The Ice House in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia will host a special evening of jazz by top tier, nationally recognized jazz musicians on Saturday June 18 at 7 pm.
Pianist and composer Orrin Evans will lead a quartet that includes bassist Michael Bowie and saxophonist Langston Hughes II.
A post-concert discussion with Orrin Evans will be moderated by Sunny Sumter, CEO of DC Jazz Fest, which is a partner with the Morgan Arts Council for the concert.
Tickets (available online) are $35 and $30 for MAC members.
After playing with some of the world’s best jazz musicians, Orrin Evans has been the leader and composer on numerous albums.
In addition to small-group settings, he leads the Captain Black Big Band.
Evans is an in-demand musician appearing in many venues, including the Newport Jazz Festival. He is based in Philadelphia and is the current artist-in-residence for the D.C. Jazz Fest.
Michael Bowie is a long-time bassist and educator who lives in the D.C. area. He has accompanied some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, including early work with vocalist/pianist Betty Carter and vocalist Abbie Lincoln. He has played at Carnegie Hall and the Montreux and Newport Jazz Festivals.
The concert came about when local resident Bruce Goldstein happened to see Michael Bowie, who Goldstein has been following for three decades.
Bruce asked Michael if he’d be interested in developing a jazz concert in Berkeley Springs. Michael jumped at the opportunity and arranged a conversation with DC Jazz Fest’s Sunny Sumter. Bruce spoke with Thom Rubel, the Executive Director of Morgan Arts Council and with assistance from Kirsten Trump and MAC Board member Mary Hott, the concert became a reality.