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The Abbey Road Jazz Ensemble

If you love jazz and you love The Beatles (McCartney-Lennon-Harrison) then of course you will LOVE The abbey Roady Jazz Ensemble!

The ensemble is comprised of Washington D.C. area professional musicians.

Cyndy Elliott (Bass) ~ A life-long resident of the Washington DC area, Cyndy Elliott currently works as a freelance bassist, performing many different styles of music in big bands, small combos, orchestras and chamber ensembles. Cyndy is the co-leader of Swingtopia, a jazz octet. She has performed at many of the major venues in DC, including the Atlas Theatre, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, and the Terrace Theatre, Millennium Stage, and Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center.

Bronson Hoover (Piano-Vocals) ~ As a jazz pianist Bronson has had the great fortune to learn from the best. Bronson has studied with Dave Kane, George Colligan, Barney McAll, Ron Elliston, and Bill Boublitz. He’s shared the stage with Parliament/Funkadelic, G Love and Special Sauce, and Charlie Hunter to name a few. Bronson has traveled up and down the east coast playing in a number of regionally successful funk and reggae groups. Locally Bronson has played with some great players like Steve Sachse, Nasar Abadey, Mike Noonan, Walter Cosby, George Jones, Wes Crawford, and Eric Cathcar.

Craig Gildner~ A dynamic guitarist, pianist and male vocalist blessed with perfect pitch. His love affair with Jazz and with the Beatles started very early in life and passion for both continues. The Jazz bug hit Craig for good in 1986 while a DJ at a local jazz station in his hometown of Elkhart, Indiana.Craig formed Blue Sky 5 in 1999 with musician friends who frequent the swing scene’s dance floor. The quintet became an instant hit on the D.C. and Baltimore swing dance scenes. Craig has had the pleasure of performing with regional and national swing artists, such as Bill Elliott, Paul Cosentino, Casey MacGill, Big Joe Maher, and Johnathan Stout. He formed The Greg Gildner Trio with James Fowler and James Herron. Greg also often plays with Brazilian guitarist Beto Rodriguez.

James Herron~ An accomplished jazz drummer and percussionist from Washington, D.C. and founder of The Abbey Road Jazz Ensemble. James Herron began playing drums at age 11. He enjoyed years of study with the late Bill Reichenbach (Drummer for Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd). James graduated with awards in music from Charles W. Woodward High School and continued his studies at Montgomery College. He performed with the Montgomery County Orchestra and MC Stage Band. James also performs frequently in the DC area with The Craig Gildner Trio, The Dick Durham Ensemble and accompanies many renowned musicians including bassists Amy Shook, Max Murray, James Fowler and Bob Offerman, Fluglehorn master Dick Glass and the incomparable vibes of Blake Cramer.

Wayne Wilentz ~ A pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger, who lives and performs in the DC area. He is a highly regarded jazz musician who specializes in Brazilian music, but is also known for his versatility, vast repertoire and professionalism.As a jazz musician he has shared the stage with such stars as Howard Alden, Chuck Redd, Hendrik Muerkens, Giacomo Gates, Vanderlei Pereira, Claudio Roditi, Rebecca Parris, Richie Cole, Norris Turney and many more. He was known for a long collaboration with legendary DC vocalist Pam Bricker, which produced a Wammie winning CD entitled “U-topia”. Wayne teaches piano and vocals at the Washington Conservatory of Music. He is also the musical director for The Capital City Voices, the premier jazz choir based out of DC.

Earlier Event: January 18
Mark Koons
Later Event: January 24
Salsa Night