Misc. Jazz Related Topic

Misc. Jazz Related Topic

Baltimore Jazz Stories

Baltimore Jazz Conference, April 22, 2023 One of the concluding sessions of the BJA 2023 Jazz Conference was “Baltimore Jazz Stories” with a panel consisting of Clarence Ward III, Quincy Phillips, Charles Funn, Marianne Matheny-Katz, and Howard Katz. This wonderfully engaging conversation among the panelists covered many topics regarding the Baltimore jazz scene, including about the emotional and cerebral improvisation of playing and singing live music, about “Baltimore’s best jam session” led by Clarence Ward III at R House every Monday night, and about the generosity of Baltimore jazz musicians. | Read more>> Read More
Misc. Jazz Related Topic

Don’t Bogart That Joint

As Maryland voters have recently legalized recreational marijuana, it seems propitious to take a look back at the historical pot prohibition and its impact on the jazz community. While the smoke-filled rooms of nightclubs in 20th century cities like New Orleans, Chicago and New York shaped the contours of  jazz, America’s only indigenous art form, it was the furtive backroom smoke of weed that became a distorting presence. | Read more>> Read More