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Jazz under the Stars: Tim Coyne Quartet

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Jazz under the Stars: Tim Coyne Quartet

  • Jazz under the Stars: Tim Coyne Quartet
    August 3, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its Jazz under the Stars summer concert series with the Tim Coyne Quartet. The ensemble has been performing original jazz and classic standards in all styles around northeast Ohio for over 20 years. The quartet includes Tim on trumpet and vocals, John Perry on piano and vocals, David Spondike on double bass, and Scott Velardo on drums. With regular performances in the region, Tim Coyne Quartet caters to jazz lovers and casual listeners alike by performing jazz that is both modern and accessible.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina OH 44256. For more information, visit ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.



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Jazz under the Stars: Neo Dixie

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Jazz under the Stars: Neo Dixie

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Jazz under the Stars: Neo Dixie
    July 6, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its Jazz under the Stars summer concert series on July 6, 2019, with NEO (North East Ohio) Dixie. Join saxophonist Tom Lempner, trombonist Jimmy Redmond, tuba player Drew Kreiger and percussionist Darren Allen as they bring you these merry melodies and add a “new” (NEO) twist to some of these Dixieland treats.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina OH 44256. For more information, visit ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.

About the Artists

Tom Lempner (saxophonist and resident of Medina) is a member of the music faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Cleveland State University, and Notre Dame College. He is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies and is a teaching artist for CIPC ArtsConnect at Gilmour Academy.

As a Music Therapist, he has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and has over ten years’ experience working with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. Tom was selected by ORMACO to facilitate grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.

He has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, Parousia Digital, for Ludwig Masters Publications, and with Noel Quintana’s Latin Crew. His performances include live broadcasts on WCLV Classical 104.9, 90.3 WCPN, WRUW-FM 91.1, WJW FOX 8 News In the Morning, as he also has been featured on Ideastream, Cleveland Ovations, The Hazel Chapman Show, and Positively Cleveland.

Tom is a U.S. Army Veteran and a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.

Mark Russo (native of Garfield Heights) is a freelance jazz trumpeter and educator in the greater Cleveland area. He is currently the director of bands at Constellation Schools: Parma Community High School.

Mark is currently promoting his latest project released on Bugles Media; his debut album entitled NEW AFFIRMATION, which features all original compositions and received a 4 STAR review on AllAboutJazz.com. He is the founding member of THE JAZZ INITIATIVE, which is an ensemble dedicated to the advocacy of jazz education in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition, Mr. Russo has been an adjudicator and Guest Artist for numerous local high school and college Jazz Festivals.

As a performer, Russo has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Curise Lines and has performed extensively with such local groups as Bobby Selvaggio’s Hedectet Jazz Collective (HJC), The AVENUE from Cleveland Music Group (CMG), and has shared the stage with such artists as Ken Peplowski, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, John Bailey, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Randy Johnston, Wayne Bergeron, and Mike Lee. He has also recorded albums as a sideman with the likes of Bobby Selvaggio, Kevin Scaley, Jeremey Poparad, Asher Barkin and Lou Armagno to name a few.

Jimmy Redmond (Cleveland native) grew his passion for trombone early at age 10, inspired by his dad who also is a trombonist. His passion for jazz was inspired by family influence and growing up listening to J.J. Johnson, Carl Fontana & Frank Rosolino among studying with local major influencers such as Paul Ferguson, Chas Baker & Chris Anderson.

Jimmy has had the pleasure to share the stage with several musical icons including; Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Conrad Herwig, Jiggs Whigham, Steve Turre, Dominick Farinacci, Ernie Krivda, Bobby Selvaggio & many more. In addition to playing regularly with Bone-afied, he plays with the Skatch Anderssen Orchestra as well as freelance for the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Jerry Bruno Orchestra, Dave Banks Big Band, Dan Zola Orchestra & Gabriel Horns.

He has continued to develop his career and grow his family in the Cleveland area to continue to deepen his roots in a culture that has been rich for growing development, especially for the jazz community.

Drew Krieger is a low brass player from Willoughby, Ohio. He plays bass trombone with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, tuba with the Night Owls, a 1920s-style jazz band, and tuba/euphonium with the German brass band Gottscheer Blaskepelle.

Darren Allen (drums) was born and raised in the Cleveland area. He has worked in the Bay Village School District since 2005, where the music program has been voted a Top Music Community in the United States since 2003. Mr. Allen received his master’s degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University. As a conductor, and composer, he works with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, which performs regularly at Severance Hall. A graduate of Rocky River High School, Mr. Allen completed his undergraduate work at Youngstown State University, where he was featured on a recording of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite with the YSU Wind Ensemble and on the Jazz Ensemble I album “Lester Left Town.” While studying at YSU, he was also chosen as the only drummer from the state for the 2002 OMEA Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble.

