Enjoy an evening of jazz guitar and vocals and buffet food and wine tasting
Enjoy an evening of jazz guitar and vocals and buffet food and wine tasting. The first set will be The Tom Lagana Trio and the second set featuring Sara Jones on vocals.
SPONSORED BY: Strongside Marketing
Ticket price ($20.00) includes concert entrance and your first drink, (soft drinks available)
A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE HEREFORD VOLONTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
About Tom Lagana:
Guitarist Tom Lagana has been steadily building a strong reputation as a multi-faceted artist in the mid-Atlantic region. As a jazz guitarist and bandleader in clubs, festivals, and recordings, as a classical guitarist in master classes and with orchestras, as an educator, and as a composer, Lagana has garnered respect for his creativity, musical integrity, and devotion to his craft.
After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Lagana went to work as the guitarist for the Walt Disney Jazz Band in Orlando, Florida. Upon his return to his home state of Maryland, he was recognized by jazz legend Charlie Byrd as “one of the most promising jazz guitarists in the area.” Byrd invited Lagana to sit in with him on several occasions, paving the way for the Tom Lagana Trio to become the house band at Byrd’s venue of choice, The King of France Tavern in Annapolis, three nights a week for over a year.
Lagana took his professional education to a new level by obtaining a Masters in Music at Towson University with a dual focus on both jazz and classical guitar performance. While at Towson, Lagana was awarded second prize in the prestigious Sidney Lieberman Competition. Normally won by pianists, Lagana was the first guitarist to be recognized in the history of that competition. Lagana’s work in higher education has not been limited to musical performance: His in-depth analysis of the work of Pat Metheny was published by Just Jazz Guitar magazine in two issues in 2005 and was endorsed by Metheny himself. Following up on his academic successes, Lagana has served on the faculty at Towson University as well as in his current position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Lagana has participated in master classes with Ralph Towner, Dusan Bogdanovic, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Roland Dyens, and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet and was a guest artist at the First World Guitar Congress in 2004. In 2005, he was invited to play for classical guitarist/composer Carlo Domeniconi at the Long Island Guitar Festival where he performed “Koyunbaba,” perhaps Domeniconi’s most recognized work.
In 2008, Lagana was featured with the National Symphony Orchestra as conducted by Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Composer David Del Tredici lauded Lagana’s performance on the tenor banjo in Del Tredici’s work Final Alice, a 72-minute piece based on the composer’s affinity for Alice In Wonderland. Lagana appeared again with the NSO and Eric Idle of the Monty Python troupe at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia. Lagana has also performed with the York Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and recently with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the 30th Anniversary of John Waters’ Hairspray and again as accompanist to singer Jackie Evancho.
Throughout his career Lagana has played numerous festivals including the Chestertown Jazz Festival, Oregon Ridge, Annapolis Jazz Festival, The Mid Atlantic Wine Festival, Federal Hill Festival, and the Kaufmann Music Series. He has shared the bill with international jazz icon Herbie Hancock and has worked with such noteworthy musicians as George Garzone, Walt Weiskopf, Red Rodney, Craig Handy, Bob Mintzer, and Marvin Stamm. Lagana’s guitar work can also be heard on the Fox Network show America’s Most Wanted.
The 2017 Summit Concert Series - Jazz NightThursday, August 10, 2017 7:30 PM