By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO

Hello everyone, Happy New Year to you all. I am hoping that this year will be much better than the last for us all. God has blessed us to see another year and we pray for the soul of families and friends who did not make it. I want to personally thank each one of you who has been following my columns “Rambling Rose” for so many years. We are celebrating 22 years with the Afro on February 2019, Thanks to Jake Oliver who hired me so many years ago. I will continue to do my best to keep you informed of the activities and entertainment in our Baltimore/ Washington Metropolitan area. Just remember, if you have something going on this year that you want me to talk about, you know what to do. I am only a phone call or an email away. Just contact me directly, Do not Face Book Me to send information!

Jazz Expressways Foundation, Inc. (a non-profit organization 501-c-3) says thank you for your loving support and the success of their Jazz Breakfast fundraiser shows for 2018. L/r Millie Battle, Eric Dodson, Cynthia Easley, Robert Burkett, Angie Cornish, Avon & Priscilla Mitchell, Rosa Pryor & Shorty Trusty; (not in photo) Dr. Donna Hollie and Betty Eggleston. (Photo credit Anderson Ward)

Not enough space to put in all the events that I covered in 2018, but want to let you know I appreciated all the invites and I got to as many as me and my “Boo-Boo” could handle.

Arena Players says thank you for a successful year at their last event 2018

This year we are so looking forward to hanging out with you again. Starting out with Eastern Stars, Trinity Chapter No. 5 Sisters is having their “Second Friday House Party” on Friday, January 11, 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Towson, 411 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, Maryland. Each month they have a theme. This month is the dress the 70’s theme. It is a fundraiser. For more information, contact Second Friday Chair PM Pat Cousar-Brown at 410-241-2919. Sis. Toshia Taylor is the Worthy Matron.

Millie Battle & Charlotte Jackson with friends enjoying the last party of the year 2018 in Heavy’s Night Club in South Baltimore.

We attended two great shows last week and I am so happy to report they were awesome! They were so different, but yet rewarding. Last Friday Shorty and I went to cover the show at An die Musik Live located 405 N. Charles Street, now many of you who enjoy jazz knows where I am talking about. I have not been there in years, but whenever any of my local musicians from Baltimore, who I have managed or booked back in the day and they went national or international and return to Baltimore, I always try my best to go out and support them like Gabrielle Goodman and Dennis Chambers. They both performed at this venue last week. I missed Gabrielle Goodman show, which I heard was awesome. She had Ben Wolfe with Nico Sarbanes with her on stage and I heard the show was great. I was able to get to Dennis Chambers show. He had on stage with him Leni Stern and Tom Kennedy. Another 2 well-known and popular musicians and of course Dennis Chambers as you know is now a world-renowned drummer and Baltimore native. Rolling Stone Magazine listed Chambers as one of the 100 Greatest Drummers of all times. And guess what? He is as humble as apple pie, and I’m loving all of that. His show last week brought out a lot of local patrons and musicians for 2 shows he packed the house. Well done Dennis, well done! I spoke to Henry, the owner and he said he has booked a jazz show every day in January starting January 4 featuring Ghosts of Weimar, Jazz Cabaret Ensemble. For more information, call 410-385-2638.

The Masons and Eastern Stars from Prince Hall Masonic Temple and others filled the Murphy Fine Arts Center for the Black History Month Celebration in 2018 and plans are made to do again in February 2019.

Also, we covered the Wilson’s Philly Blue Magic Show last week at the Forest Park Senior Center and honey child! They were out-of-site. Let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised. They were very professional, great stage presence, their harmony was tight and all five members of this group can sing their ass off. I enjoyed every second of their 3 hours show and so did the almost 2 hundred guests that attended. Wilson Lambert, the leader of the group did a fantastic job of putting on this Holiday Cabaret.

Valerie Fraling, Sister Columnist with the Afro, a member of Delta Sigma Theta and the founder of “Friday Brunch” shown here with her Sorority asking for Unity in 2019.

Well my dear friends, I got to go. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected]. Do not face book me for events, just call me. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.