During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Allen performed throughout the state with various musicians and recording artists, including Mark Vinci, Maria Schneider, Joanne Brackeen, Frank Foster, Marvin Stamm, Nick Brignola, Chuck Mangione, Bruce Johnstone, and Sean Jones.

Mr. Allen has also performed extensively throughout the Cleveland area with numerous jazz groups, including Powerhouse 5, the Skatch Anderssen big band, and the Dan Zola Orchestra. Mr. Allen and his wife Alice, a harpist, perform together in the Parma Symphony Orchestra.



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Maiden Voyage: Jazz Standards and Improvisation

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Maiden Voyage: Jazz Standards and Improvisation

  • Maxwell Byers
    September 8, 2019 - September 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach continues its Wadsworth Library Sunday afternoon concert series with Canton-based saxophonist, Maxwell Byers. The performance will include a selection of music composed by artists including: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. These songs are classic jazz tunes structured around simple melodies and chord progressions that can be altered with more complex scales and chord substitutions.

Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541.

About Maxwell Byers

Maxwell Byers is a musician born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He started playing saxophone under the instruction of the Canton City School District. Max has traveled around playing music to various parts of the country including California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He now resides in Massillon, Ohio where he teaches saxophone at the Music Shoppe of Downtown Massillon, and plays various shows with a variety of different bands.
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Jazz under the Stars: Hip to That

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Jazz under the Stars: Hip to That

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Jazz under the Stars: Hip to That
    June 1, 2019 - June 2, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) opens its ninth season of Jazz under the Stars with Hip to That, a four piece Cleveland-based jazz quartet that specializes in tunes from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and pop tunes with a jazzy twist. The band plays all over Northeast Ohio: from Cleveland, to Canton, to Wooster. You can often find them at Guarino’s in Little Italy, where they play 2-3 times per month. Hip to That is known for their energy, humor, and hip arrangements. They are guarenteed to give you a swingin’ good time, so bring your dancing shoes and enjoy!

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and enjoy this free concert. In the event of rain the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio 44256.

For more information, call 330-722-2541 or visit www.ormaco.org.

About the Performers

Maria DiDonato (Vocals) earned her B.M. in Music Education with a minor in Theater and her M.M. in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University. She has been studying voice since the age of 14, where she started under Benjamin Czarnota at Baldwin Wallace. Maria continued to study voice at Cleveland State University under Eileen Moore. Maria can be seen performing in musicals, operas, concerts, and solo gigs throughout Northeast Ohio. She can also be spotted behind the keyboard at Playhouse Square, where she offers musical direction for a variety of different stage productions. Maria is blessed to be the manager of Hip to That and couldn’t ask for a more talented group of musicians to play with.

Tim Miller (Drums) is a graduate of Cleveland State Universitty, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and of the Los Angeles College of Music. He has been playing drums for over 20 years and teaching for over five. He performed for the Philadelphia band Modern Bliss, performing in hundreds of weddings, clubs, and private parties up and down the east coast and in Ohio and Canada. In 2015, Tim relocated to Cleveland to continue his studies at Cleveland State University. Tim is well versed in jazz, funk, rock, Afrocuban and Brazilian drumming.

Joseph Rangel (Guitar) has been playing guitar since 2001 and was originally trained by his father, Rey Rangel, in classical guitar. In 2005 he began to study jazz, doing summer workshops at the Lakeland Jazz Summer camp. He then studied at Tri-C Metro for jazz guitar performance with a minor in piano, studying under Cleveland greats such as Joe Hunter, Steve Enos, Ernie Krivda, and Dave Sterner. Joseph then transferred to Cleveland State University where he studied for to years under the tutelage of Cleveland guitarist Bob Fraser and graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music; emphasis in jazz guitar performance.
Kevin Thompson (Bass) is originally from Washington D.C. and earned his Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College in New York. He currently studies double bass at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he is working on his professional studies diploma. Kevin is a freelance artist who performs in venues all over Ohio. He is a very versatile performer and can play a variety of styles including jazz, classical, pop, rock, and metal.



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Bobby Selvaggio & Anthony Taddeo, Sax/Percussion Jazz Duo

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Bobby Selvaggio & Anthony Taddeo, Sax/Percussion Jazz Duo

  • Bobby Selvaggio & Anthony Taddeo
    June 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its 2019 Sunday concert series at The Wadsworth Public Library on June 9, 2019 at 2pm with alto sax player Bobby Selvaggio and percussionist Anthony Taddeo as they create a soundscape of colors and textures through original jazz music. The concert is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541.

