St. Peter’s to host world-class jazz ensemble Feb. 11

February 7, 2024

Six world-class American musicians, led by Delaware’s own vibraphonist Joe Baione, promise to delight jazz aficionados when they appear at at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Second and Market streets, Lewes. Church doors will open 30 minutes before concert time. As with other concerts sponsored by the church’s St. Cecilia Music Guild, this event is offered without charge. A freewill offering is welcome.

Baione, who continues to achieve recognition on the jazz scene for his powerful and energetic performance on the vibes, will be joined by alto saxophonist Herb Scott, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, pianist Toru Dodo, bassist Marco Panascia-Bass and drummer Jerome Jennings.

Baione grew up in a jazz-drenched musical environment with his father James, who played clarinet and saxophone, composed and taught younger musicians; his musician mother Barbara; and his older brothers, bassist Tom and guitarist Jimmy. He links his success to meeting saxophonist and composer Benny Golson in 2003 when the jazz legend participated in a series of clinics and benefit concerts in Delaware. “He was a mentor and encouraged me to pursue my duo dream both on the vibraphone and as a jazz musician,” Baione said.

Since then, Baione has performed in innumerable venues in the U.S., Trinidad and Jamaica. His latest album, “Oh Yeah,” was nominated for a Grammy award. Selections for this concert will include compositions by Joe Baione, James Baione, Isham Jones, Grant Green, Arthur Schwartz and Miles Davis.

Herb Scott, a soulful powerhouse on alto saxophone, is a star on the Washington, D.C. jazz scene, and has performed alongside trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and pianist Herbie Hancock. His course in jazz studies at Michigan State University and touring with the MSU Jazz Band prepared him for a career that has included performances at the White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Constitution Hall and Library of Congress.

Duane Eubanks and his trumpet have crossed the U.S. from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall in New York, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan. An official Yamaha Performing Artist, he is currently on the faculty at Brooklyn Music School.

Toru Dodo, Tokyo-born and now a New York resident, is a pianist, composer, arranger and author. The Grammy-nominated Dodo has released five leader albums, and he performs frequently with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Garret, Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller.

Italian-born Marco Panascia, a composer and educator in New York, plays both the acoustic and electric bass, and has appeared frequently in some of the world’s top festivals and venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jerome Jennings, a drummer, bandleader, Emmy Award-winning composer and activist, received international recognition for his debut recording, “The Beast,” a reflection of the everyday joys and traumas of Black life in the U.S. “Solidarity,” his sophomore recording, was recognized by National Public Radio as the best music speaking truth to power in 2019.

The concert will be streamed for those who cannot attend. Find it on YouTube at and on Facebook at

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