Jazz Update

The Jazz Update band features some of the top players and singers on the east coast, who deliver compelling performances in concerts, festivals, clubs and jazz cruises. Their repertoire ranges from straight ahead jazz like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, to their cutting edge original compositions. The JU’s two recent CD’s have been on the international jazz radio charts, and have enjoyed widespread critic acclaim. They range from a duo or trio up to five or six pieces with vocals.

Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is an internationally respected jazz composer and musician. His recordings and performances are consistently well received by critics. An acknowledged master of the saxophone, he is also the Artistic Director of the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD each summer. Antoniuk has been a featured performer and teaching artist at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and the National Music Center. He is associated with Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), and has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Marcus Miller, Najee and Kenny Rogers.

“Considerable chops . . . . “
Bill Mikowski, Jazz Times
“Amazing saxophone playing . . . . “
Doug Morrissey, MusikReviews.com

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Tom BaldwinBassist Tom Baldwin has backed modern jazz greats like James Moody, George Garzone and Eric Alexander, and performs often with lauded jazz guitarist Steve Herberman. Baldwin shines in countless venues, such as the Wolftrap Jazz and Blues Festival and Princeton JazzFeast. Highly respected as a tasteful, articulate and inspired bassist, he teaches at the University of Maryland.
Wade BeachPhenomenal pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland.  He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the Airmen of Note. He is on the faculty of George Mason University and the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.
Tony MartucciDrummer Tony Martucci has played and recorded with giants from almost every period of jazz, including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wrote Music Monthly, “Martucci’s drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience…” Jazz Times said Martucci “is an exciting yet sensitive player with chops, taste …” He brings these qualities to every performance.