Ch­e­sa­peake Gui­tar Quar­tet at the Main­stay

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ROCK HALL — The Ch­e­sa­peake Gui­tar Quar­tet, three renowned gui­tarists and a ver­sa­tile bassist bring their broad mix of blues, jazz stan­dards and Brazil­ian sounds to The Main­stay at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day Nov. 3. Ad­mis­sion is $20.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Gui­tar Quar­tet is a new group that features long-time col­lab­o­ra­tors Steve Ab­shire, Steve Her­ber­man and Vince Lewis on gui­tars with Amy Shook on bass.

While they play to­gether fre­quently in dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions in live per­for­mance and on their own and oth­ers’ record­ing projects, it is rare to have all four to­gether on the same stage.

“This will be a per­for­mance in the mu­si­cal tra­di­tion of the Great Gui­tars. The Quar­tet’s reper­toire in­cludes Jazz stan­dards, Jazz waltzes, blues and some Brazil­ian fa­vorites, all with ar­range­ments that high­light the three dis­tinct styles of th­ese gui­tarists. This will be an evening of deep mu­si­cal con­ver­sa­tions be­tween good friends,” said Ab­shire in a press re­lease.

Ab­shire is a jazz gui­tarist, teacher and clin­i­cian in his na­tive Wash­ing­ton D.C. and Bal­ti­more area. Be­fore he re­tired from the Navy, he was the gui­tarist and fea­tured soloist for the U.S. Navy Band’s pre­miere jazz en­sem­ble, the Com­modores.

His main­stream style comes from years of study with jazz gui­tar leg­ends Herb El­lis, Bar­ney Kes­sel, Joe Pass and rhythm gui­tarist Steve Jor­dan.

Her­ber­man is a seven string gui­tarist who has per­formed at venues such as Bird­land in New York City, Spazio in Los An­ge­les, Blues Al­ley, the Smith­so­nian Jazz Cafe and the Kennedy Cen­ter for The Per­form­ing Arts.

He is a grad­u­ate of Berklee Col­lege of Music and later adopted the seven-string gui­tar. He has recorded three CDs as a leader and a live duo al­bum with Ab­shire.

Lewis is a vet­eran jazz per­former, com­poser and record­ing artist. He has been a head­liner on Jazz Fes­ti­vals with Dave Brubeck, B.B King, El­lis Marsalis, John Piz­zarelli and Melissa Manch­ester. He is also an ed­u­ca­tor fea­tured fre­quently in Just Jazz Gui­tar Mag­a­zine. He has recorded 20 CD’s as a leader and side­man in­clud­ing a duo al­bum with Ab­shire.

Shook is one of the most in-de­mand acous­tic bassists in the mid-At­lantic, cov­eted for her huge sound and in­fec­tious, driv­ing groove. She co-leads the Shook/Russo 5tet, and per­forms reg­u­larly with the Fred Hughes Trio, as well the 3Di­vas.

In ad­di­tion to being a per­form­ing and record­ing artist, she is an ac­com­plished com­poser and music ed­u­ca­tor.

The Main­stay a non­profit and in­for­mal store­front per­form­ing arts cen­ter on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street.

Wine, beer, so­das and snacks are avail­able at the bar.

The Main­stay is sup­ported by ticket sales, fundrais­ing in­clud­ing do­na­tions from friends and au­di­ence mem­bers and an op­er­at­ing grant from the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil.

For in­for­ma­tion and reser­va­tions call the Main­stay at 410-639-9133. More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able at the Main­stay’s web­site www. main­stay­rock­hall.org.

Up­com­ing Main­stay per­for­mances in­clude:

Nov. 7 — Main­stay Mon­day with guest Scott Sil­bert, sax

Nov. 10 — Jane Bun­nett and Maque­que

Nov. 12 — Karen Somerville with The Bratcher Project

Nov. 14 — Main­stay Mon­day with guest David Sacks, trom­bone

Nov. 21 — Main­stay Mon­day with guest Sue Matthews, vo­cals

Nov. 26 — The Fred Hughes Trio – “I’ll Be Home for Christ­mas”

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