Join us for dinner on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm as we introduce the jazz duo of Emily Mahoney, Vocalist and Alex Abdoulaev, Pianist to our already stellar talent for Jazz Wednesday. Sotto Sopra is so festively decorated this time of year. Your are invited to join us for our Italian cuisine, libations and relish Emily and Alex’s jazz performances.
Emily Mahoney is a vocalist and board-certified music therapist in Baltimore, MD. Emily received her bachelor’s degree in voice at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. She continued her vocal studies in Salzburg, Austria in the years following, but returned to the states to pursue a career in music therapy. Emily graduated with a Masters of Music Therapy from Temple University in 2017. During her time in Philadelphia, she fell in love with singing jazz from the 1930s and 40s as bandleader of swing band, "Bitters & Rye", with whom she recorded an EP called "Straight Up." Emily moved to Baltimore in 2016, and works as a music therapist for a Maryland hospice, but continues to perform frequently in the Baltimore area with the "Emily Rose Trio" and in the Philadelphia area with "Bitters & Rye".
Alex Abdoulaev is a pianist, conductor, researcher, and band leader based in Baltimore, Maryland. Alex has been studying piano in some capacity since 1985, and has been teaching piano, music theory, and music history professionally for over fifteen years. Alex studied both classical and jazz piano under such noteworthy teachers as Radoslav Kvapil, Teofils Biķis, Thomas Mastroianni, Lewis Porter, and Joshua Rifkin. As a professional musician, Alex has experience in classical solo and chamber music, jazz piano and musical theatre vocal coaching and conducting. Most recently, Alex was seen in Washington, D. C. with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" under the baton of Maestro Jeffry Newberger. Additionally, Alex is also the artistic director of two Maryland-area jazz bands: the swing septet "Soviet Space Dogs," and the jazz-cabaret quintet "Ghosts of Weimar." In 2014, Alex graduated with a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Boston University, where he completed his dissertation titled "Savoy: A Portrait of the World's Finest Ballroom, 1926-1958." Currently, Alex is a professor of music history at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he maintains a full schedule of teaching and research duties. His current research interests include the role of blues as a tool of social protest in modern society; development of film music; and a variety of ethnographic and musicological topics in 1940s jazz.