Black Arts District in Focus

Near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Lafayette Avenues in West Baltimore, there stands an ornamental replica of the marquee of the storied Royal Theater.  A short distance away stands the statue by Black sculptor James Earl Reid (1942-2021) of Baltimore’s hometown jazz diva  Billie Holiday in a full-throated pose, a half-block away from the Royal Theater’s original location.  | Read more>> Read more

JAGGED SPACES: AN ANTIDOTE TO ZOOM CALLS

In this odd season of pandemic-induced social distancing and assorted virtual encounters– “Zoom” world– there’s a palpable longing for the familiarity of group encounters, at a restaurant, a stadium, a church or, perhaps, a favorite jazz venue. Fortunately for those with an ear for jazz, recorded music provides a stopgap, recreating the sound if not the camaraderie of a jazz concert. | Read more>> Read more