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This Month's Featured Artist:

Walker Babington

July 1 - 29, 2015


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JULY ART EXHIBITION
July 1 - 29, 2015

Walker Babington


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Article By Brianne Leith The Severna Park Voice

“Unorthodox is a good way to describe my whole life,” Walker Babington laughed heartily. “I do art and live art. It’s just as much about the artist as it is about the art…being wacky and doing crazy things. The more preposterous my life is the better my art sells and the more people are interested.” Babington graduated from Severna Park High School in 2003. He went on to travel around the world and has now returned to grace Severna Park with his unique art and personality. “I’m all about the spectacle. My artwork, doing stunts, being me — I’m just plain good at spectacle.”

Employing a unique medium, Babington blowtorches portraits of women into pieces of old wood, doors, and rusted metal. He calls this fire-centric art “pyrography” or “torchtraiture.” Babington’s art is a paradox — insatiably modern, traditionally classic, and ingeniously futuristic.
“I call it post-apocalyptic art. After the apocalypse everything will be left in ruin,” he said. “All we will have is scraps. But we will, of course, need to decorate.” He smiled largely and twisted his handlebar moustache. “It actually took me years to say ‘I’m an artist.’ I just don’t like the stigma which comes with being an artist.”

Babington fell into this unique form of destructive creativity unintentionally. Originally a photographer, he branched out creatively and stumbled onto fire. “My art keeps me out of trouble,” he explained. “I have a lot of creative energy. If I am not using said energy creatively it becomes mischievous energy. I think I was arrested about once a year until I started doing this, including my senior year of high school when I streaked across the field at a Severna Park lacrosse game. It was my last big hurrah. I was not allowed to attend prom or walk across the stage at graduation.” In response to why he creates art, Babington asked, “All day in a garage, blowtorch, gas mask — what would it do for you?”
With his fire obsession and zest for an unusual life, Babington graduated from The International Stunt School in 2011. He believes, beside his drive, his gymnastic and wrestling training in Severna Park prepared him for the intricacies of body control in stunt school.
“Being lit on fire has been a dream of mine since I was 16 years old,” he said. “I think some great performance art will come out of my art and stunts.”
Babington has already performed as a confederate soldier in battle for a movie, and plans to start signing his artwork with his hand on fire.
“I am looking forward to finding new ways to make my living around fire. Right now I'm a mess of plans and possibilities.”

http://www.severnaparkvoice.com/arts-entertainment/conversation-walker-babington-severna-park-native-creates-art-through-blowtorch#sthash.e16mTNa5.dpuf

Opening reception is Sunday, July 5th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

July 2015

For reservations to all shows, please call 410.626.9796.


07.01.2015 - Wednesday

Dean Rosenthal & Friends
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



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Dean Rosenthal & Friends

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07.01.2015 - Wednesday

Starr's Jazz Jam
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

STARR’S JAZZ JAM!! Our popular jam sessions at 49 WEST café continue under the leadership of JOHN STARR, with the help of Dick Glass, Tom Korth on piano! Bill McHenry continues as our house drummer. And how is this going to work? Well, both Dick, Tom and John play bass and piano, so one of them will always be on bass and they will trade off on other instruments. Local musicians and singers will continue to sit in. It’s an ever-changing show!! Note on the calendar below that STARR’S JAZZ JAM will be the first and third Wednesday nights of each month, all year long!

$10.00 Cover Charge

Starr's Jazz Jam

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07.02.2015 - Thursday

Jeff Antoniuk & The Mars 4-Tet
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The MARS 4-tet
" . . . .they ain’t your Grandma’s jazz band."

49 West is proud to welcome back eclectic jazz super group, the MARS 4-tet. They move effortlessly from the classic jazz of Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock to the pop hits of Gino Vannelli, Peter Gabriel and Led Zeppelin. Get ready for energy, humor and groove. The band features acclaimed recording and performing artists bassist Max Murray, saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk, drummer Frank Russo and guitarist Donato Soveiro.

As a long time member of Afro Bop Alliance, bassist Max Murray shared a Latin Grammy Award and a Grammy nomination for the 2008 album Caribbean Jazz Project with Dave Samuels. The Boston bred musician is a former U.S. Naval Academy Band member.

Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk has toured many continents since leaving Alberta, Canada and is lauded for his heightened powers on the saxophone. Jazz Times praised his “considerable chops” while MusikReviews.com described his “amazing saxophone playing.” He is a recognized master of modern jazz, hard bop and funk.

Drummer Frank Russo enjoyed a long career with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and has since won critical praise for his work with many jazz greats. His recordings have gained recognition from Downbeat, Jazz Times and Modern Drummer. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Guitarist Donato Soviero has appeared with numerous groups in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Like his bandmates, he has performed at all the top Washington, D.C. concert venues. Tom Cole, host of WPFW’S “G Strings” said “Donato's beautiful phrasing and impressive improvising took me aback. He’s one of those real surprises.”

$10.00 Cover Charge

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Jeff Antoniuk & The Mars 4-Tet

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07.03.2015 - Friday

Red Wine Trio
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Ben Redwine (clarinet), Dallas Smith (bass) and Bob Boguslaw (piano).

$10.00 Cover Charge

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07.04.2015 - Saturday

Thom Beall
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bringing his own unique style of instrumental storytelling to the stage, Gingerwolf is sure to make take your mind on a journey. Currently working on his first instrumental album, he hopes to unite even more audiences with his psychedelic lullabies. Drawing as much from Pearl Jam as Santo and Johnny, expect to find him anywhere from a punk club to a jazz bar. Debut album coming soon!

$6.00 Cover Charge

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Thom Beall

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07.05.2015 - Sunday

Gary & Leah
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GARY WRIGHT & LEAH WEISS play roots-Americana music. Drawing from the traditions of Appalachian old-time and country music, their repertoire is a blend of originals, reinvented traditional songs and tunes, and innovative contemporary covers. Driving fiddle lines and tight harmony singing are trademarks of their sound.

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Gary & Leah

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07.05.2015 - Sunday

Jonathan Stone
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The sultry voice of Jonathan's singing and his crafted guitar playing bring Bossa Nova at it's true essence!

No Cover Charge

Jonathan Stone

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07.06.2015 - Monday

First Monday Singer Songwriter Showcase
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Skribe & Alex Peters host with special guests Kaylyn Marie Scardefield & Chasing Verity

$10.00 Cover Charge

First Monday Singer Songwriter Showcase

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07.07.2015 - Tuesday

UJE-Unified Jazz Ensemble
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

The Unified Jazz Ensemble is a dynamic group of masterful musicians from the USA. This ensemble has years of experience educating and entertaining diverse audiences. This is acoustic jazz, a classic American art form, done to perfection with audience interaction at its best.

$8.00 Cover Charge

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UJE-Unified Jazz Ensemble

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07.08.2015 - Wednesday

Pam Godfrey duo
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Classical duo

No Cover Charge

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07.08.2015 - Wednesday

Shook/Russo
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Amy Shook - acoustic bass
Pat Shook - tenor saxophone
Frank Russo - drums
Tim Leahey - trumpet
Jonathan Epley - guitar

The Shook/Russo 5tet has been performing together since 2005 in the mid-Atlantic region. Their focus has always been to compose and perform their own original music within the jazz idiom, honoring the masters by carrying on the tradition. Be it through blues, swing, bebop, soul jazz, or more modern funk and groove, the group has developed an incredible and unique sound by merging the diverse backgrounds of each of these fine musicians into one voice. The result is a whirlwind of grooves, melodies, and diverse textures that are a true delight to hear. Collectively, the members of the Shook/Russo 5tet have performed extensively throughout the United States, as well as performed in Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean and at festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Stan Getz Jazz Festival, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Telluride Jazz Festval, the Wall Street Jazz Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival to name a few. They currently have two CDs out on Summit Records, and will be releasing a new album later this year, featuring all new music by members of the band.

$10.00 Cover Charge

Shook/Russo

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07.09.2015 - Thursday

Steve Fidyk's Parlour Project
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS AT 410-626-9796

Led by drummer Steve Fidyk, The Parlour Project is a new ensemble that trends on performing original improvisational music. Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as a performer, author, and educator. He is a member of The Army Blues Big Band, the Jazz Studies faculty at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA., and a contributing columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine. He has performed and recorded with Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Maureen McGovern, James Moody, New York Voices, Dick Oates, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, and Bill Watrous. On tour with Maureen McGovern, Fidyk has performed with orchestras throughout the country, including The Cincinnati Pops, Spokane Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Plano Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. His discography as a leader/co-leader includes: Big Kids (U.S. Roots), A Perfect Match (Write Groove), and Live at Blues Alley (OA2). Fidyk can also be heard on over 100 recordings as a contributing artist.

$10.00 Cover Charge

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Steve Fidyk's Parlour Project

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07.10.2015 - Friday

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet

Mark Osteen, vocals and saxophones
Anthony Villa, piano
Gary Kerner, bass
Greg Mack, drums and percussion

For the past two decades Cold Spring Jazz Quartet has appeared regularly in nightclubs, restaurants and concert venues in the Baltimore-Washington area, winning a broad and loyal following. CSJQ has performed frequently at places like Tug’s Bar and Grille, Celebrities Lounge, Meli in Fells Point, 49 West, and Germano’s in Little Italy. Recent private engagements have included Stella Maris’s annual wine tasting fund-raiser, the Evergreen Museum’s fund-raising event and the Mt. Washington Wine and Jazz Festival.

Their latest CD release, Warming Trend, represents a new direction for the band. The addition of pianist Anthony Villa has enriched their sound, and Villa’s elegant, energetic solos lend grace and vivacity to the originals “Hagerstown,” and “Ver la Luz” and to Monk’s “Evidence.” Osteen’s saxophone playing hits new heights with dashing tenor solos on “Samba de Orfeu,” and “On Second Thought.” Drummer Greg Mack is showcased on the Afro-Cuban burner “Los Bravos,” and Gary Kerner’s lyrical bass adds gusto to Mose Allison’s sardonic “I Don’t Worry about a Thing.”

Osteen’s singing offers a spectrum of colors, ranging from reflective, on the ballad “Brown Study,” to flat-out R & B wailing on the Oscar Brown Jr. classic “Humdrum Blues.” Warming Trend also gives Osteen more to say with four new originals featuring lyrics by award-winning poet Ned Balbo, who brings alive the builder of Watts Towers on “The Twilight Towers,” invites female cats to play on “Tomcat’s Croon,” and imagines a forbidden love affair in “Aubade.”

The planet is warming up, and so is Cold Spring Jazz Quartet—but in a good way! Listen and feel the heat. Don’t miss their performance at 49 West on July 10th.

$10.00 Cover Charge

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Cold Spring Jazz Quartet

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07.11.2015 - Saturday

Intimate Jazz with Stef Scaggari & Rick Whitehead
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Stef Scaggari with special guest RICK WHITEHEAD, guitar

Stef was pianist at the White House when he was in the US Marine Corps Band “The President’s Own” – Rick was over 24 years in the US Air Force Band “The Airmen of Note” and has performed all over the world. Now they will make beautiful music for us at 49 West! Classy July Jazz!!

RESERVATIONS: 410-626-9796

$20.00 Cover Charge

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07.12.2015 - Sunday

Swing Brothers
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Duo with two members of Unified Jazz Ensemble

No Cover Charge

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Swing Brothers

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07.12.2015 - Sunday

Bigfoot
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM



$6.00 Cover Charge

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07.12.2015 - Sunday

Jonathan Stone
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Jonathan brings bossa nova right here to Annapolis! Great Brazilian jazz!

No Cover Charge

Jonathan Stone

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07.13.2015 - Monday

Second Monday Songwriters Showcase
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM



$10.00 Cover Charge

Second Monday Songwriters Showcase

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07.14.2015 - Tuesday

UJE-Unified Jazz Ensemble
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM

The Unified Jazz Ensemble is a dynamic group of masterful musicians from the USA. This ensemble has years of experience educating and entertaining diverse audiences. This is acoustic jazz, a classic American art form, done to perfection with audience interaction at its best.

$8.00 Cover Charge

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UJE-Unified Jazz Ensemble

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07.15.2015 - Wednesday

Dean Rosenthal &Friends
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



No Cover Charge

Dean Rosenthal &Friends

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07.15.2015 - Wednesday

Starr's Jazz Jam
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Starr's Jazz Jam has been in existence at 49 West for over 10 years now – and was before that very popular at the King of France Tavern. The house band plays amazing jazz for the first set, led by John Starr on bass, flute and vocals too. He is joined by Tom Korth on piano, Bill McHenry on drums and Dick Glass on trumpet! The second and third sets include singers and players from the audience and we attract wonderful local singers and musicians. We have quite an array of instrumentalists who “show up” and “call tunes.” Our house band is seldom stumped! Come join the fun and bring a friend!

