Our Latest CD Release

FINAL4foldIn 2014, the Baltimore Jazz Alliance released Left Bank 66, a remastering of a 1966 recording of a performance at Baltimore’s Madison Club by the Walter Namuth Quintet, featuring Baltimore saxophonist Mickey Fields (1933-1995). The recording was made by the Left Bank Jazz Society, the nonprofit group that from 1967 through 1985 ran the 5pm Sunday shows at The Famous Ballroom, which jazz critic Geoffrey Himes calls the greatest venue in jazz history. The album was produced by Eliot Carroom, a long-time friend of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance.Wilfred “Mickey” Fields was a local legend who refused to play outside the Baltimore area, although he was often invited to go on the road with many famous bands. Fields created the “Monday Night Jam Session” at the Sportsman’s Lounge, which allowed many young up and coming jazz musicians to perform onstage with him and he was known for his constant encouragement of young artists. Himes writes that he was “a small man with a giant tenor-sax sound whose live shows in the ’60s and ’70s are still talked about with head-shaking awe by those who heard them.” The recording also features guitarist Walter Namuth, who joined the Buddy Rich Big Band the following year.Six tracks include Sam Jones’s “Unit 7,” Monk’s “Well You Needn’t,” Miles Davis’s “Pfrancin” and “The Theme,” Benny Golson’s “Stablemates,” and Billy Reid’s “The Gypsy.” Phil Harris is on bass, Claude Hubbard on piano and Purnell Rice on drums. Total playing time = 67 minutes.Geoffrey Himes’ March 5, 2014 article in the Baltimore City Paper is titled, “Two New Albums Document Baltimore’s Storied Jazz History” [link]. Newsletter article in December 2013 issue: BJA-Newsletter-December-2013 -Mickey Fields, Left Bank 66You may buy the CD directly from BJA. To purchase Left Bank ‘66, you may pay $15 via PayPal at or write a check for $15 to BJA, 3000 Homewood Avenue #33347, Baltimore, MD 21218. Please make sure to type or print your street address. We will then send you the CD by U.S. mail. Or pick one up an upcoming BJA event. The album is also available on CD Baby and Amazon.

Our Second Compilation CDThe Baltimore Jazz Alliance’s second compilation CD, Baltimore Jazzscapes II showcases Baltimore jazz artists performing in styles running the gamut from standards to original contemporary jazz. This 16-track disc, like our first release, testifies to the richness and variety of Baltimore jazz. Every artist on the disc is a member of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the jazz community and building new jazz audiences in the Baltimore region. Purchase from the locations listed below or from CD Baby or Amazon.comOur First CD ReleaseMiscellaneous Release

  1.  Hurricane   Felicia Carter  4:49
2.  Here and Now  Brian Kooken Trio   3:37
3.  Once in a While  Anthony Villa Trio   3:44
4.  Comes Love  Marianne Matheny-Katz   4:53
5.  In Pursuit of the 9th Man  Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra  7:33
6.  Fallow  Cold Spring Jazz Quartet  3:40
7.  Moment’s Notice  Joel Holmes    4:28
8. What Have You   Sandy Asirvatham   5:14
9. Camp Clavé   Sounds Good!   3:21
10. Is It Love?  Gail Marten   4:13
11. Crying Sky Blue  Sean A. Lane   7:21
12. Across the Tracks  Richard Walton Group   4:45
13. A Kiss Goodbye  Phil Ravita   4:48
14. Ballad for Bill  Moonstruck Jazz   5:01
15. Teddy’s Waltz  Jazz Caravan   4:12
Bonus Track: Lover Man  Mickey Fields  7:28
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Cover Photography by Leo Lubow

“Baltimore Jazzscapes…provides an entertaining peek at the local jazz scene.”
-Baltimore Magazine

All About Jazz

Track List

  1. Al’s the Things You Are 5:39 (post-bop)
    Al Maniscalco Quartet
  2. Where There’s a Will, There’s a Waltz 4:30 (jazz waltz)
    The Alexandria Kleztet
  3. Words Unspoken 6:47 (contemporary jazz)
    Anthony Villa Group
  4. Imagine That 4:51 (samba)
    Cold Spring Jazz Quartet
  5. Abesroof 4:31 (fusion)
  6. Have You Met Miss Jones? 5:10 (standard)
    Greg Thompkins-Brian Kooken Duo
  7. Holyspirit 6:18 (piano trio)
    Joel Holmes
  8. AHAMAY 5:44 (samba)
    Phil Ravita Trio
  9. Rio Lé 3:48 (contemporary Latin jazz)
    Richard Walton Group
  10. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To 3:01 (standard with male vocal)
    Sounds Good!
  11. Them Gals 5:30 (solo piano)
    George F. Spicka
  12. Milestones 4:20 (vibes, with electronic rhythm section)
    Justin Thomas
  13. Pompeii 6:41 (post-bop, large ensemble)
    The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra
  14. Makin’ Whoopee 6:48 (standard with female vocal)
    The Unified Jazz Ensemble, featuring Felicia Carter

How to Order

1. Visit
2. Buy from one of the establishments listed below:

  • An die Musik at 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Hometown Girl Gift Shop , 1001 W. 36th St, 21211, (across from Cafe Hon) : “We just love it… It’s wonderful…The music is fabulous”
  • American Visionary Arts Museum gift shop, 800 Key Highway, 21230
  • All Maryland locations of Record & Tape Traders (click here for locations)
  • Peabody Book Store at 5 East Centre Street, 21202
  • BSO Gift Shop at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral Street
  • Jazz House West, 6035 Liberty Rd, Gwynn Oak,MD 21207
  • Sound Garden, 1616 Thames Street, Fells Point 21231
  • Music Land, Harford Mall Business Park, 200 Gateway Dr., Bel Air 21014
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, 21218
  • Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E North Ave., 21213
  • Record & Tape Traders, All locations.

3. Buy from one of the leaders listed on the tracks above.

The Baltimore Real Book

THE BALTIMORE REAL BOOK is published by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and includes 54 original compositions in a variety of styles by 18 Baltimore jazz artists. You can buy your copies of the from one of the establishments listed below:

  • Peabody Bookstore, 5 E. Centre Street, Baltimore
  • Ted’s Musician Shop, 11 E. Centre Street, Baltimore
  • The Guitar Center (C Book only), 1524 E. Joppa Road, Towson, 6320 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie
  • Baltimore Brass & More, 99 Mellor Avenue, Catonsville
  • Bill’s Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville
  • Coffey Music, 31 E. Main Street, Westminster
  • Reisterstown Music Center, 519 Main Street, Reisterstown
  • Stu’s Music, Rt. 140, Westminster
  • Appalachian Bluegrass, 643 Frederick Road, Catonsville
  • Rosso Music Center, 5600 Ritchie Hwy., Brooklyn Park
  • Music Go Round (‘C ‘ Book only), 10112 York Road, Cockeysville
  • Washington Music Center, 11151 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton

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