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Mike Chalmers

Mike's day job with the world's favourite airline has allowed him to meet some great musicians and play salsa in Caracas, funk in Accra, bhangra in Bangladesh, soca in Tobago and highlife in Harare.

Originally from the city of Bath in the west of England, he first came to the USA courtesy of a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he played with the Penn Jazz Ensemble. He now divides his time between London, where he plays bari sax with the Cuban dance band Orquesta Estelar, and the Philly/New Jersey area.

Mike studied with legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis for several years, and has played big band jazz at the Cool Jazz Festival in Vermont for the last four years with guest artists Chris Vadala, Jerry Bergonzi and Amanda Carr

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 'Whites, blacks played together, even in worst times' Larose by any other jazzy name would smell la sweet

Caryi Johnston - Published: December 8, 2011

Germantown is full of surprises. And one of the best is the Sunday Night Jazz Jam at the LaRose Catering Club, 5531 Germantown Ave. (at Schoolhouse Lane). Before the LaRose Catering Club took over its present location, the spot was occupied by another eating club with a similar name - Mamma Rosa catering.

 Occasionally, there would be some jazz there

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