The Quincy Phillips Quintet was phenomenal. If you haven't see this group, as a jazz lover you are doing yourself a disservice. Exceptional talent. Marie
I looked forward to Saturday's show ((Nov. 19) featuring drummer Quincy Phillips and two other alumni from the Baltimore School for the Arts: pianist Allyn Johnson and bassist Kris Funn. They did not disappoint. You can detect the influence of jazz icon Art Blakey on Quincy's style, both as a drummer and as an ambassador for the art form, always promoting excellent side-men (or women, in the case of Gabrielle Murphy, an alto sax sensation he introduced to the Caton Castle a while ago).
In addition to Allyn's steady hand (both familiar and new) at the keyboard, Kris Funn was just fun to watch, plucking intricate bass lines with such animated bodily movements that a questions arose in my mind: Is Kris playing the bass or is the bass playing Kris? Quincy showcased the music of Freddie Hubbard, as delightfully interpreted by trumpeters Theljon Allen and Freddie Hendrix, along with the energetic Antonio Parker on alto sax.
Highlights abounded. Theljon and Allyn's duet on "Up Jumped Spring" stands out, but my favorite was New Jersey based Freddie Hendrix's flugelhorn rendition of "Lament for Booker." That tune was written by Freddie Hubbard in tribute to Booker Little, a great trumpet player who was struck down in the flower of youth. It was a masterful performance of a master's homage to a master. That's the sort of thing you can expect when Quincy Phillips shows up. Greg L.
(November 4, 2016)
Chelsey Green and the Green Project shows it all from standards to modern day hits, the Green Project blend effortlessly. But make no mistake it's Chelsey Green that bonds it all together. Her ability to roller coaster you, is a dynamic that few artist posses. The ability to allow an artist such as this to perform without the hindrance of time constraint is what puts the Caton Castle at the top and lets Chelsey Green and the Green Project pull out all the stops and completely take the audience for a most enthralling ride. One in today's world of concert going is a rare breed indeed. Louis M.
I attended a jazz concert at Caton Castle that was one of the best shows I have seen in quite a while. The jazz concert featured Chelsey Green, a phenomenal musician who delivered a performance that moved the crowd with a variety of selection from different genre.
I could not beat the price, food, and atmosphere at Caton Castle. Rhonda W.
I'm just saying... this was an awesome show. Never have I seen a violin performance so dynamic. The Audience was engaged. They are always welcome at the Castle. If you weren't there, you missed it! Yvonne B.
Caton Castle does it again!! The Green Project was fantastic. Ms. Green provided the virtuosity we have come to expect. She is a terrific entertainer and her original compositions were outstanding. High energy and sensitivity. Big Fun. Hurry Back.
Sharon Clark featuring Paul Carr (October 29, 2016)
Caton Castle. What a gem! In an age when jazz has become marginalized for the mainstream, it is nice to know authentic jazz still exists and has great fan support. I recently had the privilege of experiencing the talent of true performers, the Sharon Clark Quartet. Having been unknown to me, I was overwhelnmed by the vocals and instrumentation. I can't wait to see these professionals again at the Caton Castle. Until then, i will have to keep them in my memory and, of course, collect the CDs.
Let's not forget. Such a show could not have been fully appreciated without the wonderful food, audience, staff, and atmosphere that are known to be the Caton Castle. Keep up the great work. I WILL be back!
Just off the release of their new CD -- "Soulful Serenity"-- Sharon and tenor saxophonist Paul Carr exuded an easy familiarity. "I Could Have Told You," a ballad from the new disc, displayed both performers in fine fettle. Paul showed himself to be a laid-back Texas-born journeyman as contrasted with,say, the boisterous Booker Ervin, the late trailblazing tenor from the Lone Star State.
As for Sharon, her vocal range and elasticity, from operatic to bluesy, makes comparisons to Sarah Vaughn inevitable. Sharon doesn't just sing a lyric, she emotes it. And the rhythm section was exceptional; featuring Chris Grasso, Sharon's regular pianist; Lenny Robinson, a frequent headlining drummer at the Castle; and Michael Wheeler (I hope I heard that right), who glistened, particularly on a duet with Sharon in the introduction to an up-tempo rendition of "Falling In Love With Love."
I've seen Sharon perform at the Castle many times. She is so versatile. Pop, soul, rock; Sharon can give to any musical genre a jazzy turn. However, it's her treatment of jazz standards that really moves me. Like when she opened the second set (after an interlude performance by the adolescent Dorsey siblings, flashing precocious be-bop chops) with one of Miles Davis' signature tunes: "Stella By Starlight." Yes, there were stars aplenty at the Caton Castle last Saturday night.
John Lamkin III with Billy Pierce (October 15, 2016)
True believer! I really enjoyed the show. It took me back to the old' days at the Famous Ballroom. Mainstream jazz - the way its supposed to be. Art Blakey is the messenger. Thanks John Lamkin III and Caton Castle! You boys cooked! Gilbert R.
A phenomenal show tonight. John Lamkin III & company performance was absolutely engaging. The atmosphere they created wooed everyone in the audience at Caton Castle. A show no jazz lover should miss. Winfied K.
The musical legacy of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers goes back to the 1950's with the group featuring Horance Silver, Clifford Browing, and Lou Donaldson. That legacy was on display big time during John Lamkin III 3rd annual tribute to Art Blakey tonight at Caton Castle.
A packed house who frequency on it's feet, yelling with great joy as alto sax Mark Gross, trumpeter DeAndre Shaifer,pianist Allyn Johnson, bassist Kris Funn, and drummer/leader John Lamkin III were joined by messenger alum tenor sax Bill Pierce smoked through the Blakey 'book' with songs like One by One, Moaning, Along Came Betty, and ETA among many others.
In the Blakey style, Lamkin III set a fierce pace to several of the tunes however, the band was up to the task. The presence of Bill Pierce added to the musical festivities since, as chair of the woodwind department at Berkley School of music he taught both Lamkin III and Gross. Judging from the audience reaction, teacher and students were all on the post graduate levels. To quote Charles Funn "it was like New York in here". Robert L. F.
Paul Car & Jamie Davis (September 24, 2016)
The show was fantastic! Paul Carr pulled it all together with a wonderful tribute of John Coltrane. Jamie Davis swooned my heart with his sexy voice and flamboyant personality. Loved it. Looking forward to the next show. Glenda B.
I've never been in such an environment. The audience, these were John Coltrane aficionados - everyone enjoyed themselves. ENCORE!! Robert T.
George Coleman & Harold Mabern (September 10, 2016)
"NEA Jazz Master George Coleman and great piano legend Harold Mabern led their quartet, featuring Joe Farnsworth and Alex Chaffy, in wonderful, swingin' sets of Jazz standards, classics, ballads, and jump tunes. The tunes included: This I Dig of You, Ceora, It's Easy to Remember, Up Jumped Spring, What a Difference A Day Makes, Road Song, Rakin' & Scrapin', Happy Together, and My Favorite Things. Philadelphia piano great Orrin Evans sat in for Mr. Mabern on Straight No Chaser and Cherokee. Joe and Alex both showcased their soloing skills on many of the tunes. This was truly a memorable sold-old performance by two Jazz greats that was thoroughly enjoyed by the Caton Castle crowd!!!" Kenneth C.
Excellent- all the member of the band played very well, played to the crowd. George Coleman played like the master he is. Caton Castle always delivers. Tony M.
Great Show, top entertainment. Great atmosphere. Great chicken wings. Sam M.