Rambling Rose: Jazz Expressways Foundation host Jazz Breakfast

Hello my dear friends! I just want to let you know that I appreciate all of you. I was in the hospital for a minute to have a procedure to look for a tumor in my stomach, well they didn’t find it there, so they have to continue to search. In the meantime, I am doing fine and ready to rock n’ roll. I want to thank you for your prayers, because God’s hands were all in this. He heard your prayers.

Now, let’s talk about this organization, named “Jazz Expressways Foundation, Inc. Jazz Expressways is an organization that was started back in 1984 by Leonard Yorke, whose purpose was to keep jazz alive, volved inhelp children in music, along with sponsoring concerts and trips to jazz festivals. They were primarily functioning out of “The New Haven Lounge for almost 30 years for breakfast shows and jazz shows. Over the years, the number of members decreased because of illness and death and the group leadership changed. The group has been held together by three people since then; Avon Mitchell, Cynthia Easley, and Howard Easley, who recently passed away suddenly and with Millie Battle, president of Left Bank Jazz Society as a strong supporter and an honorary member. Last year, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor and her husband “Shorty” Trusty, who became members back in 1984, returned to the organization to help keep up its legacy and help the organization in its efforts to provide jazz to its many jazz lovers in Baltimore. They also wanted to extend a helping hand to underprivileged children who has the gift to play or sing jazz. This year, the organization has added new members including, Robert Burkett, Dr. Donna Hollie, Angie Cornish, Leroy White and Eric Dodson.

For the past several years, Jazz Expressways Foundation has hosted a jazz breakfast every three months which features a live jazz group and a delicious buffet breakfast from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The breakfast is currently being held at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue, where there is street parking on the first level and a handicap entrance. The next event is Saturday, March10, 2018 featuring Nevitta Ruddy and her band and on Saturday, June 9, Greg Hatza ORGANzation will be performing. Also the organization will be hosting a weekend trip to the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware from Friday, June 22 thru Sunday, June 24 2018. Tickets are on sale now for the breakfast and jazz festival. For tickets to any event, call 410-833-9474 or pay on line thru their website: www.jazzExpresswaysFoundation.org.

As always it is a pleasure talking with you and looking forward to seeing you somehow, somewhere. 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 YOURS.