BJA MEMBER LYNN WILLIS FINDS COMMUNITY IN MUSIC

BJA MEMBER LYNN WILLIS FINDS COMMUNITY IN MUSIC

Baltimore Jazz Alliance member Lynn Willis loves the energy and sense of community she feels at live music events. Like many music lovers, she can’t wait for the pandemic to end so she can again enjoy that experience on a regular basis. | Read more>>
BJA member Sue Carlin – loyal fan and friend of local artists

BJA member Sue Carlin – loyal fan and friend of local artists

Would you travel hours by train or bus for a musician friend’s gig? Sue Carlin would, in a heartbeat.   Prior to the pandemic, the Inner Harbor resident was a familiar face at local jazz venues, and often traveled to other cities—like Philadelphia or New York—to show her love for Baltimore-based performers. | Read more>>
Brandon Woody, Rising Trumpet Star

Brandon Woody, Rising Trumpet Star

I first encountered trumpeter Brandon Woody, now aged 20, last August, when he led an open-mic jam session at the Motor House on North Avenue with his group, Upendo (Swahili for “love”). I then caught one of his monthly gigs at An die Musik on North Charles. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – The Shades of Blue Orchestra

One of the busier big bands in Baltimore is The Shades of Blue Orchestra, founded in 1976. The smooth, polished, swinging sounds of this ensemble can be heard via a wide array of audio tracks on its website. There are about two dozen longer clips on the band’s Jukebox webpage, each 90 seconds, and each presenting a flowing montage of snippets from the whole tune. | Read more>>