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8/21/18 - Special Guest: Bruno Nasta, Coordinator of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

Have you ever been to Jazz In The Garden?  This week on DC Music Rocks, Bruno Nasta, coordinator of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, at the National Gallery of Art in DC, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Liam B. Smith, Black Masala, David Chappell, Tony Craddock, Jr., and Frass Green.

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Bruno Nasta Bio/Links:

Bruno Nasta graduated from James Madison University with a Music Performance degree.  He was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Chamber Players in residence at the Virginia Museum of fine Arts.

Celebrities that top the extensive list he has performed with and/or convened orchestras for; include The Three Tenors, Three Irish Tenors, 3 Mo Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, The Who, The Moody Blues, Yes, Gloria Estafan, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Denyce Graves, Josh Groban, John Denver, Paul Potts and Liza Minnelli. 

Mr. Nasta has recorded for the Intersound Label as Concertmaster of The Taliesan Orchestra. These recordings received a #1 position on Billboard’s record ratings for three weeks in the summer of 1997 for the classical crossover category as well as several recordings that have been nominated for Grammy’s in 1998.

 He is a featured soloist on Eva Cassidy’s multi-platinum selling recordings “Imagine” and "American Tune".

His improvisatory violin solos are featured on Kathy Fink/Marcy Marxter’s Grammy winning recording “Bon Apetite” and in 2003, received a “wammie” award by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for best classical artist.

Currently, Bruno maintains a vigorous freelancing schedule, active in the recording, Opera and Theater circuits of Greater Washington DC and Baltimore areas.

In 1998, he was appointed as Personnel Director of the National Gallery Orchestra and in 2002, Assistant to the National Gallery of Art’s music department.  Mr. Nasta’s personal recordings and the recordings of the NGO’s live Sunday night performances have been featured nationally on NPR’s Performance Today, NPR News and on various musical presentations of Washington’s local public radio broadcast station, WETA.

In the spring of 2008 he was appointed the program coordinator for the Friday evening “Jazz in the Garden” concert series at the National Gallery


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  1. ***Keep Your Head Up, by Liam B. Smith (Rock)

  2. Devil Sunset, by Black Masala (Funk, Brass)

  3. ***She's as Good as It Gets, by Dave Chappell (Blues, Blues Rock)

  4. Humidity, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz, Gospel)

  5. ***Miss You (Waaah), by Frass Green (Indie, Nasal Pop)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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THE DC MUSIC ROCKS FESTIVAL THIS PAST SATURDAY!  Thank you so much for all the love, tags, shares, from everyone!  We feel like it really was a magical night!  Thanks Current Newspapers for the the incredible coverage of the event.  Great photos too!  Read all about it here:

DID YOU KNOW...There’s free outdoor concerts at lunchtime downtown right outside the federal triangle metro stop in the massive courtyard at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (near metro center) every weekday, now through Sept 28!  
Many of the acts are cover bands, but shoutout to the local original artists performing this year which we follow and have covered on the show.
We hope you pick a day, bring your lunch, and go catch a free show!
7/31:  Adwela & The Uprising
8/6: Sub-Radio
8/9: FeelFree
9/13: Véronneau

ITCDC Free Show Schedule



  • Empresarios - Ten Cuidado
     (Latin-Hip Hop Single - RIYL Pitbull, Daddy Yankee)

  • Chuck Brown - By Special Request The Very Best Of Chuck Brown
     (Go-go 26 Song Full Album - RIYL Go-go or Funk)

  • Tired All The Time - Little Pieces
     (Pop-Rock Single - RIYL Alkaline Trio, The Sidekicks, Protomartyr)

  • Colourtheory - Selfish Mistakes
     (Pop Punk 3 Song EP - RIYL Alkaline Trio, Foo Fighters)

  • Bottled Up - BU2
     (7 Song Punk Album - RIYL Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Shannon and the Clams)



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Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!

Aug 24 - Fri
Jonny Grave @ The Loft at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (Blues)

Aug 25 - Sat
Black Alley @ DIRTY MARTINI in Washington, DC (hip hop, R&B, and rock, called 'Hood Rock'
Handsome Hound @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (folk/indie)
Free Lobster Buffet @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD (ska/horn-band)

Aug 26 - Sun
Eli Lev & Marielle Kraft @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (singer-songwriter/indie/pop)
Sol Roots @ JoJo Bar in Washington, DC (Jazz/Blues/Funk)

Aug 30 - Thu
Jackie and the Treehorns @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


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