The Jazz Update band features exciting players who deliver compelling performances in concerts, festivals, clubs and jazz cruises. Their repertoire ranges from straight ahead jazz to avant-garde and includes many original tunes. See our Programs for booking information.
Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is an internationally respected jazz composer and musician. His recordings and performances are consistently well received by critics. The artistic director of the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival, Antoniuk has been a featured performer and teaching artist at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and the National Music Center. He is associated with Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), and their new Capitol Jazz Project. He also teaches at Towson University.
Bassist Tom Baldwin has backed modern jazz greats like James Moody, George Garzone and Eric Alexander, and performs often with lauded jazz guitarist Steve Herberman. Baldwin shines in countless venues, such as the Wolftrap Jazz and Blues Festival and Princeton JazzFeast. Highly respected as a tasteful, articulate and inspired bassist, he teaches at the University of Maryland.
Phenomenal pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the Airmen of Note. He is on the faculty of George Mason University and the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.
Drummer Tony Martucci has played and recorded with giants from almost every period of jazz, including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wrote Music Monthly, "Martucci’s drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience..." Jazz Times said Martucci “is an exciting yet sensitive player with chops, taste ..." He brings these qualities to every performance.