Hello everyone! How are you? Oh, I am well thank you for asking. Well, this week I want to talk to you about a couple of things I think are important to you and the community as far as life in the local entertainment world.
First, I want to say, you just missed my birthday on Wednesday, November 27th. I am 75 years old— thank you! I feel like 35 years old— I’m telling a lie! There is no way in the hell this body feels like 35 years old. But I still feel truly blessed to have made it this far and still able to do my thing which I truly enjoy.
Terry Johnson, Baltimore’s own and member of the internationally known “Flamingos” vocal group.
Terry Johnson grew up on Whatcoat Street in Sandtown, West Baltimore. According to Milton Dugger, “Terry was in the audience at the Royal Theatre when he saw a sort of “halo” appear around this group while they were performing on stage on Christmas. Terry took it as a sign that he should join this gro
up, and as fate had it,” says Dugger, “within a year he was a member.”
Terry Johnson became the vocal arranger and guitarist for the Flamingos, writing songs and arranging vocal parts. His best known vocal arrangement is the groups hit song, “I Only Have Eyes for You” from the group’s 1959 album “Flamingo Seranade.” Johnson is a member of the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”. He is now 80 years old and sounds like he’s 18, and I can witness that because I saw him perform on stage last year. I was pleasantly surprised and you will be too if you join me and Milton Dugger as we celebrate our birthday, that’s right I said our birthday, my birthday is Wednesday, November 27th and Milton Dugger’s is November 30th. So let’s get together and hang out and bring your own bottle of whatever, bring your picnic basket of food and your friends to St. Mary’s Hall, 5500 York Road on Saturday, November 30. For more information, call Milton at 410-938-8411 and we will see you there.
The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society has been host to one of Baltimore’s premier jazz concert series for 28 years. They have a rich history of bringing the world’s finest jazz artists to the region for memorable performances in an intimate setting. Continuing its more than quarter-century tradition of bringing award-winning jazz musicians to the city. They will launch their 2019-2020 season with a concert by the Steve Davis Correlations Sextet on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive in Baltimore.
Look, I know many of my readers love themselves some good lay-back jazz, me I can do without the “Straight ahead” jazz, it just puts me to sleep, but I love me some Be-bop jazz, like Jimmy McGriff or some Swing Jazz or the “Bluezzie jazz”. When I hear a musician play some of that kind of jazz, you have to drag me out of the room. Anyway, Steve Davis Sextet consists of trombone ace and leading recording artist Davis, who brings a multi-generational band of top-tier musicians to perform with him such as Joshua Bruneau on trumpet/flugelhorn; Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax; Dezron Douglas on bass; Jonathan Barer on drums; and Xavier Davis on piano. For more information, call 410-385-5888.
Look out ladies and gentlemen; I am out of space, terrible situation!! But remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!" NOVEMBER 27TH. Send all correspondence to 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.