Artists Will Tour Seven Mid-Atlantic States


Baltimore, MD – July 18, 2018 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has announced grants to 22 presenting organizations, totaling $70,060, in support of 42 engagements through its Jazz Touring Network (JTN) program in 2018-2019.

Collaboratively developed by members of the network, the tours include:

The five member of Banda Magda stand in front of a bright yellow background.

Credit: Shervin Lainez.

Banda Magda, NY
Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
Banda Magda will visit: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY; Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD; Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY; Light Up the Queen Foundation, Wilmington, DE; and Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA.

The Baylors stand against a dark background in right profile. She is left and plays the drumsticks on his back - right.

Credit: Deneka Peniston of Peniston Photography.

The Baylor Project, NJ
As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean Baylor’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make it’s mark. Their debut album, The Journey, garnered two Grammy® Award nominations.
The Baylor Project will visit: Christina Cultural Center, Wilmington, DE; Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA; and THEARC, Washington, DC.

Charenee Wade sits on steps that lead to a stone path through the woods.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Charenee Wade, NY
Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones.
Charenee Wade will visit: Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC; Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA; Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA; and Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA.

Christian Sands is seated at a Steinway grand.

Credit: Anna Webber.

Christian Sands, NY
Singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting territory as he breaks new ground with fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with an edge.

Christian Sands will visit: Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV; Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE; Frostburg State University Cultural Event Series, Frostburg, MD; Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton, NY; and Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA.

The Fred Hirsch Trio stands in front of a concrete wall.

Credit: John Abbo.

Fred Hersch Trio, NY
A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, twelve-time Grammy® Award nominee Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist.

The Fred Hersch Trio will visit: Anderson Center for the Arts at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY; and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA.

John Scofield plays an electric guitar in a rustic cabin room.

Credit: Nicholas Suttle.

John Scofield’s Combo 66 featuring Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer, and Bill Stewart, NY
Iconic Grammy® Award winning guitarist John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity.

The group will visit: Arden Gild Hall, Arden DE; Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY; Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY; Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA; and Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA.

Mwenso jumps in right profile in front of a red brick wall.

Credit: E. Leitzell.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes, NY
Mwenso & the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes will visit: Arden Gild Hall, Arden, DE; Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY; Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY; and THEARC, Washington, DC.

Theo Croker holds a trumpet while standing in front of a dark blue background.

Credit: Geordie Woodie

Theo Croker, NY
As the grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter Theo Croker is an artist steeped in jazz tradition. Well-versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker’s own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove-oriented hip-hop.
Theo Croker will visit: Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; THEARC, Washington, DC; and Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA.

For venues and dates, click here. Please contact venues directly for tickets and to confirm performance dates and times.

The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program designed to expand the presentation of jazz throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Member organizations have access to the tools necessary to develop and sustain the art form as an ongoing part of their annual programming.JTN focuses on performing arts presenters with little-to-no experience presenting jazz, and who also work with communities underserved by the arts. The program offers opportunities for professional development, peer networking, and funding for regional jazz tours.

Since 2001, the Foundation has supported 42 organizations through the program. Today there are 22 members of the Jazz Touring Network representing six states and the District of Columbia. Click here for more information and a complete list of current network members.

For questions about the Jazz Touring Network program, please contact Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts at

The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our website at

Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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