jazz @ uucss: Irene Jalenti Trio


Join us for the Fall edition of jazz@uucss as we welcome Italian-born, Baltimore-based vocalist, Irene Jalenti and her trio. Irene is a dynamic, soulful, and passionate performer and composer who moves easily from a love ballad to an activist song to a comical tune, always with depth, nuance, and conviction. She earned a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance from the prestigious Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Howard University (the first Italian singer to have done so). Her mentors include legendary singer Jay Clayton, pianist/singer/arranger Connaitre Miller, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and saxophonist Charlie Young.

Baltimore pianist Joshua Espinoza blends genres into original compositions and arrangements with a style that is tastefully modern, yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. Josh has played with renowned artists on national stages, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the DC Jazz Festival. In June 2018, Josh was a finalist in the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, and he was named “Most Promising Semi-Finalist” in the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.

Leo Maxey is a Baltimore-area trumpeter and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. He began his musical studies under the tutelage of his father, Leonard Maxey, Sr., and Darian Washington in Augusta, Georgia and studied with local greats John Bradley, Michael Katterjohn, and Todd Jenkins. A member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Leo can be seen in the Baltimore/DC Metro area with his small groups of varying sizes and his “Maximal Winds” ensemble.

“Her warmth and strong stage presence allow her to communicate
the essence, power, and importance of jazz”
~ Bob Cranshaw


Suggested donation $10 ($5 students/seniors)
Children 12 and under free

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jazz@uucss is a quarterly concert series produced by the UUCSS Music Committee and jazz scholar Bertrand Uberall to provide an affordable, listener-friendly performance venue for jazz in the DC area, create new audiences for outstanding young musicians, and foster connections between UUCSS and the local jazz community.