Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today’s thriving music scene. Now, thanks to musician and producer Brooks Long, Charm City’s soul/R&B and hip hop generations are about to converge at the storied Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a Creative Alliance event this Saturday, November 11, called “Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul.” Ru-Jac was the Doo-Wop, soul music and R&B powerhouse located right here in Baltimore.
Long, who is the Deutsch Fellow at the Creative Alliance, stopped by our studio along with Kevin Coombe (www.DCsoulrecordings.com), who wrote the liner notes for all the re-issued Ru-Jac recordings. It took this younger generation to bring back the wonder of Baltimore’s great musical legacy.
Guest host Brooks Long, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Community Arts and Programming Fellow, hosted a conversation with J Pope and the HearNow about their Record Release Party, Friday night at Creative Alliance. J Pope and the HearNow is: Jasmine Pope (vocals), Jacob Kohlhas (guitar), Dan Samuels (drums), Andrew Freed (bass), Gabriel Pickus (percussion), Daniel Wallace (saxophone). For information and tickets click here.
We talk to the talented vocalist, actress, and writer Rene Marie. After starting her vocal career at the age of 40, Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world: winning over critics, receiving awards like the Best International Jazz Vocal CD by France’s Academie Du Jazz, gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and becoming a headliner at major international festivals.
Kibibi Ajanku, dancer, griot, choreographer, and Director of Sankofa Dance Theater, and Maria Broom,dancer, actress, educator and instructor at Baltimore School for the Arts, will tell us about the upcoming event this Saturday, December 14, at the Creative Alliance, “Kwanzaa with Maria Broom and Sankofa Dance Theater.”
May 7, 2013-Segment 2We are joined by blues and folk singer Toshi Reagon, who will discuss her work and her upcoming performance with her mom, Dr. Bernice Johnson-Reagon at the Creative Alliance this Saturday May 11th – Mother’s Day weekend, Creative Alliance will host Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon – founder of the Sweet Honey in the Rock and her daughter Toshi Reagon for a performance here to celebrate women activists who have transformed our world.
May 1, 2013 -Segment 1-when we look at the current exhibition and festival at the Creative Alliance, Globe Poster: Not to be Missed! which celebrates the legacy of Globe Poster Printing Corporation, an historic printing company that pressed iconic posters promoting performances of legendary R&B, soul, and jazz artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, and Tina Turner. Our panel includes: Sheila Ross, an original member of The Royalettes; Soul music aficionado Milton Dugger; neo-Soul artist Navasha Daya; R&B vocalist Jonathan Gilmore; and Karen Summerville, Associate Education Director for the Creative Alliance.
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