Saxophonist Bruce Swaim with Guitarist Steve Abshire and Bassist Paul Langosch

  • The Friday Night Jazz Club

    40 South Harrison Street
    Easton, Maryland 21601
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Saxophonist Bruce Swaim attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a performance major in saxophone and moved from North Carolina to the Washington, D.C. area in 1981.  Since then he has worked with many notables including Keter Betts, Carl Allen, Danny Gatton, Rosemary Clooney, Martha Reeves, Millie Jackson, The Spinners, Michael Feinstein, Houston Person, The Four Tops and The Temptations. 

He is an active studio musician with many independent pop, jazz and blues recording projects along with numerous film, T.V. soundtracks and jingles.  Bruce is an accomplished musical composer in addition to scoring horn charts for studio and live performances for other musicians.

His performance credits and venues include BET, The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Wolf Trap, DAR Constitution Hall, Strathmore, The Ramshead, The National Gallery of Art, The White House, and Lincoln Center in New York City to name a few.  Bruce has received two Wammy Awards for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year from the Washington Area Music Association.

Guitarist Steve Abshire has appeared in concert twice with the "Great Guitars". Once, back in the 1980's with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd, (filling in for Barney Kessel), and recently with Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola.

Abshire was a member of various Navy Bands for 24 years, from 1973 to 1997. Steve landed the position of guitarist/featured soloist with the Commodores, the U.S. Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years until He retired in 1997.  Steve has performed in Europe twice at the famed "Jazz In Marciac" jazz festival in Marciac, France.
Abshire was a member of the faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. for five years and presently teaches guitar privately.  As a clinician, Steve has given Master Classes in guitar and rhythm section techniques at the Armed Forces School of Music, James Madison University, Elon University, and various local colleges and high schools.
Steve can be found on numerous recordings, including six of his own. In 1987, his first, "Big Brass Bed Blues" received a 4 1/2-star rating from Downbeat Magazine, which called him "...fluent, assured, directly communicative...definitely one to watch".

His most recent project, "Between Friends", is collaboration with long time friend and master guitarist Steve Herberman. It is a collection of musical conversations between two good friends. Released on the "Mainstay Music" label.

Bassist Paul Langosch began his studies of the double bass in 1969, with Albert Webster of the National Symphony. He later continued private lessons with William Vaughan, also of the National Symphony. In addition to studying classical bass, Paul also took lessons from the great jazz bassist, Ketter Betts.  The young bassist began his college studies at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, where he was mentored by the legendary composer/arranger, Bill Potts. He then went on to attend American University in Washington, DC, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. 

Paul has worked with many of the leaders in the jazz world including Phil Woods, Tal Farlow, Al Cohn, Mose Allison, Johnny Hartman, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Barney Kessel, George Benson, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis. 

Paul’s touring credits include tours with Jon Hendricks, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Susanna McCorkle, and Conte Candoli. 

In  1985  Paul was  invited to  by Tony  Bennett  to  become  a  permanent  member  of  his  trio.  His association  with  Mr.  Bennett  lasted  over  20  years and  included  performances on  10  CDs,  appearances  on  many Television  shows,  and  specials.  Also,  countless  touring  dates.  Included  in these  were  multiple  tours in  Japan,  South  America,  Europe,  Great  Britain,  and  Australia. Since  retiring  from  touring  with  Tony Bennett  in  2008.  Paul has  been  working  with  artists  such as Michael Feinstein,  Christine  Ebersole,  Mary Ann  Redmond,  and  Middle  Eastern Mu sic  virtuoso,  Simon  Shaheen.  In  2012  Paul was  thrilled  to  be  invited  to  participate  in  the  recording, "On  Light  Wings",  with  the  Kandinsky  Trio  and  featuring  Kurt Rosenwinkel on  guitar.

Bruce Swaim - saxophone | Steve Abshire - guitar | Paul Langosch - bass

NOTE: Students with valid student ID attend free.  Call (202) 999-8687 to reserve a seat.

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The Friday Night Jazz Club

40 South Harrison Street
Easton, Maryland 21601 The Friday Night Jazz Club
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