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The 2009 "Jazz in the Mills" Jazz Series
The Other Barn
Columbia, MD
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The 2009 "Jazz in the Mills" Jazz Series
The Oakland Mills Music and Arts Committee proudly presents the 2009 bi-monthly, Sunday evening jazz series.  Featured are many of the top straight ahead jazz vocalists and musicians performing in the Washington/Baltimore corridor.

In an on-going effort to revitalize one of Columbia's oldest villages, Oakland Mills, what better way is there than to pay homage to jazz; America's truest art form!

Our line up for this year will WOW you with melodious sounds and the inexhaustible talent of our performers.

We invite you to be a part of our exciting Sunday evening jazz series held in our spacious and newly renovated facility.

February 22, 2009  The Robert Redd Trio

Robert Redd, born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, began playing music as a trumpet player at the age of twelve, and began performing professionally while still in high school. While continuing to perform and study the trumpet, he began to develop a serious interest in the piano and decided to make the switch at age twenty-three. He re-established himself as a piano player and was soon very much in demand.

Robert was a member of the Keter Betts trio for 13 years, until Betts death in 2005. The trio performed many concerts and festivals and could frequently be heard at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley. They performed regularly throughout the school year at Wolf Trap as part of Early Learning Through the Arts, a program which Betts helped start and develop, presenting live music to young audiences. Robert is a member of the Wolf Trap Jazz Trio which continues to present this program.

From 1995-1998, Robert was pianist and musical director for singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin. While touring with Rankin, he performed with Michael Moore, Oscar Castro-Neves, Roy McCurdy and John B. Williams, among others. They appeared regularly at venues in New York City such as The Rainbow and Stars and The Bottom Line, and performed in the guest artist series with the U.S. Air Force Band at DAR-Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C.

Robert worked often as a member of the Charlie Byrd Trio, and can be heard on Charlie Byrds last recording, For Louis. Other recent recordings include Bouquet Chorale (Summit Records) featuring Marty Nau and legendary saxophonist Phil Woods, and When Redd is Blue, co-led with his brother, Chuck. Robert is also a QRS recording artist and has recorded two Pianomation CDs with fellow pianist Michael T. Jones for the New York-based company.

Robert teaches and performs every year during Swing Week at the Augusta Festival at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. He is also a featured artist every year at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

As a free-lance musician, Robert has performed with Bud Shank, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Ethel Ennis, Melba Moore, Phil Woods, Mundell Lowe, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, James Moody, The Harry James Big Band, The Artie Shaw Big Band (w/Dick Johnson) and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, to name a few. He performs frequently with the Smithsonian Masterworks Organization, and is often featured at Blues Alley, where he co-leads a group with his brother, Chuck. Recent performances included a private concert in the East Room at the White House for the President, First Lady, and their guests on Valentines Day, 2008.
April 19, 2009  The Julian Hipkins Quartet

Originally from Orange, New Jersey, Julian Hipkins has been based in Washington, D.C. since 1980. He spent many years in vocal training both in private instruction and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. In addition to his talent that earned him acting roles in dramas and musicals in the New York City area, Julians rich baritone voice has soothed many jazz aficionados and listeners in Japan, Paris and the Virgin Islands.
His lyrical and musical interpretations of a song underline his musicianship and in recent years, his vocal styling has been enjoyed by BET network audiences and in many local Washington DC establishments including: Twins Lounge, Wolf Trap, The Lyceum, The Smithsonian Institution, The University of Maryland, The American University and monthly at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Julian recently held  lead vocal roles in the production of  The Forgotten, a historical jazz opera and Two To Tango, a musical review of the greatest jazz and R&B duets of all times.
Julian can be heard on two CDs with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra; One O'Clock Boogie, Two O'Clock Jump and All the Cats Join In.
June 21, 2009  The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band

