the deeper the reward. This performance is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Melissa Aldana's website


Melissa Aldana video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Paul Midiri and Mike McShane
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, September 18, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests tonight are Paul Midiri on vibes and Mike McShane on drums. Mike McShane performs with numerous jazz groups in the Rehoboth area. Paul Midiri performs locally as well as throughout the US in jazz festivals with the Midiri Brothers' groups. Together with Joe, the trio released a CD last year. Mike and Paul joined Joe for our first Mainstay Monday on Memorial Day, 2016. Welcome them back!


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