Coming Live to Twins Jazz!! Tim Whalen, Salim Washington, Benito Gonzalez and More!

Coming Live to Twins Jazz!! Tim Whalen, Salim Washington, Benito Gonzalez and More!

Leo Maxey Thurs 01.11 8PM & 10PM BUY TICKETS

Griffith Kazmierzcak, tpt Ben Frock, tpt Joe Herrara, tpt Chris Frick, pn Jim Hanna, prc Ian Trusheim, bs Kelton Norris, dm Warm the season up with Leo's Maximal Latin Jazz Trumpets!! Arrangements of the music of Tadd Dameron, Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, original compositions, and more. Leo Maxey is a Baltimore area jazz trumpeter. Reared in Augusta, GA, he began his musical studies under the tutelage of his father Leonard Maxey, Sr. and Darian Washington and studied with the likes of local greats John Bradley, Michael Katterjohn, and Todd Jenkins. He holds tenure with the BCJO and has performed with artist to include the David Murray Baltimore Big Band, Frankie Ruiz, Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, the Whitt Williams Big Band, The Four Tops, The Impressions, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and others. He studied with Alex Norris, Tim Murphy, Gary Thomas, Michael Formanek, Paul Bollenback, Russell Thomas, Robert Blaine, and Darcie Bishop.

Tim Whalen Quintet Fri 01.12 - Sat 01.13 9PM & 11PM Sets BUY TICKETS

The Tim Whalen Quintet is one of the most exciting jazz groups in Washington DC area, featuring some of the most sought after musicians in the city. They are fearless improvisers that believe the music should never be the same from night to night. Due to the diversity of their collective musical experience and influences, they are able to traverse many musical styles seamlessly. With all that said, this band is about groove, swing, and intricacy. It's all centered around Whalen's philosophy that in order to look to the future, you need to be rooted in what came before you, and with this thought the music should speak for itself. For this special performance, the band will be playing Whalen's original compositions, as well as his creative arrangements of the music of some of the great modern pianists.

Tim Whalen - piano
Paul Pieper - guitar
Tedd Baker - saxophones
Tom Baldwin - bass
Dominic Smith - drums

Joe Vetter Sun 1.14 & Wed 1.17 8PM & 10PM Sets BUY TICKETS

Joe Vetter is a jazz pianist based in Bethesda, MD. A native of New York City, Joe grew up in a musical family. As musicians and educators, both his parents dedicated themselves to bringing music to the city's public schools. Joe began studying classical piano at age nine and continued formal training through his college years. His musical interests ranged well beyond the classical repertoire, and for over a decade, he was active in New York's vibrant jazz, blues, and R&B scene. He got an early start: When he played his first professional gig at age 15, his older bandmates worried that he wouldn't be allowed in the club. After moving to the Washington, DC area, Joe shifted his musical focus exclusively to jazz, studying with DC jazz piano master Wade Beach and performing regularly with some of DC's top jazz artists at venues such as Twins Jazz, the Henley Park Hotel, the Black Fox Lounge, and 701 Restaurant.

Twins Jazz Orchestra Thurs.01.18 8PM & 10PM BUY TICKETS

The Twins Jazz Orchestra features the areas finest musicians, arrangers and composers coming together to bring you fresh and original music to the scene here in D.C. Under the direction of Thad Wilson, a long time big band leader in the Washington, D.C. area, the group will present music from some of D.C.'s veteran musicians, composers and arrangers as well as young talent on the scene. This production is the culmination of the efforts of D.C. musicians and their professional relationships that span 19 years. (Jam session to follow)

Salim Washington Fri 01.19 - Sat 01.20 9PM & 11PM Sets BUY TICKETS


Salim Washington is a composer and multi instrumentalist, playing tenor sax, flute, oboe and bass clarinet. He has played and recorded with many of the luminaries of the art form, and has been featured in festivals and other venues throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Washington has combined a life in music with a life of the mind and is a scholar of black music and culture, having written several articles and co-written with Farah Jasmine Griffin a book about the collaboration between Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He currently serves as professor of music in Durban, South Africa, teaching jazz and mentoring young musicians at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He works to combine his artistry and pedagogy with his political conviction that we must work to improve our society with greater justice for all.

New World Sun 01.21 8PM & 10PM Sets


The New World is a unique group with the aim of exploring improvisational music through all original compositions. Though the band is built of jazz musicians and influence, The New World's approach explores and discovers multiple genres/styles, resulting in their own sound called adventure music. Each of their compositions navigates its own setting with the overarching goal of adventure, fun and friendship. The group consists of Tyler Cassidy on saxophone, Joe Epstein on trumpet, Erol Danon on piano/keys, Steve Arnold on bass/electric bass guitar, and Keith Butler Jr. on drums.

BSQ Wed 01.24 8PM & 10PM Sets


BSQ was founded six years ago by Bob Schwartz. Bob grew up listening to Duke Ellington on late night radio broadcasts and came of age hanging out with the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra Monday nights at the Village Vanguard. Bob started playing flute at age 10; by high school he was winning Mozart competitions and playing sax and flute in big bands and small jazz groups. After studying at Berklee and gigging with Andy Laverne and David Berger in college, Bob concentrated on his legal career. But he kept studying sax, with Joe Temperley, James Cotton and Tedd Baker, who along with Jeff Antoniuk encouraged him to start performing again. Pianist Rob Orwin, bassist Herb Nachmann and drummer David Martin have similar lifelong commitments to the music. Bob met the band's vocalist, Nina Schwartz, when she was performing in a college musical production for which he was playing the first reed book. BSQ released its first CD, T'ain't What'cha Do, in 2011, and its second, Look For The Silver Lining, featuring Tony Martucci on percussion, in 2013 at Twins Jazz. The band's repertoire reflects their love of seldom played standards, post-bop, sambas, Ellingtonia, and unexpected treatments of familiar material. With an increasingly busy calendar, BSQ plays in a variety of DC-area venues and occasionally in Las Vegas.

Jazzband Masterclass Thurs 01.25 7:30 PM BUY TICKETS

Jazz Band Masterclasswith Jeff Antoniuk

Join THREE great Jazz Band Masterclass groups, under the Artistic Direction of Jeff Antoniuk(sax). Jazz Band Masterclass is DC's most important adult education outlet, and they consistently product fabulous groups and top notch music. Many of the pros you hear playing around town have come up through the Jazz Band Masterclass program! Jazz Band Masterclass faculty directors Jeff Antoniuk, Leonardo Lucini and Fred Hughes are three of the top composers, recording artists and educators on the east coast. Twins Jazzis happy to have them and their groups back for their 8th year in a row! Come hear three great sets of music small group jazz. If you dig Horace Silver, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Ellington, you won't want to miss this evening! Check out the web site for more information, and to join us!

Benito Gonzalez
Fri 01.26 - Sat 01.27

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America's finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz's ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album 'Starting Point' (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Benito's acclaimed sophomore album, 'Circles' (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff "Tain" Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser. Recently, Benito received more critical attention for his work on Garrett's Grammy-Nominated album 'Seeds from the Underground'.

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre,Delfeayo Marsalis,Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, and Jackie McLean. His multi-cultural talents have led to frequent recording dates, from American jazz masters such as Kenny Garrett and Azar Lawrence, to West African musicians and Latin bands. Benito has also served as musical director for several Venezuelan Recording Artists. Presently, Benito is touring the world with numerous jazz clubs an international festivals to his credit, including several extensive tours of Europe as leader of his own Benito Gonzalez Trio.

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