Energetic, exciting, incredible to watch and listen to, fun, talented, respect for his musical elders, and finally, Jazz Ambassador - these are all terms used to describe Eric Byrd and The Eric Byrd Trio. As 2001 Kennedy Center/United States State Department Jazz Ambassadors, capacity crowds in Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Honduras and Trinidad can attest to what American audiences have known for sometime: Eric Byrd and The Eric Byrd Trio combine the best musical elements to create improvisational art at its finest.
The Eric Byrd Trio played throughout the Maryland - D. C. area and beyond to support the release, including a CD release at the Blues Alley Supper Club in Washington, D.C. In the past 2 years, The Eric Byrd Trio has played clubs and festivals from Virginia to Connecticut, bringing their concept of a modern jazz piano trio to enthusiastic crowds.
Out of 75 applying trios, The Eric Byrd Trio was one of seven selected for the prestigious honor of a Jazz Ambassadorship. After holding down a summer of 2001 residency of Twins Lounge in D.C., the trio embarked on their first Latin American tour, playing approximately 30 concerts in 40 days. Upon returning to the states, they went back into the studio to record their follow up record, "The Eric Byrd Trio." Released in April of 2002, the disc contains six Byrd compositions and four standards arranged by Khalsa. After appearing as a headlining act in Lima, Peru for weeklong international jazz festival and conference, the trio performed at the prestigious 36th annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the FestiJazz Festival in La Paz, Bolivia. In October, the trio gave a concert in Dubai in the U.A.E. as well.
The flurry of creative activity continues: Their latest CD, TRIUNITY, represents their latest recorded document of work. Byrd sets the pace with more original compositions like the bluesy "Sunday Mo'nin' Chu'ch" and "Lullaby for Jason Miles," Khalsa continues to excel with phenomenal arrangements of standards like "Get Happy" and "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams." Alphonso Young, Jr. solidifies his musical reputation by explosive drumming on songs like "Nanami," beautiful brush work on "Just For A Thrill," and a high sense of musicality throughout. TRIUNITY has been distributed internationally, and has recently been sent to the finer music shops in Japan. Byrd has published a fake book of original composition with fellow teaching colleague Dr. Glen Caldwell and A Life's Journey in Six Weeks, a book written by Byrd chronicling the trio's Jazz Ambassadorship is available for purchase. As of this writing, the performances keep coming, headlining jazz festivals from the East Coast Jazz Festival in Maryland to the Silver Spring Jazz Festival to a festival/clinic in Oklahoma in 2006. By acknowledging the storied past of jazz to help create its future, The Eric Byrd Trio will be a musical force for many years to come.
August 23, 2009  The Sara Jones Group

Jazz vocalist Sara Jones has been delighting audiences nationwide since she began singing professionally in 2001. Praised by critics for her trademark 'lush vocals,' and her 'velvet embrace' of the music (BVS Reviews, allaboutjazz.com), Sara beguiles and charms her listeners at every performance. The first place winner of the 2004 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, Sara has toured nearly all 50 states and performed in numerous concert halls across the country. Currently, she is a featured artist on the newly released album by The Young Brothers entitled Tales of Time, which is creating serious buzz among jazz critics.

Sara has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Ravinia Festival Orchestra, under the batons of Emil de Cou and Erich Kunzel. An additional highlight includes a solo performance on the Esplanade with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the local Baltimore/Washington area, Sara was a featured vocalist with the Jazz Ambassadors and has graced the stages of the Hippodrome Theater, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Sara began her musical career as a pianist. At age 14, she was playing professionally and by 18, won first prize in the W.A. Virts Piano Concerto Competition. She received her B.A. in Music at St. Mary's College of Maryland and earned her M.M. in Piano Accompanying at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After graduation she chose to pursue a professional vocal career. Though she sings full time, Sara continues to perform as a pianist and accompanies both singers and instrumentalists on recitals.

Sara lives in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C area with fellow musician husband, jazz trumpet player Kevin Watt.
October 18, 2009  The Janine Gilbert-Carter Quintet

Janine was introduced to gospel, jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church; this celestial songbird has been flying ever since.
Since 1998 Ms Gilbert-Carter has performed with the Washington Performing Arts Society Men & Women of the Gospel Mass Choir and has shared the stage with notable artists such as Tramaine Hawkins, Oleta Adams, Regina Bell, Ann Nesby and Donnie McClurkin and Sweet Honey in the Rock for the WPAS's Annual Gospel concert held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Since September 2001 Janine has worked with Local Jazz musical talents Ronnie Wells-Elliston and Ron Elliston. Audiences have been delighted with her performances at "Twins Jazz" the U street Jazz series concerts held at "The Islander" in Washington D.C., The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival and The legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley as well as several White House Events.
Janine was a finalist in the 2003 FMJS competition, 2004 Mayor's Billie Holiday vocal competition and a quarter finalist in the 2005 American traditions competition in Savannah GA. She has also performed at many special events were she has shared the stage with area-wide Jazz musicians like pianist Arron Graves, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James (Tex) King, Saxaphonist Paul Carr and percussionist Mike Smith, Nasar Abadey and the late Ricky Loza.
Janine has released three CDs in two different genres (Jazz) In The Moment and (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert.
Janines prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her. To exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music.

December 6, 2009  Holiday Jazz Extravaganza

Lavenia Nesmith, Jazz Series Coordinator
"Jazz in The Mills" presents a Holiday Jazz Extravaganza Triple Treat featuring Lavenia Nesmith, The Paul Carr Quintet and Julian Hipkins.  Join of for an enjoyable evening of jazz featuring extraordinary talented musicians, each accomplished in their own right who have come together for this momentous occasion.  The musical artistry of these musicians will WOW you with the melodious sounds from their inexhaustible gifts and talents.
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Music & Arts Committee.  Jazz Series coordinated by Lavenia Nesmith.  Event held at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD  21045.


The Other Barn
Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045
United States



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