The second week of the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Twilight Performance Series offers a free, family-friendly concert with the Bruce Swaim Quartet on the Great Lawn of the Leonardtown Campus, 6:45 p.m., July 14. In the event of rain, performances will move indoors to Building A, Auditorium.
The Bruce Swaim Quartet, which consists of Swaim on saxophone, Paul Langosch on bass, Jay Cooley on piano and Dominic Smith on drums, is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s premier jazz quartets.
Swaim attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a performance major in saxophone. Since moving to Washington, D.C. he has worked professionally with notable musicians, including the Four Tops and the Temptations.
Langosch began his college studies at Montgomery College’s School of Music in Rockville and then attended American University. He resides in the Washington, D.C. area and has worked with many leaders in the jazz world including Herb Ellis, Al Cohn and Bud Shank.
Cooley studied music at Montgomery College’s School of Music as well as Catholic University’s School of Theory and Composition. Cooley has appeared with Charlie Byrd, Chuck Redd and Ethel Ennis and is a frequent musical director and guest accompanist.
Smith attended Towson University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has studied in New York City with musicians such as Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson and Kim Plainfield and has played with jazz musicians Buster Williams, Mark Elf and Dennis Erwin.
Twilight sponsors include Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, CSM Foundation, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, and the Town of Leonardtown with a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. Sponsorships are available. For information, call 301-934-7647 or visit http://csmd.edu/Foundation.
For information on the Bruce Swaim Quartet, visit www.bruceswaim.com.
For information and schedules for the Twilight Performance Series, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html. Performances are subject to change.