CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC JAZZ FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE

The Annapolis Jazztet is one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis, Maryland and Virginia area. The exciting variety of sophisticated original musical arrangements by music director, Vince Corozine, is reminiscent of the sound of the great Dave Pell Octet in the 1960s. A sensational repertoire of classic songs which appeal to persons of all ages, and all songs are introduced with a bit of information about each. This is further complimented by several very talented vocalists. As a special event, shows and concerts include short segments explaining the "History of Jazz" through music, and "What is Improvisation?" Both segments are informative and entertaining.

The Annapolis Jazztet is comprised of six instrumentalists including a fine male vocalist with the option to add a female vocalist.  The Annapolis Jazztet comprises some of the finest and diverse musicians in the Annapolis, DC area. From small jazz clubs to Naval Academy, West Point and the finest music universities in the US. The Annapolis Jazztet is lively, energetic, and entertaining and above all plays the finest in contemporary classic jazz! The Annapolis Jazztet is available for shows, concerts, festivals, jazz clubs, public libraries, art shows, colleges and university workshops and concerts, conventions, fund raisers, and other special events.

tHE aNNAPOLIS JAZZTET PERSONNEL

VINCE COROZINE, MUSICAL DIRECTOR, Alto Sax

Vince is a native of Peekskill, New York and he was Associate Professor of Music at two universities, in New York and North Carolina. He studied music composition with Jimmy Giuffre of the Juilliard School of Music, jazz with composer Jimmy Giuffre, and film scoring with Don Sebesky. Vince was music arranger for the Jazz Knights at West Point for 10 years, music director for the annual Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia for 10 years, and he has conducted the Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Philly Pops in recording sessions. He is author of "Arranging Music for the Real World" published by Mel Bay. Presently he teaches 12 music composition and arranging classes online. As music director of the Norm Hathaway Big Band in New York, the band made six appearances at the Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway and a special appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Vince was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

NICK PASTELAK, DRUMS, VOCALS

Born the youngest of seven in a musical family, Nick's parents met when his dad - returning home from WWII - joined the dance band that his mom was singing with.   At the age of 14, Nick became the drummer with the Chuck Baker Orchestra.   He attended Peabody Conservatory earning a Bachelor's degree in music performance as a timpani major and continued gigging in various big bands, theater orchestras, and concert bands.  He recently retired after 26 years in the Navy as principal timpanist, percussionist, drummer, and vocalist in the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and has performed in Italy, Ireland, Canada, and across the United States.   Nick has performed on stage with Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Dave Samuels,  John Pizzarelli, and at Carnegie Hall with Maynard Ferguson.  

DON KELLER, Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Don came to the Annapolis area in 2000 as the Leader of the Naval Academy Band. Since retiring from the military he performs regularly with the Bayside Big Band, Caliente Big Band, Blue Moon Big Band, and the Chesapeake Community Band as well as various other small groups. Don is a native of Stockton , California where he began trumpet studies with his father at the age of eight.

JIM TAVENER, GENERAL MANAGER, TROMBONE, TRUMPET, FLUGELHORN

Jim played baritone horn in high school, and upon hearing a "big band" for the first time in the spring of his college freshman year, he bought a trumpet for $15. He has been playing trumpet and trombone; and leading musical groups ever since. He played lead trumpet and lead trombone for the Michigan Technological University Jazz Lab Bands.  He founded the bar band, the Sign of Four, which played throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula. After graduation Jim toured with a singing group before joining the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Lt Col and settled in Maryland.  Since coming to Maryland, he has started several bands in the area. He is co-founder of the Annapolis Jazztet; and he performs with and leads the Annapolis Junction Big Band and Spa Creek Band. He has been a regular member of the Kings of Crownsville since 2009.  He routinely performs with various classical brass, German band, and traditional jazz groups. 

