• El Golfo

    8739 Flower Avenue
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20901
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July 20 - Michael Bowie: Tribute to Abby Lincoln featuring Heidi Martin


El Golfo

$20/$25 at the Door


Summer Series $55/3 shows


Tribute to Abbey Lincoln



Michael Bowie is an internationally recognized musician, performing on both the electric and contrabass. With roots in the Washington D.C. jazz and gospel community, he was a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Jazz Studies and trained with Betty Carter and Keter Betts. Soon after, Michael signed with Verve Records as an original member of "The Harper Brothers". He went on to perform, record and tour with Abdulla Ibrahim, Michel Pettruciani, including the Grammy Award winning "Look What I Got" with Betty Carter. Michael has expanded his musical interests and performance to include a wide variety of musical forms from jazz to symphony to rock. As musical director he has worked with many artists worldwide including Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Jeff Majors, Abbey Lincoln, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Gil Scott-Heron. He has shared his talents in the recording studio and on the stage with Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, Manhattan Transfer, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Della Reece, Michel Camilo, Ricky Skaggs, and he is currently touring with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has appeared on countless television shows such as Austin City Limits, BET, Charlie Rose, and Radio One. As a performer he has appeared at major venues and festivals world wide such as Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival in New York and Japan, Montreal Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreux, and most other major festivals worldwide. In addition Michael has contributed his services to a variety of multi-media outlets in production, as a composer, and consulting work. His works can be heard in television, radio and industrial markets. In addition to his personal musical career, Michael is deeply involved in developing children's music enrichment. He is a certified teacher in Washington D.C.'s Public School system at the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School. As a lecturer and associate professor he has taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Michigan University, University of Missouri, and Bowie State amongst others. In addition, he has worked with the Wolftrap Institute for Early Childhood Learning program in Virginia, and the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington DC. In addition he is the current musical director of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra in Washington DC.


Heidi Martin: March 3, 2023 marks the U.S. release of ‘Gifts & Sacrifices’ The new album from vocalist and composer Heidi Martin. Born in Washington D.C. She has shared the stage as a featured vocalist with Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, and George Burton. As guest artist on recordings with Russell Gunn, and Dana Murray. Significant collaborations in co- production with producer and keyboard innovator Raymond Angry.

“Gifts & Sacrifices” features Notable musicians Paul Bollenback guitar, Tim Warfield soprano, Josh Evans trumpet, George Burton and Piano, Raymond Angry Keys, Tarus Mateen bass and Eric Harland drums, background vocals Paige Brown.

Select film credits include: Four of Martin’s compositions off her first album “HIDE” – were chosen as a soundtrack to REVOLUTION ’67, a documentary about the 1967 Newark rebellion by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno.

Heidi has performed both nationally and internationally at Winter JazzFest, DC Jazz Festival, Black Arts Fest, Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), The Kenzi Sky Bar, Cadet Rouge in (Casablanca, Morocco).

Heidi Martin is a distinguished Teaching Artist, Manager; Education and Outreach for DC Jazz Festival Education.



We are so proud to announce the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Summer Series produced by the Jazz Academy of Music and Sponsored by the Toretsky Family! This event will take place at El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring, which features great music, food, drink and free parking.  This series is a fundraiser for the MAJF

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El Golfo

8739 Flower Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901 El Golfo
The Jazz Academy of Music, Inc.

The Jazz Academy of Music Inc, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2002, is a manifestation of a longtime dream of Paul Carr, its Music Director, to extend the music education opportunities afforded him, as an inner city youth, to others.  The Jazz Academy produces the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival which is an annual "Real Jazz" music program with activities under one roof ... A CRUISE ON LAND! 

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