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One of the most blissful reasons why it's cool to live in Baltimore has to do with Carl Filipiak. To know that you can see him regularly at The Cat's Eye in Fells Point is more than exciting. An intuitive MASTER of Guitar, Carl has been able to do what many artists wished they had been capable of doing since the 60's. And that is to organicially, skillfully and passionately infuse the energy and drive of Rock inspiration with Carl's love of Jazz. Here's the new favorite word to use to describe this constant evolution: FLUID. When you hear our guest with his Jimi Jazz Band, you are witnessing fluidity at its best. Hybridity in every sense. It's what fuels Carl to keep playing guitar - this creativity to merge his love of genres in such a way as to thrill audiences who might not believe that they'd love BOTH Rock and Jazz. My friend has been keeping us happy in that regard for YEARS!
"Live at the Cat's Eye" - with the Jimi Jazz Band (named after you-know-who!) - has stunned even Carl with the depth of success. This is a new project - and already it's #1 on TWO Amazon MP3 charts!
You'll hear a very excited award-winning guitarist/instructor/author when "Hybrid Jazz" next convenes. it doesn't hurt to tell you that Carl has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Roberta Flack and Chick Corea. When I say this man is awesome, I MEAN it!
After our visit with Carl, saxophonist/teacher/mentor Gregory Thompkins drops by with good news. Which Carl will relish, too, since both men are friends who share a devotion for Jazz Education. Greg's annual Baltimore Jazz Education Project event is in October - with special guest, Claire Daly - and we'll have a ball talking about it!
Get ready for great music and conversation!
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