2018-2019 Jazz Touring Network Engagements Announced, Weis Center Receives Three Jazz Grants

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has announced grants to 22 presenting organizations, totaling $70,060, in support of 42 engagements through its Jazz Touring Network (JTN) program in 2018-2019.

The Weis Center received funding to host three jazz artists:

Banda Magda, NY

Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.

Banda Magda will visit: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Flushing Council for Arts and Culture, Flushing, NY; Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD; Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY; Light Up the Queen Foundation, Wilmington, DE; and Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA.

Charenee Wade, NY
Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones.Charenee Wade will visit: Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC; Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, NY; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA; Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA; and Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes, NY

Mwenso & the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes will visit: Arden Gild Hall, Arden, DE; Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Flushing Council for Arts and Culture, Flushing, NY; Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY; and THEARC, Washington, DC.

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