The Paul Carr Quintet with Vanessa Rubin at The Caton Castle

On April 30, 2022, the Caton Castle presented the Paul Carr Quintet, featuring vocalist Vanessa Rubin. The personnel included Paul Carr on tenor and soprano sax, Allyn Johnson on piano, Michael Bowie on acoustic bass, and Chris Latona on drums. Rubin’s reputation as a top-notch jazz vocalist preceded her, and the winsome lady did not disappoint. | Read more>> Read more

Vocalist Mariah Bonner – Born to Perform

The Baltimore jazz community was clearly thrilled to have Mariah Bonner back in her native city, judging from the audience turnout and enthusiasm at Keystone Korner for her April 13 event, “Yours in Song.” The diversity of her repertoire demonstrated the richness of her worldly travels and acquired skills, delighting fans with a creative and eclectic set list. | Read more>> Read more

Jazz: America’s Secret Sonic Weapon. Concert May 12 at Evergreen Museum

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government recruited jazz icons such as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington to tour the world as cultural ambassadors and burnish America’s reputation as a beacon of multi-cultural freedom and creativity. While this projection often obscured a far more complicated reality, the tours proved incredibly effective, inspiring one reporter to dub them “America’s secret sonic weapon.” | Read more>> Read more