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May 23, 2013
Jazz and poetry night was held April 14 at Contemporary School for the Arts and Gallery Inc., 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. Those in attendance included, from left, poet Art Page  and musicians Rob Earp and Christian Earp. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call Ron Lytle at 301-791-619, send an email to ronlytle3@netzero.net or go to www.csagi.org.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 4, 2008
What began as a confluence of musical tastes has become a jazz-funk explosion for the Hagerstown band Junk. Now the band is hoping to take it to the next level. With a demo complete, the band is working on its debut album, said founding member Scott Reed, bassist and the band's unofficial frontman. They hope the debut album will land them higher-profile gigs and allow bandmates to quit their day jobs. Junk performs Sunday at Firestone's Restaurant & Bar in Frederick, Md. Junk's sound started off as a hip-hop-jazz hybrid, with a live DJ, though minus the rappers.
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November 8, 2012
Poet Charles Carey and pianist Art Page were on hand for a jazz and poetry session at Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery. The next session will be Sunday at the gallery. The event is held the second Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. The gallery is at  4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-791-6191, send an email to ronlytle3@netzero.net or go to csagi.org .
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By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2012
Jazz singer Rene Marie said she wants her music to be "like a verb. " During a telephone interview from her Virginia home, Rene Marie, 56, said her music has changed extensively since she began performing professionally in the late 1990s. Her music, she said, "is more aggressive now than it used to be. As I get bolder, I get bolder," she said. And this new style of music is what attendees will see on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Renfrew Institute's Jazz Festival. The 21st annual event is from 2 to 4 p.m. on the lawn behind the Renfrew Museum near Waynesboro.
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April 19, 2012
On April 8, a poetry and jazz event was held at Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. in Hagerstown. Art Page led the session. The monthly events are held the second Sunday of every month at the gallery, 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-791-6191, send an email to ronlytle3@netzero.net or go to www.csagi.org .
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August 24, 2009
Jazz a 'vacation' for hundreds at Renfrew
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October 19, 2009
Leader of the band tells students to listen
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by JULIE E. GREENE | June 22, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -Music lovers will be treated to a free concert Saturday evening featuring two men who are members of famous jazz families. Pianist Hank Jones and saxophonist Jimmy Heath will be honored and will perform at the fifth annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Both Heath and Jones were members of families with brothers in jazz, says Todd Bolton, supervisory park ranger and organizer for the concert. Neither Heath's nor Jones' parents were professional musicians, but their homes were filled with live and recorded music, they say. Heath's mother sang in the Baptist church's choir, and his father played clarinet in a marching band for fun. Jones' mother played piano, and his father played guitar.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | June 23, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Frank Wess was playing tenor sax with the Count Basie Orchestra when Basie learned Wess also played the flute, an opportunity Basie and Wess seized upon in future concerts. At the time - it was the '50s - flutes and jazz were a rare combination. "It was at one time, but it's not now. There's flute players all over now," said Wess, 83, in a recent phone interview from his home in New York City. Wess and Vince Prudente will perform, backed by the Howard Burns Quartet, at the fourth annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert on Saturday, June 25, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2012
The musicians performing in Renfrew Institute's 21st annual Jazz Festival might have been hitting the right notes, but the weather wasn't. Storm clouds rolled in before the free event's 2 p.m. start time Sunday, so organizers moved everything from Renfrew Park to Waynesboro Area Middle School. The school's auditorium quickly filled with people. “It's always a little less (turnout) than when we have it in the park,” said Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director of Renfrew Institute.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Smooth jazz saxophonist Steven Grove, who is also known by his musical moniker Euge Groove, is a product of musical education in Washington County Public Schools. And that's one reason why Grove, 50, will return for a show at his alma mater, South Hagerstown High School (class of 1980), for a one-night-only concert Sunday, Sept. 15.  Grove's connection with music in public schools started early. His first public performance was in second grade at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.
