About Us

Mark Osteen
vocals; tenor, alto and soprano saxophones

Anthony Villa
piano

Gary Kerner
bass

Greg Mack
drums and Percussion

 

For two decades Cold Spring Jazz Quartet has appeared regularly in nightclubs, restaurants and concert venues in the Baltimore-Washington area, winning a broad and loyal following. Favorite venues have included The Tremont Hotel, Ixia Restaurant, Meli, and Germano’s Piattini. Recent private engagements have included Stella Maris’s annual wine-tasting event, concerts at Cylburn Arboretum and at Artscape. For smaller rooms, the group also performs as a drumless trio. At any size, CSJQ can create a variety sounds and moods—from a swing-and-standards combo to a bebop group or blues band—depending upon the audience and venue.

Urban Pastoral was very well received. The BJA Newsletter described the music as “honed to a high polish,” and the vocals as showing “pizzazz up the patoozy.”

Their newest disk, Warming Trend, shows the band taking off in new directions. Anthony Villa’s elegant, energetic piano solos lend grace and vivacity to the originals “Ver la Luz,” and “Hagerstown,” and to Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence.” Mark Osteen’s saxophone playing hits new heights with dashing tenor solos on “Samba de Orfeu,” and his own “On Second Thought.” Drummer Greg Mack is showcased on the Afro-Cuban burner “Los Bravos,”  and Gary Kerner’s witty bass style is perfect for Mose Allison’s sardonic “I Don’t Worry about a Thing.”

Osteen’s singing voice offers a spectrum of colors, ranging from the reflective (the ballad “Brown Study”) to the R & B roaring on the classic “Humdrum Blues.” Warming Trend gives him more to say with four new originals featuring lyrics by award-winning poet Ned Balbo, who brings alive the builder of Watts Towers on “The Twilight Towers,” invites female cats to play on “Tomcat’s Croon,” and imagines a forbidden love affair in “Aubade.”

The planet is warming up, and so is Cold Spring Jazz Quartet—but in a good way! Listen and feel the heat.

Click here to check out a video of CSJQ performing “Humdrum Blues,” a tune that also appears on Warming Trend.

Contact Mark Osteen (410-339-7721) or e-mail mlcost33@comcast.net for further information or to book an engagement.

 

Photo: Leo Howard Lubow

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