May 5: Said Amintinat, guitar
May 12: Alex Martin and Evan Samuels, jazz guitar duo
May 19: Swing Guitars DC
May 26: Stanley Ng, vocals, guitar; Denis Malloy, clarinet
Born in Brittany, the Celtic province of France, raised mostly in rural North Carolina, and a traveler through Spain and Latin America now living in Washington, DC, Alex has always sought to create music that expresses his unique confluence of world cultures, what he calls “New World jazz.” A former novelist and poet with an MA from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Austin, he seeks to make music that tells stories of the exotic and the familiar--the “exotic” always being familiar to some of us. In 2007, he released Nostalgia for Terra Incognita with vocalist Lena Seikaly, bassist Leonardo Lucini, and drummer Alejandro Lucini. In January 2010, he returned to North Carolina to record a trio CD, Second Life, with Charlotte bassist Ron Brendle and Wilmington drummer Thomas Garner. Made possible in part by a grant from the Prince George's Arts Council, the CD includes 10 compositions by Alex as well as Wayne Shorter's "Ana Maria" and a jazz setting of the Breton traditional melody "Silvestrig," originally made famous by the harper Alan Stivell.
Jazz guitarist Evan Samuels grew up in Chevy Chase D.C. and attended Lafayette Elementary, Alice Deal Junior High, and Edmund Burke High Schools. He began studying and performing music at an early age, starting with trumpet and later switching to guitar, where his musical interests evolved from rock to blues, slide guitar, fusion, and ultimately jazz. At Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, Evan studied jazz under Chuck D’Aloia and John Nazarenko, and he had the privilege to interact with visiting artists Joshua Redman, Aaron Goldberg, Eric Harland, and John Scofield. He also performed in jazz ensembles and participated in the Skidmore Jazz Institute. Evan received a BA in music and history from Skidmore in 2007, whereupon he moved back to the District. Evan plays in the Dahlak House Band, which hosts the D.C. Jazz Jam, and he plays bass guitar in The Blue Transfer, a local blues band. In addition to performing throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, Evan teaches music to students of all ages.
Swing Guitars DC
Swing Guitars DC is a Washington, DC based acoustic gypsy jazz guitar trio that brings Jazz Age Paris to life with the spirited original music of virtuoso gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, a sound that helped culturally define Paris of the mid 1930's and '40s. With a broad repertoire of hot swing standards, beautiful ballads, contemporary latin rhythms and authentic french musette, Swing Guitars DC adds to this evolving musical tradition in an exciting acoustic guitar and bass trio format.
Denis Malloy is a versatile clarinetist, bass clarinetist, saxophonist and jazz composer happily making diverse music in the Washington D.C. / Baltimore metropolitan area. Washington D.C. Youth Orchestra Program and clarinet and saxophone at the Olenka School and his private studio in the D.C. area.
He records and performs in a wide range of styles and projects including jazz, classical, middle-eastern and rock.
Denis has performed with the Summer Opera Company in Washington, D.C., The AIMS Symphonie Orchester in Graz Austria, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. More at www.denismalloy.com
Stanley "Z" Ng
Born and raised in Hong Kong, is a singer/guitarist active in the DC area. His passion for the music of different cultures led him to study African music at UC Berkeley and Mediterranean music at Drexel University. He currently performs with musicians in a variety of musical styles, including rumba and Brazilian music. More at StanleyZNg.com
His formal guitar studies began in Washington DC with Spencer Fellows. He studied with a very diverse group of well-known musicians such as: Jeffery Meyericks, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Michael Lorrimer, Guido Santorsola and Charlie Byrd.
He received a scholarship from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied classical guitar with Ray Chester and the grand master Manuel Barrueco. It was the latter who influenced him the most in the development of his style and choice of repertoire which encompasses composers from the Renaissance period to the moderns, including compositions of his own.
After completion of his studies at The Peabody Conservatory he began a performance and teaching career. He has held teaching posts in many centers of musical education including The Brighton School of Music in the United Kingdom and the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco.
As a performer he has appeared at the Guitar Society of Washington and at concert series held at The American University, Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco, National Gallery of Art, The Freer Gallery, The World Bank, IMF center, Cellar Door productions, numerous embassies through out the world and major Jazz venues such as The New Morning and Ecole Atla in Paris. More information at www.saidtinat.com
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