Support Baltimore’s Musicians and Live Entertainment

Hello folks, God bless Baltimore! We will strive thru it all. The violence must stop! Be happy, there is so much to enjoy in life like music. We recently had one of Baltimore’s icon in the music world pass away and her Memorial Service was last week. I am talking about Ethel Ennis Arnett. It was held at the Friedberg Concert Hall and it was filled to its capacity almost 700 people with musicians from all over the country along with friends and relatives. She would have been proud. A video was showed where she sang with Duke Ellington and his band, Benny Goodman and his band, Dizzy Gillespie and his band and other great jazz band leaders. Here are a few quotes from a few of the attendees;

Sir Thomas Hurley, (keyboards), Ron Pinder (saxophone), Nevitta Ruddy (vocals and keyboards), Marshall Booze (guitar) and Charles Covington (keyboards), who performed at the Ethel Ennis Memorial Concert.

Barbara Mikulski said, “Ethel Ennis was one of Baltimore’s High Notes”; Kurt Schmoke: “Once when I was outside of Baltimore I was introduced as being from Ethel Ennis’ City”; “Cyrus Chestnut said, “Ethel was music, music was Ethel”; Charles Covington quoted, “Ethel was unique…once you heard two measures you knew it was her”; Andy Ennis, renowned saxophonist and her brother said, “She was always there for me, she was always there for Baltimore”; Gaynell Colburn, Baltimore’s own international percussionist said, “Mama Ethel, she always encouraged young people, she took me beyond the stars”. Some of the other musicians and friends attended Ethel Ennis Memorial Concert were: Gary Elerbee, Henry Wong, Patricia Schmoke, Abra Bush, (Peabody Conservatory Dean), George Young, (recording artist from New York, and John Astin (Actor from “West Side Story” movie and the Adam’s Family TV show) just to name a few.

Robert Dupree and Kurt Schmoke attended the memorial concert for Ethel Ennis.

Okay my dear friends; in reference to supporting Baltimore’s musicians and live entertainment, here is your information: the Jazz Expressways Foundation, Inc. “Blues & Jazz Breakfast Show Fundraiser” is June 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue and the live entertainment will be Phil Butts & the Sunset Band. For more information, call 410-833- 9474.

Charles Covington and Cyrus Chestnut, renowned Baltimore musicians shared their memories of the late Ethel Ennis at her memorial concert at the Friedberg Concert Hall last week.

Gaynell Colburn Band is hosting a “Pre-Father’s Day Live Jazz Show & Dinner” on June 8 from 6-10 p.m. at the Idiewylde Community Hall, 6301 Sherwood Road. For more information, call 443- 559-1370.

John Lamkin Transitions will perform at An Die Musik Live, with Michael Hairston on sax, Jesse Moody on drums and Earth Lamkin on vocals at 409 N. Charles Street in Baltimore on Saturday, June 8th.

Phyllis Otten was installed as the first Black and first female president of her Auxiliary of American Legion Post 116, located at 1090 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown, Maryland. Her installation took place on June 3. She is also a long time member of Trinity No.5 Order of the Eastern Star at Prince Hall.

Warren Wolf, vibraphone, with Sean Jones, trumpet will be performing with their band at the Jazzway 6004, (a very unique venue for jazz ) Hollins Avenue in Baltimore. For more information, call 410-952-4528.

“The Battle of Baltimore’s Best Bands, Vocal Groups & Solo Singers” is the name of the big production. Live and in person musicians and entertainers will perform on June 8 from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Road in Baltimore, and yours truly is one of the judges. The other judges are Larry Young, Travis Winkey and Jean Cobb-Alston. For more information, call 410-790- 9333.

David Bunn, Gaynell Colburn, Sharon Alfred and Mark Russell, internationally known
Baltimore musicians attended the memorial concert for Ethel Ennis.

On other notes: The Maryland Traditions Folk life Program of the Maryland State Arts Council will hosts the Heritage Awards on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the Proscenium Theatre on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. This event will honor musical and cultural traditions from across the state and the Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania & North Avenue is one of the three organizations being honored at this event.

Well my dear friends, it is about that time, I am out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.