Members of the late Cab Calloway’s family and their allies spent half of 2019 fighting to prove that the jazz pioneer’s former home at 2216 Druid Hill Ave, was worth historic preservation. Now, evidence that connects the Calloways and the house to trailblazing black civil rights advocacy might give them another card to play.
Razing the stretch of dilapidated rowhomes where the Cab Calloway spent his teenage years will make way for a park that supporters say will revitalize Druid Heights and honor Calloway’s legacy. But the musician’s descendants stand divided, some locked in a bitter dispute with park planners and leading last-ditch efforts to save the structure at 2216 Druid Hill Ave.
Commissioners listened to reports on the 2200 block of Druid Hill Avenue, on which Cab Calloway’s former house sits, and follow-up on the former Woodberry Homes site before hearing from the jazz great’s grandson and the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation’s leaders.
Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia often delivers the unexpected — even in a show called "Hot Nostalgia II" that's billed simply as "an original musical review." It's all that, and more; actually a kaleidoscope of musical moments from the 1930s through the 1980s, performed by a talented cast backed up by pianist Ross Scott Rawlings and a five-piece combo.
Shirley Reingold, who wrote the 1948 hit song "It's Too Soon to Know" and managed the Orioles, an early rhythm-and-blues vocal group, died of heart disease Oct. 10 at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla. The former Baltimorean was 89.
It isn't unusual for students to remember the impact a teacher had on them well into adulthood, but on Saturday, many students of former Baltimore music teacher Lucille Marcus Brooks had an unusual opportunity to tell her — more than a half-century after they sat in her classroom.
I've been reviewing these superb productions for all 26 years that "American Masters" has been on the air, and have written some variation of that line for at least 25 of them. And tonight's "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night" is one of the 10 greatest biographies this sublime series has delivered.
Director Gail Levin makes some daring and original choices in telling the story of Cab Calloway. The hip-shaking, zoot-suit-wearing bandleader from the Harlem Renaissance era comes to the screen with help of artists and choreography.