Betty Mae Kramer Gallery & Music Room
One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-565-3805

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) invites you to join us for Jazz at the Kramer! A music series in partnership with Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy of Music presenting a free evening of jazz at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery & Music Room on the second Wednesday of every month. 

Admission is FREE but advanced registration is required due to limited capacity.

** Please Note: Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the gallery with the exception of water.

Second Wednesdays: Jazz at the Kramer featuring Vocalist Lavenia Nesmith and Pianist Allyn Johnson

Second Wednesdays: Jazz at the Kramer featuring Bhagwan Khalsa on Bass + Eric Byrd on Piano and Chris Latona on Piano + Andrew Latona on Guitar.

Jazz at the Kramer

Event Listing

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
6 p.m. at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room

Join us for a night of jazz featuring bassist Pepe Gonzalez and pianist José Luiz Martins! Click here to RSVP!

June Musicians

Pepe Gonzalez

Pepe started his music career playing the electric bass in his late teens, when he formed one of the first integrated bands (between African Americans and Hispanics) in the Washington, DC area. The band, ZAPATA, opened for many great bands such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Weather Report, Rashan Roland Kirk, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Isley Brothers. ZAPATA became one of the top bands in the Mid-Atlantic region, receiving great acclaim by the media and the audience alike.

Performing largely within the jazz idiom, Pepe has had the pleasure performing and recording with many national and international icons such as, Pepper Adams, Clifford Jordan, Slide Hampton, Dave Valentin, Bryon Morris, Hilton Ruiz, Paul Hawkins, Jeannie Bryson, Sheila Jordan, Dorothy Donegan, Carter Jefferson, Clark Terry, Malachi Thompson, Bill Hardman, Junior Cook, Giacomo Gates, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Horacio Icasto, and many others.

Pepe has performed for U.S. Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, the United Nation President Kufi Anan, and Vice President Al Gore. He has played at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, the Blue Note and the Jazz Times Convention all in New York City. He has played the Carribean, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and the Soviet Union. Festivals include Curacao Jazz Festival, San Remo Festival, East Coast Jazz Festivals II thru X, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, San Antonio Jazz Festival, Harrisburg Jazz Festival, and the Cape May Festivals 1996 – 98 and 2000.

José Luiz Martins

José Luiz Martins is a Brazilian pianist,  composer and producer from São Paulo – Brazil currently living in Washington DC. He has been recording and performing as a sideman and as a leader for over a decade.

He studied classical piano at Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo under the guidance of the teachers: Renato Figueiredo and Marisa Lacorte, and classical composition with Ricardo Rizek. He was also awarded two full scholarships to do his master’s degree. One in Basel Switzerland at the JazzCampus and he also received a elite merit based scholarship at Queen’s College in New York.

He has performed at major music festivals in Brazil, such as Jazz na Fábrica (SESC Pompéia), Santos Jazz Festival, Mimo Festival (Olinda), Festival Painel Instrumental, Festival SESC Jazz and Blues, Festival Jazz a La Calle (Uruguay), among others. He has also played in recitals in tribute to the great Brazilian composers such as Gilberto Mendes, Osvaldo Lacerda, Alberto Nepumuceno and Camargo Guarnieri (having performed the premiere of the Preludio e Fuga of Camargo Guarnieri at Sala do Conservatório – SP).

Since moving to the US in 2019, he has played at world renowned festivals such as the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Northampton Jazz Festival and HillFest as well as venues all over the east coast such as Blues Alley, Strathmore AMP, The Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall.

José Luiz Martins also has performed in many venues and festival all over Europe in the Netherlands, Germany, Brussels, France, Czech Republic, Italy, and Switzerland.

José Luiz Martins also is an experienced educator who has worked with students of different levels and ages all across the globe.

His three albums as a leader brought him important prizes and received amazing reviews of specialized criticism. He has also recorded 10 albums as a sideman, some of which he also produced. His new record “Reflections” released in March 2023 received high criticism and was released with shows in the DC area with his US band, Dana Hawkins, Romeir Mendez and Alex Hamburger.

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