“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” Buddha

“Trumpet players see each other and it’s like we’re getting ready to square off or get into a fight or something.” Wynton Marsalis

The Trumpet Summit Experience at the Tremont Grand featuring four master trumpeters, Michael A. Thomas, Alex Norris, Dr. John R. Lampkin and Tom Williams was reminiscent of jazz giants John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie’s panache. The seasoned musicians complimented each other connecting in a harmonious sound that filled the rafters of this historic venue.

The Tremont Grand Hotel is a building that exudes old world charm and elegance. The history of Baltimore and the Freemasons is told on the walls of the corridor. The architect is unique. Enter through the hotel entrance on St. Paul Street, take the elevator to the fifth floor, follow the corridor and, guess what?, you are now on the second floor of the Charles Street side.

The standing room crowd included state Del. Talmadge Branch, Tiger Lil Vickers, Suzonne Vickers, Sheila Hatcher, Danita Long, Wilhemenia Greer, Regina Pollitt, Maxine Wilson, Mildred Battle, Joyce Logan, Stella and Everett Fullwood, Janet Jones, Robert Ford, Cynthia Jackson, Eartha Lampkin, Charlie and Darlene Stewart and Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston who was celebrating her birthday to the “sound of music.” The Jazz at the Grand series is hosted by Caprece Jackson Garrett with WEAA’s Doc Manning as the master of ceremonies.

“I’ll tell it to the hot, I’ll tell it to the cold. I’ll tell it to the young, I’ll tell it to the old. I don’t want no laughin’, I don’t want no cryin’, and most of all, no signifyin’.” This is Petey Greene’s Washington.

Join me and the Executive Host Committee Pamela Reaves, Michelle Morrissey, Lutisha Williams and Marsha Jews at Doni Glover’s 11th anniversary banquet ceremony Dec. 11, honoring Maimouna Youssef, Moonyene Amis-Jackson, Ken Banks, Larry Lancaster, Mearge Tareke, Eric White, Anderson Ward, Kenny Jackson, Nicki Nicholson, Devin Davidson, Allen Meacham, Mark Reutter and Frank Johnson at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park . Gonna be a ball, BMore Style. RSVP www.bmorenews.com.

One of the most powerful voices on talk radio is Doni, founder and creator of Bmorenews. Doni is the voice of the community that cannot or will not speak for itself. He is the pulse of our community, keeping us abreast of news, events and political issues that affect our communities that you will not hear on mainstream media. Doni is the Petey Green of Baltimore. A person that without hesitation will say what he thinks oftentimes ruffling the feathers of political leaders and big businesses.

“Going to the theater is such a joyous experience. My dad would take my sister and me to plays when we were very young…” Julia Roberts

If you are “Waiting to be Invited” to the play at the celebrated Arena Playhouse with applauded actress Cheryl Pasteur and my gifted sister Karen Johnson Chase performing in a production written by playwright S. M. Shephard-Massat and directed by Amini Courts, your wait is over. You can invite yourself by purchasing tickets at www.arenaplayersinc.com or calling 410-728-6500.

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” John Ed Pearce

Did you hear about the excitement at the home of Vera and Jimmy Newton? Stay tuned to WBAL TV starting at 5 a.m. weekdays, their son Jason Newton will be the morning anchor replacing Stan Stovall. Welcome home, Jason.

“Happy feelin’s in the air touching people everywhere. Plenty love and everything, listen to the people sing. I got myself to remind me of love. My mind and my heart I believe in above. These happy feelin’s I’ll spread them all over the world. From deep in my soul I wish you happy feelin’s…” Frankie Beverly & Maze

“…Do you remember the time…” The Jewel Box Revue at the Royal Theater when men impersonated female entertainers. Relive the days of glamour and style as Marvelous Marva Productions brings the Las Vegas Jewel Box Revue to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Dec. 21. For tickets call 410-547 7328 or Marva at 240-786-7226 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Viva Las Vegas! “I’ll be there.”

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go…”

Join Zach McDaniels, Marty Glaze, and honorary chairs Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Ravens # 27 Ray Rice at the annual Philanthropix Holiday Extravaganza Toy Drive benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. This is the perfect party with purpose-filled people Dec. 12 at Mirage.

Throwback Thursday at the Forum is an afternoon of dining and dancing hosted by Nikita Haysbert call 410-358-1101 or info@forumcaterers.com.

“Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is dreams realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is Love, enjoy it!” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Happy birthday Earl the Pearl Monroe, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Lester Buster, George Ray, John Lee, Willie Shelton Owens, Rosa Pryor-Trusty, Pat Thomas, Darren Henson and my daughter Lisa Lee Packer.

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” John Taylor

During this season of Thanksgiving, we remember the families of Handsome Batts, Carole Todd Johnson, Charles Turner and Agnes Seymour as they mourn the death of their loved ones.

“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch