Jazz quartet to launch park concerts Linthicum Woman's Club announces schedule for its summer series


The Woman's Club of Linthicum has announced its summer season of Concerts in the Park, which begins July 5.

The Barry Dove Jazz Quartet will play the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk and original compositions. Members are Barry Dove on vibraphone, Tom Baldwin on acoustic bass, Chris Bacas on tenor saxophone and Jon Seligman on drums/percussion. The group has played at the Fells Point Festival and at the Kennedy Center.

On July 12, the Lenny Adams Band will be heard in a program featuring polkas. Adams plays the saxophone and clarinet and does the vocals; Leon Umberger performs on the accordion and organ, and Joseph Stec is the drummer. They travel the East Coast playing music of the 1930s through the 1980s, mostly polkas. It's reported that the band's toe-tapping rhythms recently had the folks at Charlestown Retirement Community dancing in the aisles.

On July 19, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will perform. The group, winners of jazz and Dixieland competitions in Baltimore and Washington, features ragtime, hot Dixieland, Latin and big-band music. The ensemble includes Larry Boozer, flute, piccolo, clarinet, tenor sax and vocals; Joe Rinaldi, clarinet, soprano and alto sax; Chris Royal, trumpet; Bill Taylor, trombone; Lawrence Cione, piano and vocals; Bob LaForce, percussion; and ensemble director Ed Goldstein, tuba.

Anne Arundel County's own Crabtowne Big Band takes the stage July 26 with a program of classic and contemporary swing. The 18-piece band is directed by Bill Yakaitis and features vocalist Melody McNerney and drummer-vocalist Nick Pastelak. An evening of classic swing will include the music of such immortals as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

On Aug. 2, the Patapsco Valley Heart of Maryland Chorus will present mostly barbershop selections. The 60-member chorus was formed in 1959. In 1995, the chorus won the Mason-Dixon Division Chorus championship and later placed third in a 100-chorus competition in a five-state area.

The Royal Knights Jazz Band will be heard Aug. 9. Formed 2 1/2 years ago by North County High student Melissa Holy and her brother Michael, this 20-member high school and college student band includes trombones, trumpets, piano and vocalist. Band members are from Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

Phil Batts, a professional conductor for 30 years, leads the group through selections of big band, classic rock 'n' roll and contemporary music.

Linthicum's Concerts in the Park series ends Aug. 16, with the traditional closing act and audience favorite, the U.S. Naval Academy Band.

The program will include music for every taste -- and a community picnic organized by the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association.

All concerts are held in Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue off Route 170. The free concerts begin at 6 p.m. Donations are welcome. People are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and picnic suppers, but no alcohol.

In the event of rain, concerts will be canceled.

Information: 410-859-3308.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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