The Winery Brings Another Taste of Jazz to Kent Island

Once again, the Winery will be the venue for a smooth taste of live Jazz music paired with a seductive variety of fine wines as part of its new Uncorked series.

From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, local Grammy award winning musician Max Murray will perform in the Winery’s Grotto with his jazz ensemble “Three”.  Simultaneously, Santa Barbara Winery wines will flow like liquid sunshine so customers can sample and expand their knowledge on the unique properties of California wines.

There was no denying the delight Winery customers experienced when professional musician Paul Cullen, bassist for classic rock group Bad Company, provided a live acoustic performance in the Grotto while Winery staff expounded on the virtues of Porto Vino Italian wines less than a month ago, according to Winery Event Coordinator Jennifer DiDonato. “The atmosphere was electric,” she says. “Our clientele really appreciated Mr. Cullen’s music in combination with trying new wines.”

That evening’s success spurred this new Uncorked series bringing music and wine together in the store’s Tuscan winery setting. Both earthy yet sophisticated, jazz and wine just naturally go together inspiring Three as the next booking.

Professional Bassist Max Murray, Drummer Frank Russo and Keyboardist Alan Blackman, the trio of Three, have known each other for more than two decades. Each with a long list of musical accolades spanning several music genres, the musicians discovered their compatibility while playing backup for Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet. Performing at least one set without the singers per gig generated a rapport that could no longer be denied, according to Murray .

Three will play selections ranging from classic to contemporary jazz including new interpretations of “The Great American Songbook” as well as original compositions from their new CD, “Turning Point” recently recorded in New York to be released later this year.

The Winery’s engagement is one in only a handful for the newly-formed group who has also performed at the Kennedy Center ‘s Millennium Stage and Smithsonian Institution Jazz Cafe, and provides an excellent opportunity for patrons to enjoy a performance before success sweeps this trio onto bigger venues.

“As the Uncorked series grows in popularity, we will continue to entice our customers by pairing musical talent with excellent wines for our free wine tastings,” says Winery Manager Ian Trinkle.

The Winery not only offers the most extensive wine selection on the Eastern Shore, its helpful, experienced staff provides excellent customer service and advice for selecting wines for any budget. For information about the Winery’s scheduled wine tastings, or to schedule your own private tasting, visit www.thewineryki.com or call 410-643-9466.

For more information about Max Murray visit www.maxbass.com. For more information about Frank Russo, visitwww.dcjazz.com/frankrusso/index.cfm. For more information about Alan Blackman, visit www.alanblackmanmusic.com.

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