BJA in the Year of Covid-19

BJA in the Year of Covid-19

Summer Music Moves Goes Outside, Baltimore Jazz Conference Goes Virtual, The Calendar Stays Online, and The Beat Goes On It goes without saying that 2020 has been a very tough year, for artists struggling to make a living, for venues struggling to stay in business, and for individuals struggling to stay healthy and to stay connected in a time of social distance and stay-at-home orders. | Read more>>

The Jazz Will Return

Dear Maryland jazz lovers, As you’ve probably heard, Governor Hogan has ordered that all restaurants and bars in MD – along with many other businesses – must close starting this evening. Obviously that means nearly all, if not all, of the jazz events previously listed are now canceled. | Read more>>
René Ibañez and Eddie Santiago

An die Musik Opens Up the Dance Floor for New Latin Jazz Series

January 30th brought the inauguration of a new series at An die Musik (AdM) — Latin Jazz Night with live music and dancing. Although there may be a thriving Latin jazz scene in Baltimore, I wouldn’t know it; apart from Latin jazz mainstay Rumba Club (featured at our first Baltimore Jazz Fest, in 2016), I have not heard of much going on in this space until recently, when percussionist Joel Santiago started a weekly series in Jessup. | Read more>>
Bright Moments

Bright Moments – Ed Hrybyk

I finally cracked the debut album by Baltimore bassist Ed Hrybyk, Bright Moments — not sure what took me so long, but glad I got around to it. It’s an excellent recording of a bunch of good tunes, featuring some of Baltimore’s best musicians: Clarence Ward III, Samuel King, Daniel Wallace, Justin Taylor, Jim Hannah, Allen Bernard Branch, Sami Arefin, Matt Andrews, Shawn Simon, and of course, Ed Hrybyk on upright and electric basses. | Read more>>