BJA SPONSORS JAZZ AT TWO BROMO ARTS DISTRICT “ART WALKS”

BJA SPONSORS JAZZ AT TWO BROMO ARTS DISTRICT “ART WALKS” On June 24, the new Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, located downtown Baltimore, held its first “Art Walk” event, ably organized by its director, Emily Breiter, and the Baltimore Jazz Alliance was pleased to sponsor a jazz concert by Clarence Ward III and his band, Dat Feel Good, at the Eubie Blake Center. | Read more>> Read more

Stage Fright and How to Conquer It

A condition commonly plaguing performers can be overcome. Is there anyone amongst us who has never had some stage fright?  My question is, of course, rhetorical.  Stage fright is a “common denominator” of musical performers, at one time or another.   Moreover, the general psychological phenomenon of performance anxiety is not limited to stage fright per se; it also applies to one’s emotional response to any kind of performance; for example, doing a job interview, giving a toast at a wedding, going on a first date, and “rounding third base” some time after that first date…  Not only is some degree of anxiety entirely normal before and/or during a musical event, it’s actually necessary for optimal performance.  | Read more>> Read more

“I’ll Be Seeing You in All the Old Familiar Places”

–A nostalgic look at the jazz scene of yesteryear and questions for the future It was a dark and stormy night … not really; it was actually rather drizzly, but nobody walked through the doors of the old club on Pennsylvania Avenue, The Sphinx Club, without shaking a little drizzle off their hat or wiping down some of the wetness on their sleeves.  | Read more>> Read more