Several years ago, I compiled a list of Maryland birders who listened to jazz. The file has long since been lost, having been on a previous computer. So, I'm posting this to the MD/DC Birding group to reach the 15 or so of us who were on the list. Recently, Marcia and I attended the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville so that we could see 23-year old friend and Maryland birder Nico Sarbanes and the Nico Sarbanes Quintet. (Yes, Nico is the birder who first reported [without optics, I might add] the Brown Boobies at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.) What an incredibly talented performer! Marcia and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, as well as reconnecting with Nico. Besides being a talented musician, he is also an accomplished song writer. His song "Somethin' fo' Smitty" is a tune that I originally thought was a jazz standard. I was awed to find out that Nico had written it. He has just released his first CD: Nico Sarbanes: Live in Baltimore. He and his group play at various venues in the Baltimore/Washington area. If you get the chance, go see Nico, this time holding his trumpet instead of his binoculars. You can find out more about Nico and his music at http://www.nicosarbanes.com/.
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