Camay Calloway Murphy to be honored April 21

The Baltimore Renaissance Jazz Festival group is planning to honor Camay Calloway Murphy, the eldest daughter of Baltimore’s Cab Calloway, swing era jazz singer, band-leader and dancer, for her contributions to jazz music in Baltimore. The Inaugural Camay Murphy Service Award Ceremony will be held at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore, on April 21st, 1 to 4 pm, and lunch will be served. | Read more>> Read More

Kudos to Barbara Grubbs, Supporter of the Arts

[Photo by Efrain Ribeiro] On July 1st, 2023, the weather was overcast and threatening thunderstorms. Nonetheless, Todd Marcus was able to gather more than two hundred people to the Harris-Marcus Center in the Black Arts District, 1947 Pennsylvania Ave, Baltimore. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance was one of the sponsors of the event. | Read more>> Read More
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Return of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition

In past years, Baltimore hosted a renowned Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. While it was not one of our creations, BJA missed it so much we just had to bring it back. Vocalists, we want you to join Clarence Ward, III and his Session band (house band at The Session, Baltimore’s most storied weekly jam session) on the Soul Stage at AFRAM, home to this year’s Baltimore Jazz Fest, to have fun, show your talent, and compete for cash prizes! | Read more>> Read More
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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