Silent Night and Joy to the World

Happy New Year to all my fans and friends! Let’s be grateful that we are still above ground.  Hopefully this year will be better than last year. God bless us all!

Louis R. Tucker of the St. James Brotherhood of St. Andrew, will host a jazz concert featuring the Carl Grubbs Quartet on Jan. 13, 2018, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at the St. James Parish Center, 1020 W. Lafayette Avenue.

I want to say ‘Brova,’ to Carl Grubbs and Craig Alston, who led the closing performances of “SAX Camp” recently celebrating 20 years of service to the community from 1997 to 2017. It is heartwarming to know that so many of you supported their efforts to present and preserve jazz in the Baltimore metropolitan area. With the success of this program they have helped so many children. Their accomplishments are numerous. The camp enrolled over 1000 participants in the instrumental music & dance programs for youth ages 4-17. Many of the camp attendees have graduated and gone on to study music and perform professionally. They have also provided employment opportunities to local and nationally recognized artists. They have entered into collaborations and created partnerships with local, private and public schools, businesses and arts venues to bring new and exciting performing arts to the community. Barbara Harrell Grubbs, Carl’s wife is the executive director, Carl Grubbs is the artistic director and Frederick Cager is the president. Starting out for 2018 Carl Grubbs and his quartet will perform a jazz concert on Jan. 13, 1 p.m-4 p.m., hosted by Louis R. Tucker, of the St. James Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The concert will be at the St. James Parish Center, 1020 W. Lafayette Avenue. For more information, call 410-523-4588.

A group called, “Forever Yours” will be performing the songs and sounds of one of my favorites, the mighty O’Jays. The tribute to the O’Jays will take place on Jan. 6. The show will be held at Arts Harmony Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, Md. Go and be prepared to take a stroll down memory lane. The music will take you back to a time when the Philly Soul sound was at the top of the R&B music chart and the O’Jays kept those hits coming year after year. My goodness, do I remember that! Show time is 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 301-203-6070.

The Anbessa Orchestra will be performing live at the Motor House Theater, 120 W. North Ave. on Jan. 5, 2018, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. The Anbessa Orchestra is a seven piece group from New York City that takes the listeners on a musical journey from Addis to Brooklyn, and now Baltimore. Playing the music of, or inspired by the 1960’s, 1970’s, jazz and R&B. For ticket information, contact:

The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter is having their 4th annual black tie gala, on Jan. 13, 2018, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., at the Forum Caterers, with open bar and live entertainment featuring The Panama Band and Issac Parham. For more information, go to: www.gammaomicronomegachapter@IPT1963AOO.

St. John’s Lodge #5 is hosting a prayer breakfast, on Jan. 13, 10 a.m.- 12 noon, at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Center, 1020 W. Lafayette Avenue. Guest speaker is the Rev. Melvin E. Truiett. For more information, call 443-384-7929.

Song stylist, renowned national recording artist, Baltimore’s own Brenda Afford sports her new look when she performed recently on a gig at Sistas’ Place Jazz Club in Brooklyn, New York.

On Jan. 10, check out Gerald Veasley with Jaguar Wright performing the music of Nina Simone for two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW., Washington  D.C. For ticket information, call 267-225-8018 or 202-337-4141.

There is one more thing I want to tell you about before I go and it is about this baddddddddd gospel show in Odenton, Md. Check this out! The Divine of Annapolis’, 25th anniversary celebration will be off the hook! Along with Divine of Annapolis, others that will perform include: The Remnant of Maryland, The Christian Cavaliers of Annapolis, Md., The Wings of Praise of Baltimore, Evangelist Skipwith and the Inspirations, from North Carolina, Charles and The Spiritual Voices of Washington, D.C., and so many more. The emcee’s are, Stephanie McDonald, VSC Christian Media, radio personality, Doresa Harvey, and the Shouting MC, Minister Robert Wilson. This event will be on Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Celebration Center, 1350 Blair Drive #H in Odenton, Md., where Bishop Antonio Palmer is the Pastor.  For ticket information call, 443-816-3006 or email them at I will see you there.

Look, my friends, I am really out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at Until the next time, I’m musically yours.