Reservations: call 410-626-9796

$10.00 Cover Charge

Starr's Jazz Jam

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07.16.2015 - Thursday

Fred Hughes
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Fred Hughes Trio stops by the 49 West Coffeehouse and Winebar to present the Annapolis debut of their newest recording, In The Mist. The recording contains nine of Fred’s original compositions including the premier of three compositions: In The Mist, I Don't Know and Bill Michel. Also on the recording are three tunes never before recorded by the trio: The Rainman, The Day After and The Morning Calm. These tunes have been recorded by other artists, but this is the first rendition by the composer and his trio. Song for T.H. was recorded in Seoul, Korea for a DVD released in Korea, but this is the first Compact Disc recording by the trio. Out of the Blue and Tokyo Subway were recorded for the 1996 debut recording of the Fred Hughes Trio and are re-recorded here by the current trio which includes Keith Mohler on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

$10.00 Cover Charge

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07.17.2015 - Friday

Justin Trawick & Michael Kelly
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM



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07.18.2015 - Saturday

John Jensen
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

John Jensen Plays Blues from 5-7 PM every third Saturday.

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John Jensen

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07.18.2015 - Saturday

Her, Him & I
9:00 PM - 12:00 PM

PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS AT 410-626-9796

Her, Him & I.....acoustic americana!

$10.00 Cover Charge

Her, Him & I

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07.19.2015 - Sunday

Swing Brothers
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jazz duo with two members of the Unified Jazz Ensemble including special guests

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Swing Brothers

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07.19.2015 - Sunday

Spiral Staircase & Open Read
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Spiral Staircase Poetry Reading and Open Read 4 PM - 6 PM

FEATURED POET: ALEXIS ROTELLA

THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE POETRY READING AND OPEN READ takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Come and read 3 poems or read for 5 minutes--whichever is briefer. Read your own original work or someone else's. Alexis Rotella is widely regarded as one of the most influential haiku poets ever to have written in English. She won the grand prize in the Kusamakura Haiku Contest in 2007 and traveled to Kumamoto, Japan to receive the award. She invented the English-language “psychological haiku”, and has been identified with senryu for decades. She is the author of 50 books, and her most recent book, Between Waves, was published in 2014 by Red Moon Press. Alexis’s work is widely anthologized in collections and journals including Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Beneath a Single Moon (Shambala Press), and most recently Creative Writing: An Introduction to Poetry and Fiction (St. Martin’s Press). She has served as president of the Haiku Society of America, and has edited Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, and founded and edited the senryu journals Brussels Sprout and Prune Juice.

For more information, email Spiralstaircasepoetry@gmail.com, or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1624565024480295/
FREE

Reservations Recommended

No Cover Charge

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07.19.2015 - Sunday

Sunday Supper & Jazz
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM



$20.00 Cover Charge

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07.19.2015 - Sunday

Jonathan Stone
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Jonathan brings bossa nova right here to Annapolis! Great Brazilian jazz!

No Cover Charge

Jonathan Stone

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07.20.2015 - Monday

ITZALLGOODEMUSIC
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Hosted by Eric Scott

$10.00 Cover Charge

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07.21.2015 - Tuesday

Aaron Agre Quintet
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

"Featuring Raymond Robinson, Julian Brezon, Lyle Saunders, and a special guest drummer, Aaron Agre leads a quintet for an evening of original jazz compositions and selections from the Great American Songbook."

$8.00 Cover Charge

Aaron Agre Quintet

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07.22.2015 - Wednesday

Todd Bauchspies
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM



$10.00 Cover Charge

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07.23.2015 - Thursday

Shook/ Russo 5tet
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Amy Shook - acoustic bass
Pat Shook - tenor sax
Frank Russo - drums
Tim Leahey - trumpet
Jonathan Epley - guitar

$10.00 Cover Charge

Shook/ Russo 5tet

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07.25.2015 - Saturday

Jordan Tice
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2 SHOWS 7:30 & 9:30PM!! PLEASE CALL 410-626-9796 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS!!

Jordan Tice is an acclaimed guitarist and prolific composer of acoustic music currently living in Brooklyn, NY . The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music on full scholarship. He released his first record of original music "No Place Better" at the age of 17 to rave reviews and followed that with the record "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" featuring Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer which was listed as one of the Chicago Tribune's top 5 "best compact discs of the year" in the bluegrass/newgrass category in 2008. Also in 2008, Jordan released his second record as a leader entitled "Long Story". The record, featuring all Tice originals as well as an all-star band of Casey Driessen, Noam Pikelny, Andy Hall, and Mark Schatz, brought about rave reviews from acoustic music publications for its "engaging and melodic tunes" and "inspired solos" (Bluegrass Unlimited) as well as being a "very musical album" (The Bluegrass Blog). Jordan's third record "The Secret History" featuring Paul Kowert on bass and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer ventured a bit further from Jordan's Roots with longer more ethereal winding compositions and soundscapes that Bluegrass Unlimited praised as "impressive" and containing "exceptional craft".

