Because it’s my birthday today, I’m taking a reprieve from writing something snarky or substantive, and will instead fill the void with something far less time consuming: a shameless plug.
Tomorrow night (that is, Thursday, Jan. 20), several members of the student project team that were instrumental in editing and authoring Music at the Crossroads: Lives and Legacies of Baltimore Jazz, will be presenting at a Baltimore History Evening, to be held at the Village Learning Place (2521 St. Paul Street), beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Music at the Crossroads is THE definitive, comprehensive history of jazz music in Baltimore City. The book, co-edited by eight Loyola University Maryland students, traces Baltimore’s long jazz heritage, from the hey-days of such greats as pianist Eubie Blake, drummer Chick Webb, and vocalists Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday, right up to more recent times, from the ascendancy and peak (and demise) of the Left Bank Jazz Society, to the rise of Baltimore-bred “boppers” Gary Bartz and Cyrus Chestnut.
I authored the book’s final chapter, titled “Hard Times for Hard Bop: Charm City’s New Jazz Scene.” In it, I posit a few different interpretations as to why Baltimore’s jazz following has deteriorated (no, it’s not just because no one listens to jazz anymore), as well as how jazz music can still be supported and encouraged within Baltimore. Tomorrow night at the Village Learning Place, I’ll be speaking to the content of that chapter.
So if you are looking for something to do tomorrow night before your Thursday night turns into your Thirsty Thursday night, head down to Baltimore’s Village Learning Place at 7:30 p.m.