STARR'S JAZZ JAM WELCOMES SINGERS
—By Liz Fixsen Surely many a jazz singer first coming to a jam session has experienced something like this exchange: “Can I sign up to sing a couple of songs?” “We don’t have a microphone.” “I brought my own.” “We don’t have an extra amplifier jack.” “I brought an amp.” “We don’t play in non-standard keys.” “I brought charts.” “We don’t use charts.” There are some jams that might as well just post a sign, “No Singers Allowed.” Others are fairly welcoming, although it’s clear that the band would far rather be jamming on “Witch Hunt” or “Isotope” than on “Pennies from Heaven,” and eyeballs roll if you step up to the mic and start crooning, “My Funny Valentine” or, God forbid, “Summertime.” But 30 miles from downtown Baltimore, in the heart of historic Annapolis, you’ll find Starr’s Jazz Jam. | Read more>>
HOMEslyce Jazz Jam’s Second Anniversary
, —by Bob Jacobson Two years ago in February, clarinetist/bandleader Todd Marcus brought his many years of experience with jam sessions to a new venue, HOMEslyce, at 336 N. Charles Street in downtown Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Marcus had previously led jam sessions across the street at Copra and at Tyson’s, near Fells Point. | Read more>>
We’re pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for artists to be included in the 2017 Baltimore Jazz Fest, to be held on September 16th. Click below for more information. Submissions accepted until May 15th only! Artist Submission Form | Read more>>
What does jazz mean to you? Why do you love it… to play, to listen to, to see in action? I guess for every one of us there’s a different answer, probably many different answers; some relish the intellectual complexity, others the abstract freedom, or the bluesy soul. | Read more>>
Kris Funn and Eric Kenned
The first Baltimore Jazz Fest, presented in Druid Hill Park by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance, in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, has come and gone, and I’m pretty sure that all those who were there will agree that it was a magical day. | Read more>>