Award-winning jazz ensemble to headline outdoor concert in Beltsville
by Cara Hedgepeth
Keyboardist and composer David Bach kicks off Beltsville’s Jazz Under the Stars Summer Concert Series Saturday at the Beltsville Community Center. The series’ second and final concert on Aug. 10 will feature Project Natale, a jazz quartet that performs throughout the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia area.
The outdoor concert will feature Bach and his band, The David Bach Consort, a group of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore-based musicians.
“I’ve gone through many incarnations with the band, Bach said. “We have numerous people at every position because the good players, they stay busy.”
For Saturday’s concert, the band will be a five-piece ensemble. According to Bach, the band’s rotating cast of musicians means the music The David Bach Consort plays is always fresh.
“The band changes, but for the audience, and for me, it’s refreshing because I can play the same thing and it can sound completely different,” Bach said.
Because the Jazz Under the Stars series is typically widely attended by families, Bach said the performance will feature more covers and less of the musician’s original music.
“For outdoor events, I’ll sort of look at the crowd,” Bach said. “They really respond when I play more well-known stuff ... I’m known for playing The Beatles, U2, Lady Gaga — a lot of contemporary pop a-la jazzy.”
Growing up, Bach’s father was in the Air Force, meaning the family moved around frequently. Bach said the constant relocation helped expose him to different styles of music.
“It was great to be able to hear different music,” Bach said. “It gave me different sounds and music to draw from.”
By virtue of his last name, Bach said the first genre he ever played was classical music. He eventually transitioned to jazz, and in 2001, Bach submitted a video to Black Entertainment Television for their Jazz Discovery Showcase. Bach’s video was selected as the winner and still runs occasionally in syndication.
Bach has released four albums: “LIVE at Baker Park,” A Deep Breath,” “5thousand Words” and “Window on the West.” His latest album, “Other Words,” will be released in the next month.
Though Bach and his band play both public concert and private events in the area regularly, this will be the groups first time playing in Beltsville.
“It’s always great to play for a new audience,” Bach said. “You see how people, they just honestly react to the music.”