Jazz and Comedy to Dance and Laugh

Hello everyone! Girlfriend, this has not been my week! First a dear friend of mine, Tom Saunders passed away after a short illness with cancer.

Tom Saunders passed away Jan. 10 and the viewing is at Vaughn Greene on Liberty Road in Randallstown 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Jan. 19, and the funeral service is 10 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church 1601 Druid Hill Avenue.

Then, from the tragic to the trivial, at the beginning of the holiday weekend, my computer burned out and I couldn’t find a soul available to fix it until Tuesday after the holiday, than I had rush to do my column before the deadline. Honey child, what can I say, hopefully this too shall pass.

Ronald Scott, owner of one of the baddest jazz clubs in Baltimore, Caton Castle, 20 S. Caton Avenue, is celebrating his birthday in a big way Jan. 20, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The birthday celebration will feature live on stage The George Gray Jazz Coalition of New York, with Endea Owens on bass, George of course on drums, Robert Rutledge on trumpet; Sharp Radway on piano and Terry Koger on alto sax. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086.

BWT Productions will present a comedy show and party featuring comedians: Myra, James the Security Man, Ronnevely, D. Ward, Uncle Black, and Brandon Garman. The comedy show will be hosted by Baltimore’s Godfathers of Comedy, Rickey Shackleford and Howard G, Jan. 21, 5 p.m. at the S&S Lounge, 6900 Belair Road in Baltimore. For ticket & vendor information, call 443-226-9157.

Okay, let’s talk about some fun stuff! With the pictures on this page, I already told you about the owner of Caton Castle, Ron Scott’s birthday party, which I know will be out of sight. I have told you all the details about Rickey Shackleford and Howard G’s comedy show.

Bon’na, Baltimore’s own song stylist is celebrating her 50th birthday in fine style featuring live entertainment with the Spindles, Master T, and Ten Karat. The show will be produced and hosted by promoter, Don Jones on Jan. 19, 7p.m.-1 a.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue. It is cabaret style, BYOB and BYOF. For ticket information, call 443-447-2207.

Also, my dear friend and promoter Don Jones is giving his artist, Bon’na her 50th birthday party at the Forest Park Senior Center.  But, what I didn’t tell you is that the Contemporary Arts Inc., is hosting the Ambassadors Jazztet on Jan. 26, starting at 7 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown. The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Field Band followed the example of the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It is the Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. So, you know they got to be baaaaaaaaaaaaaad! I think my jazz lovers will enjoy this one. They ask if you will bring a non-perishable item to feed the hungry and you are allowed to bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks for yourself. For more information, call 410-944-2909.

Look folks, I told you I am running late, so I have to go now, I have some more juicy stuff to tell you the next time. But remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.