PHIL HEILIGER, PIANO

Phil is a local pianist who currently lives in Columbia, MD. He regularly plays in small groups as well as several big bands. He has played with the Powerhouse Big Band, the Bayside Big Band, Blues in the Night Big Band, as well as the Hank Levy Legacy Band. As the pianist for the "Young at Heart" Swing Band, He plays at the various senior centers as well as opening at the Meyerhoff for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has performed at the Caryle Club, Sopranos, Da Mimmo's, the Rusty Scupper, the Cafe de Paris, and Robert Oliver. He is also the pianist for "West Side Jazz" a group that performs locally, and an appearance at ArtScape. Phil owns a music store in Columbia, MD.

james fowler, upright/electric bass

James is currently serving in the U.S. Navy with the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland where he is the leader of the Superintendent’s Combo.  He also performs extensively in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area with various jazz artists, big bands, and chamber groups.  James has toured with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra and worked 3½ years for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. performing on the Legendary Delta Queen.  He has performed at the Redbud Jazz Festival in Tonkawa, Oklahoma with Jon Faddis, John von Ohlen of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and Russ McKinnon of Tower of Power; the W.C. Handy Jazz Festival with Mike Shepherd, Mundell Lowe, and Hilary Jones, and the Elkhart Jazz Festival with Craig Gildner and the Blue Sky 5.

cyndy elliott, upright/electric bass

A life-long resident of the Washington DC area, Cyndy currently works as a freelance bassist, performing in big bands and combos, orchestras and chamber ensembles, and as a theater pit musician.  She has had the honor of working with several renowned musicians from the big band era, including Tex Beneke, Maxene Andrews, and the Ink Spots, in addition to doing short tours with current versions of the Artie Shaw, Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, and Les Brown orchestras and longer stints with the big band show “In the Mood” and the “Sister Act” national tour.

Jason gano, upright/electric bass

Jason is currently the North American Sales manager for Cordoba Music Group makers of Guild and Cordoba Guitars. Previously Mr. Gano was Vice President of Sales for Marshall Amplification and has worked for Korg USA, Hanser Music Group, Loud Technologies and St Louis Music. 

A 1992 Graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Music Education. Jason has had the privilege of performing across the United States and Canada with many Jazz Artist including: Mike Stern, Doc Severinsen, Mark Pender (Conan O'Brien Show), Michael Feinstein, John Faddis, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Des Moines Big Band and the TC Rodgers Orchestra (Pittsburgh). Currently, Jason can be heard playing in the Washington /Baltimore area with the Don Junker Big Band, Big Band Caliente, Swinglab, The Dale Corn Orchestra and the Jerry Lynn Trio. 

Joe jackson, TROMBONE

Joe was born in Dallas, Texas into a musical family; his mother is a former professional clarinetist, and his father, Jim Jackson, a former trombonist with the Fort Worth Symphony, is today a renown recording engineer.  Joe chose the trombone at age 12, and during his high school years was the recipient of three Down Beat Magazine “DeeBee” awards. During his tenure at the University of North Texas, Joe studied with Vern Kagarice, Hal Galper, David Liebman and Don “Jake” Jacoby, played lead & jazz trombone in the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, and was named the National Association of Jazz Educators 1985 College Musician of the Year. Joe left UNT in 1990 to join the Maynard Ferguson Band. He spent a year with Ferguson, performing throughout the United States and in Europe. From 1991 to 2011 he was lead trombonist with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, and from 2004 to 2011 was the Director of the Airmen of Note. During his tenure as Director, Joe produced the award-winning Jazz Heritage Series heard on 112 radio and media stations worldwide, and eight recordings including “Cool Yule” which climbed to #2 on the JazzWeek chart in December 2010.  As a freelance trombonist and arranger, Joe performs with top East Coast big bands including the Woody Herman Orchestra, the David Liebman Big Band, Chaise Lounge, Melting Pot Big Band and Doc Scantlin. He has contributed commissioned arrangements to dozens of ensembles across the country, and his educational arrangements are published by Alfred Music. Joe publishes his website dedicated to serving the trombone community, www.jazztbone.com.

RENEÉ COLLINS GEORGES, VOCALS

Los Angeles California native, Renée Collins Georges is a versatile performer with a soulful, melodic voice. Whether she is performing as a duo, or solo in an 18-piece big band setting, “her approach and delivery of the song captures your ear.” –Ellen Williams Carter, BlogTalkRadio.com. Recent performances include: Festival Ljubljana, Slovenia with entertainer, Uros Perich. As one of the last “Raelettes” to sing and tour four continents with the late Ray Charles, Renée has appeared at many historic festival and venues (including the Kremlin). A vocalist, lyricist, and teaching artist, Renée uses her voice to entertain audiences and her passion for music to cultivate future generations of jazz listeners.

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