Jam Bake goofs off before going onstage at the Stonington Opera House.
GSA Combo Jams One Last Time
GSA’s honors combo Jam Bake performed at the Deer Isle Jazz Festival on Friday, Aug. 2, opening for “jazz luminaries” Aruán Ortiz and Don Byron.
It was the final performance together for these musicians, five of whom graduated from George Stevens Academy in June, and a fitting end to a strong performance year that included a Gold Medal 1 rating at the state instrumental jazz festival and a third-place finish at the Berklee festival.
Jam Bake included Courtney Bianco ’19, alto sax; Edward Conte ’19, drums; Erika Hipsky ’20, alto sax and flute; Duncan Howell ’20, trombone; Quinn Stabler ’20, bass; LeeAnn Varnum ’19, soprano and tenor sax; Elana Williamson ’19, vibes and piano; and Tess Williamson ’19, piano and vocals.
“They are a joy to work with,” said director Steve Orlofsky, who also said that he is “looking forward” to working with GSA’s new honors combo, as yet unnamed.
Erika, Duncan, and Quinn will be joined in the new combo by Gabe Hall ’22, trumpet; Ian Howell ’20, bass; Joseph Mitchell ’20, guitar; and Zeke Sacaridiz ’21, drums.
Thank you, Jam Bake, for a great year of jazz. Best wishes to the new combo!