Rambling Rose: 70’s Soul Jam Coming To The Modell Lyric

Hello everyone, this week I am taking you back! I’m taking you way back to the good old days in music. The Modell Lyric presents musical performances by R&B soul stars such as the Stylistics, Heatwave, the Emotions and the Blue Magic. I told you that I would be taking you way back!

The show will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8 p.m. at the Lyric located at 140 W. Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore. As one of the original trailblazers of romantic songs, The Stylistics are known instantly for many recognizable hits such as “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” plus numerous classics including “Can’t Give You Anything But my Love,” “Stop Look Listen” and so much more.

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The St. James Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapter presents a Jazz Vespers Concert on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church on W. Lafayette and N. Arlington Avenues featuring the Tim Warfield Organ Band. Pastor Reverend Richard Meadows Jr. For more information, call 410-323-7295

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International journalist and Baltimore’s own Donna M. Owens has been featured in a profile spotlighting alumni of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts Program’s Science Concentration, she is an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Last year Owens was selected for a Harvard Medical School media fellowship. Congrats my friend!

Then, Heatwave formed in 1975. Remember their songs? “Boogie Nights,” “The Groove Line,” and “Always and Forever.” The Emotions, a trio of sisters with a strong gospel base crashed the soul charts in 1969 with the song, “So I Can Love You,” and the headliner; Blue Magic, a group that specialized in dreamy ballads and choreographed stage moves with popular favorites like “Sideshow” and “Three Ring Circus.” I know this show will be one of a kind. For more information and tickets, call: 800-982-2787.

I just want to mention that I know the passing of Mildred “Millie” Battle was a shock to many people in the Baltimore community; the lady who enjoyed her life to the fullest and who supported all the clubs; club managers and owners; barmaids birthdays; and enjoyed dancing with her high heels. Millie was the president of Left Bank Jazz Society and on the board of Jazz Expressways Foundation, Inc. She was also the leader of a group of ladies who loved night clubbing and jazz called, “The Posse.” Millie’s energy was contagious and her love for jazz music was well-known. Her funeral was held on Monday, March 2, 2020, at New Shiloh Baptist Church on Monroe Street. She will be truly missed by many.

St. James Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapter is hosting a “Jazz Vespers.” I have been to a few of the “Jazz Vespers,” mostly presented in a church. I found that it was quite different but somewhat related to gospel songs played in the jazz form. It’s really not my choice of music, you know me, I like either some real down-home gospel music or be-bop jazz but that’s me! I found out that the Vespers Jazz Services in the churches are well-attended and most of the time— a packed house. The Jazz Vespers Service is a synthesis of several traditions, each finding a unifying voice through the unique musical heritage that we call jazz. The makers of jazz developed a consummate technical achievement as both a composer and a performer. Numerous jazz composers have secured a place in this art form within the living tradition of the church.

In his Second Sacred Concert at New York’s Church of St. John the Divine, Duke Ellington set Psalm 150 for jazz orchestra. Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny are among this decade’s proponents of religious music within a jazz context.

If you have never been to a Jazz Vespers Concert, then you should check out the performance of the Tim Warfield Organ Band at St. James Episcopal Church at W. Lafayette and N. Arlington Avenues on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call Cynthia Easley at 410-323-7295.

Well, my dear friends, it is time to go, and remember that 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.