This free, family-friendly show takes place outside, at the Cooling Pond’s amphitheater.
Some seating is available on the brewery’s terrace, but the best views of the stage are down front, on the grass. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.
Like any jam session, this is unscripted, improvised, and unpredictable. Artists will be rotating in and out. Stay all three hours to see the full lineup of talent.
Admission is free.
There’s no cover and no minimum.
Cooling Pond serves its own freshly-made, flavorful craft beers. Wine and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
Throughout the afternoon, enjoy a snack or meal from the bar or food truck. You’re welcome to bring your own food, but please, no outside alcohol.
Robert McBride is a resident of Mineral, Virginia who founded Lake Anna Jazz in 2021 to promote jazz appreciation, education, and performance. For this event, he has assembled an array of talent from all over Virginia, some of whom will meet for the first time at “Cool Jazz at Cooling Pond.” Robert is a founding member of Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, having recorded and performed with that group internationally.
For more information, visit https://UptownVocalJazz.com
Ginny Carr Goldberg, Vice President of Lake Anna Jazz, is a versatile pianist, singer, songwriter, lyricist, and jazz vocal arranger whose original songbook and charts have been published, played, and heralded worldwide. Ginny is the leader, alto vocalist, and principal songwriter/arranger for the internationally acclaimed jazz vocal harmony ensemble, the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet.
Ginny has anchored and fronted many independent jazz ensembles, joining forces with some of the world‘s best jazz musicians who make their home in Washington, DC. She has performed as a featured entertainer at D.C. area establishments and has entertained many notable clients, including an array of governors, mayors, Supreme Court Justices, international guests of distinction, members of Congress, and prominent figures from the business community.
Ginny is excited about the new chapter in her jazz life, being a part of the dedicated founding board of musicians and supporters who want to see Lake Anna Jazz enrich the lives of our wonderful community for years to come. Welcome to everyone, and thank you for supporting our very special mission!
Anthony Dowd grew up playing piano in Richmond and has performed with Frank Sinatra, The Four Aces, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, and many other jazz notables. Besides solo and trio work, he tours the East Coast with the Jeff Decker Quartet, occasionally subs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and is music director of Starlet Knight’s Cabaret at Firehouse Theatre in Richmond. Since 2010, he has given lectures on the history of Jazz Piano for Rappahannock Community College and Firehouse Theatre.
His CDs “Can’t Sleep” and “Family Reunion” are available at his website:
Trombonist Doug Elliott is a freelancer in the DC area and has performed in all 50 states, several countries in South America and Europe, as well as Angola, Australia, China, Japan, and New Zealand, Doug was a member of the US Air Force Airmen of Note from 1989 to 1996, and has been lead trombone with the Artie Shaw orchestra since 1997. He has recorded with the Airmen of Note, Bill Potts Big Band, Eva Cassidy, Chuck Brown, Dick Johnson, and many others. He has always enjoyed the wide variety of playing that freelancing and touring provides, and performs regularly in various classical, jazz, latin, and ethic music groups, on tenor and alto trombone.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Swingtopia
Kevin Gaines is a versatile drummer who plays primarily Jazz but is adaptable to all styles. Based in Richmond, VA, Kevin is a frequent performer in the RVA and Tidewater regions, and occasionally travels beyond that for performances.
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Tina Hashemi is a jazz singer who recently graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied music performance and jazz voice under Stephanie Nakasian and John D’earth. She recently completed an album of originals and standards entitled Blue Champagne.
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Victor Haskins is a multi-instrumentalist, multidisciplinary artist, international performer, composer, improviser, bandleader, and educator.
He has performed in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., played concert halls throughout Virginia and Maryland, performed in jazz clubs from New York to New Orleans, and brought his music and message of music education to overseas destinations including South Africa, Central America, and Europe.
Victor directs the In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and teaches Jazz Trumpet, Improvisation, and the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary.
For more information, visit
Michael Hawkins, a Virginia native now residing in Chester, is an accomplished musician and educator. His quartet, “Michael Hawkins and the Brotherhood” performs frequently on the Richmond jazz scene, and he has provided the bass lines behind many jazz greats, including multiple recordings with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his band. When not performing, he teaches individual lessons, as well as conducting clinics and master classes in upright bass. Apart from his musical pursuits, Michael serves as an advisor for the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University.
