Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet, Benny C. Morgan Recital Series

Bruce Swaim Quartet

Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet
October 7, 2017 at 3 p.m., Building A Auditorium, Leonardtown Campus

The Bruce Swaim Quartet, which consists of Bruce Swaim on saxophone, Paul Langosch on bass, Jay Cooley on piano, and Dominic Smith on drums, is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s premier jazz quartets.

Swaim attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a performance major in saxophone. Since moving to Washington, D.C. he has had the opportunity to work professionally with many notable musicians, including the Four Tops and the Temptations. Langosch began his college studies at Montgomery College’s School of Music in Rockville and then attended American University. He resides in the Washington, D.C. area and has worked with many leaders in the jazz world including Herb Ellis, Al Cohn and Bud Shank.

Cooley studied music at Montgomery College’s School of Music as well as Catholic University’s School of Theory and Composition. Cooley has appeared with Charlie Byrd, Chuck Redd and Ethel Ennis and has been the musical director and guest accompanist for many musicians. Smith attended Towson University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has studied in New York City with musicians such as Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson and Kim Plainfield and has played with jazz musicians Buster Williams, Mark Elf and Dennis Erwin.

In 2010, the quartet received Washington Area Music Association awards for Jazz Group of the Year as well as the Jazz Recording of the Year for “Winter’s Waltz,” repeating the honor the following year with their CD, My Heart Stood Still.

Admission to the recitals in the series is free due to the generosity of community sponsors.