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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 ...
Baltimore's Municipal Music program supported the all-white Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and summer music concerts by Park Bands. In the summer of 1922 the Board of Estimates made a small appropriation to provide Òcolored ...
Ellis Larkins (adult)
Known as the connoisseur's jazz artist, pianist Ellis Larkins began his early musical training at home in Baltimore. By the age of seven, young Larkins was playing Mozart. Ellis Larkins studied on full scholarship with ...
A. Jack Thomas
A. Jack Thomas served in the U. S. Army from 1903-1919 as one of the country's first black Army bandmasters. He graduated from a conservatory of music in the Philippines before going on to study with conductor Walter ...
From the end of World War II and for a period after desegregation, Pennsylvania Avenue was the major business and entertainment center for Baltimore's African American community. The Avenue was a musician's Paradise with ...
Ellis Larkins (child)
Ellis Larkins (far left) is seen here with the contestants in a musical talent contest sponsored by the Hecht Company in the late 1930s.
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
"Cab" Calloway began his meteoric rise in the world of music in Baltimore. Inspired by Chick Webb, Calloway put together his own band, playing Dixieland and hot jazz at a restaurant at Gay and Baltimore streets. By the ...
Baltimore's famous Commonwealth Band was said to be the best musical organization in the city - black or white. For many years the leader of the band was A. Jack Thomas, who later founded the Aeolian Conservatory in ...