Preview: Chesapeake Music and Oxford Community Center Team Up on Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw


Community partnerships are essential in getting things done locally, but when two organizations come together in the name of jazz, it always will get the attention of the Talbot Spy.

That’s why we didn’t hesitate to ask Joe Fischer, president of the board of the Oxford Community Center and Al Sikes, chair of Chesapeake Music’s Jazz on the Chesapeake, to come over to the Bullitt House for a quick rundown of a unique project that centers on the music of jazz legends Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.

Produced and performed by twin brothers Will and Peter Anderson, who have been a favorite part of the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival for many years, and whom the New York Times calls the “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” have planned an evening that shares the genius of these two giants along with a twenty piece band with strings.

In our short chat with Al and Joe, they talk about their partnership, the region’s passion for jazz, and a hint of what the audience should expect on December 1 at the OCC.

Catch Benny meets Artie with Strings on Saturday, December 1st at the Oxford Community Center. The performance is presented by Chesapeake Music’s Jazz on the Chesapeake in partnership with Oxford Community Center. Tickets are $50. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-819-0380.

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