Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is an internationally respected jazz composer and musician whose concerts and recordings are consistently well received by critics. His latest CD, Brotherhood is being hailed as a critical and artistic tour de force. Antoniuk has shared the stage with U.S. hitmakers Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Najee and Marcus Miller. He's worked with Canadian greats Ingrid Jensen, Brad Turner, PJ Perry, Senator Tommy Banks, big band leader Rob McConnell and pop icon David Foster.
A dedicated teaching artist, Antoniuk has been featured at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the Vic Lewis International Band Festival and MacEwan Summer Jazz. He is artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz and a master teaching artist with Washington Performing Arts Society and the Capitol Jazz Project, in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis.
THE JAZZ UPDATE BAND
Bassist Tom Baldwin has backed modern jazz greats like James Moody, George Garzone and Eric Alexander, and performs often with guitarists Steve Herberman and Tom Lagana. He shines in countless venues such as the Wolftrap Jazz and Blues Festival and Princeton JazzFeast. Highly respected, the tasteful, articulate and inspired bassist teaches at the University of Maryland.
Phenomenal pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the Airmen of Note. He is on the faculty of George Mason University and the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.
Drummer Tony Martucci has played and recorded with giants from almost every period of jazz, including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wrote Music Monthly, "Martucci’s drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience..." Jazz Times said Martucci “is an exciting yet sensitive player with chops, taste ..." He brings these qualities to every performance.