Students at St. Vincent Pallotti High School's Arts Academy are flying high on wings of inspiration as they prepare to perform in a jazz operetta at Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University on Nov. 18 and 19. Written in Broadway-style by New York actor James Rich, "There Was A Boy" tells the story of Nat King Cole (1919-1965), a jazz pianist and singer and the first African American to host a national television variety show, "The Nat King Cole Show," which aired from 1956-57.
The hidden history of Maryland music has been described in periodicals—most often, perhaps, in this newspaper—but now it has finally been documented in two books, both published over the summer. These two books shine a new light on one of Maryland's greatest cultural achievements: a golden era of string-band music that went underappreciated not only outside the state but within the state as well. Perhaps recognition was denied because this accomplishment was created by the state's