New BJA Grant Recipients

New BJA Grant Recipients

What do Rachel Winder, Ed Hrybyk, and Irene Jalenti have in common? Well besides being great Baltimore musicians, they are also BJA members, and new recipients of BJA member grants! Each of them brought a proposal to the board for consideration, and based on multiple criteria including need, value (to the requestor and to the BJA and the jazz community at large), and feasibility, we were excited to announce award grants to each of these projects. | Read more>>

BJA STANDS WITH THE AA/IP COMMUNITY

The Baltimore Jazz Alliance stands in solidarity with Asian Americans/Pacific Islander community in Baltimore and beyond. We applaud the accomplishments and gifts brought to our city by musicians, presenters, and listeners of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and we deplore the prejudice and violence recently directed toward persons of Asian/P.I. | Read more>>
Stage Fright and How to Conquer It

Stage Fright and How to Conquer It

A condition commonly plaguing performers can be overcome. Is there anyone amongst us who has never had some stage fright?  My question is, of course, rhetorical.  Stage fright is a “common denominator” of musical performers, at one time or another.   Moreover, the general psychological phenomenon of performance anxiety is not limited to stage fright per se; it also applies to one’s emotional response to any kind of performance; for example, doing a job interview, giving a toast at a wedding, going on a first date, and “rounding third base” some time after that first date…  Not only is some degree of anxiety entirely normal before and/or during a musical event, it’s actually necessary for optimal performance.  | Read more>>