East River Jazz
Carl Grubbs Ensemble in concert
Sunday June 26 2011 | 4 PM
Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique
$25 day of event | Online $20 advance sales and a limited number of $15 “Early Bird” tickets available.
Catered Lite-Fare Included
Carl Grubbs, saxophones
Steve Novosel, bass
Eric Allen, drums
A 2009 Recipient of the Maryland Sawyers Baker Award, Baltimore Magazine voted “2009 Best Musician – Jazz” and the Rosa Pryor Scholarship Fund 2009 Award, Carl Grubbs performs on alto, soprano and tenor saxophones. He is also a composer, educator and recording artist. A native of Philadelphia, he received early extensive training from John Coltrane.
Carl Grubbs is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization. The organization’s programs Summer Activity Extraordinaire (SAX):Music and Dance Camp and Summer Arts Academy, provides music and dance education to youth ages 4 – 17 in the Baltimore metropolitan area. A member of the MSAC Artist in Education program, Carl has twice been the recipient of the MSAC/Maryland Traditions award as a jazz master, working with an apprentice to pass on the traditions of improvised jazz music.
Bassist Steve Novosel, who began his jazz career in 1961 while stationed in the Washington DC area, has performed with just about every major jazz artist playing and recording with Andrew White, Roland Kirk, Stanley Cowell, David “Fathead” Newman and Eddie Harris. He has performed with Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Harry “Sweets” Edison, James Moody, Archie Shepp and Blue Mitchell. Steve is also in great demand as an accompanist for singers; he has played with everyone from Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and Donny Hathaway to Anita O’Day, Roberta Flack, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn.