The Harry Appelman Trio at Blue House Live
One of DC's most in-demand jazz artists, pianist and educator Harry Appelman has performed on concert stages on five continents. He has been chosen three times to participate in U.S. State Department music tours overseas, and has also performed in Egypt with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Todd Marcus Quartet, at the Festival Gnaouas et Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Mr. Appelman was a long-time member of Afro Bop Alliance, winners of a 2008 Latin Grammy, and he contributed several arrangements to the group's recordings. He has also played with many other of the greats on today's jazz scene, including Eddie Daniels, Gary Thomas, Drew Gress, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Snidero, Brian Lynch, Don Braden, and Walt Weiskopf, among others. A two-time recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Awards for composition (in 2012 and 2018), he was also a prizewinner in the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the 1989 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.
Bassist Eric Harper, a Washington native, is a 1995 graduate of Oberlin College. He has extensive performing experience outside of the DC area, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with vocalists Barbara Morrison and Lillian Boutté, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival with saxophonists Scott Hamilton and Bob Wilber, and the Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai, China, with vocalist Jennifer Palor. In addition, he has performed in single engagements with jazz artists such as Charlie Byrd, John Hicks, Chris Cheek, Valery Ponomarov, and Jim Snidero.
Eric Kennedy is a multiple percussionist, vocalist, and composer from Baltimore , Maryland. He has a performance and music education career of more than 25 years. Eric has recorded and performed nationally and abroad with Curtis Fuller, John Hicks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Nelson, Kelly Shepherd/NoMad Stories, Fred Wesley and Gary Bartz among others. He is also a band leader and member of the Bobby Watson Quartet, The Holmes Brothers, Kinetic Sounds, the Todd Marcus Quartet/Nonet and Inside Out with Lafayette Gilchrist and Michael Formanek .
As a vocalist, Eric was runner up in the 2004 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and showcased at Artscape 2010.
Eric served three years as adjunct faculty in the jazz department at the Peabody Conservatory of Music teaching drum set, voice, jazz combo and jazz history and taught voice and percussion for the Eubie Blake Cultural Center and the Mount Royal Elementary and Middle Schools. He was invited to Sweden to perform and teach at the Music School of Malmo with the Gary Thomas Trio. Eric was artist in residence at An Die Musik from 2011-2012, and a member of the first American jazz ensemble to perform at the Tianjin Jazz Festival in Tianjin, China.
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