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A Grand Night for Singing
The Songs of Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers
Saturday October 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. $25
Mainstay favorite Sue Matthews continues to work her way through the Great American Songbook. This time she brings to life the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II who wrote with both Richard Rodgers and Jerome Kern as composers. Hammerstein is credited with revolutionizing the Broadway theater when he made the story, not the songs or the stars, central to the musical. Many of his classic Broadway songs from shows like South Pacific, Carousel, The Sound of Music and Show Boat defined the Broadway musical for decades and have become jazz standards. Sue is a superb singer with a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Give her a great song, no matter how familiar, and she will find in it fresh nuances and new depth of meaning. With Robert Redd, piano; Tommy Cecil, bass, Frank Russo, drums, Randy Reinhart, trumpet and Gary Wheat, sax.
Featured Guests: Barbara Parker, vocals and Pres Harding, guitar
With your host Joe Holt
Monday, October 24, 2016
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 Barbara Parker who will sing an eclectic mix of originals and covers with Pres Harding on guitar
Featured Guests: Matt Folker, Shannon Whitaker, Mark Wiening and Nina Sharp from Church Hill Theatre
With your host Joe Holt
Monday, October 31, 2016
Join us for a spooky theatrical 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 or guests. 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 Matt Folker, Shannon Whitaker and Mark Wiening, all actors associated with Church Hill Theatre and CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp for a special theatrical edition of Mainstay Monday.
Steve Abshire, Vince Lewis, Steve Herberman, & Amy Shook on bass.
Jazz Guitar Quartet
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The Chesapeake Guitar Quartet is a new group that features long-time collaborators Steve Abshire, Steve Herberman and Vince Lewis on guitars with Amy Shook on bass. While they play together frequently in different combinations in live performance and on their own and others’ recording projects it is rare to have all four together on stage. This will be a performance in the musical tradition of the Great Guitars. The Quartet’s repertoire includes Jazz standards, Jazz waltzes, blues and some Brazilian favorites all with arrangements that highlight the three distinct styles of these guitarists. Steve Abshire is a jazz guitarist, teacher, and clinician in his native Washington D.C./ Baltimore area. Some years ago, he retired from the U.S. Navy Band’s premiere jazz ensemble the Commodores, where he performed as the guitarist and featured soloist. Steve Herberman is a seven string guitarist who has performed at venues such as Birdland in NYC, Spazio in Los Angeles, Blues Alley, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with renowned musicians such as Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Chuck Redd and many more. Vince Lewis is a veteran jazz performer, composer and recording artist. He has been a headliner on Jazz Festivals with Dave Brubeck, B.B King, Ellis Marsalis, John Pizzarelli and Melissa Manchester. He is also an educator featured frequently in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. Amy Shook is one of the most in-demand acoustic bassists in the mid-Atlantic, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She co-leads the Shook/Russo 5tet, and performs regularly with the Fred Hughes Trio, as well the 3Divas and has also performed Maurice Hines, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Felicia Carter. This will be an evening of deep musical conversations between good friends.
Featured Guest: Scott Silbert, sax
With your host Joe Holt
Monday, November 7, 2016
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 Scott Silbert, on sax. Scott is no stranger to the Mainstay having appeared here with many groups. He is the chief arranger for the United States Navy Band and plays with the Jazz Commodores.
Internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano saxophonist
Afro-Cuban Inspired Jazz Sextet
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett is known for her explorations of Afro-Cuban styles and for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. A multiple Juno Award winner presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, she has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has also been nominated for Grammy Awards, received a Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. “Maqueque” consists of Jane and five young Cuban women instrumentalists and composers. Their brand new recording, Oddara, radiates an intoxicating spirit of joy and their live shows have thrilled audiences in clubs and festivals throughout North America. Jane Bunnett has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous Jazz festivals, displaying her musical versatility and as an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.
with The Bratcher Project
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Vocalist Karen Somerville returns, this time with The Bratcher Project to create some magical smooth jazz, highlighting the rhythmic dance between vocals, wind, and a grooving rhythm section. Smooth jazz bubbles up in the place where late 19th and early 20th century jazz meets contemporary beats influenced by rhythm & blues, funk, rock & roll, and pop music styles. It is a genre hosted by such mainstream singers and musicians as Anita Baker, and Sade, Kenny G, and Dave Koz. Karen says “we’ll do pieces like Billie Holiday’s 1952 Speak Low and Don’t Explain” and that The Bratcher Project will bring classics like "Mr. Magic", by Grover Washington Jr. and "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Roberta Flack to the mix. Vaughn Bratcher performed with a family teenaged group “The Uniques” in the late 60's and went on to play in church and popular bands through high school and college. One of his Latin jazz compositions was recognized in the John Lennon songwriting contest. His trio Smooth Play played the regional circuit in the last decade. He makes his home in Millington. Joining Vaughn on bass will be Trendle Thomas on keyboards, Steve Garrison on sax and Daryl Reid on drums. No matter what she sings, an evening with Karen Somerville is always special as she inhabits each song, making every nuance and every phrase her own. Don’t miss.
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. $20
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. $20
Songs for the Season
Meredith Hathaway and friends
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. $15
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