O'Donnell/Beling/Gemmiti TRIO

Saturday - October, 06 @ 6:00pm

O'Donnell/ Beling/ Gemmiti
TAYLOR O'DONNEL- VOICE
Highlights of Taylor’s performing and teaching career have been an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show working with producer David Foster, performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC, working in Miami with Grammy award winning producer Rudy Perez, working at Miami Dade College as a Professor of Jazz Voice, and singing background vocals for singer-songwriter Ben Folds.  Taylor has performed alongside Donny McCaslin, Terence Blanchard, Lyle Mays, Fred Hersch, Jamey Haddad, Janis Siegel, the Real Group, New York Voices, Sunny Wilkinson, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, and with choral group, Seraphic Fire.  Currently, Taylor performs with various groups in the Seacoast area playing jazz and folk, and also can be seen in the up and coming soul group, Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales.       
 
MICHAEL BELING- PIANO AND BASS PEDALS
Pianist, organist and Bates College faculty member Michael Beling performs regularly with some of the preeminent jazz musicians in Northern New England. As a bandleader and composer, his ensembles include Bedlam & Eunoia and MBG.
 
GARY GEMMITI – DRUMS 
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. 

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207-774-4111

650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Hours
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.

Michael Beling Ensemble

Saturday - October, 06 @ 6:00pm

Michael Beling

is a faculty member at Bates College, Michael performs regularly with some of the best jazz musicians in Maine and New Hampshire.  Michael graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Piano Performance (Jazz Concentration), from the University of Southern Maine, where he was named Presser Scholar. He studied with many acclaimed musicians including Thomas Snow, Laura Kargul, Ben Waltzer, and Vardan Ovsepian.

Michael plays at Blue once a Month with either:

Bedlam & Eunoia

This ensemble explores Beling's compositions in a chamber jazz setting, inspired by world, film score and impressionist music. His music defies narrow definitions of style— it can be emotionally intimate, cinematic, or outright manic, but is always easy on the eyes. The Middle Eastern rhythms of Eric LaPerna and beautiful clarinet work of Barry Saunders feature prominently.
Michael Beling- Piano and Bass Pedals
Barry Saunders- Clarinet and Soprano Sax
Eric LaPerna- Hand Percussion

MBG

Jazz-funk and hard bop with some rock influence. From the Irreverently joyful to the serious, the sensibilities of the blues always shine through. Originals and re-imagined pieces from Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and more. Lively and rollicking.

Michael Beling- organ, electric piano, and bass pedals
Barry Saunders- woodwinds
Gary Gemmiti- drums

Upcoming Events

JAZZ SESH —> ONLINE

Tuesday, May 18th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

JAZZ SESH —> ONLINE

Tuesday, May 25th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

JAZZ SESH —> ONLINE

Tuesday, June 1st

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

JAZZ SESH —> ONLINE

Tuesday, June 8th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

JAZZ SESH —> ONLINE

Tuesday, June 15th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

207-774-4111

650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Hours
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.