FCC Celebrating Jazz in April with Concerts and Special Guests


The Frederick Community College Music Department will celebrate Jazz in April with concerts and special guest artists all month long.

“We are proud to announce the schedule for our second annual FCC Jazz in April concert festival,” said Jennifer Rundlett, Artist Series Coordinator and Continuing Education Music Program Manager. “We’ve increased our performances this year, including numerous performances that are free and occurring during the day, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the George L. Shields Foundation.” 

Daytime Events: 

Jazz in the Cougar Grill
Tuesdays at noon on April 4, 11, and 25
Led by Anita Thomas and the FCC Jazz Workshop

“During these sessions, you’ll hear the joyous sounds of horns and strings and drums and keyboard, all swinging and grooving together,” said Anita Thomas, Director of Jazz Workshop. “The musicians will present songs from the swing and big band era, as well as Latin tunes and songs with a funky beat that will get you moving."

Weekly noontime Jazz Jam sessions in the Cougar Grill are free and open to the public.

The Life and Times of Thelonious Monk
Tuesday, April 18, 12:30 p.m.

Howard Burns will discuss this year’s Jazz in April tribute to Thelonious Monk, who was born 100 years ago.

“Thelonious Monk is the second most recorded composer in jazz, behind only the great Duke Ellington,” Howard Burns said. “Monk composed 70 compositions, making him a vital jazz figure who deserves a lot of recognition.”
Burns will be assisted by Jazz Faculty members Anita Thomas, Michael Raitzyk, and Robert Sykes.

F142 Studio Theater. Lecture Recital. Free Admission.

Mardi Gras Band

Thursday, April 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lead by Howard Burns (drums) and joined by Anita Thomas (Bass), Tom Masetri (Trombone), Lou Luzzi (Tenor Sax), Charlie Berry (Trumpet), and Jordan Clawson (Piano).

Cougar Grille. Free and open to the public.

Nighttime Concerts

The Great American Songbook
Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Anita Thomas

The FCC Jazz Workshop will explore the music of timeless classics of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway Musicals with special guest Craig Gildner. This swing band leader will join forces with select students to explore the intimate setting of a wide variety of jazz combos. 

"Craig Gildner looks and sounds like he came right off the stage of a 1940s Broadway review,” Anita Thomas said. “A dynamic bandleader, vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and purveyor of all things swinging, his love of the golden age of popular song permeates every note of every tune.” 

Concert-goers can start their evening early with an art open house reception featuring the work of sculpture Luc Fiedler of Elf Studio from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

JBK Theater. General admission: $12 Adults. $10 Students and Seniors. Free to FCC students and staff with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Box Office the evening of the performance or in advance at

Swing into Spring with the Commodores
Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Come celebrate America’s music with the U.S. Navy Band Commodores.  The Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for more than 40 years. This vibrant, dynamic group strives for musical excellence and new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences.

JBK Theater. Free Admission

Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Howard Burns

The FCC premier jazz ensemble will feature the innovative jazz group Otherworld, led by pianist Jeffrey Chappell, as they pay tribute to jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Otherworld creates compelling works by playing a mix of acoustic and electric instruments while blending jazz, classical, and Middle Eastern influences.

JBK Theater. General admission: $12 Adults. $10 Students and Seniors. Free to FCC students and staff with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Box Office the evening of the performance or in advance at

You and the Night and the Music: Jazz at the JBK
Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.
Directed by Lynn Staininger

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick will be joined by FCC jazz faculty trio Howard Burns, Anita Thomas, and Robert Sykes to showcase popular choral jazz favorites.

JBK Theater. Adults $18, Students and Seniors $15, FCC students free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit