Big Band of the Week – New World Outreach Jazz Orchestra

In 2014 the idea of starting this big band came to trumpeter Ron Rolling after an inspiring performance by students from John Lamkin II’s B Sharp Academy. Rolling went to another trumpeter he had known since the mid-‘90s at Morgan State University, Terrance Gallop, saying, “We’ve got to put a band together to pass this on to the youth.” The trumpeters started the New World Outreach Jazz Orchestra (NWOJO), which became an incorporated non-profit, with both adult and youth big bands. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Never Too Late Big Band

Norma Allman, the trombonist who led this band until her death last March at age 90, jokingly called it the Always Too Late band. But her son Mike, who also plays trombone, says that Never Too Late is a very apt name because the band gave several of its members the impetus to return to playing after long absences from their instruments. | Read more>>
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On These Streets (Todd Marcus)

Shout out to longtime BJA member Todd Marcus on the release of another excellent album, On These Streets. Combining complex instrumental jazz, soulful vocals (courtesy of Eric Kennedy), and deep grooves, the music is as complicated and vibrant as the neighborhood it is written to reflect. | Read more>>
Carl Filipiak

Review: Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band

6/30/2018 An die Musik 8:00pm set It’s always enjoyable to go hear a fine local musician with a strong following and Carl is definitely that. The quartet played music from their last three albums; Carl on guitar, Paul Hannah on tenor sax, Matthew Everhart on electric bass and Frank Young on drums. | Read more>>
A Person Like You

A Person Like You (The Kings of Crownsville)

HAIL TO THE KINGS. A Person Like You, the latest CD by The Kings of Crownsville, is earthy and joyful with a down home (yet sophisticated) quality. Kudos to Steve Johnson for his witty, wise and wonderful lyrics. Throughout, a rhythmic message of positivity and good humor abounds that will uplift even the most downhearted listener. | Read more>>