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Mike Kuhl, drums
John Lee, guitar
Dave Ballou, trumpet
Drummer, recording artist, educator, Michael Kuhl hails from the musically diverse city of Baltimore. Kuhl studied and performed in numerous genres, making him a first call drummer for any situation. A graduate of Towson University, Kuhl has performed locally and throughout the globe alongside jazz greats Dave Liebman, Tony Malaby, Michael Formaneck, Dave Ballou, Ellery Eskelin and Claudio Roditi. Outside of jazz, Kuhl has shared the stage with many international acts such as Beach House, Arboretum, Cigarettes After Sex, Tom Tom Club, and The Ravonnettes. As a leader, Kuhl performed with his trio every Tuesday night at Bertha’s in Fells Point, before the pandemic. Alongside of his musical career, Mike is an accomplished martial artist of Bagua Kung Fu, in which he says the two arts go hand in hand.
John Lee is a composer and guitarist residing in Washington D.C. He has devoted his life to exploring the art of music. Lee earned a B.F.A. in Jazz Performance from The New School University, Mannes Jazz and Contemporary Music Program He has toured and performed with prominent figures; he can be heard playing guitar on over 15 recorded albums and led the release of four of his own: Currently, Lee teaches for MusiCorps, a music rehabilitation program that pairs musicians with wounded service members to help them recover their lives through musical study at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Lee’s philosophy is ,“You are your own best teacher.” He is excited and enthusiastic about joining the Jazz and Commercial Division at Towson University.
Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou has released nine internationally recognized CDs as a leader or co-leader. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by an extensive list of jazz personalities. Ballou has performed Bach's Brandenberg Concerto #2 with the Bella Musica Orchestra of New York, Larry Austin's Improvisations with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Gunther Schuller's Journey into Jazz with the Spokane Symphony and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He was a featured soloist for the world premiere of Schuller’s Encounters and an orchestra member for the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd St. (2001-2004). His compositions have been performed and recorded by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Trumpeter Jon Nelson, French hornist Adam Unsworth and the TILT Brass Ensemble.
He earned a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Berklee College of Music in 1986 and a Master of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1992.
Ballou is an Associate Professor of Music and the division leader for the Jazz and Commercial music division. He teaches Jazz trumpet, Jazz and Commercial composition, Jazz theory and improvisation, Jazz arranging, and Jazz history. He is director of the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency ensemble and the Improvisation ensemble. Ballou, a member of the International Society for Improvised Music, serves on the jazz committee of the International Trumpet Guild and as a board member of the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.
Streaming cost is $5
Donations are welcomed.
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and will remain active through June 9