By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO
Support Our Local Musicians
Hello everyone, hope everything is well with you. “Baby it is cold outside”, yep! But not too cold to go out and support our musicians at their show. Dress up warm, heat up the car in advance and just go out and enjoy yourself.
Over the past week, I saw many of our local musicians either performing or visiting. I covered many of those events and one of my most enjoyable ones are the Baltimore Jazz Alliance when they hosed their first “Baltimore Jazz Conference” and it turn out pretty damn good. I also played a part by doing a book signing with my two books, “African American Entertainment in Baltimore” and African American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland”, both of my books sold well. I also was asked to be on a panel to speak to the guests about the History of Baltimore Jazz with Gary Ellerbe and Jim Dow; they had conversation sessions with musicians, Warren Wolf and Craig Alston. The all-day free event was well attended and it was wonderful to share information with and between jazz artists, jazz listeners, music lovers in general, and presenters. The event was funded in great part by a Free Fall grant from BOPA. It was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Greenmount Avenue. The event ended with Philip Thomas and the Hymn Experience performing. It was a good day! I want to thank the Baltimore Jazz Alliance for inviting me to be a part of such a wonderful event.
The other event I attended and I was involved was the Gamel Annual WMEL Radio Honors Awards, where Gamel “DJ Mel” Moore of WMEL Radio honored musicians from the past and present. It was well attended, matter of fact it was over sold. Their theme was “A Tale of Two Cities” as music legends of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. were honored. Representing Baltimore were the Whatnauts, First Class, The Softones, Natasha C. Coward, Damon Harris, Bobby Starr, Panama and Crosswinds musicians. Representing Washington, D.C. was Don Covay, The Jewels, Billy Stewart, The Choice 4, Karen Linette and The Hardway Connection. The highlight of the evening and the icing on the cake were when members of the First Class and the Softones performed together on stage. That was awesome! I was one of many who received the Founders Award. Congratulations to the other honorees: Millie Battle, Viola Griffin, Gary M. Ellerbe, James “Big Jim” Staton, Janora Phifer-Winkler, Dr. Nick Johnson, Keith Busey, Keith Rogers, Donna Wheels Kevin James and many more. Thank you DJ Mel for my beautiful award.
There are so many places in Baltimore you can go and support our musicians as well as having a damn good time yourself enjoying the music. Here are a few places you might want to check out. You can go see bassist, Christian McBride; Vibes, Warren Wolf; saxophonist, Isaac Parham; Eric Alexander, Gabrielle Goodman, John Lamkin and many of your favorite musicians at Caton Castle Lounge every Saturday evening from 6-10 p.m. Over at the Sullivan’s Steakhouse you will find guitarist Rodney Kelly and Justin Taylor performing; Over at Cat’s Eye Pub on Thames Street you will find Carl Filipiak’s & the Jimmy Jazz Band. There is always a Jazz Jam Session at Germano’s on High Street. You can see musicians such as; Mike Banham, Ian Rashkin, Jim Deshler, Jimmy Falkner and Mark Wade Trio, just to name a few. You can also see Phil Thomas Trio at Nair 57 on York Road.
Did you know that Pianist, Derrick Amin host a weekly gathering of local musicians, writers, performing artists Workshop every Tuesday at the Randallstown Community Center 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown, Mary. It is free and open to the public, kids are invited and encouraged to go. The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 410-696-8574. Tell them “Rambling Rose” told you.
Well, my dear friends, I am out of space, but remember if you need me, just call 410-833- 9474 or email me at [email protected] or you can send your correspondences directly to me in mail to: Rambling Rose, 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.