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Jazz @ the Grand

Rosa Pryor | 7/19/2013, midnight
Hello everyone, how are you? I am fair to middlin' myself (as my grandmother used to say).
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Hello everyone, how are you? I am fair to middlin' myself (as my grandmother used to say). I have so much to tell you, I just don’t know where to begin. Okay, first, about my title, “Jazz @ The Grand”; well that means that everyone knows Tom Saunders, you know with the Renaissance Partners & Tours, etc., etc.; you know who I am talking about, well, he has hooked up with Vernard Gray and a young lady name Caprece Jackson-Garrett who’s on staff at the Tremont Grand 225 N. Charles Street and they have really started something Grand! I am serious! I was there doing a book-signing of my new book; thanks Tom for the invite. It was a packed house this past Sunday.

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Tom Saunders

The Jazz @ The Grand is a series of experienced, legendary musicians and singers performing in the an elegant setting of the Historic Grand Venue enjoying an a la carte menu, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, vendors and cash bar. Tickets are cheap as dirt. Live jazz every Sunday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. will remind you of the old days when we had the Left Bank Jazz Society event to go to. The line-up for the “Jazz @ The Grand” looks like this: on Sunday, July 21 will feature Whit Williams “Now is the Time” Quintet; July 28th is Greg Hatza Organ-ization Band; August 4th is Carlos Johnson Quartet and on August 11th Warren Wolf Quintet. For more information and to get your tickets in advance, call 410-728-3837. I’ll see you there.

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Whit Williams

The Meritocrats is having their “Annual Picnic” at the Patapsco State Park Pavilion-Pick all areas in #703 on Saturday, July 27, 1-6 p.m. Food served from 2-5 p.m.; free food, sodas & free to enter park for Senior Citizens; caterer food by Famous Dave’s BBQ, Alcohol permitted, so BYOB. For directions and tickets, call Robert Gregory at 443-506-7996.

Now, of course you know about the Artscape this week-end; July 19-21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. As usual the Artscape offers a cross cultural arts and entertainment. It is America’s largest free arts festival features live music of various genres on four outdoor stages, a full schedule of theater, dance and opera performances, in addition to classical and, folk music; street theater, fine art and crafts from more than 135 artisans in the Artists’ Market, world famous art cars, assortment of food and beverages vendors. You know the deal; it is a wonderful place to go to take the whole family.

The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund is presenting their 16th Annual Oldies but Goodies Crab Feast, (a fundraiser for gifted and talented children between the ages of 5-16 who can sing or play an instrument) on Saturday, July 20, 2-6 p.m. at the VFW Post 6506 Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, Maryland. All you can eat crabs, hot open buffet, free draft beer, cash bar, door prizes, and music by DJ Sugar Chris and I will be doing a book-signing with my new book. The book is $25.00. Donation for the crab feast is only $49.99 per person and it is tax-deductible. No tickets will be sold at door. For more information about the crab feast or my book, call 410-833-9474 or email rosapryor@aol.com.

Larry Washington, member of Arch Social Club will have a raffle drawing at the historic Arch Social Club on Sunday, July 21, 2013 and the winner takes home a big 46’ flat screen TV. Check it out. Arch Social Club is on Pennsylvania & North Avenues.

There is another musical event & concert coming up, hosted by WYPR radio and Patterson Park featuring Bluezman, “Big Daddy” Stallings & The Bluez Evolution Band on Tuesday, July 23 at Pagoda Hill, 27 S. Patterson Park Avenue at 6 p.m., rain-date is Wednesday, July 24. Enjoy!

Well, my dear friends, I believe it is time for the fat lady to sing, I am out of space. So until the next time, if you need me to do a book signing at your event just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me your events to rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THEN AS