WORLD PREMIER OF CARL GRUBBS’S INNER HARBOR SUITE FOR JAZZ AND STRING ENSEMBLES
The Walters Art Museum Graham Auditorium
It’s About Baltimore!!!
The Carl Grubbs Jazz Ensemble and the Peter Minkler String Ensemble join in a performance of new arrangements of the “Inner Harbor Suite: Live at the BMA” at the Walters Art Museum Graham Auditorium. Originally written in 1983 and recorded by the Carl Grubbs Jazz Ensemble in 1993, “Inner Harbor Suite: Live at the BMA”, moves to another level with the inclusion of the string ensemble led by Peter Minkler.
Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors
Carl Grubbs, saxophones
Todd Simon, piano
Blake Meister, bass
Howard Franklin, drums
Peter Minkler – viola
Kristen Ostling – cello
Ken Goldstein – 1st violin
Katarzyna Bryla – 2nd violin
Grubbs and Minklwer are both Baker Artist Award recipeints.
The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund supports Baltimore's artists, the city's rich and diverse cultural offerings, and the participation of its residents in the region's creative life.
Carl Grubbs is a jazz saxophonist with a distinguished career as a recording artist, composer, and educator. A native of Philadelphia, Grubbs was mentored by John Coltrane and had extensive contact with many legendary jazz musicians of the 1950s and 1960s. With his brother Earl he founded a jazz quintet called The Visitors in the early 1970s, and later played with the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet.
Education is an integral part of Grubbs’s contribution to the jazz field. In addition to heading jazz programs at several area schools, he is co-founder of Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization that aims to preserve the art form of jazz through performance and education.
Among his many awards are two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Traditions Apprenticeships from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2007, Grubbs and Lafayette Gilchrist received a Maryland Traditions Project Grant under the auspices of Contemporary Arts Inc., to research and record artists that represent Maryland’s jazz traditions.
“He makes the viola sing …” Peter Minkler, also praised by the Baltimore Sun for possessing “a darkly beautiful sound as he limned the score with clarity and communicative warmth”, has been a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1984. He also serves as Principal Viola of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Orchestra, a position he has held since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Baltimore, he served as Associate Principal with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Minkler was selected by the Maryland State Arts Council to receive a FY 2008 Individual Artist Award in Solo Instrumental Performance. This grant, awarded by jury selection every two years, is based upon artistic excellence.