For more than 40 years Len Grazier was recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists on the Delmarva Peninsula. He founded the Shore Jazz ensemble upon relocating to Maryland from New York City in 1964 and made the promotion and preservation of American jazz music a lifelong pursuit. Since his passing in 2005 Shore Jazz has continued that tradition under the guidance of Mike McShane and John Ewart. The ensemble draws from a regional group of talented musicians, performing a variety of jazz styles ranging from Traditional/ Dixieland, Swing to Latin Jazz and Bebop, offering trios to swinging sextets. The emphasis is on performing instrumental improvisational versions of classic “Jazz Standards” written by such legendary composers as Cole Porter, the Gershwin’s, AC Jobim, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie – and many others. The group currently works extensively as an instrumental trio with Pianist Joe Holt, John Ewart on saxophone and Mike McShane on drums.
Saxophone, and clarinet
John enjoys playing a variety of styles from blues to zydeco, but his main focus is on classic Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s through the 70’s. He has performed at a variety of venues locally, around the U.S. and internationally. John is also a part-time resident and frequent performer in New Orleans. He has been a member of Shore Jazz since 1999 and has been regular on the Eastern Shore Jazz scene for over 15 years. http://www.myspace.com/johnwewart
Drums and Percussion
Mike began drumming, performing and recording in NYC with several bands in early 80's improvisational music and art scene. After a decade in NY Mike relocated to Southern Delaware and made the transition to “straight-ahead” Jazz. In addition to shore Jazz, which Mike has been a part of since 2000, he also performs and records with several other regional Jazz combos.
Best known in jazz circles as a “stride” pianist, Joe’s influences and background are diverse, and his performances are eclectic. He has toured the United States performing Jazz in various festivals and as a soloist demonstrating varied approaches to musical improvisation. His seventh CD, Stories Without Words, is a collection of freely improvised compositions. he is also a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). www.joeholtsnotes.com