about us

Mark Osteen
Vocals; Tenor, Alto and
Soprano Saxophones
 

Anthony Villa
PianoGary Kerner
Bass

Greg Mack
Drums and Percussion

For over a decade 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, and the Minoan Room at Meli. Recent private engagements have included Stella Maris’s annual wine-tasting event, concerts at Cylburn Arboretum and at the Greenmount Street Festival.For smaller rooms, the group performs as a drumless trio.  But at any size, CSJQ can create a variety of different sounds and moods—from a swing-and-standards combo to a bebop group or blues band—depending upon the audience and venue.CSJQ’s debut CD, Same Place. Different Time, includes  passionate performances of classic bop and instrumentals such as Bud Powell’s “Webb City” and Dexter Gordon’s “Cheesecake.” It also features exciting original compositions by Brian Smith and Mark Osteen. Osteen’s vocals, which distinguish CSJQ from most straight-ahead jazz groups, lend songs such as “Doxy” and “The Old Country” a distinctive flavor.The group’s second CD, Urban Pastoral, reflects the group’s versatility and range of influences, showcasing CSJQ’s contemporary polish while paying tribute to the band’s deep roots in bebop and blues.

The “City” side opens with Peggy Lee’s “I Love Being Here with You,” and features Osteen’s insouciant vocal. The next five tracks offer a variety of urban sounds, from Latin jazz (Gary Kerner’s smooth samba, “Highpockets,” as well as a smoking rendition of Jobim’s “Favela” ) and bebop (Monk’s “Hackensack,” Horace Silver’s “Tippin’”) to the risque city blues of “Doodlin,’” which spotlights Osteen’s sassy singing.

The “Country” side presents a set of sharp original compositions—Brian Smith’s “Perception,” Osteen’s haunting ballad “Fallow,” and multi-rhythmic “Black Olive,” along with Smith’s driving  “The Big ‘C’”—punctuated by two standards: a snappy take on “Is You Is” and a concluding, lyrical duo version of “You Don’t Know What Love Is.”

Urban Pastoral: it’s current. It’s classic. Above all, it’s cool.

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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