Jazz Up The Holidays
with Sue Matthews & Stef Scaggiari

Date : December 20, 2013
Time : 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM



Friday, December 20 @ 8pm
Tickets: $25

Jazz Up The Holidays with Sue Matthews & Stef Scaggiari and their incredibly talented friends Steve Abshire (guitar), Tommy Cecil (bass) and John Jensen (trombone).

This show will engage your soul,  enliven your spirit and energize your senses - just in time for the holidays!

It is difficult to imagine finding a better deal for the holidays - all these talented folks on one stage, for such a small ticket price - Jazz up Your Holidays this December and you'll be glad you did!


Marc Castelli
Chestertown Jazz Festival

Established in 2006, The KENNY AWARD is presented annually in recognition of   excellence and service in the arts in Kent County, Maryland.  The KENNY Award is sponsored by The  Hedgelawn Foundation and presented by the Kent County Arts
Council and The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.


Sue Matthews first came to people's attention in 1991, when she released the traditional jazz album "Love Dances." She soon was playing clubs and festivals, and her next release, "When You're Around," reached the top 20 on the Gavin and R & R Jazz charts. Since then, she has released a number of recordings and become a favorite throughout the Mid-Atlantic jazz clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals and television studios.

She has been a featured artist at the W.C. Handy Music Festival, with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Florida Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase in New York City and the Saluzzo Musical Festival in Italy. She has been artist-in-residence at the Clifden Arts Week Festival, County Galway, Ireland, and at Augusta Heritage Center, and is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.

Stef Scaggiari is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a master's degree from Peabody. He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Band (The President's Own), playing at the White House more than 200 times.

Scaggiari's career has taken him from Italy to Japan to Brazil. Highlights as both a jazz and classical pianist include performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Saluzzo Festival and Baltimore's Artscape Festival; soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, Evansville Philarmonic and Calgary Philharmonic; and crossover classical/jazz concerts with his trio at the Shriver Hall Series (Johns Hopkins), the Strathmore Mansion Series in Rockville and the Kilbourn Hall Series (Eastman School of Music).

He has toured and recorded with such luminaries as the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Count Basie All-Stars and Mel Torme.

Visit the artists' personal websites for more information and music samples:

Check out Sue Matthews at www.suematthews.com
Check out Stef Scaggiari at www.stefscaggiari.com




Marc Castelli  has spent two decades painting the Chesapeake Bay and the watermen who live on it. Over the years, he has established relationships with the watermen and their families. Invited onto their workboats, he accompanies the watermen in all kinds of weather to document their lives on the bay. The paintings that result from his hundreds of hours on the water portray something often absent from landscape paintings: the human ecology of the Chesapeake.

“There is a deep and profound magic in the light carried by the wind on the water," notes Castelli, "it insinuates itself in certain people that will respond to water no matter where they are.”

Castelli's paintings capture the lives of the watermen he has grown to know and trust. Castelli also works along side them as a passionate advocate for their livelihoods and the health of the bay. 

The Chestertown Jazz Festival first debuted in Kent County in 1996, and gained momentum, enthusiasm and regional respect throughout its ten-year run through 2006. After a few years’ hiatus, The Chestertown Jazz Festival experienced a re-birth in 2012, and is now well poised to sustain itself as an annual event that promises to deliver a full day of high caliber jazz performances to invigorate the cultural life of our community. The Jazz Festival was established by founder and jazz enthusiast, Dr. Mel Rapelyea, who initiatlly started the festival while serving as a board member of The Native and African American Cultural Activities Museum.

"The festival was a means of raising money and promoting cultural awareness and diversity in the region,” notes Rapelyea who heads   a very dedicated Chestertown Jazz Festival Committee in producing the annual festival. The Committee's efforts have met with success, laying a strong foundation to sustain the future of this critically acclaimed, family-friendly out-door music festival which partners with Art in The Park.

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