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By COURTNEY BRADFORD | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 18, 2013
Like many professional musicians, Lew Tabackin was introduced to music as a child. But not many fledgling musicians become equally talented in two instruments. Today the 73-year-old is well-known for his flute- and tenor saxophone-playing abilities. He'll be sharing the music of both during Renfrew Institute's Jazz Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. Appearing with him will be guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Boris Koslov and Mark Taylor on drums.
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August 18, 2013
Ballet and All That Jazz dancers recently completed another successful dance season. Nine high school seniors performed together for the last time in the dance school's spring recital May 18 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. The dancers are Kristen Davis, Emily Fortney, Maggie Manspeaker, Moriah Garling, Ellen McQuaid, Akelah Taylor, Laura Meckley, Caroline Bradford and Emily Newmann. In June, dancers joined instructor Bonnie Slawson, learning contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dances at jazz camp.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2013
Scores of area residents flocked to the University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown on Thursday night to enjoy an evening of jazz and dance. “A Night of Jazz” was presented by the Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city. The concert featured Hagerstown's OTB Jazz Band and another group called ReFreshed Band from Princess Anne, Md. Phillip Doc Martin, a saxophonist, was also scheduled to play.
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August 7, 2013
Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Hagerstown-Washington County Conventions Visitors Bureau and the City of Hagerstown will present “A Night of Jazz” Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. in University Plaza. There is no cost to attend. University Plaza at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown is downtown at 32 W. Washington St. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. The lineup includes Hagerstown's Off the Block, Jazz (OTB) Band and ReFreshed Band of Prince Anne, Md., opening for saxophonist Phillip Doc Martin, whose latest CD release, “Good Day at Work,” is in stores.
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By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 3, 2013
In music, players find a kind of truth that spoken language cannot articulate. That's the message in the name of Prophets of the Abstract Truth, the band that opens the season of Wind Down Fridays at the Maryland Theatre Friday, July 5, in connection with Hagerstown Bike Night. Saxophonist Carl Disque, the band's leader, said the playlist trends toward “interesting covers” that are jazz-inflected. Musical genres include blues, bossa nova and Latin-tinged modern jazz standards, as well as interpretations of songs by the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and The Beatles.
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By COURTNEY BRADFORD | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 26, 2013
 “It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing.” Or so the Duke Ellington classic goes. And for jazz musicians Buster Cooper, 84, and Eddie Gomez, 68, music has lead them to some swinging careers.  This year, both musicians will receive the Don Redman Heritage Award, which is presented by the Harpers Ferry Historical Association and the Jefferson County NAACP.  The 12th annual award ceremony and concert will be 6 p.m. Saturday, June...
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May 23, 2013
Jazz and poetry night was held April 14 at Contemporary School for the Arts and Gallery Inc., 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. Those in attendance included, from left, poet Art Page  and musicians Rob Earp and Christian Earp. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call Ron Lytle at 301-791-619, send an email to ronlytle3@netzero.net or go to www.csagi.org.
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May 14, 2013
On Saturday at The Maryland Theatre, the stage will be filled with dancers wearing ballet slippers, pointe shoes, tap shoes, character shoes, jazz shoes, hip-hop sneakers and going barefoot.  Ballet and All That Jazz, under the artistic direction of Ranelle Flurie, will present two shows at 2 and 7 p.m.  The matinee show consists of Little BITs (Ballerinas In Training), the school's youngest dancers with the preschoolers dancing as magical fairies.  The elementary ages will become childhood princesses.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2013
About 175 young musicians took part Saturday in the 2013 Swingin' in the Park Jazz Festival, an event organized by Washington County Public Schools to showcase the county's jazz bands in middle and high schools. Nine county schools took part this year in the event, which has been held since 1998. Rob Hovermale, Washington County Public Schools' supervisor of visual and performing arts, said the event was noncompetitive, and enables participants to experiment and improvise. Gary Rupert, the event organizer, said the event was a good opportunity for young musicians to listen to other talented musicians.
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