Michael can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Michaelhawkinsandthebrotherhood/
Steve Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music majoring in Jazz guitar performance. He began playing a seven-string guitar in 1993. Steve has recorded numerous CD’s as both leader and sideman and is a respected jazz educator. Steve Herberman’s original composition “What We Do” won first place in the jazz category of the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition. Steve has over 50 video lessons published on Mike’s Masterclasses and has toured across the US and Europe playing and teaching. He is featured in the book The Great Jazz Guitarists by Scott Yanow. Steve is an endorser of Comins Guitars and GLB Sound amps and is based in the Washington DC area.
For more information, visit https://www.steveherberman.com/
Tim Holmes grew up in Louisa County with musical parents who taught him piano at home. He began performing at church by 14 and soon became Minister of Music, a position he still holds at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Gum Spring, VA. Along the way, he gained an appreciation for jazz and developed his skills, to the point that he soon was appearing regularly at the Boar’s Head Inn, the Clifton Inn, and many country clubs in the Charlottesville-Richmond corridor. When he’s not playing the church organ or performing for private parties on his portable keyboards, he works as a certified in-home personal fitness trainer, concentrating on clients in the Lake Anna area.
Rich Johnston is a resident of Louisa County who cut his Jazz teeth in New Jersey before relocating to Zion Crossroads. He studied at Rutgers University with such luminaries as Frank Foster, Paul Jeffries, and Kenny Barron. Rich has performed various musical styles from Classic Jazz, Latin Jazz, R&B, Smooth Jazz and is always on the lookout for the next jam session where anything can happen!
Starlet Knight is a Richmond-based actress and musician who serves as staff accompanist for the VCU Dance and Choreography department. In addition to teaching piano, voice, and music theory, she often performs onstage in local theatres and cabarets, in addition to holding the title of Musical Director for various productions.
John Kocur went from playing sax at age 10 in his Medford, NY school band program to a full-time career in music performance and education. In addition to leading his own group, he has performed with international touring acts including Jamie Cullum and Joe Piscipo, and he has shared the stage with jazz artists Benny Golson, Fred Wesley, Jimmie Owens, Freddie Redd, and Buck Hill. He frequently collaborates with musicians in other genres, playing with progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and bluegrass duo Herb and Hanson. He currently teaches jazz studies at George Mason University and gives workshops at high schools and colleges, featuring clinics on jazz ensemble style and improvisation.
For more information, visit http://johnkocur.com/
Andy McCarty is a jazz pianist who performs in the Richmond-based band “Antique Melody Show.” Andy can also be found playing in various small jazz ensembles, as well as solo jazz piano, around Richmond. The “Antique Melody Show” band performs a collection of tunes ranging from early 1920s through the 1960s, and has played numerous events including weddings.
Event and booking information can be found at www.antiquemelodyshow.com
Nicknamed the “Chameleon”, Bruce Middle weaves a tapestry of sounds from Classical to Jazz, Blues to Country and Bluegrass to Funk. He is a composer, arranger, performer, and recording artist with over 35 years in the industry. In addition, Bruce is a highly respected and in-demand educator, offering private lessons, group lessons, workshops, and clinics. He is the Instructor of Guitar for the University of Mary Washington and Director of The Guitar Ensemble. His Private Lessons include instruction in Mandolin, Electric Bass, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Guitar, Theory, and Composition.
For more information, go to https://brucemiddlemusic.com/
We’re fortunate to have a fine player on two instruments in the lineup. Keith Willingham performs on drums and trumpet at various gigs in the Richmond area. Today, he is providing backup for our main drummer, Kevin Gaines. Keith graduated from Drexel University and now lives in Richmond with his family.
Sean Yeskoo is a double bassist specializing in jazz styles who resides and frequently performs around the Richmond, VA area. He is deeply influenced by the greats of the bop era as well as modern players who continue to respect the past with one step firmly placed in the future.
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