Review: Hot Club of Baltimore at Café Mezzanotte, March 15, 2020

Review: Hot Club of Baltimore at Café Mezzanotte, March 15, 2020

It was Sunday, March 15, the eve of the closure of bars and restaurants, of “social distancing,” masks, and latex-gloved hands. Thirty-some people gathered in the casually elegant back room at Café Mezzanotte in Severna Park, Maryland, to enjoy live jazz. | 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>>
Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra

Review: Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra, Sept. 9, 2018

Picture this—a band of twelve musicians decked out in white busboy jackets with red carnations and a female singer in 1920s flapper-style dress, necklace and headband. Aside from the typical jazz band instrumentation of saxes, brass, piano and drums, the band features banjo, tuba and violin. | Read more>>

Jazz in Downtown Westminster

Common Ground on the Hill started in Westminster in 1994 as a summer festival of American roots music. In recent years Common Ground’s offerings have been expanded to include summer music camps, workshops, and year-round concerts in Westminster and Baltimore. Organizations that present American roots music rarely include jazz, oddly enough, so I was pleasantly surprised when Common Ground announced that it was sponsoring jazz at two of six venues in downtown Westminster on July 7th, with Celtic, blues and “alt-grass” bands at the other four locations. | Read more>>