Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Baltimore is well known for its place in the history of jazz. Get to the Pratt Library to see this exhibit before it closes on July 3:

Roots of Jazz Baltimore

The Roots of Jazz Baltimore: The Movers & Shakers and Music Makers

This multimedia exhibit chronicles jazz life in Baltimore during the early 1900s through the 1940s and beyond, a time when Baltimore was one of the most dynamic entertainment centers in America. The exhibit examines the social, cultural and political heritage of Jazz-Age Baltimore and highlights the personalities of the time. Baltimore was a center for performing artists and musicians who honed their skills and called the city home.

The exhibit contains photo images, ephemera and collectibles from a variety of collections: the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Peabody Archives, the Baltimore Musicians Project, the Regina and Roy McCoy Collection, the Crystal and Ellis Larkin Collection, Afro-American Newspapers, Audrey Matthews Williams Collection, the Bartz Family Collection, CHAPS, Baltimore Heritage and other sources.

Baltimore has produced scores of nationally famous jazz musicians—Cab Calloway, Blanche Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ethel Ennis, Chick Webb, Gary Bartz, Ellery Eskelin, Roy "Tanglefoot" McCoy, Ruby Glover, Mickey Fields and Ellis Larkin among many others. The sights and sounds of these performing artists are on display in "The Roots of Jazz Baltimore," curated by Tamm E Hunt, publisher of Baltimore Jazzine.com.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

  • Central Library
  • Daily to Sunday, July 3, 2011
  • Suggested Audience: Teens, Adults, Seniors