In order to help all local jazz fans still bummed by last Sunday’s Ravens’ loss to the Patriots, we offer up this weekend’s jazz calendar. Fortunately, it is a good one. Just the tonic any Raven fan needs to get over the harsh reality that Tom Brady, not Joe Flacco will be playing in Indianapolis next week. So, let’s move on.
Marcus Johnson and Marcus Mitchell
Two nationally respected musicians will kick off the weekend with two performances, one tonight and another tomorrow evening at the Sheraton Hotel at BWI. Keys master Marcus Johnson, and saxophonist Marcus Mitchell are the featured performers of this cool jazz show, being billed as the “Winter Jazz Event.” The concert begins at 7:30 P.M., and will last until 11 both nights. Ticket are available online at Charm City Jazz. The Sheraton BWI is located at 1100 Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum.
Tom Lagana Trio
This trio features Tom Lagana on electric and nylon string guitar, Tom Baldwin on bass, and Dominic Smith on drums. The group specializes in jazz standards and original compositions. They will be performing twice this weekend. Their first show will be a three hour gig this evening at Jalapenos Restaurant in Annapolis, beginning at 7:30. Jalapenos is located at 85 Forest Plaza Drive.
On Sunday, the trio shows up for brunch at Ram’s Head Savage Mill, beginning at 11 A.M., and lasting until 2 P.M. Ram’s Head Savage Mill is located at 8600 Foundry Road in Savage, between Elkridge and Laurel.
Saturday evening finds Todd Marcus and his clarinet stylings being joined by Harry Appelman on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass, and Kush Abadey on drums at the Caton Castle. Grab some dinner, and enjoy the show which begins at 6 P.M., and runs until 10. The Caton Castle is located at 20 S. Caton Street in Southwest Baltimore.
Ariel Wickham Trio
Ariel Wickham brings her voice, along with guitarist Tom Cossentino, and bassist Brian Brunsman to Joe’s Squared Pizza for two hour show on Saturday night. While dropping by for the show which begins at 7 P.M., enjoy some of Maryland’s Best Pizza, as heralded by the Food Network. Joe’s is located at 133 W. North Avenue, just a few blocks east of Howard Street.
For Sunday brunch, Creme Restaurant and Lounge presents gospel jazz artist, Aaron Hill. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than listening to inspirational jazz. Mr. Hill’s performance will begin at noon, and last until 4P.M. Creme is located at 518 N Charles Street, in the Mt. Vernon area of the city.
Last, but certainly not least, the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society is presenting a special concert at the Baltimore Museum of Art. International recording artist Aaron Rogers brings his guitar, along with backing from Craig Taborn on the piano, Scott Colley on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums, for a concert beginning at 5 P.M. Sunday evening.
The museum is located at North Charles and 31st. Streets in North Baltimore, adjacent to the Johns Hopkins University campus. Tickets range from $10 to $30, and can be purchased here.
One last note; there will be a pre-concert tour of the museum beginning at 3:45 P.M.