Moon August is an energetic contemporary jazz sextet based in Baltimore. Greg Hatza formed the group in 1974. It is still one of the most popular contemporary groups in the area. Through the years, the group has
released five recordings.
Selected as the number one jazz group from over fifty contestants at the First Annual Jazz Quest held at the 1983 Eubie Blake Festival, Moon August increased their notoriety in the
Baltimore/Washington area. Their consistent appearance at the major festivals in the area includes the Baltimore City Fair, Artscape 1983,
1985, 1987, and as a featured performer at the Artscape 1988, The Kool Jazz Festival, and was an annual featured performer at the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair.
Additionally, Moon August was named as the number one jazz band in the Maryland/Washington area by Maryland Musician Magazine from 1985 to 1987.
In 1990, Moon August was chosen by the Washington D.C. Council of the Arts to perform at the San Remo Jazz Festival. Also appearing at the festival were Dizzy Gillespie, the United Nations Band, the McCoy Tyner All Stars, and the Terence Blanchard Quintet.
In 1999, Moon August was awarded the title, "Cultural Ambassadors," for the city of Baltimore under Mayor Schmocke. The group traveled to Kawasaki, Japan for the
20th anniversary celebration of the Kawasaki/Baltimore Sister City Exchange. While there, Moon August performed in a series of concerts and appeared in some television interviews.