In addition to his solo work, Jordan has worked with the likes of Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka. Other highlights include being featured on the cover of the January 2011 Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and performing the music of actor/comedian Steve Martin for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at New York City's esteemed "Shakespeare in the Park" in summer 2012. Jordan currently plays in the trio Haas Kowert Tice with fiddler Brittany Haas of Crooked Still and bassist Paul Kowert of Punch Brothers and the Dave Rawlings Machine. The trio, hailed a "Supergroup" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine is currently riding the wave of positivity surrounding their debut release "You Got This" which has been called "a collection of agile instrumentals" by Relix and setting "the new standard for what is genuinely innovative in contemporary Americana" by Songlines. He also performs with the fiddle/percussive dance group 4tet, in a duo with Hammered Dulcimer Player Simon Chrisman, and as a sideman with many different artists around the US.

$12.00 Cover Charge

Jordan Tice

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07.26.2015 - Sunday

The Befuddlers
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jenn Reichwein Byrne, Larry Byrne & Pete Reichwein (aka Lumpy) bring on the great sounds of stand up bass, dobro, guitar and sultry vocals to entertain your Sunday afternoon.

No Cover Charge

The Befuddlers

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07.26.2015 - Sunday

Last Sunday's @49 West
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Pillowbook ( Adrian Bond & Joanne Juskus), Gary Wright, Leah Weiss & Jonathan Stone present a fun evening of all Beattles music.

$10.00 Cover Charge

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Last Sunday's @49 West

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07.26.2015 - Sunday

Jonathan Stone
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Jonathan brings bossa nova right here to Annapolis! Great Brazilian jazz!

No Cover Charge

Jonathan Stone

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07.27.2015 - Monday

The 9 songwriters series
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

"Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists for only $10? To date, over 100 different artists have participated in "The 9", at shows in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Los Angels and San Francisco. Follow and Like "The 9" at www.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9 " or go to www.wearethe9.com.

Below is the lineup for "The 9 Songwriter Series" at 49 West on July 29th in Annapolis MD.



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The 9 songwriters series

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07.28.2015 - Tuesday

Unified Jazz Ensemble
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

The Unified Jazz Ensemble is a dynamic group of masterful musicians from the USA. This ensemble has years of experience educating and entertaining diverse audiences. This is acoustic jazz, a classic American art form, done to perfection with audience interaction at its best.

$8.00 Cover Charge

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Unified Jazz Ensemble

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07.29.2015 - Wednesday

Dean Rosenthal & Friends
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



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Dean Rosenthal & Friends

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07.29.2015 - Wednesday

Susan Jones Trio
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Susan Jones is a versatile free-lance violinist, who plays styles ranging from classical to jazz, with many stops along the way, including: rock, country, klezmer and mariachi. She has brought her classical music to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centerand the National Gallery of Art Terrace Cafe. Her jazz venues include the One Step Down, the Corcoran Jazz Series and Blues Alley. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she has worked as a full-time musician since 1978.

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07.30.2015 - Thursday

Bill Heid
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bill Heid came of age in the crucible that was Pittsburgh in its jazz heyday, hanging out at legendary Hill District clubs like the Hurricane Bar and the Crawford Grill. All the jazz greats regularly played in town back in the sixties and young Bill took every opportunity to sit in and learn from these masters. In addition to the many musicians passing through town during that period, Pittsburgh had produced some of the greatest names in jazz “Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Errol Garner, George Benson, Eddie Jefferson, Mary Lou Williams, Stanley Turrentine, to name a few, all called Pittsburgh their hometown.

Bill took these lessons and experiences and headed West to Detroit and Chicago, where he built a solid blues resume, touring and recording as a pianist with Jimmy Witherspoon, Koko Taylor, Alberta Adams, Fenton Robinson, and many others. He also played jazz piano on two major Impulse!/MCA recordings for Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson, who called Bill’s piano playing “brilliant”, and adds that Bill “…brings fire, excitement and a feeling of the blues to any recording that he appears on.”

It is as an organist though that Bill became better known, recording as a leader on several outstanding jazz organ dates in the mid to late nineties for the Muse/Westside and Savant labels. Bill’s organ sound is at once gritty and sophisticated and is flavored with Bill’s idiosyncratic style and unique vernacular. Now, after having spent a number of years working in Japan and touring all over the world for the U.S. State Department as a Jazz Ambassador, Bill is back stateside where he can be heard on organ and piano engagements at various venues in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Bill Heid

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07.30.2015 - Thursday

Cafe Scientifique
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM



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07.31.2015 - Friday

Jordan Tice
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM



$15.00 Cover Charge

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