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Guitarist Tom Lagana to Perform in Philadelphia at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Friday, May 21

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Guitarist Tom Lagana to Perform in Philadelphia at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Friday, May 21

Performance in support of Harvest Time
Entertainment release Schematic

Harvest Time Entertainment announces a performance date for guitarist Tom Lagana atChris' Jazz Cafe on Friday, May 21. Lagana will perform music from his new CD, Schematic(release date: May 18). The all-star line up includes venerated saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Todd Harrison. It's an evening not to be missed!

For the past decade, guitarist Tom Lagana has been quietly carving out a niche on the D.C.-Baltimore-Annapolis jazz scene, with occasional forays into Richmond, Virginia and Philadelphia. On Schematic, the 40-year-old protg of guitarist Charlie Byrd makes a strikingly original statement with a potent rhythm tandem and special guests George Garzone on tenor sax and trumpeter Dave Ballou. “This is the blueprint for what I want the band to sound like," says Lagana of his impressive sophomore outing.

Lagana began his professional career in 1992 after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a two-year stint with the Walt Disney Jazz Band, he returned to Annapolis, Maryland. There, jazz legend Charlie Byrd took an interest in him, inviting Lagana to sit in on his regular gig at the Maryland Inn. Soon after, the Tom Lagana Group became the house band, playing there three nights a week for over a year. In 2002, Lagana released his first recording as a leader. Reflecting on his love of the Chesapeake Bay region,Patuxent peaked at No. 17 in the US jazz charts.
(Pictured L to R: Tom Baldwin, Todd Harrison, Tom Lagana, George Garzone)

Also an award winning classical guitarist with numerous symphony performances to his credit, Lagana holds a master of music degree in performance from Towson University. He became an instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005 and joined the faculty at Towson University in 2007. However, the versatile guitarist continues to maintain an unusually busy performance schedule.

Judging from the quality of his second CD, Tom Lagana will be on the radar for some time.Schematic is the Tom Lagana album to make guitar aficionados and the jazz world in general sit up and take notice of talent deserving of wider recognition. Enjoy much of its content live at Chris' Jazz Caf.

Schematic is the Tom Lagana album to make guitar aficionados and the jazz world in general sit up and take notice of this talent deserving of wider recognition." - Bill Milkowski

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