About the Artists

Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today’s jazz scene. In the words of pianist Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there,” and legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano praises Bobby by calling him “one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus, and sound.”

Bobby, who grew up in the Cleveland area, earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University. He eventually moved to New York City and earned a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, Bobby studied with Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider.

After living in New York City and gigging around town at places like the Vanguard, Smalls, and Birdland for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland with his family. Northeast Ohio has become his home base of operations where Bobby has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada with various working ensembles and musicians. He has dedicated himself to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland and his passion for jazz education has led him to serve as Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.

In addition to his work in jazz education, Bobby continues to expand his discography. His most recent recording is Quantum Man (Dot Time Records, 2016) which features a Jazz Quartet, String Quintet, Voice, and Percussion. As said by Downbeat (receiving 4 ½ stars):“Even at its most abstract, the highly textured, refreshingly unpredictable Quantum Man is persuasive and moving”. Quantum Man was also chosen “Best of 2017” by Downbeat. Follows is Short Stories (Origin Records, 2014) featuring Aaron Goldberg on the piano, Way of Being (Arabesque Records, 2013), Grass Roots Movement (Arabesque Records, 2011) featuring guitarist Nir Felder, and Modern Times (Arabesque Records, 2009). Modern Times featured Kenny Werner on piano and Sean Jones on trumpet. Bobby’s Unspoken Dialogue (Playscape Recordings, 2007) featured Kenny Werner, as well as Jamey Haddad on drums, Ben Street on bass, and Paul Tynan on trumpet; all musicians Bobby has actively performed and recorded with over the last 10 years.

In addition to playing alto saxophone, Bobby also plays soprano saxophone, alto clarinet, flute, and is a composer, arranger, and jazz clinician. Bobby Selvaggio is an Eastman Saxophone Artist and a Jody Jazz Mouthpiece endorser.

Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer and ODP performing artist currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. Early on in his musical career he studied with world renowned percussionist Jamey Haddad before moving to New York City in 2009 to further pursue his musical career at The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Anthony has toured North America and Europe extensively playing at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ciclo 1906 Jazz Fest in Spain. His versatility as a musician has also lead him to be featured on over 20 albums alongside a diverse array of musicians and genres. Anthony currently teaches drums and percussion at Cuyahoga Community College. He is an active composer and arranger for projects in NYC and Cleveland. He is currently endorsed by “Out of the Drawer Percussion” as a performing artist.



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Laura Varcho: Songs from the American Songbook

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Laura Varcho: Songs from the American Songbook

  • Laura Varcho: Songs of the American Songbook
    October 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland based jazz vocalist Laura Varcho in a program of songs from the American Songbook. The concert is free but reservations are recommended at 330-722-2541.

Laura Varcho is a dynamic and accomplished vocalist and entertainer whose audiences are moved by her ability to convey the deepest, most personal emotions as she weaves her way through her riveting live sets. Her repertoire consists of carefully selected jazz, pop and blues tunes, which she delivers with her trademark interpretive brilliance. In a concert setting, Miss Varcho puts on a high energy show, captivating her audience with her charismatic stage presence.

Laura has been a featured artist at the Columbus, Youngstown, and Toledo Jazz Festivals and has opened for several national acts, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boney James, Kenny Rankin and Kim Waters. She is a concert headliner at Night Town, one of the top jazz clubs in the world.

Laura appeared for nearly a decade in Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland’s “Women in Jazz” series, and headlined concerts at Cleveland State University’s Sundown Jazz series and Cain Park’s Jazz in the Afternoon series.

She has appeared on television and radio as both a featured performer and commercial actress.

Most recently, Miss Varcho has crafted her talent, knowledge and expertise into an acclaimed musical lecture series she has presented at colleges,



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Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself

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Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself
    August 25, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) closes out its summer concert series with Akron-based Moustache Yourself.
Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing, hot club jazz, or by the French name, “Jazz Manouche,” is a style of jazz music made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Its infectious rhythm and entrancing melodies will capture your soul and transport you to a different time and place.

The group includes an all-star lineup of musicians that maintain active and diverse performance careers with many prestigious acts such as Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Krivda’s Big Band, Wesley Bright, The Admirables and many more. Musicians are: Brad Wagner (clarinet), Brent Hamker (electric guitar), Jeremy Jones (acoustic guitar), and Matthew DeRubertis (double bass).

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the event of rain the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio 44256. For more information visit ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.



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