Michael Beling Quartet
Saturday - March, 05 @ 6:00pm
This quartet focuses focuses on Beling's diverse range of original compositions— including hard bop, blues, gospel, samba and afrobeat... It promises to be an exciting and varied set! His ensemble is comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in Maine and New Hampshire, who have many years experience working together in different settings.
Michael Beling- piano/ compositions Pianist, organist and Bates College faculty member Michael Beling performs regularly with some of the preeminent jazz musicians in Northern New England. He has performed at venues including Portland's Merrill Auditorium, the State Theatre, and Port City Music Hall, and played jazz clubs in Europe. As a bandleader and composer, his ensembles include Bedlam & Eunoia and MBG. Michael maintains a busy teaching studio online and in-person in Portland and Fryeburg.
Barry Saunders- sax Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, Barry Saunders has played clubs, festivals and concerts throughout The United States, with a few dates in Europe and Asia, with such notable musicians and ensembles as Conte Condoli, Pete Christlieb, OK|OK, Michael McGinnis, Stew & TNP, Brad Terry, Erik Deutsch, Barry Manilow, Three Dog Night, Portland Jazz Orchestra, Fogcutters Big Band, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Opera North.
Barryʼs work, with his own ensemble, has been featured on the award winning Maine Public Radio news program Maine Things Considered. Most recently, he could be heard on Spinning on Air with David Garland from the studios of WNYC. He can also be heard on Erik Deutschʼs CD “Hush Money” (hammerandstring.com) and Mike McGinnisʻs CD “Road*Trip” (mikemcginnis.com).
Prior to teaching at the School of Music at USM, Barry has taught at Bennington College, Williams College, and Bates College. In addition to teaching at USM and MSAD51, Barry also enjoys a thriving private studio where he teaches, saxophone, clarinet, improvisation and composition.
John Hunter - bass – Bassist John Hunter has performed in concerts and television appearances from Maine to San Francisco while accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, James Williams, Louis Bellson, Milt Jackson, Joe Williams, Paquito d’Rivera, Marian McPartland, Jeff Coffin, Wycliff Gordon, and Mike Metheny.
He has accompanied singers Toni Tenille, Maureen McGovern, and The Four Freshmen, and also appeared with such diverse groups as the Broadway touring company of “A Chorus Line” and the Los Angeles Opera a la Carte. He toured and recorded for many years with the Shaw Brothers, and is presently a member of the Seacoast Big Band and the Capital Jazz Orchestra, which toured the eastern U.S with Ken Peplowski in the fall of 2013. His teaching credits include faculty positions since 1979 at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, the University of Maine at Augusta, the N.H. Summer Youth Music School, and numerous clinics and workshops at colleges and public schools throughout the Northeast.
Gary Gemmiti - percussion – Inspired and encouraged by his teacher, the late Alan Dawson (world renowned drummer & educator), Gary has embarked on a musical journey lasting nearly 30 years. He has toured and recorded here and abroad with various artists including blues great Mighty Sam McClain. Current projects include recording and touring with The Rustic Overtones, as well as the reggae band, Royal Hammer. He has also enjoyed an extended jazz residency at the Pressroom in Portsmouth, NH with Larry Garland, as well as other freelance work in the New England region.
650A Congress Street, Portland ME
- Mon: 5PM-11PM
- Tues: 6PM-12AM
- Wed: 5PM-12AM
- Thurs: 5PM-12AM
- Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
- Sun: 4PM-10PM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.