Black Arts District in Focus

Near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Lafayette Avenues in West Baltimore, there stands an ornamental replica of the marquee of the storied Royal Theater.  A short distance away stands the statue by Black sculptor James Earl Reid (1942-2021) of Baltimore’s hometown jazz diva  Billie Holiday in a full-throated pose, a half-block away from the Royal Theater’s original location.  | Read more>> Read more

Irene Jalenti – An Expert Storyteller Finds Her Inner Voice

One of the qualities I always look for in an artist is a unique point of view—what they bring to the public conversation, something that is solely theirs. And so, it is  gratifying when an artist you have known for a while and watched perform and evolve creates a project that is extraordinary in its rich display of skill, personality, passion, and artistry–and crowned with a magical “something extra”. | Read more>> Read more

A Blueprint for Building Baltimore’s Jazz Scene

Jazz can play an invaluable role in creating and sustaining a city’s cultural identity. Jazz provides a means for individual and group expression.  It also has the power to build bridges between various ethnic, religious, social, and economic groups.  When jazz is allowed to thrive in a community, the result often resembles a multicolored tapestry, where the integrity of each thread is strengthened by its contribution to the whole.  | Read more>> Read more