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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 ...
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)
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 ...
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 ...
Billie Holiday, the daughter of Clarence Holiday, a banjo and guitar player who worked with Fletcher Henderson's band in the early 1930s, and Sadie Harris, won an appearance at the Apollo Theatre in 1933. Paralyzed by stage ...
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 ...