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Maryland Summer Jazz Festival Returns July 14

Workshops and concerts highlight the program
By Jeff Tamarkin

The Maryland Summer Jazz Festival will launch its eighth season on July 14 with
workshops and jams for musicians and public concerts. Events take place through July 27.

The event features jazz recording and performing artists on stages and in classrooms. Headlining the festival this year are three Canadian jazz artists: trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, guitarist Matthew Stevens and saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk.

The festival also hosts a three-day jazz camp. Each day includes intensive instruction for students from 16 to retirement age. Instructors are performing and recording artists, including many university jazz professors. Attendees work directly with them in small combos grouped by ability level. The program also nurtures gifted high school and college students intent on music careers. Attendees have a new option this year to take a pre-camp clinic on “The Music of Maryland Summer Jazz” on Saturday, July 14.

Concert Highlights

The Blues Alley jazz club in Washington, D.C. traditionally hosts a Maryland Summer Jazz concert on the eve of jazz camp. This year the concert takes place on Tuesday, July 24. Guest star Ingrid Jensen joins Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update for two shows. Another concert occurs on July 27 at the conclusion of jazz camp. Held on the campus, at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Md., the event includes a student concert at 7:00 p.m. and an All Star Concert at 8:30 p.m.

Guest Artists

Nine artists will teach and perform this season, including bassist Tom Baldwin, vocalists Felicia Carter and Alison Crockett, multi-woodwind artist Pete BarenBregge, pianist Fred Hughes and drummer Marty Morrison.

Jazz camp registration continues through June 30. For more information about the camp and to obtain concert tickets, visit Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.