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A Night of Jazz and More at Toasted Goat Winery

June 15 ~ 6-8pm

It’s a night of great American music with Guitarist Mike Gellar and vocalist Christiana Drapkin. The duo has been playing Jazz together for 20 years. Enjoy an evening of Standards of the Great American Song Book, upbeat Blues, romantic Ballads, and lively Samba and Bossa Nova.

Guitarist Mike Gellar and vocalist Christiana Drapkin met over twenty years ago at a Jazz jam session in Maryland; they connected again at one of the Harrisburg Jazz Festivals and developed a vibrant musical friendship ever since. Their shared love for the Standards of the Great American Song Book laid an instant foundation for their collaboration, and they broadened their repertoire into Samba, Bossa Nova, Bebop, and the Blues.
Mike Gellar cites Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and Emily Remler among his influences, which include horn players and other instrumentalists and vocalists as well. Mike studied music theory at Frostburg State University, and privately with guitarists Bill Bittner and Larry Woolridge. He splits his time between summers sailing at Deep Creek Lake, MD and winters in Tucson, AZ, playing jazz gigs in both locations.

Christiana Drapkin came to the US as a Fulbright exchange student in theater in 1980. In New Orleans she got up-close with traditional jazz, Cajun dancing, and the up-and-coming Neville Brothers. After moving to New York City, she immersed herself in the classic Standards and their interpreters, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, as well as Scat and Bebop, studying with Jazz pianist Charles Sibirsky and vocal coach Barbara Feller. While performing with a close-knit group of musicians through the years, Christiana was happy to broaden her circle of musical collaborators since moving down to Maryland, where she and Mike started to play many gigs in Washington, DC, area. In addition to the Standards, Brazilian tunes, Latin, and Blues, they keep expanding their combined repertoire into more contemporary selections, James Taylor, Carole King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and others.

On Thanksgiving weekend 2007, Mike and Christiana recorded their jointly-released CD “Got the World on a String.” They continue to celebrate the Great American Song Book and bring their improvisations and fresh takes to their audiences all over Maryland. Find them on YouTube, and on their websites.

www.MikeGellar.com
www.ChristianaDrapkin.com


Gellar, Drapkin and Jazz at Toasted Goat Winery

August 17 • 6-8pm

It’s a night of great American music with Guitarist Mike Gellar and vocalist Christiana Drapkin. The duo has been playing Jazz together for 20 years. Enjoy an evening of Standards of the Great American Song Book, upbeat Blues, romantic Ballads, and lively Samba and Bossa Nova.

Guitarist Mike Gellar and vocalist Christiana Drapkin met over twenty years ago at a Jazz jam session in Maryland; they connected again at one of the Harrisburg Jazz Festivals and developed a vibrant musical friendship ever since. Their shared love for the Standards of the Great American Song Book laid an instant foundation for their collaboration, and they broadened their repertoire into Samba, Bossa Nova, Bebop, and the Blues.
Mike Gellar cites Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and Emily Remler among his influences, which include horn players and other instrumentalists and vocalists as well. Mike studied music theory at Frostburg State University, and privately with guitarists Bill Bittner and Larry Woolridge. He splits his time between summers sailing at Deep Creek Lake, MD and winters in Tucson, AZ, playing jazz gigs in both locations.

Christiana Drapkin came to the US as a Fulbright exchange student in theater in 1980. In New Orleans she got up-close with traditional jazz, Cajun dancing, and the up-and-coming Neville Brothers. After moving to New York City, she immersed herself in the classic Standards and their interpreters, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, as well as Scat and Bebop, studying with Jazz pianist Charles Sibirsky and vocal coach Barbara Feller. While performing with a close-knit group of musicians through the years, Christiana was happy to broaden her circle of musical collaborators since moving down to Maryland, where she and Mike started to play many gigs in Washington, DC, area. In addition to the Standards, Brazilian tunes, Latin, and Blues, they keep expanding their combined repertoire into more contemporary selections, James Taylor, Carole King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and others.

On Thanksgiving weekend 2007, Mike and Christiana recorded their jointly-released CD “Got the World on a String.” They continue to celebrate the Great American Song Book and bring their improvisations and fresh takes to their audiences all over Maryland. Find them on YouTube, and on their websites.

www.MikeGellar.com
www.ChristianaDrapkin.com


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