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A. Jack Thomas and band
Many of the men who performed with A. Jack Thomas (standing, center) were highly skilled, classically trained musicians. Harrison Ward (seated 4th from left), who played flute, piccolo and violin with equal facility, studied ...
Charles Albert Tindley
An inspired composer, Charles Albert Tindley made masterly use of the chorus and refrain tradition of "Negro" spirituals and began writing gospel songs based on this tradition as early as 1901. (Photo Courtesy of Dr. ...
The Rivers Chambers Orchestra
Chick Webb grew up on Madison and Ashland Avenue on Baltimore's east side. He was a sickly child who, unable to attend school, started drumming with anything he could get his hands on to divert himself from his illness. ...
Anne Wiggins Brown
In 1943 Anne Wiggins Brown, who created the role of Bess in Gershwin's opera, Porgy and Bess, was invited home to Baltimore to launch the Liberty Ship Frederick Douglass at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard. Barred that ...
Roy McCoy (2)
His musically acrobatic style and articulate phrasing made Roy "Tanglefoot" McCoy equally at home with Rossini overtures, hot jazz, and sacred music.
Tracy McCleary had been in and out of Baltimore as a performer before settling in as leader of the band at the Plantation Club on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ethel Ennis at age 17, just before she recorded her first release on the Savoy Label. (Photo courtesy of Ethel Ennis)
During World War II the clubs along Pennsylvania Avenue were filled with servicemen from Fort Meade, Aberdeen and Edgewood. Bandleaders who had lost musicians to the draft filled their empty chairs in their bands with ...
Detroit Reds (Laura Livingstone)
"Male impersonator deluxe," Detroit Reds (Laura Livingstone), headlined the floor shows and revues at the Merry-Go-Round and served as master of ceremonies at the Club Orleans.