Building the Jazz Audience

— by Bob Jacobson — Wanting to hear some Dixieland music, which seems to be in short supply in the Baltimore area, I went on Sunday, February 25th at 5 p.m. to hear the Starvation Army Band at An die Musik. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – The Big Band Theory of Baltimore

Formerly The Royal Knights of Jazz Orchestra, begun in 1994, The Big Band Theory of Baltimore is a non-profit that has been led by 37-year-old Melissa Zimmerman since 2014, when she took over from her father. Her big band experience began early, as a 15-year-old student of Dr. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Baltimore County Senior Swing Band

Totally composed of senior citizens ranging from 60 to over 90, the Baltimore County Senior Swing Band (BCSSB) began twenty years ago under the direction of Maurice Feldman, a former Baltimore County School Department music supervisor. The band, led by saxophonist Matt Elky, a 74-year-old retired public school music teacher, is sponsored by the Reisterstown Senior Center, where they rehearse every Tuesday. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Annapolis Junction Big Band

Annapolis Junction Big Band, founded in 1991, may be the only ensemble named for the scene of a car accident, one in which director Jim Tavener was involved but not seriously hurt.  Like so many other big bands in our area, this one’s leader plays trumpet. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Ain’t Misbehavin’ Big Band

Someone in the Ain’t Misbehavin’ Big Band has a sense of humor. Both their business card and the banner they hang next to the bandstand on their gigs read “The Big Band Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The band was started in 2000 by Jim Coffman, with a core of Kenwood High School alumni, two of whom – sax players Jack Sweely and Maurice Lebrun, both in their 80s – still play in the band. | Read more>>