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Festivities kick off on Sat, April 1st with a performance and CD release event by Sunnyside Recording artists and Portland favorites, HUSH POINT. Featuring Jeremy Udden, Sax; Aryeh Kobrinsky, Bass; Anthony Pinciotti, Drums; and the Legendary John McNeil on Trumpet. Celebrating the release of HUSH POINT III.

Fri, April 14th, we’ll host Sanford Maine’s favorite son, clarinetist Mike McGinnis & his stellar trio featuring jazz luminaries Steve Swallow on Bass and Art Lande on Piano. The trio will be celebrating the release of THEIR new CD; “RECURRING DREAM”, also on the Sunnyside Label.

On April 21st another favorite son, Portland native guitarist Ryan Blotnick, and his quartet featuring Brunswick Maine born and bred drum master R.J. Miller, the brilliant Michael Blake on saxophone and Scott Colberg on bass. Blotnick’s most recent CD, “KUSH”, on the Songlines label, will be available at the show.

We cap off April Fest on April 28th with a performance by the amazing Titus Abbott and his all star quartet with Boston based drum phenom Luther Gray; the great Mike Effenberger on piano and Maine’s first call basist Jim Lyden on the contrabass. In addition to his performing activities, Abbott serves as Director of the Jazz Studies program at the Conservatory.