TONGUE IN CHEEK JAZZ BAND – BALTIMORE, MD
Louis Armstrong, the most recognizable and jubilant performer of American music once said “good music is anything you can pat your foot to.” Well folks, let me introduce you to Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band of Baltimore!
Blending the sounds of Storyville and Congo Square, the rich sophistication of the Roaring Twenties in NY and Chicago, and the low-down, dirty depressed era of prohibition, Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band takes you back to an authentic and exciting time where American music was born, raised, and experienced with pure joy! Tongue in Cheek has been described as “Baltimore’s vehicle to the past!”
With this blend of Ragtime, Hot Jazz, and Swing, Tongue in Cheek can take you through a complete excursion of American music. Tongue in Cheek plays for any event imaginable, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for your next get-together!
Now without further ado, lets meet the band!
Zachary Serleth – Banjo, Bass, and Bandleader
Zach Serleth is a professional bassist and banjoist around the DC, MD, VA area that plays most of his gigs in Bluegrass Bands or Eastern European folk music groups. He started with the Highland Hill Boys, a Baltimore Bluegrass band that you can catch at the 8×10. Bluegrass being mostly in major chords, Zach yearned for for a darker sound in which he found Klezmer music. Studying with Margo Levert and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, Zach formed Baltimore based klezmer band, The World Fair. He later joined on with Evan Tucker’s creation, Schmuck and helped run the Baltimore Klezmer jam. Soon he was studying Django Reinhardt and began playing Slovakian Gypsy music and Gypsy Jazz with Orchestra Prazevica which you can catch monthly in DC at Bossa Bistro or Marx Cafe. His roots in Appalachia and Eastern European music helps him bring an interesting twist to traditional music and dixieland swing touching on songs from many, many different areas of the world.
Bridget Cimino – Vocals, Washboard, and Kazoo
Bridget Cimino is a professional visual artist that paints murals, portraits, houses, and does historical restoration around Baltimore City. She just happens to have an uncanny ear for melody with a memory like an elephant. She literally knows almost every single tune you could throw at her. It’s amazing! She has been interested in music since she was a young child as her history inclined, reenactment parents exposed her to great traditional music early on such as the 97th Regimental String Band. From there it was folk music all the way until discovering punk music in her teens. Jazz pulled her out of the punk clubs and put her in a fancy dress but she’s still got that no BS attitude with an edgy haircut. She knows her music folks, and her voice shows it.
Matt Andrews – Violin
Matt Andrews, born in 1991 in Washington DC, is a hot jazz violinist who focuses primarily on the swing sub-genre commonly known as “Gypsy Jazz” – other names include “Gypsy Swing,” “Jazz Manouche” and “Swing Manouche.” He began with classical violin at the age of 7, but changed course as a teenager when he first heard a recording of Stephane Grappelli playing with Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club du Quintette de France. Matt has been honing his chops and playing Gypsy jazz ever since. While he loves swinging in the style of Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, and Stuff Smith, Matt also draws influences from a wide array of other sources. He feels at home playing Bepop and contemporary Jazz, and he has recently taken up incorporating Balkan music and traditional Roma music into his repertoire. Now based out of Baltimore, Maryland, he has been featured with the “Hot Club of Baltimore” (focused solely on the repertoire of Django Reinhardt, this group’s alter- ego, “Ultrafaux,” plays original gypsy jazz). Matt also plays regularly with other Baltimore-based bands including the “Tongue and Cheek Jazz Band” (Dixieland/Hot Jazz), “Orchester Prazevica” (Slovakian/Balkan – Gypsy) and “Baltimore Swing Drop” (Swing and Gypsy Jazz).
Kevin M. Myers – Trombone, Piano, Vocals
Kevin M. Myers is a professional multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Harrisburg, PA. His primary instrument being trombone, Kevin also plays piano, organ, baritone, auxiliary percussion, keytar, melodica, and Native American flute. Myers received his formal music training from Messiah College in Grantham, PA where he earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Commercial Music with a Minor in Church Music as well as a Master of Music degree in Jazz Trombone Performance from Towson University in Towson, MD. Myers performs regularly with the Hot Jazz band Tongue in Cheek (Baltimore, MD) as well as with his own Trio and Quintet that specializes in bebop and modern jazz. Kevin continues to give back to the jazz community of Harrisburg as a member of the Central PA Friends of Jazz and a faculty member at the CPFJ Jazz Camp where he has worked with the likes of Wycliffe Gordon and Tim Warfield Jr. As a freelance musician Kevin has performed with Steve Rudolph, Kirk Reese, Steve Meashey, Mike Pope, Jim McFalls, and more! You can catch Kevin performing in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Frederick (MD), Baltimore, and Washington DC. Kevin is currently the full-time Director of Music at ABVM Church in West Grove, PA and the Music Teacher at the school.
Ed Goldstein – Tuba
Baltimore native Ed Goldstein has been a professional musician and teacher for the past 44 years. He has played all over the world including tours in the Soviet Union, Copenhagen, England, as well as in Egypt. He has soloed with 12 major symphony orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony with Erich Kunzel, the Ravinia Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch, and the New York Pops in Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson. He has performed with many jazz legends including Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Phyllis Diller, Sarah Vaughan, Bernadette Peters, the Smothers Brothers and many, many more. Ed graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of music with a Bachelors and Masters degree, and about 10 years ago was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement award given by the Peabody Alumni Association. He has been performing with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and their director, both for 43 years.
Nick Stevens – Drums
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