Date: 3/13/17 3:55 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:23:06 PM UTC-5, Gene Scarpulla wrote:
> 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
> Gene Scarpulla
> Editor, The Maryland Entomologist
> Editor, Maryland Birdlife
> Bowie, Maryland
> <ejscarp...>

Thanks, Gene, for alerting us to this wonderful talent.

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