Lavenia Nesmith has been organizing Jazz in the Mills for the last 10 years in Oakland Mills. She takes great pride in offering "top-notch" performers" for the series of four jazz concerts a year held in early spring, June, September and early December.
"I am very selective of who performs," Nesmith said. "It has become a highly anticipated event."
For Lauren Haywood, there was no question whom to call about adding a jazz performance to the eclectic mix of concerts offered at One World Coffeehouse, an outreach of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.
"I contacted her and asked her to hook me up with some...