Hello, everyone. I’m back. The cruise was wonderful, fabulous, educational, fun and restful. The Princess Cruise Ship is the way to go cruisin’. Even though I am still mourning the loss of my brother, I am ready to get to work.

First, I want to extend a hearty thank you from “Biddy” Wood for helping him celebrate his birthday at Maceo’s Lounge. He wants to extend special thanks to owner Donte, the management and staff for the wonderful customer consideration at this dynamite club. He also thanks Rodney Kelley, his band and all the musicians who came to play and sing for him. Thanks to all his friends and family who came to wish him well and partied with him. He said he will never forget the outpouring of love that was given to him.

This is the first weekend of May and the weather is beautiful. So many organizations waited for this month to give their events. It is such a perfect month to give indoor or outdoor social affairs and I will tell you about some of them.

A special friend of Dr. Phillip Butts, Jim Bass, is giving a gala tribute for Dr. Butts on May 22. It will be held at Arundel High School’s auditorium at 1 p.m. located at 1001 Annapolis Road in Gambrills, Md. This will be a musical event with a great number of alumni band members playing in his honor. He will be celebrating 40 years of teaching music and being the band director at Arundel High School for 38 years.

Many special guest speakers are scheduled to attend to honor him. You are cordially invited to attend this special event. If you are unable to attend, but wish to honor Dr. Butts, contributions to his favorite charity are being accepted. He has requested that “no gifts” should be for him, but instead should be for the future students in the Arundel High School musical program. “Dollars for Music” is the internal fund raising charity, which was set up several years ago to allow money to be collected for the sole purpose of purchasing new instruments for the students to use in their musical endeavors. For more information, call 443-994-3506.

Artscape honors the legacy of Chick Webb with an annual jazz competition. MECU is calling all top bands to compete for the third annual Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition. Local and regional jazz combos can compete for a $1,000 cash prize.

The submission deadline is May 14, 5 p.m. The Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition takes place during Artscape, America’s free arts festival on July 17. For more information, call 410-752-8632.

The St. James’ Academy presents the “Youth in Jazz Concert” featuring Douglass High School Jazz Band and Winston Jazz Band on May 16, 5-7 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 1020 W. Lafayette Ave. The mission of the St. James Academy is to help young children reach their full potential through academic and cultural enrichment experiences in an after school environment. For more information call 410-523-4588.

Malcolm X Tour’s 10th anniversary tour is May 19 in Harlem, N.Y. This is the 10th year that Soul School Institute is celebrating the birthday of El-Hadj Malik el Shabazz (Malcolm X). The tour includes a visit to his gravesite (the final resting place), Audubon Ballroom (scene of the assassination; Mosque No. 7 Malcolm’s headquarters), the Apollo Theater; Sylvia’s Restaurant, Central Park and the Schomburg Library. They will end the tour with a buffet dinner at Spoonbread Restaurant serving New York’s finest soul food. For ticket information, call 410-385-9532.
 

  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMMIES IN THE EYESIGHT OF MY WORDS. This is a special day for mothers, but don’t forget that every day should be a special day for your mother. Remember, you are truly blessed if you still have your mother to have a special day with her.

This year I have a few places for you to take your mother and have a great time.
Nikita Haysbert, vice president of the Forum Caterers, is giving a fabulous forum feast on May 9, 3-6 p.m. It is a “Soul Food Mother’s Day Dinner” that you and your mother will truly enjoy. To make reservations, call 410-358-1101.

The Eubie Blake Jazz Center, located at 847 N. Howard St., and Mike Binsky’s Jazz Artists Management will present The Larry Willis Trio with special Mother’s Day guest Ethel Ennis on May 9 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 410-922-0752.

There will be a Mother’s Day extravaganza at the Champagne Ballroom located 2701 W. Patapsco Ave. There will be a double wammie! On May 9 from noon until 3 p.m. will be a Mother’s Day Brunch and on the same day and the same place will be a Mother’s Day dinner show from 5-8 p.m., featuring gospel and R&B singer Shirley Murdock along with Baltimore’s own Barretta and the Rollex Band. Make your reservations by calling 410-644-3434.

Enjoy your weekends and I’ll talk to you in a couple of weeks. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at rosappryor@aol.com. UNTIL THEN, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. I’LL SEE YOU AT THE NEWSSTAND.