Rambling Rose: 7th True Blue Jazz Festival Returns to Rehoboth Beach

Hello everyone, how are you? Oh, I am doing fine, thank you for asking.

This may be the month of October the beginning of fall, but my calendar is full as if it were the middle of summer. So grab a pen and take notes.


Carlos Hutchins, the man of the hour, the founder of CH Productions will be celebrating the 24th anniversary of his production with tributes to some of the best bands in Baltimore and a special tribute to Baltimore community leaders on Friday, October 18th starting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post #22, 125 York Road in Towson, Maryland. For information, call 443-963-5711

First, I want to tell you about the True Blue Jazz Festival while we are packing. Yes, my “Boo Boo” and I are going. I had the opportunity to book one of my groups at this festival— Greg Hatza and his band. Believe it or not, this will be my first opportunity to go to this festival. Let me give you some background of this festival, not to be confused with the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, which will also be on at the same time but not associated with each other. Okay, the True Blue Jazz is an independent Jazz Festival. They are a recognized 501(c)3, conceived and produced by Eddie Sherman and Peggy Raley who are focused on “Straight Ahead” or “Mainstream” Jazz, largely featuring songs of great American Standards songbook from 1900 to present day, from the birth of the Blues and Dixieland Jazz to the popular tunes that become the soundtrack of American.

The 7th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival returns to downtown Rehoboth Beach Delaware from October 16 to October 20, 2019. True Blue Jazz delivers the real deal in the most intimate setting of jazz show venues in the area, including: the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel on Olive Avenue Downtown Rehoboth Beach and the Rehoboth Beach Firehouse as their primary venues.

The line-up is as follows: True Blue Youth Jazz appreciation night, The Fred Hughes Trio with guest artist, saxophonist & clarinetists, Peter & Will Anderson, Kat Edmonson, Baltimore’s Own Greg Hatza ORGANization and a second show with Hammond B-3 Quartet, The Greg Hatza ORGANization, Maynard Ferguson Tribute Orchestra Columbia Jazz Band; the Bill Charlap Trio, Cody Leavel & Gerald Chavis, Eddie Sherman Show featuring vocalist, Peggy Raley with guest Artists and so much more.


“Jazz in Cool Places” featuring John Lamkin at the Carroll Mansion October 19th 2-4 p.m. 800 E. Lombard Street with Mike Harriston on sax, Bob Butta on piano, Mike Graham on bass and Jesse Moody on drums

Here in town, join us for an afternoon of incredible music by composer, musician, and educator Dr. John Lamkin in one of Baltimore’s most significant historic buildings, the Carroll Mansion located at 800 E. Lombard Street on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. Dr. Lamkin received the “Jazz Heroes Award from the Jazz Journalist Association for having a significant impact on jazz music in the Baltimore community. Currently he is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the international Trumpet Guild. Congrats my friend.

Want to have some fun, feel like dancing, then “The Crew” invites you to their Friday Nite Oldies Dance Party” on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Caton Castle Lounge every third Friday of the month this group packs the house at 20 S. Caton Avenue off Hilton Street.

Oh! You don’t want to miss Gary Thomas, Baltimore’s renowned saxophonist with his trio and guest pianist Miki Hayama on Saturday, October 19 for two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the An Die Musik Live!, 409 N. Charles Street. Those of you who love jazz this should be a real treat. Welcome home Gary.

I am so sorry, I have so much more to tell you, but I am truly out of space, but I do want to send my condolences to the family of Dr. Reppard Stone who passed away last week.

I really got to go now. 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.