“BALTIMORE PRESENTS JAZZ CONCERTS AND CRABS THIS WEEK”

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Andrea Wolper Quartet will be in concert at the An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. with Ken Filiano on bass, Michael Thompson on drums, Diane Moser on piano and Andrea as vocalist. For more information, call 410-385-2638.

Hello everyone. How are you? I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful summer thus far, if not, it is not too late because we have a little ways to go. More entertainment, more festival, more concerts and more of some damn good times.  As you can see from the pictures accompanying my column, there are some exciting jazz shows coming up such as the Carl Grubbs Ensemble, Art Sherrod, Jr. concert and Andrea Wolper. Also the Bilal Ali Productions will present a night of smooth jazz and R&B with Vivian Owens and saxophonist Marcus Mitchell, as well as many other musicians, on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Best Western Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Avenue in Windsor Mills, Maryland with dinner and a jazz show starting at 8 p.m.

The Contemporary Arts and the Carl Grubbs Ensemble will present the Annual John Coltrane Celebration Concert on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Ward Center for the Arts at St. Paul’s School, 11152 Falls Road in Brooklandville, Maryland. The entertainment will include; Carl Grubbs on sax, Yawn Jones on piano, Blake Meister on bass , John Lamkin III on drums, Ephraim and Ebban Dorsey, Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund 2015 recipients on alto saxophones and also the St. Paul’s School Jazz Band. For more information, call 410-944-2009.

The Baltimore Seafood Festival will be jumping up and down, doing the James Brown. This event is hosted by “Join B Scene Events & Promotions for the 2nd Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival” taking place Saturday, Sept. 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canton Waterfront Park. This event will be awesome because Baltimore local restaurants are involved, so it seems fitting to host a waterfront festival showcasing some of Baltimore’s favorite restaurants serving their signature seafood dishes, toss in refreshing drinks, live music, cooking demos, and an area for families with toys, games, face painting and more. I will see you there.

Ephraim and Ebban Dorsey, brother and sister saxophonists were the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund first and second place winners of this year’s audition and they are already making names for themselves. The duo recently performed at Caton Castle with nationally renowned musicians and this week they will be performing with Carl Grubbs Ensemble.

Those of us who really love crabs never get enough, especially when they are hot, spicy, big, heavy and tasty. You have got to check out this one at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore. Reginald Haysbert has invited all of you to Marcus “Sonny” Smith’s Old Fashioned Crab Feast on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The Alpha Omega Alumni Chapter of Lota Phi Theta Fraternity, in conjunction with the Alpha Omega Social Services, is hosting this event. Now you see why they need 2 days. For ticket information, call 410-368-1101.

Now, if you want to have a different atmosphere while eating your crabs, check out “Blues on the Water”, 7696 Altoona Beach Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland, where they will be rockin’ the dock with “All You Can Eat Crab & Shrimp Fest” while enjoying live entertainment on Sunday, Sept. 20 starting at 1 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-760-4115 and tell them “Rambling Rose” told you.

Art Sherrod, Jr will entertain you in concert on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Md. with an evening of smooth, inspirational jazz as he debuts his freshman Gospel Jazz CD “Intervention”. For ticket information, call 410-263-5544.

The other event I want to mention to you is the “Baltimore Book Festival” from Friday,Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. It will take place on West Shore Park and Rush Field, along the 400 blocks of Light Street and Key Highway. I will be there, of course. with my books and hundreds of other authors and well as food vendors of all kinds. I will see you there.

Another reminder is the “Billie Holiday’s Life in Music” is celebrated thru exhibits, music, entertainment, films, book signings and more from Sept. 6 through Oct. 3 at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street in Baltimore. For more information, call 410-225-3130.

Well, my dear friends, you have fun and continue enjoy this beautiful weather God has blessed us with. Be kind to each other and treat others as you wish to be treated. 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 YOUR.