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What’s up with jazz and blues

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In the 1960s, the Left Bank Jazz Society was responsible for bringing some of the biggest names in jazz to Baltimore while promoting such great local musicians as tenor saxophonist Mickey Fields. Many of these shows were recorded. A small number have been digitized, and a smaller number have crystal-clear sound quality—including a Jan. 9, 1966 show featuring Fields and four other Baltimore jazz legends. Snag a piece of local jazz history at the Caton Castle on Oct. 27, when the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and the Left Bank release an album recording of that 1966 hometown all-stars show.

A show for the ages comes to An die Musik the first weekend of November. Regarded as a queen of Baltimore jazz, 80-year-old singer Ethel Ennis will perform two shows with noted pianist Cyrus Chestnut on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Both musicians are Charm City natives. The concert start each night is 8 p.m. Tickets (sold-out currently, but with a waiting list) are $50 and include a post-show reception with hors d’oeuvres.

On Nov. 10, the Heath brothers—Albert “Tootie” on drums and Jimmy on tenor sax—perform at Towson University’s Center for the Arts with pianist Jeb Patton and bassist David Wong. General admission is $38; it’s $36 for Baltimore Museum of Art members, $10 for students, and $2 for Towson students.

Looking for a good jazz manouche jam session? Stop by Liam Flynn’s in Station North every Monday night at 8 to join in with the Hot Club of Baltimore. Guitarists, upright bassists, and pianists are needed.

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