Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Sponsored by The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

And now, for something different! Celebrating the release of the titular album–on Silver Spring based label Cuneiform–legendary guitarist Gary Lucas joins forces with Tony®- nominated singer and actress Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q, Hand to God) for a loving musical tribute to the swinging, jazzy soundtracks that adorned master animator Max Fleischer’s surreal, wacky and Yiddish-inflected Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons of the 1930’s.

Backed by the cartoons themselves, and the cream of NYC’s jazz performers (Jeff Lederer on reeds, Rob Jost on bass, Rob Garcia on drums and Mingus Big Band’s Joe Fiedler on trombone), Lucas and Stiles have a rare evening in store.

Get ready for a swirling melting-pot of jungle-band jazz, Tin Pan Alley torch songs, raucous vaudeville turns, and Dixieland mixed with a pinch of Klezmer.


ReFraming the Artist Reframing the Artist – Exploring the artists’ experience through film.

Saturday, March 5, 8:30 pm

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

gary-lucasGary Lucas‘ career encompasses working with Leonard Bernstein and Captain Beefheart to collaborating with Jeff Buckley and John Zorn. He has released over 25 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres, and tours the world constantly. Rolling Stone has called him, “one of the best and most original guitarists in America.”


Sarah StilesJust nominated for a 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in the hit Broadway comedy “Hand to God,” Sarah Stiles has also graced Broadway stages in “Avenue Q” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” and she was critically acclaimed as Little Red Riding Hood in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Into the Woods.”

joe fiedlerJoe Fiedler‘s trombone virtuosity and arrangement skills are renowned, and he’s played with everyone from Celia Cruz and Eddie Palmieri to the Mingus Big Band and Fast ‘N’ Bulbous—he’s currently the music director of Sesame Street and leads his own band Big Sackbut. He’s played on 100’s of albums, 6 as a leader.


jeff ledererJeff Lederer is a New York based saxophonist-clarinetist/composer/educator whose work crosses the genres of jazz, latin and creative improvised music. In 2014 he has been named in both the critics and Readers Polls of Downbeat Magazine recognizing his work on tenor and alto saxophones and clarinet.  He has worked for many years in the Matt Wilson Quartet and the grammy nominated ensembles of Bobby Sanabria and Salsa trombonist Jimmy Bosch. He has recorded for Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings, CIMP Records, Palmetto Records and his own Little (i) Music label.  His quartet “Sunwatcher” made it’s debut in 2011 on the Jazzheads label featuring Buster Williams on bass, Jamie Saft on piano and Matt Wilson, drums.  His longstanding ensemble “Shaker n’ Bakers” performs modern jazz interpretations of the Vision songs of the Shaker religious sect and has released two recordings of Shaker music and performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles.

Bassist Rob Jost is one of NYC’s most sought out musicians, having performed with Bjork, Imogen Heap, Jesse Harris, the Saturday Night Live band, and the Sesame Street Band. He is also a volunteer French horn instructor at youth camps in Haiti.  He is a verbal pun master.

Rob+Garcia-8308+new+edit1+1Rob Garcia is a strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has performed and/or recorded with bandleaders such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Sam Newsome, Judi Silvano, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Brad Shepik, John Benitez, John Bunch, Dena DeRose, Chris Cheek, Daniel Kelly, and Vince Giordano. Rob has also collaborated with other top musicians such as: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Mark Helias, Jerome Richardson, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Dave Kikoski, Mike Formanek, Bill McHenry, Gary Versace, Loren Stillman, John Hebert, Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Ted Nash, and Chris Potter, among others. He has played on over 40 albums including Grammy winners.

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