By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO

“Local Musicians and Community Leaders Being Recognized” 

Hello everyone, how are you? I am doing so much better since the last time I talk to you. I am feeling great. I am ready to rock n’ roll and do the James Brown. I am planning to see you around somewhere this week-end.

George Young, Baltimore’s own vocalist and musician just recently released his new CD named {George Young Singin’ & Swingin}. He is a balladeer vocalist who majored in music, playing the piano, at Morgan State University. His influences came artists such as Nat “King” Cole, Billy Eckstein, Arthur Prysock and Joe Williams. That inspiration is in every song on his CD and I love it.

I am so proud of my little brother, Carlos Hutchins who is a damn good promoter, let me tell you he is always finding ways to give back to the Baltimore Community while he juggle two or three jobs as well as running his own business and now he is celebrating 24 years of his Productions, which will be held at the American Legion Post #22, 125 York Road in Towson, Md. on Friday, Oct. 18 starting at 7 p.m. The event is cabaret style, BYOB & BYOF. He is giving special tribute to some of Baltimore community leaders such as: Lionel Adams of The Shirtery, Shirley Belton a local promoter; Mae Campbell, a Realtor & Home Buying Specialist, James C. Shields, Retired BCPD; Edward English of the KAFFO Sportsman Club; Doresa Harvey, Radio Personality; James “Greg” Norton, Retired Coppin State University; Wendy Pascal & Kenneth Merrick of B&B Events; Charles Sparks, Jr. of Sparks Quality Fence; Anita Hammer-Stewart, Commander, of Post #22; Janora Winkler of Wink’s Travel and Al Wylie of Wylie Funeral Homes. The entertainment will blow your mind. It includes the First Class Revue, the Spindells and J’Kar; DJ Sugar Chris and hosted by Doresa Harvey. Congratulations to all of you! For more information, call 443-963-5711.

Baltimore’s own, well-known Entertainment Promoter, Carlos Hutchins is celebrating his 24th Anniversary of his company, “CH Productions”, along with giving a special tribute to Baltimore Community Leaders on Friday, Oct. 18 at the American Legion Post #22, 125 York Road in Towson, Md. For more information, call 443-963-5711.

I probably see many of you at the True Blue Jazz Festival in Rehoboth Beach Delaware, which the line-up is awesome! Check this out! From Oct. 16-20 will be a hell-la-va week combined with some of Baltimore and Delaware musicians doing their thing on stage at this annual event, kicking off with Jazz Appreciation Night, which is free and open to the public. The artist lineup: True Blue Youth Jazz group; the Fred Hughes Trio with guest artists, saxophone and clarinetists, Peter & Will Anderson; Baltimore’s own, Greg Hatza ORGANization and Big Band 6 hour Jazz Marathon with Maynard Ferguson Tribute Orchestra, Columbia Jazz Band, The Bill Charlap Trio; the Eddie Sherman Show featuring vocalist, Peggy Raley with guest Artists, tenor sax, Cody Leavel & Gerald Chavis, trumpet, and so much more. For more information, call 302-567-2726.

Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman, renowned musicians, producer and founder of the True Blue Jazz Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, also known as the “Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival” is showcasing many gifted artists at the festival from Oct. 16 – 20 with a heavy duty line-up.

On a sad note, one of our musicians, Larry Willis, a three-time Grammy nominee was self-taught jazz pianist who accompanied Gillespie, Getz, and Art Blakely dies at 76. He was a jazz pianist who performed with Blood, Sweat & Tears. He was booked by Eleanor Janey a few times and played at Caton Castle, I first seen him play at Ethel’s Place with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, he was just recently at the new spot Keystone Korner in Harbor East. Willis died of an aneurysm on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral arrangements have not been made at Press dead-line. May he rest in peace!

Here is another event that won’t cost you a dime! It is a free gathering for women about lifting and promoting your visions, passions, and goals. This event will include music, food, vendors, sharing information to help others to achieve their goals and dreams. Yours Truly, Rambling Rose will also be there for a book signing with both of my books. It is Saturday, Oct. 26, 3-7 p.m., 3500 Parkdale Ave., Suite 18 Baltimore, Md., 21211. Call Deborah Joy-Onyango at 443-803-5893 for more information.

I got to go now I have a lot to do. 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.