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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 ...
James Hubert "Eubie" Blake was born on February 7, 1883, in a four room house, 319 Forrest Street (near Belair Market). Blake studied harmony with W. Lewellyn Wilson and conducting with Will Marion Cook (who had studied ...
Marian Anderson sang at Baltimore's Trinity A.M.E. Church under the auspices of the Cosmopolitan Choral Society in 1919. The concert was reviewed by the Afro-American's critic, W. Llewellyn Wilson. (Photo courtesy of RCA Victor)
"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 ...
Porgy and Bess
Gershwin changed the title of the opera to Porgy and Bess so that Anne Brown would share equal billing with baritone Todd Duncan. The premiere took place on October 10, 1935, at New York's Alvin Theatre. (Photo courtesy ...
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.