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We have 3 outstanding concerts scheduled for the spring 2015 season of Jazzway 6004. 
An Afternoon with Cyrus Chestnut: On Saturday, April 25th at 4 PM. there will be an afternoon fundraising reception and performance by renowned jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut, in support of The Walden School and their Young Musicians Program.  Walden’s Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18. Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in Dublin, NH. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors. Cyrus Chestnut is an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program.  The reception will include catered appetizers and desserts, beverages (including wine and beer), a short presentation about the Young Musicians Program and a performance by  Mr. Chestnut, [...]
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Our November newsletter and e-mail blast just went out to all who are signed up on our mailing list.  Here is the text:
Greetings all!
My sincere thanks this season to all of you who have supported Jazzway over the years. We've enjoyed bringing you the best in jazz and we hope to continue in the coming year.
About last month….. we regret having had to postpone the John Lamkin's "Favorites" Quintet Fundraiser for Tell Me More And Then Some on Saturday October 18th at the last minute. I hope all of you who purchased tickets have received your refunds.  Please let us know if there were any problems with refunds.
 I had a medical emergency requiring immediate hospitalization on Friday (10/17) followed by surgery to remove my appendix on Saturday (10/18).  Everything went well and I am doing fine now but it was shocking how sudden and unexpected everything transpired.  We will reschedule the fundraiser in 2015 and hope you’ll be able to come out then.  [...]
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Your comments are very important to us.  Jazzway concerts are very labor intensive and personalized, and sometimes it's easy to get discouraged.  I and several members of the BJA recently had a meeting with a Baltimore City contracting group that handles many of the City's local festivals  to encourage them to represent jazz more in their music line-up than they had in the past 2 years (when BJA had a healthy partnership with them). They essentially told us that they were not that interested in preserving jazz because - maybe the audience is dying out!  I related our experience with our enthusiastic sell out audiences at Jazzway  and how our audiences represent all social demographics.  Unfortuneatly they appeared unmoved and jazz is once again underrepresented in the City's largest outdoor festival.
So why are we doing this? Why do we continue to promote jazz and jazz artists that we believe need more exposure to the public - especially given [...]
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Winard Harper 3/23/13: The audience was completely blown away by the charismatic Winard Harper and his outstanding group, Jeli Posse on March 23rd, 2013. We've had so many great concerts at Jazzway, but this was one of our most special.  So many folks came up and said it was one of the most enjoyable (if not THE best) concerts we've presented. Winard is such a beautiful soul and his virtuosity and happiness permeated the room. Watching the interplay between Winard and his equally joyful and musically outstanding band members was completely infectious and delighted the audience! A wonderful quote that was posted to his webpage recently sums it up:
  “Most of us know that this music is profound; even apocalyptic at times. However, it is so often approached on such a casual social and commercial level, we tend to ignore and overlook the stirrings within our souls and the voices of our ancestral ‘spirits’ that remind us of the fact, that [...]
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