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Warren Wolf Steps Out of the Shadows at An die Musik, Dec. 10

December 12, 2011
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Warren Wolf Steps Out of the Shadows at An die Musik, Dec. 10

For a young jazz musician, it’s not enough to be really good; you have to find a way to get people to notice that you’re really good. One time-honored method is to join a band led by an older musician who’s already well known. Baltimore pianist Lafayette Gilchrist has done that by joining David...
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An die Musik Is Closed Temporarily

November 11, 2011
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An die Musik Is Closed Temporarily

We were kinda worried that it was going to be worse: The jazz and classical venue‘s phone has been turned off since early in the week, after a Sunday night show cancelled. E-mails to club owner Henry Wong were bouncing back, and e-mails about cancelled and/or moved shows had started rolling in. The thing...
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Alexis Tantau Performs Reynaldo Hahn’s Art Songs at An die Musik’s Sunday Salon, May 22

May 20, 2011
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Alexis Tantau Performs Reynaldo Hahn’s Art Songs at An die Musik’s Sunday Salon, May 22

On a balmy Baltimore night in May, the cream of local salon society crowded around Paul Cassedy’s table for another great night of what he calls “dinner and music.” It’s no mean feat for a Baltimore rowhouse. Cassedy introduced Alexis Tantau, the night’s singer, and her piano accompanist, Elizabeth Brown. He toasted them with...
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The Most Influential Melodrama of the 20th Century–Performed by the LUNAR Ensemble

February 1, 2011
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The Most Influential Melodrama of the 20th Century–Performed by the LUNAR Ensemble

Just down the street from the Peabody Institute, An die Musik recently hosted two smashing world premieres and the melancholic masterwork of 12-tone titan Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire. The LUNAR Ensemble, whose members are all affiliated with the Peabody, managed to pack the house and then some. So no one present had a right...
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Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra Recording Live Album at An die Musik Jan. 7

January 5, 2011
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Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra Recording Live Album at An die Musik Jan. 7

One great reason to catch the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra when it performs Jan. 7 at An die Musik: The bass clarinetist’s original tunes and the top-notch, lively musicians in the orchestra deliver one of the most satisfying big-band sounds in the region. Another great reason: The orchestra’s two sets will be recorded for...
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Lush Life: Terell Stafford at An Die Musik, May 16

May 17, 2010
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Lush Life: Terell Stafford at An Die Musik, May 16

“Tonight we’re going to be doing the music of Billy Strayhorn,” Terell Stafford told the audience at An Die Musik Sunday night. “Last year, when it was his 100th birthday, we were commissioned by the city of Dayton, Ohio, where he was born, to prepare an album of his music. Bruce Barth did new...
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Freeing Improv: Evan Parker, Susan Alcorn, and Michael Formanek at the Windup Space, April 18; Tomasz Stanko Quintet at An die Musik, April 18

April 19, 2010
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Freeing Improv: Evan Parker, Susan Alcorn, and Michael Formanek  at the Windup Space, April 18; Tomasz Stanko Quintet at An die Musik, April 18

Evan Parker When two of Europe’s leading improvisers, British saxophonist Evan Parker and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, came to the United States this month, there was a reason that they both skipped Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to play their only Mid-Atlantic dates in Baltimore. Our town has, somewhat improbably, become a major center for...
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Skate Or Groove: Boom Tic Boom at An Die Musik, March 27

April 1, 2010
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Skate Or Groove: Boom Tic Boom at An Die Musik, March 27

Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom, the quartet that came to An Die Musik Saturday, features two of the more gifted jazz musicians in New York City these days: Bill Frisell’s frequent violinist Jenny Scheinman and Marty Ehrlich’s frequent pianist Myra Melford. But the group was led by a third woman, drummer Allison Miller, who...
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A Baltimore Jazz Homecoming: the Josh Ginsburg Quartet at An die Musik, Oct. 23

October 28, 2009
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Josh Ginsburg was just a skinny, fledgling musician when he started playing bass as a teenager around his Baltimore hometown in the early ’90s. On Friday he returned home for a concert at An Die Musik as the 32-year-old leader of the Josh Ginsburg Quartet. He brought along three top colleagues from New York,...
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Double Bass in Your Face

June 15, 2009
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An die Musik Live is one place in Baltimore that I’ve always wanted to visit but have never quite found the occasion for, being in general a complete outsider to jazz and classical music. But when the words “Double Bass Extravaganza” popped up on An die Musik’s calendar, it seemed like as good a...
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