BJA Spreads the Word (JAZZ) at Artscape
For the twelfth year in a row BJA spread the word about Baltimore jazz at an Artscape booth. Despite temperatures that rose into the mid-90s, twenty-five BJA volunteers gave it their all. Thanks to the following volunteers, nine of whom were new (N) and six of whom took multiple shifts (*): Derrick Thompson, Alice Downs*, George Yost*, Sara Jerkins (N), Rhonda Robinson, Liz Fixsen, Vanessa Brooks (N), Mark Osteen, Rob Winter (N), Michael Raitzyk (N), Karen Yarn, Rhett Snead (N), Marshall Booze (N), Mary Fair (N), Ted Turkle (N), Steve Alpern, Carolyn Williams, David McGarvey*, Terry Koger, Ian Rashkin*, Bob Jacobson*, Vernard Gray (N), Robert Shahid, Todd Marcus* and Gloria Gantt. | Read more>>
Dr. Anthony Villa, BJA Thanks You!
The Baltimore Jazz Alliance would like to express its gratitude to Dr. Anthony Villa, Professor of Music at Loyola University Maryland, for creating and directing the BJA Big Band. The BJABB was Anthony’s brainchild. Its mission: to perform only original compositions or arrangements by Baltimore-area artists. | Read more>>
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz is our BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Award honoree. He will be presented with the Legacy Award at a special ceremony at The Kennedy Center this October. Previous honorees include Benny Golson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Oliver Lake, Jimmy Heath, and Kenny Barron, among others. | Read more>>
Blues for Tahrir
Baltimore-based bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus has mastered his own destiny with his latest release, Blues For Tahrir (Hipnotic). On this new release, Marcus and his Jazz Orchestra hit all the crucial marks for ensemble playing and expressive improvisation to bring these compositions to life. | Read more>>
Inner Harbor Suite: Photo of the Inner Harbor by Richard Smith Photography
Swaying trees, rolling lawns and distant green hills formed an arcadian backdrop several miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as the musical offerings of the Carl Grubbs Jazz/String Ensemble magically evoked scenes of the harbor in the performance of “Inner Harbor Suite Revisited: A Tribute to Baltimore,” on Sunday, May 31st at St. | Read more>>