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Delandria Mills


Jazzy Thursdays, a weekly music series organized by the owners of local venue Jazzway 6004, began in November at the Inn at the Colonnade on West University Parkway and continues. December’s acts include a trio of female vocalists: Delandria Mills, Sara Jones, and Gail Marten. The three December shows, starting Dec. 5, are free and begin at 6 p.m.

The late vocalist Ruby Glover was revered in Baltimore’s jazz circles as the city’s godmother of jazz. On Saturday, Dec. 7, Baltimore performance artist Joyce J. Scott, internationally known vocalist Lea Gilmore, and a supporting cast of musicians pay tribute to Glover during a three-hour show at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, on the stage where Glover gave her final performance. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Boston Street Dinner Theatre in Canton hosts several holiday-themed performances in December. Check out well-regarded transplant to Baltimore Hammond B3 organist Greg Hatza, who plays two “holiday swing” shows with his four-piece ORGANization group. Tickets for the Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 performances are $35 and include dinner prior to the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at bwplusevents.com.

Head to the Station North Arts Café on Sunday, Dec. 15, for the sixth annual holiday jazz brunch and album release from the Rhonda Robinson and Charlie Sigler duo. The show begins at 11 a.m., with a repeat performance at 1 p.m.

In other album-release news: Baltimore-born vibraphonist, pianist, and drummer Warren Wolf released his second album, Wolfgang, in August. The Baltimore School for the Arts alum has shared the stage with the likes of bassist Christian McBride and famed trumpet player Wynton Marsalis at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

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