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What’s up with Jazz and blues

Baltimore-bred jazzer Dontae Winslow will be blowing the trumpet at Artscape this weekend, performing with WinslowDynasty and playing songs off the group’s 2011 release, The Life Album, on Sunday, July 22.

Also on July 22, Valery Ponomarev, the jazz Messenger, is performing with his quintet at the famed Caton Castle jazz club. Joining him is the FAB Trio’s Amy Shook on bass and veteran Baltimore bop drummer Robert Shahid. Fortunately, Winslow’s 3 P.M. set at Artscape should be finished before Ponomarev’s 5 P.M. show time.

There are two opportunities, 8 and 9:30 P.M., to catch drummer Eric Kennedy and his Friends at An die Musik on Friday, July 27. Pay close attention to Todd Marcus, one of the world’s few jazz musicians who breaks a bad solo on the bass clarinet.

If bass clarinet isn’t your thing, take the chance to catch Cris Jacobs, formerly of the Bridge fame, play a free show at Hampden’s Roosevelt Park instead. While you’re at it, pick up a copy of Songs for Cats and Dogs, the debut album released by Jacobs’ eponymous band last month.

Craig Alston learned to play saxophone in the early ’90s, when the legendary Mickey Fields was still blowing notes in Baltimore clubs. Don’t miss the chance to see him at the Baltimore Jazz BBQ on Sunday, Aug. 12.

And, lest we forget, buy your tickets now for the Hot August Blues and Roots Festival on Aug. 18. Not only will the boys from the Cris Jacobs Band be getting down, but Troy Andrews—more commonly known as Trombone Shorty—will be there with band Orleans Avenue.

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